On January 29, 2019 Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, on behalf of her other Congressional Internet Caucus co-chairs — Senator John Thune and Senator Patrick Leahy — presented former Congressman Bob Goodlatte a gift as an appreciation for his decades of service as co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. The co-chairs presented Bob Goodlatte, a renowned collector of baseball memorabilia, with a one-of-a-kind baseball bat engraved with the signatures of the three remaining co-chairs.
After about 21 years we’re modifying our name to the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy. While our name has changed, we will continue our heralded educational program for Congressional tech staffers on Capitol Hill. Our new name better reflects the nature of the baseline, educational Internet policy curriculum that we have executed for decades. This is our new logo:
We look forward to host balanced briefings on timely Internet policy issues on a regular basis. The main difference will be the new name and the new logo. You will still recognize the consistent quality and relevance of the program.
We strive to make our program the gold standard for discussing key Internet policy issues. Not only do we bring the most knowledgeable experts to the table to illuminate the issues, we also ensure that our “faculty” speakers are as diverse as possible. In fact, last year 44% of our expert panelists were women.
We commit to executing the same unimpeachable program in 2018. A few weeks back we started with a Net Neutrality briefing and we will hold a discussion on Europe’s GDPR privacy law in a few weeks. Going forward we plan to host discussions on Blockchain, “Hipster” Antitrust, Cross Border Data Warrants, Digital Music Licensing, Cyber Security and more.
We plan to video livestream 100% of our discussions this year, even though it is technically challenging and resource intensive for a small non-profit like ours. Last year we managed to livestream nearly 90% of them. We will also continue audio podcasting our events as we have done for over a decade. Below are links to past video livestreams on both Facebook and YouTube. You can also use the RSS link to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Play Music, or your favorite podcast app.
Use the signup form here to be added to our mailing list for events, news, and media. We look forward to seeing you at the next briefing.
The Internet Education Foundation is hosting a Google Policy Fellow this summer. We’re looking for amazing candidates to work on any of our projects. More information about this year’s fellowship can be found in this Google post and on the Google Policy Fellowship Program page.
IEF projects include the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, the Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.
Find more information the Google Policy Fellowship Program
Kevin Collier to moderate Surveillance panel
The Internet Education Foundation is proud to partner with Vocativ, a cutting edge media and technology company, for the Snowden Effect series of events. This media partnership will lead to significant exposure for both the series and the tech policy issues raised by it. In addition, Kevin Collier, Vocativ’s Sr. Privacy and Security reporter, will be moderating our final Snowden Effect event on October 28th covering government surveillance.
The Snowden Effect Series tackles three distinct but inter-related technology policy issues that have been thrust into the spotlight since Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations. Each event is hosted by one of three IEF projects. The first event on Data Localization, “What Nationality is Your Data?” was hosted by State of the Net. The second, on corporate transparency and subpoena compliance, “The Changing Landscape of Subpoenas, Transparency and Trust” was co-hosted by the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and New America’s Open Technology Institute, while our final event, dealing with government surveillance, “The Future of Surveillance Laws, One Year After USA FREEDOM”, will be hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.
For more about the Snowden Effect series, our upcoming event, and audio and video recordings of our previous two events, check out our special minisite. To sign up for Vocativ’s newsletter, click here.
Stay tuned for an upcoming special look at the work Vocativ has done on these important internet policy issues so far, as well as a Q&A with one of our Snowden Effect distinguished panelists.
The Internet Education Foundation invites you to…
In June 2013 former NSA contractor Edward Snowden set in motion a torrent of revelations of the NSA’s electronic surveillance capabilities and practices. Through 2013, news outlets and social media poured out wave after wave of articles detailing classified government programs with names like PRISM, MonsterMind, Bulk Collection, and Boundless Informant. The scope of the programs revealed was breathtaking. Internet companies and other world leaders publicly expressed outrage when documents showed that private communications had been compromised. This had immediate ripple effects in business, government, and our national security.
Three years later we’re gathering a slew of experts to reflect upon the effects of those revelations — the Snowden Effects.
The revelations have lead to a repositioning of global partnerships, a deeper conversation about the role of government, a thorough reexamination at our fundamental rights, liberties and principles, and a sober realization that the world may not be as safe a place as we would like it to be.
This 3-part series — presented by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF) — focuses on the resultant changes put in motion by Edward Snowden’s revelations — rather than the man himself. The “Snowden Effect” series shines a light on three distinct but inter-related areas: government surveillance reform, de-cloudification and data localization, and commercial trust and transparency. Our cross-IEF event series will be presented under three of our main programs, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and the State of the Net Series.
Join us on September 27th, at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center for What Nationality is Your Data?, our first event, set under the banner of State of the Net. We will announce our panelists shortly.
Our second event, The Changing Landscape of Subpoenas, Transparency and Trust, co-hosted with the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, will be held in mid-October at a date to be announced shortly. Finally, our third event, The Future of Surveillance Laws, One Year After USA FREEDOM, will take place on October 28th in the Rayburn House Office Building.
Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, 901 K Street, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001
Register: Via Eventbrite here.
Follow: @SOTN | #SnowdenEffect
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PC World wrote an article based on our panel “The Future of Hacking Disclosures: What Are The New Rules of Engagement?” with comments from Heather West and Harley Geiger.
The article called “Phone hacking: What the FBI won’t reveal could hurt users, experts argue” appeared today.
“Government hacking has already happened. The question of whether it should happen is actually way past the point,” – Harley Geiger, director of public policy at Rapid 7, an Internet security company.
“no matter who found the vulnerabilities, we want to tackle the problem.” – Heather West, senior policy manager of the tech nonprofit Mozilla
“At the end of the day, if we can fix this problem, the Internet is safer.” – Heather West, senior policy manager of the tech nonprofit Mozilla
Audio and photos of the event can be found here.
Today during our debate on “Data Warrants Across the Pond: Envisioning A More Sustainable Process” representatives from the USDOJ and UK released a white paper titled “Proposed United States – United Kingdom Agreement on Secure and Privacy – Protective Exchange of Electronic Data for the Purposes of Countering Serious Crime, Including Terrorism.” The proposal comes one day after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decided the long awaited Microsoft v. U.S. decision. Later in the day the USDOJ distributed its legislative language to resolve the issue.
The panel debated the issues and discussed the proposal in front of a packed room of Congressional staff.
The video, audio, photos of the debate are available here.
UK-USDOJ Proposed United States – United Kingdom Agreement on Secure and Privacy – Protective Exchange of Electronic Data for the Purposes of Countering Serious Crime, Including Terrorism
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The Internet Education Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting informed policymaking in the field of Internet and technology, is pleased to announce that Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager for Access and Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Engine have joined the leadership of its board of directors. Amie is a leading advocate in the surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy space. As executive director of Engine, Julie is uniquely positioned to represent the perspective of start-ups in the broader Internet policy dialogue. Both bring important balance to the Internet Education Foundation (IEF) board, which is designed to reflect the diversity of views among Internet stakeholders.
“Julie and Amie are thought leaders in the Internet policy field and both bring vast experience to IEF,” said Shane Tews, IEF’s board vice-chair. “Julie’s relationships and superior work on behalf of the start-up community will greatly benefit our organization. Further, as privacy and cybersecurity issues are discussed with increasingly urgency, Amie provides welcome insight from the standpoint of the advocacy community.”
Amie heads projects on digital due process and the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Prior to her position at Access, Amie was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in Committee Hearings before the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the state level. Amie also served as co-chair for the 2014 Computer, Freedom, and Privacy Conference and is the Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities’ Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Working Group. She received a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. from the Florida State University.
Julie Samuels is a frequent commentator on tech and policy issues for national media, particularly in the patent space. She has filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congressional Committees. Julie came to Engine by way of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein.
Prior to law school, Julie worked as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
About the Internet Education Foundation
The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and association representative of the diverse Internet community. IEF takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, our organization serves as a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. Our projects include the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.
Video of our Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee event on cyber security information sharing will be live streamed via Meerkat. As far as we know, this will be the first Congressional briefing ever streamed from a mobile app such as Meerkat or Periscope (Our 2013 Google Glass streamed event doesn’t count!).
So how exactly does Meerkat work?
Meerkat is a free application that live-streams directly from mobile devices through Twitter. By simply following the link to the broadcast on our Twitter account @NetCaucusAC with your mobile device, you will be able to watch the briefing in real time (barring any technical difficulties). Watch from your Apple or Android device — just download the app and find the link on @NetCaucusAC!