Internet Governance

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What’s at stake in 2016: Internet leaders meet at IGF-USA to discuss Internet growth and policy

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On Thursday, July 14, thought leaders from civil society, industry, academia, and government will meet at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC for IGF-USA - the preeminent conference on Internet governance in the United States.

The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) has proudly served as the Secretariat and organizational home of the IGF-USA since 2014. This year the IGF-USA will present a full day conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. This year’s IGF-USA will feature panels, keynotes, and plenaries discussing issues vital to the continued growth of the Internet and increasing its benefits for all. We invite you to take part in sharing ideas on connecting the unconnected, privacy vs. security online, balancing human rights and online content, improving broadband for everyone, and much more.

As always the IGF-USA 2016 will be host to interactive sessions with representatives from across the Internet community and is your opportunity to engage with an array of stakeholders on issues that matter to you and Internet governance as a whole.

This year’s conference will feature major keynote speakers and panel discussions focused on critical Internet policy issues including:

  • The IANA Transition
  • ICANN Accountability
  • Managing Opportunities and Risks of the Internet of Things and Big Data
  • Expanding Broadband Access
  • Promoting Human Rights Online
  • Privacy v. Security
  • Digital Trade

We invite you to join us for a full day of interactive, informative policy discussions on of the moment Internet governance issues.

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Key Details

What: Internet Governance Forum – USA 2016

WhenThursday, July 14, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Where: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

IGF-USA 2016 Confirmed Keynotes:

  • 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.
  • Dr. David Farber – Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies and Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.
Internet Governance

Internet Governance Forum-USA (IGF-USA) On July 16, 2015 in Washington, DC

If you are reading this blog post, I suspect you wouldn’t want to miss the IGF-USA this Thursday. It runs all day, 9am – 6pm US EDT (UTC-4) with a fantastic lineup of speakers, including our own Internet Society President and CEO Kathryn Brown, and opportunities for public participation. You can register online to attend in person or watch the webcast (all four tracks will be streamed live).

From an Internet Society perspective, I am pleased to see how the ISOC-DC chapter has stepped up to be a driving force behind the IGF-USA. A couple of years ago, David Vyorst (an ISOC-DC chapter leader) and I realised that the IGF-USA needed an organisational home to ensure its long-term success and sustainability – very much like ISOC serves as an organisation home for the IETF. Thankfully, the ISOC-DC chapter was in a great position to fulfil that role. You might say ISOC-DC is the ‘catalyst’ for the annual IGF-USA; the chapter kicks-off the annual planning process and identifies individuals to serve as co-chairs. I have personally contributed to the IGF-USA by leading the fundraising and Livestream activities. It has been a very rewarding experience, and I would like to encourage you also to volunteer for your national, regional or local IGF events. 

If you happen to be in the Washington, DC area and would like to volunteer, we could use your help.  Please contact me directly at to learn about some last minute volunteer opportunities.  One thing you all can do is help us spread the word. Please use all of your social networks to spread the word about IGF-USA. Here is an example on my personal twitter feed: 

As of today, there are nearly 600 people registered to attend the IGF-USA. It is on track to be a record-breaking meeting which will no doubt be a fantastic experience for all involved. Thanks in advance for spreading the word and promoting the IGF-USA. By doing so, you are actively influencing the dialogue on Internet Governance and making the Internet better for us all!