Breakout Session | 1:30 p.m.

Taking A Holistic Approach to the Internet of Things


IoT devices and their implementations can create weaknesses that compromise the security of individuals, homes, businesses, and industrial control systems. Global efforts such as the IGF IoT dynamic coalition can help to frame and manage risk in the IoT ecosystem. The panel will discuss potential vulnerabilities and ways to mitigate risks when low-cost or high-longevity devices, some with no security or with software that is not designed to be updated or is not supported, are installed in a network, potentially creating the weakest link in the organization’s IT environment.

Refrences: Dynamic Coalition on Internet of Things



Dan Caprio

The Providence Group

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Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff for a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan was a representative for the United States delegation revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.


Evelyn Remaley

NTIA's Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD)

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Since she landed her first job after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Evelyn Remaley has worked on issues that explore the intersection of the Internet and society. In addition to helping to manage the office's activities and staff, Remaley has been tasked with leading NTIA's cybersecurity efforts, which will likely include reaching out to stakeholders on the best way to help them address cybersecurity challenges.

After graduating from Catholic University's law school in 2003, Remaley stayed in Washington and went to work for MCI Worldcom where she focused on Internet security and privacy issues.

She then spent nine years at Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant working with federal agencies such as the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security on cybersecurity issues.

Adiel A. Akplogan

Vice President for Technical Engagement at ICANN

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With more than 25 years experience in the ICT industry (15 specifically on the Internet Technology area), Adiel has previously worked as CEO for AFRINIC (The African Network Information Centre), IT Director for Symbol Technology/Motorola in France (2001-2003) and Director of New Technology at CAFÉ Informatique in Togo (1994-2000). Recognized as one of the Internet Technology pioneers in Africa, he has contributed to technical capacity building and actual deployment of some of the first private ISPs in Africa from 1996-1999.

During his career, Adiel has served as volunteer in Boards or Advisory Committees of many global & international organizations such as the UN Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF-MAG from 2006-2009), the Technical Advisory Committee of the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (ATAC/UNECA from 2005-2006), the Executive Council of the Number Resource Organization (NRO – 2005-2015 as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer), the High Level ICANN's Strategic Panel on its role in the Internet Governance ecosystem (2013-2014), the Africa Union's AXIS program Steering Committee (2012-2015), the Africa Network Operators Group and the Africa Internet Summit's Administration and Program committee (AFNOG/AIS – 2000-2015) and the OIF's (Organisation International de la Francophonie) Expert Group on Internet Governance (since 1999).

With a strong passion for Internet technology and its impact on human development, he has also actively contributed to the setup of several technical coordination bodies in Africa such as the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), The Africa Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) which he has lead for the past 10 years, the African ccTLD Managers Association (AfTLD), AfricaCERT, Afria Internet Summit (AIS), etc ...

Adiel Akplogan is an Electrical Engineer and holds a Masters in E-Business and New Technology Management from Paris Graduate School of Management. He leaves and works from Montreal (Canada).

Anne Hobson

R Street Institute

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Anne Hobson is an associate fellow of the R Street Institute, specializing in free-market approaches to emerging technologies, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the sharing economy. She is a current fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, a professional organization.

Anne previously served as a policy associate at Facebook’s Washington office. She is an alumna of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship at George Mason University, where she worked with the technology policy program.

She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s in international studies and received her master’s degree in applied economics from George Mason University.

Nathan Wineinger

21st Century Wilberforce Initiative

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Nathan works to support and guide 21CWI’s policy advocacy agenda, coalitions development and deployment, and student engagement. At this nexus he sees the vital role of technology within 21CWI’s tree part model of Advocacy, Capacity, and Technology for the advancement of global protections for freedom of religion and conscience around the world. His works has supported confirmation of U.S. Ambassadors, writing legislation, requiring human rights provisions within arms sales, and building relationships that support capacities of foreign parliamentarians to use and deploy resources around human rights. He also speaks about the importance of religious freedom and the threats posed to all religious groups around the world to students, on radio, and to other activists.

His background includes both international development capacity building around health and zoonotic disease, and coalitions and capacity building among public media organizations for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Nathan holds a Master’s of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in both Economics and Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis.

Julie Kearney

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Consumer Technology Association

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Julie Kearney is vice president of regulatory affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the technology trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry and owner and producer of the world’s most important technology event, the CES®. Kearney represents CTA’s 2,200 member companies before the FCC, FTC, FDA, and other government agencies. Prior to CTA, she held positions in government affairs at NPR, in MCI’s International Affairs group, and as an associate at Haley Bader & Potts (now Garvey Schubert Barer).

Kearney currently serves as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and is a past chair of the FCBA Foundation and a trustee of the CTA Foundation. She has been recognized as one of Dealerscope Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40.” Kearney recently completed six terms as CTA’s representative on the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and she serves on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law with a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. A trained singer, Julie has sung with many choruses in the Washington, DC area, most recently with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

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