Five weeks ago the Internet stakeholder community came together for the 14th annual State of the Net Conference, the nation’s most prominent Internet policy summit. They grappled with the most pressing issues facing the Internet in 2018 including the Internet’s effect on democracy, free expression, blockchain and much more.
Below is a recap of #SOTN2018 with links to video on YouTube, FacebookLive, and C-SPAN. We’ve also detailed our record setting statistics on diversity, livestream viewership, audience composition, and social media trending.
State of the Net will be back in January 2019 for its 15th annual summit. For now, our staff is hard at work curating debates for the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy and hosting the Congressional App Challenge.
Save the date for next year’s #SOTN2019!
Livestream Views Skyrocket
The Fox News livestream of the fireside chat between Rod Rosenstein and Kim Hart (Axios) surpassed 350,000 views on Facebook. Additionally, the Internet Society’s livestreams have vastly increased viewership by expanding to a worldwide audience in the past few years.
Massive C-SPAN Coverage
C-SPAN not only broadcasted the plenary and breakout discussions from State of the Net, but the show also recorded dozens of panelist interviews that are airing throughout the month on their cable show, “The Communicators.” This includes Katie Harbath, whose interview can be viewed by clicking the video link on the right.
LEADERSHIP: DIVERSITY & BALANCE
State of the Net works assiduously to make our panels as diverse as possible. This year, 46.81% of the speakers were men and 53.19% were women. We are very proud of these results.
GENDER BREAKDOWN OF SPEAKERS
46.81% of the speakers were men and 53.19% were women.
While the gender diversity of speakers at #SOTN2018 slightly exceeds national averages, it dramatically exceeds the averages in our space.
Our attendees are also diverse with regard to sectors represented. Our percentage of government staff attendees (36.7%) is exceptional, and the amount of registered press is unmatched.
750+ registered attendees.
300+ government policy staff
70+ members of the press.
(Does not include livestream viewership.)
Video and Photos From Every Keynote and Panel
Additional keynote speeches can be found at the YouTube links below.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Keynote Address (top left) – DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke Address (top right) – Chairman Goodlatte and Bill Moore Fireside Chat (bottom left) – Senator Klobuchar Keynote Address (bottom right).
#SOTN2018 Trending #1 on Twitter in Washington D.C.
#SOTN2018 was the #1 Trending topic in the Washington D.C. area for over 6 hours during the Conference.