IGF-USA will take place July 21, 2010 #IGF

The second Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is taking place today July 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The one-day event offers expert panels and workshops on important global Internet governance issues, as well as a plenary session on the continuation of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum.

IGF USA is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. It provides a domestic forum in the US to engage civil society, government, technologists, research scientists, industry and academia, helping to create partnerships, coalitions and dialogues that demonstrate best practices and help move policy forward.

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8:15    Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45 Opening Ceremony

Marilyn Cade, ICT Strategies, Moderator

      • Welcome:  Judith C. Areen, Interim Dean and Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
      • Introductory Remarks:  Pablo G. Molina, CIO, Georgetown Law
      • Remarks: Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, Internet Governance Forum
      • Remarks:  Ambassador Philip Verveer, US State Department

9:45 -10:00 Coffee Break

10:15-11:45  Workshops and Scenario Breakout Sessions:

  1. A National Framework for Cyber security: The U.S. Approach and Implications for Internet Governance Discussions
    Cyber security is a multi-faceted issue and requires attention to both strategic and operational efforts to make progress.   Five overarching areas for focus include (1) development of a national strategy; (2) collaboration between government and industry; (3) combating cyber crime; (4) incident response; and (5) building a culture of cyber security/awareness.
    This session will explore how the U.S. is addressing each of the areas, where there are opportunities for improvement and obstacles to progress, where we need to work with international partners, and how cyber security contributes to Internet Governance globally.  The panelists will share their initiatives, successes and observations in these five areas, followed by interactive engagement with the session participants.
    Moderators: Liesyl Franz, Vice President, Information Security and Global Public Policy, TechAmerica; and Audrey Plonk, Global Security and Internet Policy Specialist, Intel Corporation
      • Cheri McGuire, Director, Critical Infrastructure & Cyber security, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft and Chair, Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT-SCC)
      • Don Codling, Unit Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation
      • Scott Algeier, Executive Director, IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC)
      • Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Project on Freedom, Security and Technology, Center for Democracy and Technology
      • Adam Palmer, Norton Lead Cyber Security Advisor, Symantec Corporation

Scenario Breakout Sessions:

    • Scenarios are a way of examining trends and possible futures that recognizes drivers and external activities that affect outcomes, in our case, of Internet governance. These sessions will use an adaptation of scenario thinking to examine and discuss three possible futures for Internet Governance by the year 2020. The discussion from the breakouts will form the basis of a plenary session later in the afternoon, and contribute to input into the IGF 2010 in Vilnius from the IGF USA.
  1. Scenario:  Internet Islands:
    Facilitators: Garland McCoy, Andrew Mack, Iren Borissova
    • It’s the year 2010.  Government, businesses, civil society and citizens everywhere have recognized the transformational power of the Internet as it creates a new world that is connected as never before.  However, by 2020 the unitary Internet as we know it is no more.  Concerns over national security and cybercrime concerns lead to calls for “safe zones” on the net.  Governments tax e-commerce as a way to address budget deficits and trade barriers are constructed, closing off markets for goods and information.  Mega-companies construct their own walls to keep criminals out and customers in.  At the same time the digital divide grows quickly as poorer nations and smaller companies cannot afford to keep up with the new security requirements and the entry fees needed to gain entry to the secure parts of the web.  Large parts of the world find themselves “outside the wall” and are left to fend for themselves, facing a combination of rapacious criminals, radical groups and bottom-feeding enterprises selling high cost security services.
    • For those on an Internet Island, life goes on, albeit in a more limited way than before.  Those without access are literally adrift, as advances in finance, education, healthcare and transportation – all dependent on the free moving data – are cut off.
  1. Scenario:  Global Government for the Internet
    Facilitators:  Steve DelBianco; Walda Roseman; Janice LeChance
    • Most of us assume that the ICT industry, media companies, and NGOs will continue to be the leading players on the Internet stage, with governments playing just a supporting role.  This scenario describes an alternate future, where citizens and industry worldwide demand that their governments take center stage to clean up an Internet that had become infected with dangerous content and criminal conduct.
  1. Scenario:  Users Reign
    Facilitators:  Jonathan Godfrey, Dan O’Neill; Pablo Molina
    • Social networks and online applications ‘in the clouds are far advanced by 2020; and in many ways, innovation and users’ rights are drivers.  The economic crisis and environmental concerns from the early days of the 2010-2012 years have been addressed in a way that has seemingly calmed and addressed concerns about privacy and security in the online worlds. Introduction of mandated digital citizenship training in preschools and primary schools has spread around the world. Advances in software and other technological advances have made it possible to rely on network [cloud] based language translation and young people, in particular are avid, and full users of the always switched on world of applications and services.
    • However, the advent of the always, switched on world has introduced a new form of digital divide – the divide between millineuls, and the ‘other users’ of the online world.  The reliance on appliances and networks drives huge consumption of energy, and the search for solutions in energy and disposal of ‘e-waste’ continues.
    • Climate change and environmental pressures have continued to grow, and the formerly called developing countries  have established strict prohibition rules against digital dumping, of both physical and ‘soft’ waste, but these are largely undertaken via voluntary efforts focused at consumer awareness and much easier to use mechanisms to deal with disposal and impact on the environment.  However, the role of intellectual property protection is unclear, and in many ways, users are left on their own to find solutions to challenges they encounter ‘online’.

11:45-1:00    Networking Lunch is provided – Hart Auditorium Reception Area

1:15-3:00     Concurrent Workshops:

  1. Workshop:  The Promise and Challenges of Cloud Computing

    • Cloud Computing  holds great promise both to customers and entrepreneurs, in the United States and around the world. Cloud computing offers users—including governments and enterprises—the opportunity to pay only for the computing they use rather than maintaining all their computing needs and resources themselves. For innovators, the cloud offers a greatly reduced cost of entry into a market heretofore dominated by big players.
    • However, there are policy challenges to be addressed.  Fully realizing this potential requires unprecedented cooperation between the industry, consumers and governments to ensure individual privacy, data security and ensure confidence in the remote storage of critical information.  Not all are optimistic about the future of cloud computing because of the centralization of personal information, concentrated threats to security and the questions it raises about national sovereignty.
    • This panel will explore some of the opportunities that cloud computing represents as well as challenges and potential pitfalls in the public policy arena which could make or break those opportunities in the coming years.
    Moderator: Jonathan Zuck, President, Association for Competitive Technology


      • John Morris, General Counsel, CDT
      • Dan Castro, Senior Analyst, ITIF
      • Jack Seuss, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO, University of Maryland
      • Evan Burfield, Chairman and CEO, Synteractive
      • Marc Berejka, Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce
    • Respondent: Michael J. Nelson, Visiting Professor, University of Georgetown
  1. Workshop: Critical Internet Resources
    • This panel focuses not only on the “what” of critical Internet resources but on how to ensure that the underlying principles that have led to the Internet’s success persist in the face of security challenges.  These principles include openness (open standards, open technologies), accessibility transparency, bottom-up decision-making, cooperation and multi-stakeholder engagement.  Key to implementing these principles is also a broadened understanding of the role of the infrastructure providers, such as global and national Internet Services/Connectivity providers who build and operate the backbones and edge networks. The panel will also address some of the implications for the implementation of DNSSEC and IPv6 on a national basis that contribute to the security and resiliency of CIR on a global basis.
    Moderator:  Robert Guerra, Freedom House
      • Trent Adams, ISOC
      • Matt Larson, VeriSign
      • Steve Ryan, ARIN
      • Patrick Jones, ICANN
      • Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T
  1. Workshop:   e-Crimes and Malicious Use in the DNS: Implications and
    • The online world and the Internet are continuing to expand at exponential rates, with the rapid spread of the Internet into broadband and mobile. As more and more users, and more applications move into the online world, concerns about online crimes and malicious threats to the Internet and to users also grow.
    • This workshop will examine the range and scope of the kinds of online crimes and malicious use of the Domain Name System.  For instance, scam artists are hiding identity by hosting a website with false information, or a phisher registers a domain intended to resemble a famous brand.  Consumers and businesses can be victims of abuse, and legitimate service providers are seeing crime and fraud in the network.
    • This session covers some of very real time examples of the fight against DNSrelated abuse such as phishing, malware and fraudulent uses of domain names.  Members of the panel will also comment on the scope and growth expected in various kinds of fraud and abuse as the domain name space continues to grow exponentially and the use of DNS Security (DNSSEC) as part of a mitigation strategy.


    • Moderator:  Jim Galvin, Title: Director, Strategic Relationships and Technical Standards, Afilias
      • Garth Bruen, KNUJON
      • Doug Isenberg, Attorney at Law, GigaLawFirm – remote participant
      • Shaundra Watson, Counsel for International Consumer Protection
      • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
      • John Berryhill, Intellectual Property Lawyer
      • Bobbie Flaim, FBI
      • Margie Milam, Senior Policy Advisor, ICANN
      • Matt Serlin,  MarkMonitor – remote participant
    Respondents:   Suzanne Sene, NTIA
    Sarah Deutsch, Verizon
  1. Best Practice Forum: Considerations on Youth Online Safety in an
    • “always switched on” world
    • The topic of youth experiences on line are drawing attention in the US, and around the globe.  During 2010, in the U.S., discussions, and activities received both governmental and private sector attention, and a new report was provided to the U.S. Congress: “Youth Safety on a Living Internet” in early June.
    • The topics addressed by this report —  risks young people face; the status of industry voluntary efforts; practices related to record retention; and the development of approaches and technologies to shield children from inappropriate content or experiences via the Internet –is also a very active topic in global arenas, including the global IGF 2010, to be held in Lithuania, in September.  In fact, the discussions on a global basis seem to mirror and reflect the topics examined by the Online Safety and Technology Working Group and the questions and topics that will be discussed in this forum.
    • Moderator: Danny Weitzner, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development U.S. Department of Commerce
        • Michael W. McKeehan, Executive Director, Internet and Technology Policy, Verizon
        • Braden Cox, Policy Counsel, NetChoice Coalition
        • Anne Collier, via remote participation [Invited]
        • Jennifer Hanley, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)
        • Stacie Rumenap, Stop Child Predators
          • Morgan C. Little, Elon University Graduate, Political Science, American University
          • Jane Coffin, NTIA: comments on some of the global activities
        • Bessie Pang, Executive Director, POLCYB

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:15 Afternoon Plenary Session

3:15-3:45 Speaker: Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Internet

      • Policy, White House

3:50 Outcomes of Scenario Stories – Implications for the Internet Governance

    Debate and for the IGF
    Presentations of Scenarios and Observations for Internet Governance:

“Internet Islands”; “Global Government for the Internet”; “Users Reign”

    Moderator: Marilyn Cade
    Panel of Respondents and Audience Participation:
      • Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
      • Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation
      • Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies; XS4All Professor, Delft University of Technology [Remote]
      • Michael J. Nelson, Professor, Georgetown University
      • Phil Bond, President and CEO, TechAmerica
      • Leslie Martinkovics, Verizon Communications
      • Richard Beaird, Senior Deputy United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy,  U.S Department of State
      • Kirsten Bennett, Communications Fellow, Elon University
      • Audience Participants
    • Summing Up: Moderator

5:00 – 5:30 Closing Session – Introduction by Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator,

    Office of International Affairs, NTIA

Markus Kummer, Executive Secretariat, IGF

Remarks: Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and

        • Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
    IGF 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Invitation to Reception: ISOC DC Chapter