Breakout Session | 10:45 a.m.

Smarter Networks


The open architecture and shared governance of the Internet fosters innovation. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, told attendees at the world mobile conference in Barcelona on February 28, that a light regulatory touch is needed to assure investment needed “to create the smart networks – rather than dumb pipes – necessary for future technologies.” This vision of smart networks is inspiring, and deserves exploration.

In this panel we will discuss four recent innovations that will make the Internet smarter, and how they are influenced by Internet governance.

  1. Glass to Glass Internet Ecosystem (GGIE) for Video production and distribution.
  2. Blockchain
  3. Resource naming systems
  4. Artificial intelligence



Jonathan Zuck

Innovators Network Foundation

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Jonathan Zuck is the Executive Director of the Innovators Network Foundation ( a 501c(3) focused on issues surrounding global unemployment and workforce development. Prior to that Jonathan was the President of ACT|The App Association (, representing app makers to policy makers. A popular speaker, Jonathan has been asked to speak on technology policy issues at conferences and before legislatures around the world, particularly on intellectual property and internet governance. A former software developer, Jonathan brings a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and government. Finally, Jonathan is an award winning photographer and filmmaker whose work can be found here.


Glenn Deen

Comcast NBC Universal

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Glenn Deen is a Comcast Distinguished Engineer and NBCUniversal Sr. Director of Networking and Distribution Technology. He’s active in the IETF, ICANN, IGF, M3AAWG, CTA, and cybersecurity communities. His current passion is advancing the state of the art of Internet Video especially video's use of IPv6. He’s based at NBCUniversal's studios in Los Angeles.

Thomas Bascom

Internet Names for Discovery and Interoperability

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Thomas Bascom is President of Internet Names for Discovery and Interoperability (INDI.NGO). INDI.NGO is developing a new naming system for internet resources that supports discovery and interoperability. Over 30 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary technology and product development teams in enterprise software, telecommunications, civilian space, and defense industries. He is-well-versed in emerging technology markets and intellectual property matters.

Tim Estell

Solutions Architect at BAE Systems

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Tim Estell is a Solutions Architect within the Intelligence & Security sector at BAE Systems, Inc., a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, IT products and services, as well as intelligence analysis support to the U.S. Government. At BAE Systems, Tim supports current and future programs through the innovative application of technologies such as cloud computing, cyber reasoning calculus, modular open systems architectures, cyber threat remediation, and rapid prototyping. He has more than 30 years of Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community experience in network and computer engineering, computer security, and operational support. His career also includes eight years in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an officer involved in Ground Launch Cruise Missile crews and flight squadron operations management.

Mercina Tillemann-Dick

Chief Operating Officer of the Global Blockchain Business Council

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Mercina Tillemann-Dick currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Experienced in strategic planning and communications, Mercina Tillemann-Dick has spent her career translating complex ideas for broad audiences in the public and private sectors. Tillemann-Dick has advised state and national governments on issues involving public health and youth. Whether crafting pandemic plans for the City of Houston, initiating paradigm-shifting public health legislation or introducing and organizing the TED conference at Yale, Tillemann-Dick is used to building things from the ground up. While working with Janssen’s Global Public Health Group, she drafted congressional testimony, authored publications and spearheaded multiple public information initiatives. She has worked in the offices of the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and for the Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress. In 2013, Tillemann-Dick co-founded A Curated Dialogue, a consultancy dedicated to sharing and shaping ideas through precise and approachable media. She has a degree in Bioethics, Law and Political Science from Yale University.

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