IGF-USA 2015 Program

Marvin Center, GWU 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Plenary Breakfast (Columbian Square, 1st floor)

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Plenary (Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor)

  • Welcome Remarks by IGF-USA Organizers:  Dr. Susan Aaronson, Shane Tews, David Vyorst
  • Keynote by Larry Strickling – Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Keynote Conversation with Vinton Cerf and Steve Crocker, moderated by Nancy Scola Vinton Cerf – Chief Internet Evangelist, Former Chair of ICANN Steve Crocker – CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro. Inc and Chair, ICANN Board Nancy Scola – POLITICO

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Break and Transition to Breakouts (coffee & snacks provided in breakout rooms and Columbian Square, 1st floor) 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM – Breakout Panels

A: Truth and Trolls: Dealing with Toxic Speech while Protecting Free Speech Online Click here for bios Room: Marvin 309 Hashtag: #igfusa_trolls

Organized by: Michael Nelson- ­­­­­­­­­­Public Policy, Cloudflare @mikenelson

Moderated by: Heather West- Public Policy, Cloudflare @heatherwest


  • Tetyana Lokot – Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism @tanyalokot
  • Greg Barber – Director of Digital News Project, The Washington Post @GJBarb
  • Jennifer Hanley – Director of Legal and Policy, Family Online Safety Institute
  • Courtney Radsch – Director of Committee to Protect Journalists @courtneyr

The Internet is a powerful platform for the freedom of expression around the world, but it is also abused by people who chose to use it to spread lies, misinformation, and personal threats targeted at individuals or groups.  These individuals are “trolling.”  Many news and social networking sites struggle to keep “trolls” from posting on their sites. Employees at some news sites have even o removed their comment sections. Staff at others spend a great deal of time and effort deleting inappropriate comments. New online, invitation-only discussion forums like Parlio are forming in order to foster online communities and debate by excluding disruptive users. Some foreign governments (e.g. Korea) and some social media sites have adopted a “real name policy” requiring Web users to verify their online identity with a government-issued passport or drivers’ license. Are there better ways to preserve freedom of speech and civility online? Are there ways to use the Internet to fact-check posts and to ostracize or shame trolls? How could hate speech laws end up limiting free speech online?

B: Critical Internet Resources: An update on progress and challenges remaining for the transition of IANA stewardship and enhancing ICANN accountability Click here for bios Room: The Grand Ballroom Hashtag: #igfusa_iana

Organized & Moderated by Steve Del Bianco – Executive Director, NetChoice @SteveDelBianco


  • Fiona M. Alexander- Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce
  • Steve Crocker- CEO and Co-Founder, Shinkuro; Chair, ICANN Board
  • Becky Burr- Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy General Counsel, Neustar
  • Matthew Shears- Director, Global Internet Policy and Human Rights Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
  • David Redl- Counsel, Majority Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce @david_redl

This panel will provide an update on the IANA transition.  Our panelists will focus on how ICANN’s accountability can be enhanced. In addition, the panelists will share their perspectives regarding   whether the IANA Stewardship Transition can be completed in 2016.

C: Digital Trade Agreements as a Strategy for Internet Governance Click here for bios Room: Marvin 301 Hashtag: #igfusa_trade

Organized by: Susan Aaronson-Research Professor, George Washington University

Moderated by: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


  • Usman Ahmed- Head of Global Public Policy, PayPal Inc.
  • Joseph Alhadeff- Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Strategist, Oracle Corp.
  • Burcu Kilic- Legal Counsel, Public Citizen @burcuno
  • Susan Ariel Aaronson- Research Professor, The George Washington University @AaronsonSusan

US policymakers want to encourage cross-border information flows with binding language in three potential trade agreements: the Trade in Services Agreement at the WTO, the Transpacific Partnership between the US and 11 other nations bordering the Pacific, and TTIP-the US/EU trade agreement trade agreement. The US is working to make the free flow of information the default for trade agreements and to set clear rules regarding how and when nations can restrict cross-border information flows without breaching their trade obligations. The US argues that by reducing barriers to trade and information, individuals, firms, and governments will find it cheaper to send and store information. More people will have access to information, which in turn can boost Internet operability, economic growth, and jobs. While other countries generally support US efforts to encourage cross-border information flows, many of America’s negotiating partners disagree on what constitutes a trade barrier. For example, USTR includes both privacy rules and the lack of privacy rules as trade barriers; but the EU insists that privacy should not be considered a trade barrier and cannot be discussed in negotiations. In another example, USTR cites Chinese data localization and security requirement as digital protectionism, but China argues that such policies are necessary to protect national security and stability. Our panelists will discuss why the US is trying to include binding rules governing cross-border data flows in its future trade agreements and what such rules mean for economic growth, digital rights, and Internet stability.

D: Global Solutions for an Ethical Internet of Things (IoT) Built on Trust and Security Click here for bios Room: Marvin 310 Hashtag: #igfusa_IoT

Organized by Dan Caprio, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group and Jonathan Zuck, President, Association for Competitive Technology

Moderated by: Dan Caprio- Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group


  • Sokwoo Rhee – Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology @SokwooRhee
  • Nuala O’Connor – President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology @PrivacyMama
  • Jeff Greene – Director, Government Affairs-North America and Senior Policy Counsel, Symantec Corporation @symantec
  • Peter “Pete” Erickson – CEO/Founder, Modev and Disruptathon @peteerickson

The global Internet of Things market will grow to $1.7 trillion in 2020 from $655.8 billion in 2014, research firm IDC says.  More devices will come online and a bevy of platforms and services will grow up around them. The firm predicts that the number of “IoT endpoints,” connected devices such as cars, refrigerators etc..will grow from 10.3 million in 2014 to more than 29.5 million in 2020. Securing those end points is essential to securing the IoT ecosystem. The Asia Pacific region captured around 58% of the revenue from IoT in 2014 and will shrink slightly to 51% in 2020. In China, a large and growing population using mobile devices alongside a push to make manufacturing practices more efficient may spur a significant number of new devices and IoT standards. Well networked countries like South Korea and Singapore may also ramp up smart city initiatives. North America is expected to maintain revenue share of just more than 26% over the forecast period, while the share in Western Europe is expected to jump from 12% to about 20%. The IGF meeting in Brazil will consider the “IoT going ethical,” as technologies evolve.  In order to remain relevant in the long run, industry, civil society, and governments will need to think proactively about how to build security and privacy into new IoT products as well as how to regulate such products. Global cooperation on a range of policy issues will be critical to the development of the IoT. Since you can’t have privacy without security, this panel will explore the horizontal global considerations of IoT products and services.

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM – Break and Transition to Lunch 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM – Lunch

  • Keynote remarks by Julie Zoller – Deputy Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State @ZollerJN
  • Keynote remarks by Kathryn Brown – President and CEO, The Internet Society @KathrynCBrown

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM – Break and Transition to Breakouts (Coffee/Snacks Provided in Breakout rooms and Columbian Square, 1st floor) 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Breakout Panels

A: The Politics of Innovation: Can the Internet Cause Too Much Disruption? Click here for bios Room: Marvin 309 Hashtag: #igfusa_disrupt

Organized and Moderated by Michael Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare ­­@mikenelson


  • Meg Leta (Ambrose) Jones- Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Culture, & Technology, Georgetown University @MegLeta
  • Alan McQuinn- Research Assistant, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation @AlanMcQuinn
  • Lee Rainie- Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research, Pew Research Center @lrainie
  • Customer X- a “masked, disgruntled average customer”

Since the birth of the Internet, we have heard about the amazing benefits of the new services that the Internet will provide, and indeed social media, e-commerce, even online dating have changed the way billions of people live, work, and play. But a growing number of critics are asking whether the digital society is giving us too much data and too many distractions and if its costs outweigh its benefits. For example, is it possible that too much innovation can be a bad thing? Is the Internet contradictory—does it both increase and decrease productivity? How can Internet users sort the useful apps from the useless ones? How can we better manage our most valuable assets, our time and attention? Can we make the Internet and information technology easier to use and manage? Will growing dissatisfaction with the Internet mean that politicians (and the constituents who vote for them) will be less likely to support legislation and regulation to spur the development and use of the Internet?

B: Maintaining Trust Online: Cybersecurity, Encryption, Backdoors, and Privacy Click here for bios Room: Betts Theater Hashtag: #igfusa_cyber

Organized by: David Vyorst, Co-Founder, Relay Station Digital Strategies @DVyo and Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute @ShaneTews

Moderated by: Jon Peha- Professor, Carnegie Mellon University


  • Eric Burger – Research Professor of Computer Science and Director, The Georgetown Center for Secure Communications in Washington D.C. @ericburger
  • Robert “Bobby” Flaim- Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Information
  • Mieke Eoyang – Director, National Security Program, Third Way @MiekeEoyang
  • Nick Sullivan – Security Engineering Lead, CloudFlare, Inc @grittygrease

Few people outside of IT circles appreciate the extent to which encryption has become a cornerstone of the global economic system. The entire global banking system is dependent on strong and secure encryption to allow secure digital financial transactions. Digital financial capabilities have allowed modern economies to flourish in the digital age. Without trust in the security of these systems, the global economy would diminish. As technology evolves the security implications related to safeguarding technological infrastructure evolve simultaneously, presenting major challenges to current legal and regulatory structures. Against this backdrop, every day seems to bring new horror stories of cyber-security breaches, each more shocking than the last. Calls for enhanced cybersecurity measures including strong encryption are matched by law enforcements calls for access to the encrypted data. Law enforcement officials claim that terrorists and criminals hide behind the anonymity created by strong encryption while cryptologists and cyber security experts demand that back doors create vulnerabilities that criminals and hostile governments will certainly exploit. Can solutions be engineered that will enhance security and protect privacy without hampering law enforcement’s legitimate needs? This panel will examine these and other important questions about the future of cybersecurity in light of recent headlines.

C: WSIS+10 and Beyond: Enhancing Multi Stakeholder Engagement in Internet Governance Click here for bios Room: Marvin 301 Hashtag: #igfusa_wsis

Organized by Marilyn Cade- ­­­­­­­Principal and CEO, mCADE, ICT Strategies @MarilynCade

Moderated by: Peter Dengate Thrush- Member, United Nations Internet Governance Forum,

Multistakeholder Advisory Group @pdengatethrush


  • Marian Gordon-Director, Telecommunications & Standards, Department of State
  • Carolyn Nguyen- Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft
  • Laura DeNardis- Professor, School of Communication, American University @LauraDeNardis
  • David Gross- Partner, Wiley Rein
  • Matthew Shears- Director, Global Internet Policy and Human Rights Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
  • Carolina Rossini- Vice President, International Policy and Strategy, Public Knowledge @carolinarossini

In 2015, the United Nation’s General Assembly will review the World Summit on Information Society [WSIS] Implementation, as WSIS achieves its 10th anniversary. This review has already benefitted from UNESCO, ITU, and CSTD contributions, and now, the UN General Assembly [UNGA] is set to evaluate its progress and decide its future for how WSIS and Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] will merge or co-exist in the post 2015 development agenda. The UNGA has, via its resolution 68/302 defined the outlines for the process of inclusion of stakeholders in the WSIS +10 Review. This process includes opportunities to engage in both substantive online contributions and in person with stakeholders. IGF-USA WSIS+10/Internet governance for post 2015 session is a town hall approach that will hear from experts in brief statements, and then engage in a 60 minute town hall session providing feedback on the WSIS+10 Review document, the UNESCO Connecting the Dots Study, the ITU facilitated Outcomes Document from high level event, and on other aspects of engagement in the WSIS +10 processes.

D: Digital Rights in the USA Click here for bios Room: Marvin 310 Hashtag: #igfusa_rights

Organized and Moderated by Robert Guerra- Founder, Privaterra @netfreedom


  • Jumana Musa- Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kevin Bankston- Director, New America’s Open Technology Institute @KevinBankston
  • Harvey Rishikof- Senior Counsel, Crowell and Moring
  • Christian Dawson- President, Servint @mrcjdawson

As citizens in the world’s leading Internet economy, Americans benefit from strong respect for the protection of digital rights. We define digital rights as the ability to access, use, create, and publish digital technologies. The UN Human Rights Council says that the rights to human beings that apply offline must also apply online; these include the rights to privacy, property, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and access to information and knowledge. But many human rights groups that assess these rights around the world point to growing evidence that US digital rights are deteriorating. This panel will examine the state of digital rights in the USA.

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Break and Transition to Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Keynote “Connecting the World”

  • Catherine Novelli – Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment @CathyNovelli

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM – Plenary Panel

Connecting the Next Billion

Organized by Marilyn Cade, ­­­­­­­Principal and CEO, mCADE, ICT Strategies @MarilynCade, Judith Hellerstein- Founder/CEO of Hellerstein & Associates @judithh15, and Garland McCoy, Founder, Technology Education Institute

Moderated by: Manu Bhardwaj- Senior Advisory and Staff Coordinator to the Under Secretary for

Technology and Internet Policy Matters, Department of State


  • Cheryl Miller – Director, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon @Techiechica
  • Christopher Burns – Acting Director, Digital Development team, USAID @cmitchellbums
  • Jane Coffin – Director, Development Strategy, Internet Society @jane_coffin
  • Will Hudson- Senior Advisor, International Policy, Google
  • Sonia Jorge- Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet @SoniaA4AI
  • Kevin Martin- Vice President, Mobile and Global Access Policy, Facebook

Three billion people are “connected” to the Internet by 2014—signifying progress since the World Summit on the connectivity aspects toward achieving the Information Society.  But connectivity as of 2015 has many aspects, such as how often, how fast, ease of connection, what devices are used to provide access, and whether content is available in multiple languages for multiple applications, which users really find useful. Meanwhile, companies are developing new applications to serve banking, healthcare and other growing sectors of the global digital economy. The digital online world is not a future but the reality that must drive awareness for all stakeholders that a broadened definition of access – connectivity, devices, capability, content and information – is a basic and fundamental requirement. This plenary session will describe how today’s 3 Billion users are connected and advance connectivity solutions and approaches for the next billion and beyond.  Panelists will share examples of current work and look to the future for what may be needed post 2015 to advance the engagement of suppliers of infrastructure, devices, and content and information, as the post WSIS +10 agenda drives changing roles of users, civil society, governments and the UN agencies. “Connecting the Next Billion” is also a key intercessional activity of the IGF2015, supported by a Working Group of the IGF-USA. The session will reference a recommendation for Connecting the Next Billion as a work in progress output statement from the Working Group and invite participants to join with the Working Group in further discussions.

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM – Closing Plenary 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM – Reception (Columbian Square, 1st floor)