ISOC-DC Event Videos

Pathfinder 1 – Last Event – Security and Privacy: Internet Capacity for Non-Profits and NGOs

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) and The Internet Policy Forum of the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) invite you to attend the first event in a 3 event series of the Pathfinder Initiative about Building Internet Capacity for Non-Profits and NGOs. This kick-off event will focus on Internet Security.


Dr. Katherine Albrecht – Startmail

Courtney Radsch – The Committee to Protect Journalists

Christian Dawson – Internet Infrastructure Coalition


TPP & The Internet: A Multistakeholder Perspective

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 9:00 – 10:30 AM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes many provisions with significant effects on the Internet and in particular on cross-border information flows. As in many trade agreements, the provisions of TPP are complex and difficult to understand. The Institute for International Economic Policy — in concert with the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Internet Policy Forum of the Internet Society – DC Chapter (ISOC-DC) — is hosting a breakfast discussion of the cross-border data flow provisions, focusing in particular on their impact on the free flow of information between the 12 nations that today comprise some 25% of global Internet users. Speakers from business, civil society, and academia will provide their perspectives followed by audience questions and discussion.

The Panel

Susan Ariel Aaronson
IIEP Affiliate and International Affairs Professor, The George Washington University

Mark MacCarthy
Senior Vice President, Public Policy, SIIA

Peter Maybarduk
Public Citizen

Sanford C. Reback
Director, Global Public Policy, Akamai

Tracey D. Samuelson  
Reporter, Marketplace Radio


5 in 5 in 5 – What’s Next for the Net 

The history of the Internet is a story of unexpected developments and new opportunities. To explore what might be coming next, six people who are helping shape the evolution of the Internet will describe five different major changes to the Internet that could happen over the next five years. They will have five minutes to make their predictions, after which we plan to dive into a group discussion with the audience.

Breakfast and networking begin at 9:00 AM. Prior to the panel, we will be showing video highlights from the September 24 Internet Summit in San Francisco and the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum held in August.

The panel discussion begins promptly at 9:30 AM.

Discussion Leaders:

Paula Bruening, Intel

Leslie Daigle, ThinkingCat Enterprises

William Dutton, Quello Center, Michigan State University (and former Director of the Oxford Internet Institute)

Martin Levy, Network Strategy, CloudFlare

Michael Walker, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Projects Agency


Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare


MONEY 2020 – Bitcoin and Beyond

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


Government Surveillance & The Future of the Internet

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, Senior Policy Engineer, 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.


Digital Trust and the Future of the Global Marketplace

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.


Governments and Internet Governance

Amr Aljowaily, Embassy of Egypt, NYC
Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, The Internet Society 
Veni Markowski, Bulgaria, ICANN VP for UN Engagement
Dr. Marc Daumas, Scientific Attache, Embassy of France
Carolina de Cresce El Debs, Embassy of Brazil
David Satola, The World Bank

Nancy Scola, The Washington Post


Towards a Trusted Internet: Backdoors to the Crypto Promised Land

Moderator:   Eric Burger, Internet Society/Georgetown University


  • Russ Housley, Chair, Internet Architecture Board
  • Lance Hoffman, Distinguished Research Professor of Computer Science and Founder of the School of Engineering’s Cyberspace Security Policy and Research Institute at The George Washington University
  • Quentin Liu, Senior Director of Engineering, Symantec
  • Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project



The United Nations and the Internet—What’s Next – A Recap of the ITU Plenipotentiary

Discussion Leaders
Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator for International Affairs, NTIA
Leslie Martinkovics, Director of International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon
Carolina Rossini, Vice President, International Policy and Strategy, Public Knowledge

Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Public Policy Development, The Internet Society

Human Rights, Accountability, and Internet Governance: A Panel Discussion

Monday November 17, 2014 
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Location: Elliott School of International Affairs The George Washington University

Should Wireless Technologies Be Regulated Differently?

Wednesday October 15, 2014 
8:45 am – 11:30 am

Location: The Pierce Room, The Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20004

The 2010 Open Internet Order and its 2014 proposed rules apply a lighter regulatory touch to wireless broadband than to traditional fixed-line technologies. Virginia Tech Engineering Professor Jeffrey Reed, Berkeley Business Professor Michael Katz, and Boston College Law Professor Daniel Lyons will discuss whether wireless technologies should be treated differently. CTIA President Meredith Atwell Baker and Vice President of Global Policy Development at the Internet Society will provide introductory remarks.

Event Details: When: Wednesday, October 15 Time: 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Pierce Room, The Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20004
Twitter Hashtag: #FCCPenn

Breakfast will be served

Registration and Breakfast: 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Welcome: 9:30 am – 9:45 am

Opening Remarks: 9:45 am – 10:00 am Meredith Atwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association

Panel Discussion: 10:00 am -11:30 am

Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and Founding Director, of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, University of Pennsylvania, and Faculty Affiliate, Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative.

Jeffrey Reed, Willis G. Worcester Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech University

Michael Katz, Sarin Chair in Strategy and Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley

Daniel Lyons, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School


Sizing Up the Digital Economy

Monday October 6, 2014 
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The Senate Finance Committee requested that ITC analyze the economic impact of the digital economy. They also requested that ITC examine digital protectionism around the world. The ITC found that “digital trade, through the combined effects of the Internet in enhancing productivity and lowering international trade costs in certain digitally intensive industries, has resulted in increase in U.S. gross domestic product of some four percent.”

Please join us at this free brown bag lunch. James Stamps, Project Leader, will discuss the ITC Report. He will be follewed by a panel of four commentators:

• Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute will provide an economic assessment of the report.
• Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International, of Verizon will provide a view from a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP).
• Linda Kinney, Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association of America will provide perspective from an association representing content providers.
• Usman Ahmed, Policy Counsel of eBay will provide analysis from an e-commerce viewpoint.

After Istanbul – An Internet Governance Forum 2014 Debrief

Monday September 15, 2014 
4 pm

This 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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Net Neutrality Event – 8/6/14


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