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Tuesday, January 29 • 1:35pm - 2:30pm
Internet Governance: Sovereignty or A New Geopolitical Order?

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Once upon a time "Internet governance" discussions were limited to technical matters such as root zones and domain name functions, and multi-stakeholder processes prevailed. Yet the last five years have laid bare the awesome power of the Internet as a global force for good and for mischief. Starting with the Snowden revelations in 2014 through accusations of election meddling in 2016, a jarring series of events have forced governments and Internet stakeholders worldwide to reassess the appropriate processes for Internet governance. Now Internet issues such as AI, automation, cyber-weapons, deep-fakes, privacy, disinformation, cybersecurity, and human rights are fraying the existing agreements for governing the Internet. Recently, French President Macron issued a "Paris Call" to fill what he sees a void in Internet governance. At the same time the United Nations is racing to adopt its own governance rules. In this high stakes, geopolitical game of chess, what will prevail?

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Shane Tews

President, Logan Circle Strategies
Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Global Internet Strategy program that focuses on cyber security and Internet governance as part of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane... Read More →

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Drew Mitnick

Policy Counsel, Access Now
Drew works on cybersecurity, digital due process, and privacy. He has experience working on human rights in Asia and the United States. Drew was previously a Senior Research Associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group and served as the Managing Online Editor of the... Read More →
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Peter Fatelnig

Minister-Counsellor, Delegation of the EU to the US
Peter Fatelnig is Minister-Counsellor for digital economy policies at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, residing in Washington DC. Peter’s long experience in the digital tech sector, notably in building industrial innovation strategies, helped the EU to... Read More →
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Laura DeNardis

Professor, Scholar, Author, American University
Dr. Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a tenured Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.  Dr. DeNardis is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of International and Public Affa... Read More →
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Steve DelBianco

President & CEO, NetChoice
As President and CEO, Steve works with NetChoice members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda.Steve has become a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation. He’s provided expert testimony in 25 Congressional hearings and many more... Read More →

Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:35pm - 2:30pm EST