ISOC-DC EVENT: MONEY 2020 – Bitcoin and Beyond

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Eventbrite registration required.


BITCOIN & digital money 
For years, technologists have been working on apps to make moving money as easy as sending an e-mail–and as anonymous as cash. Bitcoin has attracted a huge amount of attention and hundreds of millions of dollars from investors. But is it the future of digital money or will there be a Bitcoin 2.0–or something totally different? What are the technological, legal, and regulatory challenges posed by Bitcoin and similar forms of digital money? Will digital money make friction-free e-commerce possible around the globe or will laws to limit money laundering and sales of illegal goods and services limit anonymous “digital cash.”
Join us for a group discussion with five experts (and the audience) on Bitcoin and similar services:
Moderator:  Timothy B. Lee, Senior correspondent at, covering technology and economics
Discussion Leaders
James J. Angel, Ph.D., CFA, Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Catherine D. Pelker, Federal Bureau of Investigation
John Collins, Head of Government Affairs, Coinbase
Peter Van Valkenburgh, Research Director, Coincenter
Organized by the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (
Hosted by WeWork Chinatown

ISOC-DC Event: Government Surveillance & The Future of the Internet

Eventbrite Registration Required:  

Webcast Live at  

Monday, May 18, 2015 from 12:30 PM2:00 PM

Governments have a special responsibility among stakeholders to make the Internet secure.  However, the Snowden revelations revealed that many governments, including the US, use the Internet to monitor, spy on and attack other governments, organizations, individuals and businesses. In March, we also learned that China is using the Great Cannon, a new malware tool to censor information.  These revelations have stimulated a global backlash against pervasive Government data collection, Internet surveillance, and government use of malware and netizens are increasingly worried about Internet stability and security.

On May 18, 12:30-2, The Institute for International Economic Policy at The George Washington University (IIEP) and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) will jointly host a moderated discussion between Bruce Schneier, noted authority on cybersecurity and Chris Riley, Vice President and Head of Public Policy at Mozilla.

Our panel will discuss how increasing surveillance and use of malware could impact the future of the Internet, including:

  • Increased pressure from law enforcement for backdoors to encryption;
  • Increased calls for data localization (as in France);
  • International pressure influencing the IANA transfer;
  • Less legal emphasis/protections on privacy at national levels;
  • Less trust in government policies and strategies to maintain Internet stability;
  • The threat of Internet fragmentation.


Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist and Author

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books – including his latest best-seller Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive – as well as hundreds of articles and essays, and many more academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram,” and his blog “Schneier on Security,” are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, served on several government technical committees, and is regularly quoted in the press.

Chris Riley, Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.

This panel is organized by Dr. Susan Aaronson and Kyle Renner of IIEP and David Vyorst of the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society and is part of a larger seminar series. We are grateful to an anonymous donor for their support of these seminars.

IPN ISOC Presents: 2nd Annual IPN Conference in Washington, DC – InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG)

IPN ISOC Presents: 2nd Annual IPN Conference in Washington, DC – InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG).


Coming Monday, May 18th, 2015!

2nd Annual IPN Speakers Conference

Showcasing Delay & Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN): the Emerging Standard for Space Data Communications

Last year’s IPN speaking event—Space Technology Innovations: Enabling Exploration Above, Improving Life Below—presented how DTN can enable space data communications as well as provide network services in constrained terrestrial network environments. This year we are focusing upon DTN in the space arena. Our speakers include:

  • Vint Cerf (Google VP, co-author of TCP-IP, one of the “fathers of the Internet—and IPN-ISOC board member) will provide an overview of InterPlanetary Networking.
  • The NASA/Boeing team (Brett Willman & Suzanne Davidson) working on DTN aboard the International Space Station
  • The NASA team (David Israel & Donald Cornwell) who concluded the very successful Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration in late 2013 and who are planning the 2017 Laser Relay Communication Demonstration.
  • Scott Burleigh (JPL’s chief DTN architect) will be explaining recent significant enhancements to the ION DTN distribution (the distribution currently in use on ISS).
  • Keith Scott leads the Consultative Consortium for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) DTN working group that is standardizing DTN protocols for use in civilian space missions.  He will talk about the Bundle Protocol becoming one of the networking protocols being standardized for space communication as part of the Solar System Internet (the other is IP).
  • Scott Pace is the Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. He will be speaking about the increasing importance of space policies as more nation states engage and collaborate in space exploration.

Admission is free and breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided—but you MUST register to attend. Physical attendance is limited to 150 people. The event will be webcast on the Internet Society’s LiveStream channel and presentations will be available on YouTube for VOD streaming after the event.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Speakers conclude at 4:30 p.m. IPN-ISOC Meeting follows immediately after and concludes at 6 p.m.

Boeing is hosting our event at their Long Bridge facility at:

929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202
Building 95-929

Register at: our EventBrite registration site

A speaker bio page will be posted soon.


Tonight, 3/31/15: Digital Trust and the Future of the Global Marketplace

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 6:30 PM8:30 PM

This event will be Livestreamed live:

Eventbrite registration required.

trustmeThe Internet has made it easier than ever for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to participate in the global marketplace. But they face a number of public policy challenges related to cybersecurity, privacy, and trade. Chief among them is how to establish trust across far flung geographies and cultures. How can security experts, businesses, governments, and policy makers meet the complex tasks necessary to maintain the trust needed to ensure the future of global innovation – the lifeblood of economic growth?

Join our distinguished panel for a robust conversation that will cover:

  • What can the private sector do to improve trust in the global digital marketplace?
  • How can public policy and trade policy set clear rules of the road to help businesses and entrepreneurs succeed globally?
  • What can be done when conflicting national laws apply to a global service? Who has jurisdiction?
  • What are the basics of security, privacy, and copyright policy that businesses need to know?

The Panel

Jake Colvin – Executive Director of the Global Innovation Forum and Vice President at the National Foreign Trade Council

Adam C. Schlosser – Director Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Danielle Kehl – Policy Analyst, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Eric Burger – Director (General Manager) of the Georgetown Center for Secure Communications (GCSC) and the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC at Georgetown)


Michael Nelson – Public Policy at Cloudflare, Inc.

 This event is brought to you by your friends at ISOC-DC and the WeWork Wonderbread Factory.

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IGF-USA 2015 Kick-Off Meeting

Please join us for an open multi-stakeholder meeting to begin planning for the IGF-USA 2015. Eventbrite registration is required. This meeting is open to all stakeholders who wish to make a positive contribution to the IGF-USA for 2015. Remote participation will be available and details will be posted shortly.

Eventbrite - IGF-USA 2015 Multistakeholder Kick-Off Meeting

Upcoming Events


Governments and Internet Governance 

Institute for International Economic Policy 
The George Washington University
1957 E Street – 6th floor
Washington , DC

Monday January 26, 2015
12:30 – 2:00 pm

This event will be streamed live at

Eventbrite Registration Required – Click Here



ISOC-DC & ISOC Canada Happy Hour

Join us, and our friends from Chapters near and far for a warm winter meet and greet with the Chapter and other special guests.

January 13th
The Science Club
1136 19th Street NW
Washington, DC
6:30 pm – 

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Beyond The Dot 2015

If you work with brands and are interested in Internet issues and policy, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity: Reduced tickets for ISOC DC members to the Beyond the Dot Conference at the Newseum on Jan. 21st are available! Speakers include bestselling author and social media expert Dr. James Fowler and Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and a member of the U.S.-China Security Review Commission; Debbie Cohn, Former Commissioner For Trademarks: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and Akram Atallah, President of the Global Domains Division at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Visit to register today, and use code BTDISOC15 to receive the discount!

Save the Date

Our next panel event in collaboration with the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) at The George Washington University will be on January 26th during lunchtime –

Governments and Internet Governance

Despite their long experience in global and domestic governance, policymakers from many nations struggle to find their way in Internet governance. Although policymakers can regulate the Internet within their borders and are the only actors at venues such as the UN and the WTO,  some officials are uncomfortable with venues such as the IGF, ICANN, or IETF,  where governments are just one of many stakeholder groups. Meanwhile,  many people in the Internet policy community look cautiously on increased participation by governments in the technical infrastructure and governance bodies that underpin the Internet.  This event examines several different governmental perspectives on Internet governance. 


Amr Aljowaily, Minister Plenipotentiary at Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations in NY

Veni Markowski, Internet Society, Bulgaria

David Satola, Lead ITC Counsel at The World Bank

Carolina Debs, First Secretary, Science and Technology Section, The Embassy of Brazil



ISOC-DC Fall ’14 – To The Next Level!


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.

ISOC-DC EVENT: After Istanbul – An Internet Governance Forum 2014 Debrief

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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