Breakout Session | 10:45 a.m.

Promoting a More Inclusive Internet


The Promoting a More Inclusive Internet Panel will look at current barriers to an inclusive Internet and explore how access can be expanded to underserved areas and underrepresented communities that are still struggling to get access.

The Internet is hailed as an enabler of economic liberty for all, but many groups in society are still offline or have limited access. As economic activity on the Internet keeps compounding, the GDP per capita will be massively impacted by the number of connected individuals.

Similarly, cultural, education and employment opportunities are tied inexorably to Internet access. During this panel, we’ll debate what solutions exist to try and bridge this gap, which is growing larger and larger, and disproportionately affects those that are low income, elderly, illiterate, female, or located in rural areas. As society becomes more and more reliant on ‘always-on’ Internet access, we’ll discuss how we can make good on the promise of the Internet to make the world a more equitable place by ensuring equal access to the Internet.

The panel will discuss these questions and many more, including:

  • Improving Internet infrastructure availability and affordability in underserved communities
  • Promoting an inclusive Internet via affordability, address availability, relevance, and readiness
  • Connecting indigenous populations and other underserved communities
  • How Internet access generates digital dividends (literacy, skills, holding institutions accountable)
  • Where are those “digital dividends” we thought the Internet would deliver?



Dr. Brandie Nonnecke

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute / SF-Bay Area ISOC Chapter

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Dr. Brandie Nonnecke is the Research & Development Manager for CITRIS, UC Berkeley and Program Director for CITRIS, UC Davis. Brandie researches the dynamic interconnections between law, policy, and emerging technologies. She studies the influence of non-binding, multi-stakeholder policy networks on stakeholder participation in internet governance and information and communication technology (ICT) policymaking. Her current research and publications can be found at

She investigates how ICTs can be used as tools to support civic participation, to improve governance and accountability, and to foster economic and social development. In this capacity, she designs and deploys participatory evaluation platforms that utilize statistical models and collaborative filtering to tap into collective intelligence and reveal novel insights (See Projects), including the California Report Card launched in collaboration with the Office of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the DevCAFE system launched in Mexico, Uganda, and the Philippines to enable participatory evaluation of the effectiveness of development interventions.

Brandie received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a Fellow at the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society and is chair of the Internet Society SF Chapter Working Group on Internet Governance.


Jane Coffin

Director of Development Strategy at the Internet Society

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Ms. Coffin is the Director of Development strategy at the Internet Society (ISOC) ( Her work focuses on coordination of collaborative strategies for expanding Internet infrastructure, access, and related capacities in emerging economies. She manages a global Internet exchange point (IXP) project and is responsible for scaling ISOC’s global community networking activities. She works closely with ISOC’s chapters, regional, public policy, and technical teams, academic, technical, and Internet community partners.

Dr. Vanu Bose

President and CEO of Vanu, Inc.

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Dr. Bose is CEO of Vanu, Inc. Founded in 1998, Vanu, Inc. pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of a software-defined radio in 2004. The company has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Software-Defined Radio Forum Achievement Award, IEEE Spectrum Magazine’s Wireless Winner, and the GSM Association Technology Award for Most Innovative Infrastructure Product. Dr. Bose has been granted the personal distinctions of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate. Dr. Bose is currently serving as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, as a member of the Army Science Board, and as a member of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program Industry Advisory Board. Dr. Bose was a technical expert for the President’s Council of Advisors (PCAST) report: Realizing the full potential of government-held spectrum to spur economic growth. Dr. Bose received his B.S, M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Chris Rezendes

Founder IOT Impact Labs

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Chris Rezendes is the Founder of INEX Advisors, INEX IoT Impact LABS and IoT Capital Partners. INEX Advisors serves Fortune 5000 enterprise, industrial and technology companies. Impact LABS is helping IoT startups and small and mid-sized businesses collaborate on IoT through INEX supported field-based pilot research. LABS partners include dozens of the most innovative companies in the world in IoT, led by Analog Devices, Dell and PTC. IoT Capital Partners is an IoT-dedicated early stage investment vehicle under construction with Roger Krakoff. Chris has 24 years’ experience in real-time, mission-critical, embedded and wireless markets as an analyst, advisor, general manager, and now, entrepreneur and investor. Chris and his partners are working with brilliant partners to instrument the physical world with intelligence and intention, for profit and productivity as well as sustainability and impact.

Maya Wiley

Senior VP for Social Justice at the New School

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Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. She has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. Ms. Wiley is currently the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at the New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy, as well as the Chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) – the independent oversight agency for the City’s Police Department.

Prior to her roles with the New School and the CCRB, Ms. Wiley served as Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York from 2014-2016. As Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief legal advisor and a member of his Senior Cabinet, Wiley was placed at the helm of the Mayor’s commitment to expanding affordable broadband access across New York City, advancing civil and human rights and gender equity, and increasing the effectiveness of the City's support for Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprises. During her tenure, she also served as the Mayor's liaison to the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Before her position with the de Blasio Administration, Ms. Wiley was the Founder andPresident of the Center for Social Inclusion. She has also worked for the Open Society Foundation in the U.S. and in South Africa, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. City and State Magazine named Ms. Wiley one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City in 2014 and in 2015. In 2011, Wiley was named one of "20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change" by and a Moves Power Woman in 2009 by the magazine.

Ms. Wiley holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A in psychology from Dartmouth College. She resides in Brooklyn with her two daughters and her partner.

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