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Reports From Breakout Sessions – Event Leaders Present Summaries and Key Takeaways

IGF USA LogoBrief session description:

Monday, July 24, 2017 –  This panel took place during the plenary session of IGF-USA 2017 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Read the print story and see video highlights on this page. You can view the full, archived video of this plenary panel session here.

Details of the session:

IGF-USA 2017 wrapped up its daylong conference with short recaps of key takeaways from the event’s breakout panel discussions.

After keynote remarks from Vint Cerf and Craig Newmark in the morning, the conference opened with a panel discussion titled “Nationalism, Disinformation, & Free Expression in the Age of the Internet.” Nathan White from Access Now said that although the panel was searching for solutions, “we realized we are still in the middle of this and trying to describe and define what the problem is.”

One of the main points discussed in “Smarter Networks,” a panel moderated by Jonathan Zuck, concerned IPv6

“[IPv6] will continue to be adopted because names available under IPv4 have been depleted,” Romella El Kharzazi said. “This impacts naming and all uses of networks, for example, existing and evolving technology like streaming, AI, blockchain.”

In the panel centered on Internet inclusivity, speakers outlined some of the questions that need to be addressed in order to move forward successfully.

“Why do we want to get people connected? What is so important about connectivity? What do you want the internet to do?” said Judith Hellerstein, CEO and founder of Hellerstein and Associates.

The panel looked mostly at economic proceedings and ways to make the Internet affordable and beneficial for all.

Dan Caprio, who moderated the panel “Taking A Holistic Approach to the Internet of Things,” said IoT is an example of how new technologies are bringing new ways to respond to today’s challenges that previously had not existed. He referenced Cerf’s earlier remarks that “the fundamental premise of IoT is to make life better.”

“National Network Regulations Versus the Global Cloud” was best described by tweets posted about the discussion. Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy at Cloudflare and moderator of the panel, referenced a tweet that read: “The cloud is not the Internet, but regulating the Internet does impact the cloud.”

Another notable topic of the day, privacy, was discussed in “Privacy Regulation in the U.S: Bottom-up vs. Top-down approaches.” Kharzazi offered a main takeaway: “There is a need to think about privacy during the development phase. Getting consent on the back end is not enough.”

– By Alexandra Schonfeld

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The multimedia reporting team for Imagining the Internet at IGF-USA 2017 included the following Elon University School of Communications students, staff and faculty:

Janna Anderson, Bryan Baker, Camille Behnke, Liam Collins, Diego Pineda Davila, Colin Donohue, Maya Eaglin, Christina Elias, Meagan Gitelman, Alex Hager, Tommy Kopetskie, Deirdre Kronschnabel, Jared Mayerson, Emmanuel Morgan, Grace Morris, Jackie Pascale, Mariah Posey, Alexandra Roat, Ginna Royalty, Alexandra Schonfeld, Jamie Snover, Erik Webb, Brooke Wivagg