IGF-USA 2022 Session

Net Breakup—Can the Global Internet survive war and geopolitics?

Thursday, July 21

4:00 – 5:15 PM EDT

In the Internet 2.0 world, there has been much discussion of the digital divide, limited rural broadband access, and limited funding, but solutions have proven to be elusive. How are the challenges with equity as the Internet evolves? This IGF-USA session will focus on local challenges in Internet access, adoption, and affordability and how they affect community outcomes. The goals of this session are to improve our understanding of meaningful access, where the gaps exist, why they exist, and how to best address these needs.

Eric Burger

Research Director, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), Virginia Tech

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Eric Burger is Research Professor of NextG Security and Affiliated Research Professor of Public Policy at Virginia Tech. Prior to Virginia Tech, he was Research Professor of Computer Science and the founding Director of the NSF Security and Software Engineering Research Center at Georgetown University. He served in the Federal Government as the Assitant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the CTO of the Federal Communications Commission. In industry he was CTO of Neustar, DCTO and VP Engineering at BEA Systems, and CTO of a number of public and private network equipment manufacturers. He started in telecommunications at MCI and Cable & Wireless. Dr. Burger currently serves on the board of the Public Interest Registry and the Foundation for Resilient Society, as well as a number of other companies. He is a past board member of the Internet Society. He has published over 20 IETF, 3GPP, and W3C documents.

John Morris

Principal, Internet Policy and Advocacy

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John Morris is the Principal, Internet Policy and Advocacy at the Internet Society. With a career in technology policy spanning the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, before joining the Internet Society, Morris held the position of senior non-resident fellow with the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, served under two presidential administrations as a career member of the Senior Executive Service at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), served as General Counsel of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), and the Director of CDT’s Internet Standards, Technology and Policy Project. Earlier in his career, Morris was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block, where he litigated a wide variety of cases in Internet and First Amendment law and was one of the lead counsel 1997 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that speech on the Internet warranted the highest level of protection under the U.S. Constitution. Morris received his B.A. magna cum laude with distinction from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Nazak Nikakhtar

Partner, Wiley

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The Honorable Nazak Nikakhtar brings over two decades of experience in international trade and national security to help clients succeed in the domestic and global marketplace. Through leadership roles in the U.S. government and private sector, Nazak has leveraged her valuable insights into the expansive range of U.S. and international laws, regulatory and policy processes, and federal agency resources to achieve clients’ business objectives. From 2018 to 2021, with unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Nazak served as the Department of Commerce’s Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis at the International Trade Administration (ITA). Nazak also fulfilled the duties of the Under Secretary for Industry and Security at Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). In these roles, Nazak was the agency’s primary liaison with U.S. industry and trade associations, and she shaped major initiatives to strengthen U.S. industry competitiveness, promote innovation, and accelerate economic and job growth. As one of the key national security experts in the U.S. government, she developed and implemented innovative laws, regulations, and policies to safeguard strategically important technologies, strengthen the U.S. industrial base, and protect the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. As the Department’s lead on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), she played a key role in shaping U.S. investment policy. As the head of the agency’s trade policy office, she advised the U.S. government on legal and economic issues impacting critical technologies, advanced manufacturing, financial services, e-commerce, data privacy, cybersecurity, critical minerals/rare earths, and energy competition. Finally, as the federal agency’s lead on supply chain assessments, Nazak spearheaded the United States’ first-ever whole-of-government initiative to evaluate and strengthen supply chains across all strategic sectors of the economy.

Sarah Oh Lam

Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

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Sarah Oh Lam is a Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. Oh completed her PhD in Economics from George Mason University, and holds a JD from GMU and a BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. She was previously the Operations and Research Director for the Information Economy Project at George Mason School of Law. She has also presented research at the 39th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and has co-authored work published in the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property among other research projects. Her research interests include law and economics, regulatory analysis, and technology policy.

Matt Larson

VP of Research, ICANN

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Matt joined ICANN staff in May, 2016, as VP of Research in the Office of the CTO. Prior to joining ICANN, he was CTO at Dyn, Inc., and spent 13 years at Verisign, finishing his time there as VP of Research and Director of Verisign Labs. He lives in Maryland and works in ICANN's Washington, D.C. office.


Melinda Clem

Co-Chair, IGF-USA