The first IGF-USA will take place this Friday, Oct 2 from 8:45-5:30 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, located at 1800 K Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The forum will engage civil society, government,
industry, technology/research and academia in workshops
and plenary sessions covering
a variety of Internet issues including: The Future of the Internet, GenNext's Online
Future; Cyber Security; Freedom of Information in a Web 2.0 World;
Critical Internet Resources; Privacy and Security Implications for Web
2.0; and Access Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities.
Speakers in the morning plenary session will include Markus Kummer of
the UN Secretariat for the global IGF, Larry Strickling of NTIA and Lee
Rainie of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, with
participants such as Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information
Center; Phil Bond, TechAmerica; Lee McKnight, Internet Governance
Project and others. The closing plenary will
include Ambassador Phil Verveer and Richard Beaird, U.S. State
Department, as well as other participants from business and civil society including IGP's Milton Mueller. This plenary will address the upcoming deliberations regarding
the future of the global Internet Governance Forum – a process now in
its fourth year that was originally chartered for an initial five-year
period and whose future is being debated.
Registration for the event is free and can be done on the IGF-USA website. Remote participation is also available.