The Internet’s status as a
communication medium that is
decentralized, scalable and global continues to pose challenging new
problems in governance and regulation. GigaNet, an international
scholarly community created in 2006, holds a two-day conference to
explore issues such as IP address scarcity, ICANN accountability, the
role of social media in toppling dictatorships, censorship, privacy
online, and the tensions between national security and Internet
freedom.  Assistant Secretary for Commerce Larry Strickling (NTIA) will provide the keynote speech during lunch on Thursday, May 5.

Day one engages policy makers, academics and civil society at
large in dialogue on policy issues in global Internet
  The goal is to facilitate informed dialogue
on policy issues and related matters between scholars and Internet
governance stakeholders. Day two features presentations of
scholarly research based on peer reviewed papers.
goal is to support scholarship and advance theoretical and applied
research on Internet governance.

Date: May 5-6, 2011

Location: American University School of
International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room, Terrace Level (Washington, DC)

View the program and register for the event