Today Thursday, 18 August 2016 the 2016 Ghana Internet Governance Forum(IGF) takes place at the the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in IT in Accra. This year’s event has the the theme Building a StrongMulti-Stakeholder Model for a Sustainable Development of the Internet in Ghana. The Forum will discuss key issues on Internet governance in Ghana, such as cyber security, affordable access, critical internet infrastructure, data protection and openness, child safety and many other topical issues. Ghana’s position on key issues from the Ghana IGF will be articulated at the Global IGF which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 6-9 December 2016. The GhanaIGF has two tracks both of which will be webcast live via YouTube, and remote participation will be available via Webex. Ghana is in the WAT time zone, same as UTC, 4 hours ahead of NYC.
Today Wednesday August 17 2016Fintech Worldwide presents the 2nd annual Blockchain Conference New York at PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Madison Ave offices. This is the 9th such Conference worldwide and brings a stellar line up of experts to delve in to topics like smart contracts, the “Internet of Money”, and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations aka DAOs. The entire event will be webcast live on the Internet Society’s Livestream Channel.
This week, Wednesday-Friday August 10-12 2016 the 12th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is taking place in Belize. Organized by the Caribbean Telecomunications Union, this year’s CIGF has the them ‘Accelerating Caribbean Internet Development‘. It will address areas of high priority, including Cybersecurity, CcTLD Operations, Local Digital Content Development, Broadband Access and Affordability, and Net Neutrality. It will focus on establishing national structures to support the work of the CIGF; continue the work of policy development and finalise the Regional Internet Governance Policy Framework (Issue 3.0). The event is being webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel. Belize time runs two hours behind NYC.
The Eleventh HOPE will take place on July 22, 23, and 24, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It’s been happening since 1994.
On Wednesday July 20 2016, from 5pm-7pm, the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will host a Digital Privacy Meetup at Civic Hall in NYC. We’ll be helping end-users and start-ups understand privacy, targeted advertising, and how to change our mindset and business models going forward, with a presentation from Todd Ruback, Chief Privacy Officer & VP of Legal Affairs at Ghostery. We’ll also demo some RFID blocking products and other ways to protect your identity. Thanks to our sponsors ISOC North America and Silent Pocket, refreshments will be served and there will be a prize raffle. The presentation will be streamed live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
Earlier today, Tuesday July 19 2016, ISOC Trustee Désirée Miloshevic, Senior Public Policy and International Affairs Advisor in Europe for Afilias, presented a webinar The role of trust in digital policy The webinar was a follow-up to her Master’s dissertation at the Diplo Foundation. Ms Miloshevic was joined by Diplo’s Cybersecurity expert Vladimir Radunovic to draw on the findings of her research, and to reflect on ways in which the recent developments have had an impact the issue of trust. Can users’ trust ever be restored? What elements are required, and what role should stakeholders have?
On Thursday July 14 2016 the USA Internet Governance Forum (IGF-USA)will be held in Washington DC. Thought leaders from civil society, industry, academia, and government will meet in a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. Speakers include: Catherine A. Novelli – Under Secretary of State & Senior Coordinator for International Information Technology Diplomacy; Lawrence E. Strickling – Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda – U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State; Lee Rainie – Director of Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center; and David Farber, Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies and Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. The entire event, including three breakout tracks, will be webcast on the Internet Society Livestream Channels and Facebook Live. There will be live captions available.
Roundtable 1: How do we structure a modern digital music distribution music-licensing ecosystem to be more competitive and work efficiently and fairly for all stakeholders?
Moderator: Larry Miller, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt; Panelists: Michael Katz, Sarin Chair in Strategy and Leadership and Professor, Economics Department and Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; David Levin, Vice President, Digital Licensing, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI); Steven Marks, Chief, Digital Business & General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America; Katherine Oyama, Senior Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.; Daniel Rubinfeld, Robert L. Bridges, Professor of Law and Professor of Economics Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Christopher Sprigman, Professor, NYU School of Law.
Moderator: Christopher Sprigman, Professor, NYU School of Law. Panelists: Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, United States Copyright Office; Mark Eisenberg, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, SoundExchange, Inc.; Andrea Finkelstein, EVP Global Business Affairs Operations, Sony Music Entertainment; James Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse; Casey Rae, Director of Music Licensing, Sirius XM; Lawrence White, Robert Kavesh, Professor of Economics and Deputy Chair, Economic Department, NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Roundtable 3: What Changes to the Current System Are Feasible that Would Facilitate a Transition to a More Competitive Market?
Moderator: Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute. Panelists: Dale Collins, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Lee Knife, Executive Director, Digital Media Association; Richard Masio, Director of Music Licensing, Pandora; Brad Prendergast, Senior Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement, SoundExchange, Inc.; Tim Quirk, Founder/CEO, Freeform Development; David Wolfert, Songwriter and Producer; Co-Founder, Council of Music Creators and Music Answers; Songwriting Faculty, NYU Steinhardt.
On June 16 2016 ICANN held two Pre-ICANN 56 Policy Update Webinars to brief participants in preparation for the upcoming ICANN Policy Forum in Helsinki. The purpose of the webinar is to summarize policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the Cross-Community sessions taking place in Helsinki. This webcast is the recording of the second of those sessions:
Today Friday June 17 2015 netCommons and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia aka BarcelonaTech are hosting Workshop on community networking infrastructures with the theme Efficient collaboration between government, citizens and enterprises. The workshop will discuss how they can strengthen ties among these three actors to optimize a specific case of these infrastructures, community networks, with a particular focus on fiber deployment. Sessions will cover 1) governance, 2) regulation, and 3) implementation. The conference has two main objectives: expand knowledge about this type of collaboration and identify specific lines of action to make them more efficient in the future. The event, conducted in English, Catalan, and Spanish, is being streamed live on guifi tv, and mirrored on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
On Tuesday June 14 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technologyheld a hearing FCC Overreach: Examining the Proposed Privacy Rules. The hearing follows up on a letter sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding the agency’s proposed privacy and data breach notification requirements for broadband ISPs. The FTC had its jurisdiction removed when the FCC reclassified broadband as a common carrier. The letter suggests the FCC’s making a separate set of rules governing only ISPs, and not other parts of the Internet ecosystem, would “create confusion and harm competition”. Witnessess were Doug Brake, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Jon Leibowitz Co-Chair, 21st Century Privacy Coalition (and former FTC Chair); and Paul Ohm, Professor, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown University Law Center. Video is below:
Thursday 16 June 4pm-5pm IPN-ISOC Virtual Chapter Meeting – http://bit.ly/ipnisoc2016 Code: 923 494 316 Password: 7pQcvHDF
An opportunity to virtually meet with leading interplanetary networking experts like Vint Cerf, Keith Scott, Scott Burleigh and Jay Wyatt.
Friday 17 June
A big Happy Birthday to ISOC Chapters Director Joyce Dogniez!
Next Century Cities has published the audio of its June Members call, a webinar on Digital Inclusion. Participants were Susan Corbett – CEO, Axiom Technology and Axiom Education Training Center (Maine); David Keyes – Community Technology Program Director, Seattle; Pat Millen, Founder/President, E2D (Charlotte NC), and Anne Schwieger – Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate, Boston. Moderator was Chris Mitchell. Listen below:
The Enterprise MediaWiki Conference Spring 2016, or EMWCon Spring 2016, will be held Wednesday to Friday, May 25-27, 2016, in NYC. It will be a three-day conference featuring discussions of topics related to “Enterprise MediaWiki”, i.e. the usage of MediaWiki software by and within companies, non-profits, governments and other organizations. The first two days’ presentations will be streamed live on theInternet Society Livestream Channel. The third day “creative camp’ workshops will not be streamed.
Today Tuesday May 24 2016 at 10am EDT (14:00 UTC) the the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a full committee hearing titled “Examining the Multistakeholder Plan for Transitioning the Internet Assigned Number Authority”. The hearing will examine the proposed transition of oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a department of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that allocates Internet IP addresses and domain names, to the global multistakeholder community. Two years ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition IANA functions. On March 10, 2016, ICANN forwarded to the NTIA a transition proposal developed by the international community of Internet stakeholders. The NTIA set a target of 90 days to complete its review. Witnesses will testify on advantages and disadvantages of the proposed transition of IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community.
*Mr. Michael Beckerman, President and CEO, The Internet Association
*Mr. Steve DelBianco, Executive Director, NetChoice
*The Honorable David A. Gross, former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. State Department
*Mr. Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government
*Mr. Brett Schaefer, Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, Heritage Foundation
*Mr. Andrew Sullivan, Chair, Internet Architecture Board