In case you missed it you can watch the video of our conversation with Matt Lira (Senior Advisor, Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy) and Nick Sinai (Venture Partner, Insight Venture Partners) at Monday’sState of the Net Conference. Led by Ginny Hunt (Director of Platforms, U.S. Digital Service), Matt and Nick forcefully supported innovative programs such as U.S. Digital Service, the Presidential Innovation Fellowships, 18F and other open data initiatives. If you missed this important discussion, we welcome to watch the video below. Here’s a recap in FedScoop.
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The importance of innovation in government has become a bi-partisan consensus. Connecting government officials and their departments with top talent from the US technology sector has become paramount to keep track with the rapid pace of private sector developments. Most recently, congress sought to solidify already existing programs such as the Presidential Innovation Fellowship, with the TALENT Act of 2017 seeking to codify the provisions that established it.
But beyond solidifying the policies of previous administrations, what is the future of technological innovation in government? Will we be seeing more and deeper ties with the private sector or a more government driven approach? Join us at our Panel “Innovation.gov: The Future of Better, Faster, Cheaper Government” at State of the Net 2017
54% of Americans Say “Pillars” that Support Economy Haven’t Adapted to Changes Brought on by Digital Platforms
Don’t Impose U.S. Views: 55% Said U.S. Should Not Intervene When Other Countries Impose Restrictions on Internet Access on Their Own Citizens
53% of Americans Say Existing Cyber Security Laws Aren’t Getting the Job Done
Washington, DC, Jan. 23, 2017 – As President Trump and the new Congress stake out a 2017 agenda, Americans want to see a pressing need to modernize our laws dealing with the digital economy and stepped up efforts to combat cyber crimes, according to a new survey released in conjunction with the State of the Net Conference sponsored by the Internet Education Foundation.
Fifty-four percent of Americans report that the pillars that support the economy – such as education, regulations and laws and corporate culture – haven’t been adapted enough to address the changes in the way Americans work. The survey also found that 56% believe that as the economy becomes more global, it’s important that the regulations and laws in the United States and other countries become more consistent.
Americans are also concerned about whether cyber criminals are gaining the upper hand. Only 1 in 20 Americans said that existing cyber security laws are enough to protect citizens and businesses. Fifty-four percent advocated for stronger cyber laws.
The survey was released in advance of the 2017 State of the Net Conference in Washington, a gathering of t business and policy leaders to discuss the 2017 federal and state policy agenda. “With a new President and new technologies challenging the status quo of economic laws and regulations, 2017 is shaping up as a critical policy year that will shape the future economy and issues of trade, privacy and security,” said Tim Lordan, Executive Director of the Internet Education Foundation. “The State of the Net Conference serves as a kick-off to this important discussion.”
Highlights from the survey, of over 700 Americans conducted by Vrge Analytics on Jan. 18-19, 2017, include:Americans are mixed on how to approach emerging companies, such as Uber and Airbnb that challenge existing laws and regulations. Forty-four percent said that existing laws should be adapted to fit the business models of these companies, while 36 percent said those companies should have to adapt. Among Millennials, only 1 in 4 think Uber and Airbnb should have to change.
On cyber security, Americans don’t believe we have found the right balance between protecting privacy and ensuring security, but they are split on how to strike that balance. Only 17 percent said the right balance exists. But 27 percent said it should be more skewed towards security, while 31 percent said it should be steered more towards privacy. Republicans favor steering more toward security; Democrats want it to lean more towards privacy.
An emerging issue is what efforts the U.S. government should play in checking countries that limit Internet access to their citizens. For example, Russia has blocked its citizens from access to Linkedin and China demanded that Apple remove the New York Times app from the Apps Store. In the survey, 55 percent said the United States should not intervene and that countries have the right to make decisions about Internet access.
Of Americans with an opinion, by a 4-1 margin they believe that the U.S. policymakers should advocate for reducing barriers to digital trade. But in a sign of how trade issues are in flux, 43 percent said they are not sure.
“Americans are looking for assurances that they will be protected, whether that’s in allowing them to work in new ways or from cyber threats,” said Tom Galvin, partner at Vrge Strategies. “Clearly they are looking for leaders to take a fresh look at laws and regulations to ensure they are in step with a modern economy and society.”
For more information about the survey, please go to vrge.us.
About the Internet Education Foundation For close to 20 years the Internet Education Foundation (IEF) has been building the most prominent platforms for engagement. IEF is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and associations representative of the diversity of the Internet community. IEF does not take any positions on legislation and strives to provide a balanced platform for debate. For more information, please visit http://www.neted.org.
About Vrge Strategies Based in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA, Vrge helps startups and established companies – disruptors and the disrupted – navigate this uncharted territory by positioning them, identifying the audiences that matter most, and creating advocacy campaigns to advance their goals – whether they be legislative, regulatory, societal or business-to-business. For more information, go to www.vrge.us.
The incoming Trump Administration and the 115th Congress must grapple with two of the thorniest of Internet policy issues: Cybersecurity and Surveillance. We’re pleased to announced that we’ve assembled two expert panels on those respective topics at State of the Net on Monday. There is still time to register.
Leading the conversations on Cyber Security and on Government Surveillance will be:
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CYBERSECURITY UNDER TRUMP: STOPPING THE HACKS
From the recently announced Yahoo data breaches, the DDoS botnet attack on Dyn, the devastating Sony Picture hack in 2014 and the seemingly daily revelations of confidential Clinton Campaign staff emails, the danger and influence posed by cyber attacks has never been more disconcerting. As President Trump takes office how will his Administration, together with a Republican-controlled Congress, address the seemingly rampant hacking and intrusions that happen with unsettling regularity?
SURVEILLANCE REFORM: WHAT’S NEXT FOR GOVERNMENT POWERS?
We will look into how the new Trump Administration will work with Congress to address America‚Äôs government surveillance apparatus and its impact on security, privacy and commerce nationally and internationally. Did the Obama Administration do too much or too little in this area? How will Congress and President Trump‚Äôs Justice Department deal with the renewal or retirement of key provisions of surveillance section 702? What will happen to ECPA including cross-border data warrants for law enforcement? Should the new Congress explore establishing more comprehensive surveillance and law enforcement access framework in the years to come?
The topic of online behavior has seldom been more timely or more relevant. One wonders where America’s youth, who have literally grown up online, learn online social and ethics values. While there is widespread agreement over the need for robust rules of the road, the pipeline for that type of education remains elusive. How does our society guide youth to appropriate online behaviors? We’ve assembled an amazing panel of experts at State of the Net to grapple with this thorny topic on our panel “Strategies For Encouraging Ethical Digital Citizenship: Can It Be Taught?” A full description is below.
Leading the conversation will be:
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Today’s youth – tomorrow’s voters, workers, and leaders – have never known a world without consistent Internet access. The creators and creatives of today need the skills to discern and critically consider sources of information online and how their usage thereof informs their behavior.
But how does this generation learn the skills and rules of the road it needs to navigate cyberspace in a safe, responsible, and informed manner: From the digital immigrants that have come before them or from the digital natives that surround them? Are current efforts in teaching enough, or do we need to create new, comprehensive approaches to digital citizenship and media literacy?
We are excited to announce that Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), will participate in a keynote conversation with Tech:NYC’s Executive Director Julie Samuels at State of the Net on January 23 during our morning keynote session.
The keynote conversation will cover a variety challenges we currently face, both nationally and globally, in the areas of STEM education, encryption, surveillance and privacy among others.
In 2017 DelBene joined the House Ways and Means Committee, which will be at the forefront of debate on taxes, healthcare and retirement security in the new Congress.
In the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene serves on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, which handles the administration of the U.S. courts, as well as oversight over information technology and copyright, patent and trademark law. Her second Judiciary assignment is the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, which tackles bankruptcy law, state taxation affecting interstate commerce and antitrust matters.
Through her role on the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene is at the forefront of issues relating to technology and privacy, and has become a leading voice in the House calling for greater transparency and oversight of the NSA to restore American’s privacy rights, which passed.
In addition she also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Job Skills Working Group, and co-chair of the Women’s High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, and Trademark Caucus.
Finally, DelBene hosted the Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. The winning app in her district (WA-1) was Code Carbon.
Expectations are that the incoming Trump Administration and Congress will work together to realign regulatory authority in the area of communications policy. After this realignment the communications policy roles for the FCC, the FTC, counties, cities, and states may be quite different from recent memory.
At State of the Net 2017 we will be closely examining what the future of communications policy in the US will be with the help of our Keynote Speakers and through our panel discussion later in the day.
Leading the conversation will be:
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Senator John Thune (R-SD) is the Senior US Senator for South Dakota and is currently the senior most Senator and Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. For the 115th Congress, Senator Thune also serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and the Finance Committee. Thune also served in Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee from 2009 ‚Äì 2011 and now serves as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the number three position in Senate Republican leadership.
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) is the Senior US Senator for Hawaii and is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. He also serves on three additional Senate Committees: Appropriations, Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Indian Affairs. Senator Schatz is also one of just three Democrats on the Select Committee on Ethics.
Larry Downes is is author of the New York Times and Business Week business blockbuster, “Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance” (Harvard Business School Press, 1998). His new book, now a best-seller, is “Big Bang Disruption.” He serves as Project Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Evolution of Regulation and Innovation project, and as Research Fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance.
Markham Erickson is a Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLC, regularly representing clients in regulatory complaints, investigations, rulemakings, and proposed mergers before the Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice. He also represents clients before the United States Copyright Office and the Patent and Trademark Office. He has challenged and defended regulatory actions before federal courts.He has been appointed by the White House to represent the United States before the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on Internet speech and regulatory matters. He also is co-chair of the firm‚Äôs Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee and a member of its Technology Committee.
Gigi Sohn is currently the Leadership in Government Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. From 2015 to 2016 she served as Counselor to the Chairman at the FCC. Ms. Sohn served from 2001-2013 as the President and CEO of Public Knowledge and, from 2011-2013 as the Co-Chair of the board of directors of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).
Dr. Mark Jamison is the director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida and also serves as its director of Telecommunications Studies. He provides international training and research on business and government policy, focusing primarily on utilities and network industries. He directs the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy.
We invite you join our Keynote Speakers and Panelists at the 13th Annual State of the Net Internet Policy Conference on January 23, 2017 for a closer look at the Future of Communications Policy.
We are excited to announce that the CEO of Cybereason, Lior Div, will participate in a keynote conversation with Chairman Bob Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee at State of the Net on January 23 at 9:00 AM. Cybereason is a pioneering cybersecurity company developing cutting edge software platforms that leverage big data, behavioral analytics, and machine learning, in order to monitor complex advanced threats that evade traditional defenses.
The keynote conversation with Chairman Bob Goodlatte will cover a variety of cybersecurity challenges we currently face, both nationally and globally. With the growing attention cybersecurity has attracted in the headlines, this will be a timely discussion and we encourage you to attend.
About Lior Div: Lior Div, CEO and Co-Founder of Cybereason, is an expert in the fields of hacking operations, forensics, reverse engineering, malware analysis, cryptography & evasion. Previously, Lior served in unit 8200 of the Israeli Intelligence Corps as a commander of a cyber security team, where he received a medal of honor for his excellent achievements. Prior to co-founding Cybereason, Lior founded a cyber security services company that provided services to Israeli government agencies.
About Representative Bob Goodlatte: Representative Bob Goodlatte proudly represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives. In the 113th Congress, Rep. Goodlatte was elected to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where he continues to serve as Chairman today. For many years Rep. Goodlatte has served as one of the four co-chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional Internet Caucus, one of the most prestigious and active Caucuses on Capitol Hill.
President Trump has vowed to defeat ISIS on the battlefield, but defeating extremist groups is a war of ideas as well as arms. The use of propaganda, misinformation, and hateful rhetoric to incite violence and extremism is a familiar facet of modern conflict, what is new is the increasingly influential role of the Internet and social media as a vehicle for this type of speech. Extremist groups are using the Internet and social media to recruit fighters, solicit funds, and radicalize individuals to act as lone wolves. However, a team of key players is emerging across government, social media companies and civil society groups to combat these threats. Join a panel of government and industry leaders for a robust discussion on emerging strategies to deal with the weaponization of the Internet.
We’ve always welcomed the term “disruption” at State of the Net. But today many American workers are wondering what Internet-enabled disruption will mean for the future of their work. We’ve assembled an amazing panel of experts to explore “The Future of Work: Capturing The American Dream In An Internet-Enabled Economy.” A full description is below.
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We are racing towards a technologically-enhanced future. Internet-enabled technologies continue to disrupt markets and industries at a breathtaking clip. Corporations are increasingly seeing exponential increases in productivity from Internet-enabled automation and the Internet of Things. That disruption is pushing the American workforce to a place where it needs to be more and more technologically adroit. With artificial intelligence, autonomous cars, virtual reality, 3D/advanced manufacturing, and robotics, the skills required of the American labor market bears little resemblance to what was needed just a generation ago.
Those trends will only continue and the Internet connects everyone and everything. Jobs are literally being transformed. Fortunately, the strength of America has always been its workers and their ability to adapt to challenges and innovation. While one might meet this impending shift with trepidation, we believe it presents an amazing opportunity for America to lead the world into the economic future.
We’re excited to announce that Senator John Thune will keynote the State of the Net Conference on January 23, 2017 at the Newseum. Senator Thune joins a growing list of speakers at State of the Net who will chart the course for Internet policy in the coming year.
Senator Thune chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and has made a name for himself as a leader on Internet and technology issues. Senator Thune Co-Chairs the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus with Senator Leahy and Representatives Goodlatte and Eshoo.
The 13th Annual State of the Net Conference is only a few weeks away. We welcome you to join an audience of 600 attendees engaged in key Internet policy issues on January 23rd, 2017 at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC.