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.
State of the Net Conference
Congressman Greg Walden will keynote the 14th Annual State of the Net Conference on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Congressman Walden joins a roster of leading speakers – from government, business, and academia – who are shaping the future of Internet policy.
Congressman Walden is Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which oversees broad swaths of the Internet ecosystem. Recently, Chairman Walden has held hearings focused on online consumer safety, security, and access to the flow of information.
Every year, key Internet policy makers and thinkers gather at State of the Net. Join them on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. to be part of the Internet policy conversation.
The upcoming State of the Net Conference will cover the most important policy issues facing the Internet today. Congressional and administration leaders will engage with stakeholders on issues such as digital inclusion, freedom of expression, trust & tribalism, broadband fragmentation, innovation, and many more. As always, State of the Net will be your first look at the new players and the new issues that will take center stage in 2018. Whether it’s artificial intelligence or cyber security policies, State of the Net is the best place to debate them all. This conference is unique. It’s been consistently lauded for its balanced blend of perspectives and its provocative thinkers. In an increasingly polarized policy space, State of the Net is the most important stakeholder gathering that brings you together with key people with whom you disagree (respectfully). That’s the point.
Past keynote speakers include: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, UBER Founder/CEO Travis Kalanick, Dropbox Founder/CEO Drew Houston, Comcast NBC CEO Brian L. Roberts and many others. Find out more about our recent past speakers here.
State of the Net attracts over 600 attendees by providing unparalleled opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues.
Want to know more about what State of the Net does? Here are video highlights of the conference to give a better sense of what the event does.
Follow us on Twitter for conference news and updates as we finalize the conference agenda and announce our final panelists and keynote speakers. Registration is free for all government staff, press and media, and a limited number of student tickets are available. Discounted tickets are available for non-profit and academic attendees.
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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We are thrilled to announce that the Honorable Loretta Lynch, 83rd Attorney General of the United States, will be a keynote speaker at the 12th Annual State of the Net Internet Policy Conference on January 25th, 2016. The State of the Net Conference is the largest Internet policy conference in the country and is unique in its mandate to be an open forum for Internet policy debate. Ms. Lynch’s participation as a keynote speaker highlights the importance of the Internet in governance and law enforcement today.
Ms. Lynch received her A.B, cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984. She was appointed to lead the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for the first time in 1999 by President Clinton, and a second time in 2010 by President Obama. In April 2015, Ms. Lynch was sworn in as the Attorney General by Vice President Joe Biden. Since in office, Ms. Lynch has been avidly involved in global and domestic matters dealing with corrupt officials, cybercriminals, terrorists, and human traffickers.
Ms. Lynch has led the Department of Justice as it has navigated new issues for law enforcement on the Internet as well as threats from terrorists and extremist actors online. State of the Net will also feature breakout discussions in the afternoon examining these and other issues central transnational relations and internet policy.
On December 9th, the Internet Education Foundation announced that Internet governance expert George Sadowsky has been selected to serve as a fellow for State of the Net 2016. Sadowsky has worked in information technology on a global scale, helping to foster economic and social growth in over 50 countries. He spent 13 years with the United Nations and six years with the World Bank on the Technical Advisory Panel. Sadowsky was also the Executive Director of the Global Internet Policy Initiative, working to initiate technical reform in over 17 developing nations. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University and went on to receive a Masters and PhD in economics from Yale.
Sadowsky is the editor and featured contributor in the World Bank’s Information Technology Security Handbook. He was a distinguished member of the Internet Society and a part of its Board of Trustees for seven years. He is now on the Board of Directors for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
The State of the Net is the largest Internet policy conference in the United States and features discussions and debates on key Internet policy issues. The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is neither a trade association nor an industry advocacy group. It blends all Internet stakeholders (academics, consumer groups, industry, think tanks) together with government stakeholders around the common cause of assuring informed Internet policymaking. The program demands only that stakeholders debate Internet policy issues seriously and in good faith while always putting the health of the Internet first and foremost.
“Internet governance has become increasingly important in government, the private sector, academia and civil society. People like Sadowsky are helping us to understand the future of the Internet on both a local and global scale.”
Registration is now open and an agenda will be posted shortly.
For additional inquiries, please contact Tim Lordan at [email protected].
In October, a European court sent shockwaves through Internet business and policy circles when it struck down the EU-US Safe Harbor program. The plaintiff in the case, Austrian law student Max Schrems, will appear at State of the Net to chat with Amie Stepanovich during our plenary sessions. Our break-out sessions will further explore transatlantic privacy and whether Safe Harbor can be rescued. Don’t miss it!
Other Confirmed Speakers Include:
Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Department of Commerce (Bio)
MIchelle Lee, Director, United States Patent & Trademark Office (Bio)
Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commision (Bio)
Senator Al Franken, United States Senate (Bio)
Chairman Bob Goodlatte, United States House Judiciary Committee (Bio)
Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu, United States Department of Labor (Bio)
Julie Samuels, Engine Advocacy (Bio)
Amie Stepanovich, Access Now (Bio)
Alvaro Bedoya, Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown University (Bio)
Kashmir Hill, Fusion (Bio)
More speakers will be announced on a rolling basis on our website.
The State of the Net has long served as a platform for discussion surrounding the Internet infrastructure and global approaches to governance. Past speakers include ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehade, Andrea Glorioso of the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S., Sally Shipman Wentworth of the Internet Society, and Milton Mueller of Syracuse University.
Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to hear the state of affairs from these individuals for a timely debate!
Registration is now open
State of the Net is the largest Internet policy conference in the US. The conference began as an outgrowth of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) briefings. When interest in Internet policy demanded a larger venue than the meeting rooms in the Rayburn building could accommodate we were forced out of the Capitol and onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Yet, State of the Net retains the same uncompromising devotion to balanced debate that is the hallmark of the ICAC program to this day. We share that commitment with the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus — Senators Leahy and Thune and Representatives Goodlatte and Eshoo.
Last year’s conference boasted a record crowd of over 800 attendees and featured keynote speakers including FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, United States CTO Megan Smith, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Representative Bob Goodlatte, Coinbase Co-Founder Fred Ehrsam, and Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding. Past speakers include UBER CEO Travis Kalanick, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and Comcast NBC CEO Brian L. Roberts.
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.
Announcing The State of the Net Wireless Agenda
We’re excited to announce even more speakers and panels for the 7th annual State of the Net Wireless Conference on Monday, April 20 at the Newseum (Mobile users view the mobile agenda here). The exciting agenda features discussions with renowned Internet industry analyst Craig Moffett, F.C.C. enforcer Travis LeBlanc and a wireless conversation with Representative Blake Farenthold. State of the Net Wireless will feature discussions on the Internet of Things, the Exciting Future of Wireless Networks and more. We have a few more tweaks to the agenda, which is subject to change.
The State of the Net Conference is an inclusive Internet stakeholder event providing a balanced set of perspectives and a place where the Internet policy community can come together. Thanks to our generous sponsors the conference is free to attend for all. Please join us and don’t wait to get your complimentary ticket. And make sure you follow @SOTN and use the hashtag #SOTNW on Twitter for conference updates!
Monday, April 20, 2015 from 2 PM to 7 PM
The Newseum’s Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
State of the Net Wireless At-a-Glance
A Fireside Chat with Travis LeBlanc
Chief of the Bureau of Enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission, the Commission’s largest unit, LeBlanc oversees the enforcement of all FCC rules, orders, authorizations, and provisions of the Communications Act. With increasingly complex technological opportunities and challenges, how does the FCC stay up-to-date across a broad range of enforcement responsibilities?
Keynote Conversation with Craig Moffett
Perhaps the most respected researcher in the telecommunications and cable industries, Moffett is consistently ranked as the top analyst for both the U.S. Telecom and Cable & Satellite sectors. Will those cord-cutting millennials destroy the cable industry? What do new Wi-Fi-based plans and trends in mobile mean for telecom? Learn what Moffett thinks rapidly evolving technology could mean for these established industries and policymakers.
Cord Cutting: What’s Making Waves in Mobile
Executives from some of the most innovative companies utilizing wireless technologies and the author of Pew Research Center’s 2015 report on U.S. smartphone usage discuss what’s making waves in wireless. Featuring:
- Chris Cunningham, Head of US Mobile, ironSource
- Gil Elbaz, Founder and CEO, Factual (Bio)
- Martin Price, Vice President, Product Management, OpenX (Bio)
- Aaron Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center (Bio)
The Government’s Top Technologists Discuss Their Roles in Decision Making
With the rapid speed of innovation in America it’s nearly impossible for policymakers to keep pace. Meet the U.S. government’s top technologists tasked with keeping policymakers up-to-speed on the latest advances and learn how they are making it cool to be a geek in Washington. Featuring:
- Leonard Bailey, Special Counsel for National Security, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice (Bio)
- Scott Jordan, CTO, Federal Communication Commission (invited)(Bio)
- Ashkan Soltani, CTO, Federal Trade Commission (Bio)
The State of the Net Conference is hosted by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. IEF is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. IEF takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, it’s 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. More information on IEF is available at www.neted.org.
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The 7th Annual State of the Net Wireless Conference
The Newseum – Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001
April 20, 2015 2pm – 7pm