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.
On Thursday May 14 and Friday May 15 2015 the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs(SIPA) and the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) presented the Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security at Columbia University in NYC. Over 40 speakers – including Vint Cerf, Kathy Brown, Fadi Chehadé, Larry Strickling, David Gross, Leslie Daigle, Rebecca Mackinnon, Konstantinos Komaitis,Michael Nelson, and Laura DeNardis, discussed the most pressing policy issues in the worlds of internet governance and cyber-security including privacy, security, innovation, international trade and cross border data flows, data protectionism, human rights, freedom of expression and more. The conference was webcast live via a joint effort of the Internet Society and the SIPA IT Department. Video is below.
On Tuesday January 27 2015 the Internet Education Foundation(IEF) will host the 2015 State of the Net Conference at the Newseum in Washington DC. Among the many listed speakers are US CTO Megan Smith, FTC Chair Edith Ramirez, Assistant AG Leslie Caldwell, WH Director of Cybersecurity Ari Schwartz, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the NTIA’s Larry Strickling, ICANN’s Theresa Swinehart, the NCUC’s Milton Mueller, ISOC’s Sally Wentworth, CDT’s Nuala O’Connor, the FCC’s Gigi Sohn, and her former PK colleague Harold Feld. As the 114th Congress kicks off, attendees include some 300 congressional staff and other policymakers. The Internet Society is sponsoring and providing the live webcast, which is priced at $99.
On Wednesday April 2 2014, at 10.30am EDT, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet in Washington DC. The topic under discussion was the proposed transfer of the IANA stewardship from the United States to the global Internet community. Witnesses were Larry Strickling of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Fadi Chehade of ICANN, former Ambassador David Gross, Steve DelBianco of NetChoice, and Carolina Rossini of the OTI. Video is below
How will NTIA collect and assess proposals? Has a process been determined? Is there a timeline in place for a decision?
Does transition of the IANA functions out of NTIA have implications for national security?
How will NTIA ensure that any transition is smooth and does not affect the daily functioning of the Internet?
What will be the result if NTIA does not receive a proposal that satisfies the criteria it set forth? Does NTIA plan to exercise the automatic option for renewal on the IANA contract if a satisfactory proposal is not received?
What sort of multi-stakeholder community would be the ideal replacement for NTIA’s role in the IANA functions?
What safeguards will be in place to prevent a future change that would allow for governments to seize control?
What oversight role should Congress play to ensure a successful outcome.
What will be the practical impact of this transition on Internet users and businesses that utilize the Internet for commerce?
What will be the practical impact of this transition on Internet users and businesses that utilize the Internet for commerce?
On Friday April 4 2014 at 11am EDT the Hudson Institute will host a discussion The Future of Internet Governance in Washington DC. The topic will be the IANA transition. Speakers include Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé, former FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell, and Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, who is the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. The event will be webcast live.
The summit will discuss best practices learned from broadband adoption programs and academic studies/surveys, and how implementation of these best practices can close the broadband adoption gap among Americans – particularly low-income households, racial and ethnic minorities, seniors, rural residents, residents of Tribal lands and people with disabilities. NTIA Administartor Lawrence E. Strickling will deliver a keynote. A webcast will be available via the FCC site.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $7.2 billion to expand access to high-speed Internet services to close the digital divide, drive economic growth, and build the technology infrastructure and skills that America needs to compete in the 21st century. Roughly $4 billion of that total supports the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or BTOP. The program, which is administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is investing in roughly 230 projects to increase broadband access and adoption around the country.
On January 16 2013, Governance Studies at Brookings provided an update on the BTOP program three years after Vice President Joe Biden announced the first round of BTOP awards at a factory in Dawsonville, GA. The event featured keynote remarks by NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling, followed by a panel of officials from BTOP projects that provided firsthand accounts from around the country.
Moderator: Darrell M. West Keynote: Lawrence E. Strickling – Administrator, NTIA Panel:
Bruce Abraham – Member, Board of Directors, North Georgia Network
Susan Corbett – Chief Executive Officer, Axiom Technologies
Curtis Lowery, M.D. – Director, UAMS Center for Distance Health
Mark Malaspina – President CFY
As the WCIT gets underway in Dubai, the United States has issued the following statement.
The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent and Participatory Internet
On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. Government’s commitment to the multistakeholder model as the appropriate process for addressing Internet policy and governance issues. The multistakeholder model has enabled the Internet to flourish. It has promoted freedom of expression, both online and off. It has ensured the Internet is a robust, open platform for innovation, investment, economic growth and the creation of wealth throughout the world, including in developing countries.
There are those who may suggest next week in Dubai – and in future venues where Internet policy is discussed – that the United States controls the Internet. Alternatively, they may suggest that in the future governments alone should run the Internet. Our response is grounded in the reality that this is simply not the case. The Internet is a decentralized network of networks and there is no one party – government or industry – that controls the Internet today. And that’s a good thing.
The Internet’s decentralized, multistakeholder processes enable us all to benefit from the engagement of all interested parties. By encouraging the participation of industry, civil society, technical and academic experts, and governments from around the globe, multistakeholder processes result in broader and more creative problem solving. This is essential when dealing with the Internet, which thrives through the cooperation of many different parties.
The global community has many serious topics to discuss with respect to the Internet. Collectively, we need to ensure that these matters are taken up in suitable multistakeholder venues so that these discussions are well informed by the voices of all interested parties.
Our commitment to the multistakeholder model is based on the fact that transparency, inclusion and participation are the 21st century standards governing discussions related to modern communications. This is a view shared by many around the world and was most recently reiterated by a statement of civil society members and groups from around the world who participated in the “Best Bits” pre-Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting held earlier this month in Baku, Azerbaijan. The U.S. Government wishes to lend its support to the spirit of the recommendations contained in the statement.
We have and will continue to advocate for an Internet that is not dominated by any one player or group of players, and one that is free from bureaucratic layers that cannot keep up with the pace of change. We will work with everyone to ensure that we have a global Internet that allows all voices to be heard.
Lawrence E. Strickling, Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Phillip L. Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, State Department
• Robert C. Atkinson – Director of Policy Research, CITI
• Eli Noam – Director, CITI
• Yves Gassot, CEO, Digiworld byIDATE
2. Business Models for Network Operators in an OTT World
• Raul Katz – Director, Business Strategy Research, CITI
• Vincent Bonneau, Head of the Internet Department, IDATE (France)
• Jacquelynn Ruff, VP International Public Policy,Verizon (USA)
• Stephane Dufour, CSO, Swisscom (Switzerland)
• Paul Budde, Managing Director, BuddeCom (Australia)
• Yu-li Liu, Professor, National Chengchi University (Former NCC Commissioner) (Taiwan)
• Simon Wilkie – Former Chief Economist, FCC
3. Sen. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Member of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development (Australia)
4. The Impact of OTT on Traditional National Networks and Media
Moderator: Judith D. O’Neill – COO, CMAS Holdings
• Gabrielle Gauthey, EVP Alcatel Lucent (France)
• Emmanuel Rochas, SVP & Head of the Strategy, Telecom France Orange (France)
• Henning Schulzrinne, Chief Technologist, FCC (USA)
• Richard S. Whitt, VP, Public Policy & Government Relations, Motorola Mobility (USA)
• Matthias Kurth, former President, Federal Network Agency (Germany)
5. Hon. Lawrence Strickling, Administrator, National Telecommunications & Information Administration (USA)
6. Regulation of Over-the-Top Services: Should National Regulation and the ITRs Be Expanded Beyond Networks to Include Applications?
Moderator: Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director of Advanced Technology Policy, Cisco
• Roland Doll, VP International Governmental Affairs, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
• Amb. David Gross, Wiley & Rein (former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Department of State) (USA)
• Leonard J. Cali, SVP, Global Public Policy, AT&T (USA)
• Chris Libertelli, Head of Global Public Policy, Netflix (USA)
• Carlos Raul Gutierrez, President of the Council – SUTEL (Costa Rica)
• Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
• Sally Wentworth, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Internet Society
• David J. Farber, Trustee, Internet Society
7. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
8. Financial Implications and Investor Reactions
Moderator: Robert C. Atkinson
• Craig Moffett, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research (USA)
• Lorenzo Pupillo, Executive Director, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Telecom Italia (Italy)
• François Barrault, Chairman, IDATE (France)
Todd Zinser appeared to give the best overview of overall spending and his testimony includes this chart:
(CCI = comprehensive community infrastructure, PCC=public computer centers, SBA=sustainable broadband adoption)
As can be seen on the chart, infrastructure projects – many held up by environmental or other permit concerns – are lagging in fund uptake. Some may even miss the deadline (Sep 2013).
The Q&A focused on overspending and fraud on the Dem side, and more existential questions from the GOP side.
The Internet Society (ISOC) will present an INET Regional Conference on June 14 2011 at the Sentry Center in NYC. The theme is “It’s your call. What kind Of Internet do you want? “. The distinguished line up of speakers will include ‘Father of the Internet’ Vint Cerf, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners Lee, and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the U.S. Department of Commerce Lawrence Strickling.
What: INET New York When: Tuesday June 14, 2011: 9am-5.30pm EDT Where: Sentry Center, 730 Third Avenue, NY NY 10017 Who: ISOC Members $25, Others $50 Register: http://isoc.org/nyinet
With almost two billion people online, the Internet is a catalyst for boundless creativity and growth. But the decisions we make in the coming months and years will determine whether it remains a global platform for innovation and expression for people everywhere. Join us on June 14 as we set the agenda for the future of an open Internet. We’ll identify and examine the critical decisions that will shape the future of the Internet:
Who will help define the Internet’s evolution?
What role should government and private industry play?
How do we provide greater bandwidth and access?
What does online privacy mean in the age of Facebook and Wikileaks?
This is a unique opportunity to network with the thought leaders and policy makers who are designing the global networks of tomorrow and help develop the policies that will drive future Internet innovation. Space is limited so it is advisable to register a.s.a.p.
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation that is built on a network of over 80 local chapters around the world. We are dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. The Internet Society has organized the INET in cooperation with our New York Chapter to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy.