ISOC-DC Fall ’14 – To The Next Level!

by David Vyorst on October 23, 2014


Because of our awesome community and the hard work  of our invigorated council, ISOC-DC is setting its volume to 11 this fall, so mark your calendars – 

 Save These Dates
October 29th, 2014 – ISOC-DC’S October Halloween Happy Hour, at the Science Club
1136 19th Street NW, DC
6:30 pm
November 7, 2014 – Brainstorming Breakfast, Teaism at LaFayette Park
8:30 am – 9:30 am
human_rights_logo_by_itsyouforme-d3k94t9November 17, 2014  – Human Rights, Accountability and Internet Governance. This panel event is part of ISOC-DC’S National and International Internet Governance Series at the Institute for International Economic Policy at George Washington University. 12 Noon – 1:30 pm. Details and the formal announcement will be coming shortly.
PP14 Busan2014November 19th, 2014ITU Plenipotentiary Debrief  at the Microsoft Policy and Innovation Center in Washington DC. Details and the formal announcement will be coming shortly.

cryptoDecember 1, 2014Towards a Trusted Environment Online: Backdoors into the Crypto-Promised Land. This panel event is part of ISOC-DC’S National and International Internet Governance Series at the Institute for International Economic Policy at George Washington University. 4:30 pm  – 6:00 pm. Details and the formal announcement will be coming shortly.


ISOC-DC depends on the support of our community. Please help us to continue providing quality programming and vital information and donate to ISOC-DC today.


Eventbrite registration required

Monday, September 15, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

igf.worldThis year’s Internet Governance Forum is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 2 – 5. More than 3,000 delegates will debate critical issues affecting the future of the Internet, including online privacy, censorship, cybersecurity, net neutrality, the NetMundial initiative, and the evolution of ICANN. Please join ISOC-DC for a discussion about IGF 2014. This is an audience participation event.

Discussion Leaders

Ambassador David Gross – Wiley Rein

Andrew Mack – AMGlobal

Steve DelBianco – NetChoice

Natalie Green – Public Knowledge


Michael Nelson – CCT Program, Georgetown University

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You are invited to attend:

Net Neutrality in Europe: Lessons for the US?

Eventbrite registration required.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
The Washington DC Area Chapter of the Internet Society presents:
nnNet Neutrality in Europe:  Lessons for the US?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hosted by Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center 
901 K Street NW, 11th Floor 
Washington, DC 20001
Moderator:  Michael R. Nelson, Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies, CCT Program, Georgetown University
Scott Marcus works for WIK, a leading telecommunications policy consulting firm, near Bonn, Germany. Prior to joining WIK in 2005, Scott was Senior Advisor for Internet Technology at the Federal Communications Commission. 
He analyzes European and U.S. telecommunications policy and has the advised the German government, the European Union, other governments and corporations on Internet policy and telecommunications policy.  His recent work on Net Neutrality has been influential on both sides of the Atlantic.  
Scott hold a B.A. in Political Science from the City College of New York and an M.S. from the School of Engineering at Columbia University.
Event Location:
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center
901 K Street, 11th Floor, NW
Washington, DC 20001
This event has been planned to comply with the requirements of the Legislative and Executive Branch gift rules. Executive Branch personnel wishing to attend should consult with their designated Agency Ethics Office.

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#IGF-USA2014 !!

by David Vyorst on June 22, 2014

IGF-USA 2014 Internet Governance Forum USA

The IGF-USA 2014 will be held at George Washington University, in Washington, DC on July 16th, 2014

 As you know, this has been and will continue to be a very important time for policy discussions on Internet governance. United States stakeholders need a fora both to discuss and present future policy ideas. The IGF-USA has been and should continue to be that forum. To ensure that the IGF-USA c0ntinues, The DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) has stepped in and offered to serve as the organizational home for the IGF-USA. The ISOC-DC Chapter has convened multistakeholder Administrative and Steering Committees to oversee the planning and execution of the IGF-USA 2014. ISOC-DC also seeks to establish a long term institutional framework for future IGF-USA events.

Thanks to the hard work of all involved, the IGF-USA 2014 is developing well after a very short amount of lead time. The lineup of topics is as follows, check back shortly for more details!

  • Increasing the Accountability of ICANN
  • Net Neutrality Around the World
  • Innovation and the Online World
  • Strengthening the IGF
  • Big Data, The Internet of Things, Security, Privacy, and Trust
  • The Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem
  • Human Rights in the Internet Governance Debate

Keynotes by prominent luminaries will be announced shortly as well.

Where to find the IGF-USA online The next open Steering Committee Meeting will be announced here. You can also find the IGF-USA on Facebook and Twitter.

The Administrative Committee currently includes:

  • Marilyn Cade – Chief Catalyst, IGF-USA
  • David Vyorst – ISOC-DC
  • John More – ISOC-DC
  • Michael Nelson – Microsoft
  • Eileen Donahoe – Human Rights Watch
  • Cheryl Miller – Verizon
  • Manu Bhardwaj – US Department of State
  • Christopher Hemmerlein – NTIA
  • Nazli Chourci – MIT
  • Dmitri Epstein – Cornell
  • Carolina Rossini – Public Knowledge
  • Susan Aaronson – George Washington University
  • Kyle Renner – George Washington University


Confidentiality 2020: Can We Keep Secrets Any More?

by Stephanie Duchesneau on May 11, 2014


Confidentiality 2020: Can We Keep Secrets Anymore?


Hosted by the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Microsoft Innovation & Policy

David Brin – Noted science fiction writer, futurist, and author of “The Transparent Society”

Mary Ellen Callahan – Chair, Privacy and Information Governance Practice, Jenner & Block

Greg Elin — and former Chief Data Officer, FCC

Allan Holmes — The Center for Public Integrity

Tom Lee – Director, Sunlight Labs

Mark Rasch – Chief Privacy and Data Security Officer, SAIC

Moderator: Michael Nelson – Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft


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ISOC-DC Event: Scenarios for the Future of Internet Governance

April 28, 2014

  Scenarios for the Future of Internet Governance Hosted by the DC Chapter of the Internet Society and the Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University Panel 1: What is the IANA Function? What led to the US decision to reduce its role in IANA? What are the risks and opportunities associated with this fundamental change? […]

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ISOC-DC Event: Internet Governance 2020 – Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet

January 23, 2014

Internet Governance 2020 – Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet    Hashtag #isocdc Keynote remarks from: Ambassador Daniel A. SepulvedaDeputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Featuring a panel with: Richard Beaird Senior International Policy Advisor, Wiley Rein Laura DeNardis@LauraDeNardisAssociate Professor in the School of Communication, American University […]

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ISOC-DC Panel: The Impact of gTLDs on the Internet

December 11, 2013

The Impact of gTLDs on the Internet Here’s the video: Free Eventbrite registration required: December 16, 2013 Noon – 2pmBusboys and Poets14th Street & V Street NW, Washington, DC Please join us and our distinguished panel for an important exchange of ideas intended to raise awareness of and encourage discussion about gTLDs, specifically the ways […]

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Bali and Beyond: An Internet Governance Forum Debrief

November 7, 2013

Free Eventbrite registration required. To be webcast live at: Twitter hashtag: #isocdc @isocdc We will take questions from Twitter   Late last month, more than a thousand delegates from almost a hundred countries gathered for four days at the eighth Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss a wide range of issues related to […]

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ISOC-DC Event – Wireless 2020: Spectrum Crisis or Broadband Abundance?

October 24, 2013

You are invited to attend: Wireless 2020: Spectrum Crisis or Broadband Abundance? Friday, November 1, 2013 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center | 901 K Street Northwest | Washington, DC 20001 As wireless data demand increases at dizzying rates, meeting that demand will necessarily require innovative policy choices that encourage innovation and investment. […]

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