The Internet Governance Forum USA is a full day, annual conference taking place at George Washington University in Washington, DC that brings together thought leaders from across the Internet multistakeholder community to engage in discussions about key issues that will drive the future of the Internet. Bringing together hundreds of leaders and academics, IGF-USA 2015 featured discussions on topics ranging from free speech online to the cooperation of multistakeholders. If you missed the conference, full Live Streams of each session can be found below.
Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, and helped to organize IGF-USA 2015!
Check out some highlights from IGF-USA 2015 attendees:
Attendees of IGF-USA 2015 gathered in the George Washington University’s Grand Ballroom for the plenary session of the conference.
The Internet Society – DC Chapter’s David Vyorst welcomed the attendees of IGF-USA 2015.
Susan Aaronson, GWU Professor and IIEP affiliate faculty member, addressed the attendees of IGF-USA 2015 as an organizer of the conference.
IGF-USA 2015 organizer Shane Tews addressed the audience during the event’s plenary session.
Larry Strickling of the US Chamber of Commerce provided a plenary keynote address.
Organizer Marilyn Cade spoke with Larry Strickling in a plenary session of IGF-USA 2015.
Oracle’s Joe Alhadeff, PayPal’s Usman Ahmed, Burcu Kilic, and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Edward Alden discuss the future of digital trade in a panel moderated by IIEP’s Professor Susan Aaronson.
Greg Barber, Jennifer Hanley, Tanya Lokot, Courtney Radsch, Heather West, and Lara Ballard discussed the balance between protecting against online “trolls” and protecting free speech.
Steve Crocker, ICANN’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, spoke during the plenary session of IGF-USA 2015 with Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Vint Cerf.
Christian Dawson, Harvey Rishikof, Kevin Bankston, and Jumana Musa discuss digital rights in the USA.
IGF-USA 2015’s panel on technological innovation and its potential to disrupt was as creative as its topic – bringing in the disgruntled “Customer X” to symbolize a typical skeptic consumer.
Fiona Alexander, Becky Burr, Steve Crocker, David Redl, and Matthew Shears discussed IANA’s transition and the future of ICANN accountability.
Photos from The Internet Society Canada, Shane Tews, Desiree van Welsum, David Morar, and Chris Mondini.
8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:20 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:20-11:00 Keynote Presentations:
Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Steve Crocker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ICANN
11:15-12:45 Panel Workshops:
Truth and Trolls: Dealing with Toxic Speech While Protecting Free Speech Online
Global Solutions for an Ethical IoT Built on Trust and Security
Critical Internet Resources: An Update on Progress and Challenges Remaining for the Transition of IANA Stewardship and Enhancing ICANN Accountability
The Digital Trade Imbalance: There is an Imbalance in Trade Strategies Between the U.S. and Many of its Trade Partners
1:00-2:00 Lunch and Keynotes:
Julie Zoller, Department of State
Kathryn Brown, President and CEO, the Internet Society
2:00-3:30 Panel Workshops:
The Politics of Innovation: Can the Internet Cause Too Much Disruption?
Encryption, Backdoors, Cybersecurity, and Privacy
Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation
The State of Digital Rights and Free Expression Online
3:45-4:15 Keynote: Connecting the World
Catherine A. Novelli, Undersecretary of State and Senior Coordinator for International Information Technology Diplomacy
4:15-5:15 Plenary Panel: Connecting the Next Billion
5:15-6:00 Closing Plenary
6:00-7:15 Reception and Refreshments
IGF-USA 2015 sponsors included ARIN, Disney, ICANN, the Internet Society, the Public Interest Registry, Verisign, Microsoft, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, NetChoice, Verizon, the Software and Information Industry Association, and Wiley Rein.