Today, Tuesday May 10 2016 the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) for a panel discussion Is The Internet Fragmenting? in Washington DC. Recent developments related to the Internet have prompted alarming questions about whether it is fragmenting. They include a diverse set of technical, economic, and policy developments and decisions that have been taken in response to the continued growth and globalization of the Internet, and its evolving role as critical infrastructure for the digital economy. Examples include a rise in DNS content filtering, deployment of distinct IPv4 and IPv6 networks, introduction of zero rating services, and an increasing number of laws related to data localization and restriction of cross-border data flow. Taken together, they raise an overarching concern over whether the global Internet is moving from a universal system to one characterized by various types of fragmentation that are caused either by intended or unintended consequences of technical, commercial, and/or political decision taken without full consideration of their potential impact. Policy stakeholders, including government, the technical community, civil society, industry, and other organizations to consider these issues more fully. Panelists will discuss the different types of Internet fragmentation, their associated technical, economic, and political impacts and when fragmentation may be desirable or problematic. Additionally, the panelists will examine how these should be taken into consideration in policy making. Keynote: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Panel: Kathryn Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Internet Society; Dr. Laura DeNardis, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Communication at American University, Director of Research, Global Commission on Internet Governance; Danil Kerimi, Head of Digital Economy, World Economic Forum; Paul Mitchell, Senior Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft; Jeremy West, Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The event will be streamed live via Skype by Microsoft, and relayed on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
What: Panel: Is The Internet Fragmenting?
Where: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, Washington DC
When: Tuesday May 10 2016 3:30pm-5pm EDT | 19:30-21:00 UTC
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