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Lightning Talks & Salons

call for proposals

Lightning Talks and Salons are new to SOTN this year. While we have traditionally hosted long-form and structured sessions featuring keynote speakers, fireside chats, and panel discussions, we are excited to introduce these two latest formats that provide unique opportunities to share information and ideas. 

The addition of lightning talks and salons at the State of the Net will add more voices to the conversation and allow for a broader range of topics and more interactive dialogue. We encourage you to contribute concise, powerful lightning talk proposals that spotlight innovative ideas or critical takeaways in Internet policy, or to propose salon sessions that will foster meaningful, expert-led conversations on the nuanced challenges and opportunities in today’s digital landscape. 

Successful proposals will help inform policymakers who work on Internet policy in Washington, in state capitals, and in international governance fora. Choose from a list of categories or submit a proposal on your own topic.

The proposal deadline is Friday, December 8, 2023. Use the submission form below to send in your proposal.

If you have any questions, please read the below FAQs or email [email protected].

Submission Form for Lightning Talks and Salons

Use this submission form to send in your proposals for either a lighting talk or a salon.


About State of the Net

The State of the Net Conference is the largest Internet policy conference in the US. It fosters a dialogue between civil society, nonprofits, government officials, research institutions and the business community. 

With Artificial Intelligence and content moderation in the news daily, it’s a critical time for our issues. We’ll dive into the most pressing policy issues. Congressional and federal leaders will engage with stakeholders on issues such as AI, content moderation, broadband, consumer privacy, content moderation, cyber security, and many more.

As always, State of the Net will be your first look at the players and the issues that will take center stage in 2024. This conference is unique for its diverse blend of perspectives and provocative thinkers.

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