IGF-USA 2016 will be held on Thursday July 14, 2016 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) IGF-USA is an annual conference focused on Internet governance in the United States. It is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. This year's event represents an important national effort to contribute to the global IGF – the UN’s initiative on Internet governance.
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What: Internet Governance Forum – USA 2016
When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8 a.m.
Where: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Keynotes and Panels
This year’s conference will feature major keynote speakers and panel discussions focused on critical Internet policy issues including:
- The IANA Transition
Description:This panel will summarize the transition plan and new accountability mechanisms for ICANN. Panelists with diverse views will debate whether that plan has adequately addressed concerns and questions from Congress and others. And each will offer views on what Congress and the Administration should do next.
- Managing Opportunities and Risks of the Internet of Things and Big Data
Description: The global potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) is enormous. In order for the IoT to succeed, we must be able to manage the opportunities and risks associated with protecting IoT privacy and security while enabling innovation. Within IGF, the IoT Dynamic Coalition has been active proposing a global framework for the IoT.
- Expanding Broadband Access
Description:The Internet is recognized as a driver for social, cultural, and economic growth for all countries. Yet, many gaps exist in basic connectivity, but also in digital skills, and in applications that can make a difference to the ‘under connected’ and the ‘yet to be connected’ users of the United States, and users from all parts of the world.
- Promoting Human Rights Online
Description: In the wake of the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Paris and Brussels and the ongoing fight against ISIS, countering violent extremism (CVE) has become a major policy agenda domestically and internationally. While governments have a legitimate interest in combatting terrorism, there is discussion about the impact of the CVE agenda on human rights online. The debate over countering violent extremism online poses critical questions about how to balance human rights and legitimate national security interests online.
- Privacy v. Security
Description: The debate over encryption has been about our values of privacy and security. In this panel, we’ll get specific about translating these values into legal standards and norms, both reflecting and protecting core U.S. values (like Privacy/Bill of Rights) and understandable at a global level. This panel will begin with several proposals currently before Congress and follow with a discussion about these proposals and the ideas they raise by an expert panel reflecting diverse constituencies and areas of expertise.
- Digital Trade
Description: This panel will focus on emerging best practices to expand digital inclusion and broadband access and adoption to areas of the country that have been historically underserved, including rural, remote and Indigenous communities, people with accessibility challenges, and low income populations.
- 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
- David Farber – Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies and Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University