Two months ago we were thrilled to convene the Internet stakeholder community at the 16th annual State of the Net Conference in Washington, DC, the nation’s most prominent Internet policy summit.
As attendees witnessed, the diversity of our speakers’ perspectives makes SOTN unlike any other Internet policy conference in the world. We also strive to assure diversity of the speakers and attendees. Below is a recap of our gender diversity statistics at #SOTN2020.
LEADERSHIP: DIVERSITY & BALANCE
State of the Net works assiduously to make our panels as diverse as possible. We are very proud of these results. While the gender diversity of speakers at #SOTN2020 exceeds national averages, it dramatically exceeds the averages in our space
Most of us are working through our social distancing binge list. At State of the Net we brought together market analysts and streaming entrepreneurs to discuss the streaming wars.
During these times it’s obvious that Over-The-Top video streaming services have radically transformed how we watch TV and the economics of “television.” Disney+ is just the latest with Peacock and HBOMax on the way.
In case you missed it, watch the video featuring market analysts, best selling authors, entrepreneurs, and artists discussing what the revolution in streaming video means and what the future holds. Speakers below.
Society Under Strain: Americans Struggle with Technology’s Impact, Look to Policymakers and Internet Companies for Solutions
After a Year of Fake News and Russian Manipulation Allegations, Americans Worry that Democracy is Weakened by New Technologies
Americans Leery of Bitcoin, Skeptical About Ability to Secure Internet
Washington, DC, Jan. 29, 2018 — A new wave of technologies has left Americans unsettled, worried about its impact on democracy, the future of the Internet and how its changing our financial system, according to a new survey released in conjunction with the annual State of the Net conference hosted by the Internet Education Foundation.
So-called fake news and allegations of Russian manipulations of social networks to influence the 2016 election have raised concerns about its negative impact, with 56 percent of Americans saying its weakened American democracy.
In addition, Americans are concerned about financial innovations that many don’t understand. For example, sixty-one percent said they would be uncomfortable accepting a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin as a payment.
At the same time, a vast majority of Americans surveyed report that the Internet has had a positive impact on their lives. Eighty-five percent said it’s had a positive impact, underscoring that while Americans see troubling issues with technology, they still understand the broader value.
The State of the Net conference is being held at the Newseum on Monday, Jan. 29. Information on how to attend the conference or participate via livestream or Twitter are included below. The Vrge Analytics survey polled 886 Americans on Jan. 25, 2018.
“Americans have high hopes for what the Internet can mean to their lives, but as technology advances it creates new concerns that ultimately end up before Congress and regulators,” said Tim Lordan, Executive Director of the Internet Education Foundation. “Getting ahead of those issues helps citizens, companies and government by easing the disruption on the economy and society.”
For example, Americans are mixed on whether artificial intelligence and virtual assistants enabled by it will be beneficial or harmful. Thirty-seven percent said it will benefit them by making their life and work easier; nearly the same amount (36 percent) said it will be harmful by creating security and privacy issues.
Americans look to policymakers for answers. A majority (53 percent) believe that the laws and regulations that we have today aren’t working to deal with the issues that arise due to the Internet. We should rethink the laws and regulations and change them to reflect a changing world.
And Americans look to Internet companies to keep the Internet protected from cyberattacks. When asked which entity is most responsible for protecting the Internet, 52 percent said Internet companies, 19 percent said the government and 18 percent said it should be the consumers who use it. At the same time, nearly half of Americans (48 percent) believe that while some incidents can be prevented the “Internet cannot be protected from most cyberattacks.” Forty-three percent hold out hope it can be secured.
About the Internet Education Foundation
The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. IEF takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, it’s a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. More information on the IEF is available at www.neted.org.
If ever Washington tech policymakers needed to look into the future, it’s now. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that Amy Webb, quantitative futurist and strategist, will keynote the 14th Annual State of the Net Conference.
Ms. Webb is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and founder of the Future Today Institute, where she helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. She is a 2017-18 Delegate in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and was a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. Her most recent book, The Signals Are Talking, explains how to predict and manage technological change.
Every year, key Internet policy makers and thinkers gather at State of the Net. Join them on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. to be part of the Internet policy conversation.
The upcoming State of the Net Conference will cover the most important policy issues facing the Internet today. Congressional and administration leaders will engage with stakeholders on issues such as digital inclusion, freedom of expression, trust & tribalism, broadband fragmentation, innovation, and many more. As always, State of the Net will be your first look at the new players and the new issues that will take center stage in 2018. Whether it’s artificial intelligence or cyber security policies, State of the Net is the best place to debate them all. This conference is unique. It’s been consistently lauded for its balanced blend of perspectives and its provocative thinkers. In an increasingly polarized policy space, State of the Net is the most important stakeholder gathering that brings you together with key people with whom you disagree (respectfully). That’s the point.
Past keynote speakers include: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, UBER Founder/CEO Travis Kalanick, Dropbox Founder/CEO Drew Houston, Comcast NBC CEO Brian L. Roberts and many others. Find out more about our recent past speakers here.
State of the Net attracts over 600 attendees by providing unparalleled opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues.
Want to know more about what State of the Net does? Here are video highlights of the conference to give a better sense of what the event does.
Follow us on Twitter for conference news and updates as we finalize the conference agenda and announce our final panelists and keynote speakers. Registration is free for all government staff, press and media, and a limited number of student tickets are available. Discounted tickets are available for non-profit and academic attendees.
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:
ABOUT OUR PANEL
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 invite you join our panel of experts at the 13th Annual State of the Net Internet Policy Conference on January 23, 2017 at our panel, “Strategies For Encouraging Ethical Digital Citizenship: Can It Be Taught?” for a closer look at this crucial issue.
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.
About Representative DelBene:
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District.
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:
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
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.
In October, the European Court of Justice rocked the data privacy world with their decision to invalidate the U.S-EU Safe Harbor framework, citing concerns that U.S. government surveillance undermines privacy protections for European citizens once their data has been transferred across the Atlantic. Lawmakers have been scrambling since, trying to come up with a “Safe Harbor 2.0” that will satisfy the European Court and let companies continue repatriating data. What does the current status of Safe Harbor mean for business and transatlantic relations? Will we ever be able to reconcile these two vastly different privacy regimes?
Kelly DeMarchis, Venable (Moderator)
Andrea Glorioso, Counselor, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.
Meg Leta Jones, Georgetown University
Bijan Madhani, Computer and Communications Industry Association