Our History

  • Apr 2015

    First Meerkat Video Stream of a Congressional Briefing

    The first ever Meerkat mobile live-stream of a Congressional briefing recorded the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee panel “Cyber Security: Will The Sharing of Threat Information Secure The Homeland or Erode Privacy?

  • Feb 2014

    Congressional App Challenge Coalition Launches

    Modeled after the Congressional Art Competition, the House Student App Challenge promotes Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by recognizing and incentivizing our nation’s young programming talent. The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students in participating districts. The inaugural App Challenge will run from February 1 to April 30, 2014.

  • Jun 2011

    IEF Launches Net Safety Tips On The Go

    IEF launches Net Safety Tips On The Go, the first-ever digital safety and security advice app for Android smartphones and tablets as part of National Internet Safety Month. Net Safety Tips On The Go is available to all Android phone and tablet users.

    The content for Net Safety Tips OTG is contributed by three of the other premier online safety education organizations in the world — Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely.org, OnGuardOnline.gov. This innovative app makes it easy for consumers and families to keep up with mobile and online privacy, safety, and security issues using their Android smartphone or tablet. If you have an Android phone or tablet download the App from the Market by searching for “Net Safety Tips.” Visit http://netsafetyapp.org/ for more information. See Fierce Wireless for more.

  • Apr 2009

    State of the Wireless Net Conference

    IEF launched the First Annual Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee State of the Mobile/Wireless Net Conference, featuring debates about the most pressing issues facing the exploding mobile net. The State of the Mobile Net Conference illuminates how a vast ecosystem of technologies, content and applications come together to make the Internet more mobile. At the same time the conference explores both the promise and challenges facing this exciting phenomenon. Conference panel discussions focus on trust, privacy and security, mobile data capacity, and media convergence. The conference illustrates where federal decision-making will lead in the future and also provides opportunities to network and forge relationships with other stakeholders in the growth and development of the mobile Internet.

  • Aug 2007

    State of the Net West

    IEF, in collaboration with Santa Clara University, hosted the first-ever ICAC State of the Net West Conference to dialogue on top technology policy issues impacting the Silicon Valley. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren led the roundtable discussion with participants from academia, the public interest community, and technology companies. The discussion was designed as a channel for West Coast thought leaders from the academic community and private sector to help inform the technology policy issues debated in Washington and better reflect the fast-paced evolution of the marketplace.

  • Mar 2005

    RFID Roundtable

    The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee established the RFID Roundtable to assure informed decision-making on policy issues related to RFID. Small RFID “tags” allow the identification and tracking of physical items using radio waves, and have far reaching implications for processes as wide-ranging as factories, hospitals, airports, battlefields and retail stores. The RFID Roundtable project explores these and other related issues through roundtable discussions, tech demos, and educational materials. RFID issues were the precursor to the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Feb 2005

    State of the Net Conference

    IEF launched the First Annual Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee State of the Net Conference. This conference gives those who follow policy developments a first look at the policy direction of Congress. The conference panel discussions focus on trust, privacy, and security, intellectual property and innovation, and media convergence and Internet architecture. The conference illustrates where federal decision-making will lead in the future and also provides opportunities to network and forge relationships with other stakeholders in the growth and development of the Internet.

  • Jan 2000

    P3PToolbox Business Education Campaign

    The P3P Toolbox was a one-stop resource developed by IEF in cooperation with the World Wide Web Consortium and a coalition of Internet industry leaders and public interest organizations. The toolbox provided privacy officers and Webmasters with the information they needed to make their web sites P3P compliant. The site is no longer active but is still maintained by IEF.

  • Apr 1999

    COPA Commission

    In 1999 Congress appointed the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) Commission to “identify technological or other methods that will help reduce access by minors to material that is harmful to minors on the Internet.” Without any funding provided by Congress, the Commission got to work on its task thanks to generous contributions from various stakeholders. IEF donated staff time and server space to host much of the information gathered by the Commission on a dedicated web site — COPACommission.org. IEF still maintains the web site that features the groundbreaking report issued by the Commission to this day. The COPACommission.org site receives hundreds of thousands of visits a year and the Commission report is downloaded thousands of times a month.

  • Mar 1999

    GetNetWise Launches

    IEF launched GetNetWise (GNW), a public service created by various Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational experiences online. The first iteration primarily focused on child online safety by providing robust resources to empower parents to make informed decisions. In fact, PC Magazine listed GetNetWise as one of its “Top 100 Websites” they “can’t live without.” Click here for the C-SPAN video of the launch event.

  • Jan 1997

    Internet Education Foundation

    Alarmed by Congress’ lack of familiarity with the Internet — as exhibited during the CDA discussions — and responding to polls showing parents need information on guiding their children’s Internet communications, Jerry Berman founded the Internet Education Foundation.

  • Apr 1996

    The Congressional Internet Caucus Formed

    The Internet Caucus was formed by Senator Leahy and former Senator Burns along with Congressman Boucher and former Congressman White. The Internet Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress working to educate their fellow policymakers about the promise and potential of the Internet.

  • Jan 1996

    Communications Decency Act Passed

    The Communications Decency Act (CDA) would have punished (with a two-year prison sentence) any person who published any content online that was “indecent.” Indeceny is a broadcast speech standard that today is popularly known because of a few major mishaps, including Janet Jackson’s wardobe malfunction and rock singer Bono using the F-word at a televised award ceremony. The Senate held no hearings on the CDA and its applicability to the Internet. It was passed as an amendment to a massive telecommunications package.

  • Mar 1992

    Legislation Opens the Internet to Commercial Traffic

    In 1992 Congressman Rick Boucher, then a key House Science Subcommittee Chairman, passed legislation allowing commercial traffic to flow over the Internet backbone. The law crafted by Congressman Boucher was a 1992 Amendment to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Act of 1950, H.R 5344, and created what we now regard as the Internet — which had previously been only used for academic purposes.