Call for Topics 2019 - Submissions

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The Call for Topics for the IGF-USA 2019 ran from January 2018 through February 11 and received 75 submissions from 63 individuals. This page serves as the official hub for navigating these submissions.

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2019-01-28 8:38:05 AM 2019 Submission 1 AI, blockchain, AR/VR, and more global access were among the emerging technologies mentioned in the Global IGF 2018-Paris video survey. AI · Access · Blockchain · IoT Nearly 150 attendees at Global IGF 2018-Paris spoke in video interviews on which new digital technologies will create the best opportunities for a better world for all over the next decade. The responses are displayed on the Imagining the Internet site; and you can also view the video responses in a YouTube playlist here: Responses by far the most-mentioned were AI, blockchain and more access. While the Internet of Things, VR and others were mentioned by some, many were looking forward to developments in AI and Blockchain and to promoting more access to the internet to more people globally. Civil Society / Academia
2019-01-28 10:48:09 AM 2019 Submission 2 Network Security Cybersecurity Intrusion Prevention System Civil Society / Academia
2019-01-28 2:29:53 PM 2019 Submission 3 Internet of Things - Where is it at policy-wise and what is needed for industries to confidently develop the technology IoT · IG Would also be curious to hear about what aspects of IoT overlap with more traditional Internet governance topics Civil Society / Academia
2019-01-28 4:57:24 PM 2019 Submission 4 Internet shutdown and the Digits Right in Africa Access · Human Rights None / Other
2019-01-28 7:54:02 PM 2019 Submission 5 1) Impact of Culture & Language on Internet UX, architecture, and business opportunities 2) The need and importance of Authenticationf Cybersecurity · Trust · Fake News 1) Culture and Language: How do these things impact what people want from the Internet and how Internet-centered businesses best deliver Internet experiences to the end-user? (Submitted last year resubmitting this year.) 2) Last year, trust was spoken about as a problem throughout the panel sessions, but the best possible solution is authentication. Can authentication (i.e., handshakes, access management, identities, verification of information, etc.) How can authentication be improved to provide better cybersecurity, functionality, data persistence, and help fight social problems (i.e., crime, fake news, psychological disorders etc.) arriving from the lack Authenticity. Civil Society / Academia
2019-01-29 12:52:03 PM 2019 Submission 6 Current and emerging tech & impact on America's civil society (e.g., IoT, facial recognition, AI, lessons learned from China) IoT · AI · Data Privacy · Surveillance Civil Society / Academia
2019-01-29 10:02:02 PM 2019 Submission 7 The 50th anniversary of the first message sent on ARPAnet and using the past to understand the future. IG It would be helpful to discuss role of institutional memory in assisting in the creation of a more diverse and robust IG community. This can be a methods and analysis discussion that can be woven through all the discussions. Civil Society / Academia
2019-01-30 11:22:16 AM 2019 Submission 8 The advantages machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, will to technology tools AI AI & ML are not well defined or well understood by policy makers, I would like to bring in some experts to sit on a panel to discuss how they help with both industry issues and consumer issues like fraud protection and customer service Private Sector
2019-01-30 1:41:57 PM 2019 Submission 9 Internet of Things IoT Private Sector
2019-01-31 4:19:09 PM 2019 Submission 10 Digital Inclusion with a focus on fixed wireless deployments in rural America. Access · Digital Inclusion Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-01 12:50:55 PM 2019 Submission 11 Minority Small Business integration technologies support focus on startups costs support and exchange as it relates to social Enterprise Bush Foundation SOCAP Study on Social Enterprise how to effectively connect communicate transparency progressive 2018-2019 Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-01 2:16:14 PM 2019 Submission 12 Technology and election policies Campaigns and Elections Proposed title of session: Rock the .vote: How Technology Will Shape Politics Over The Next 20 Years. This panel would be comprised of technology experts as well as political analysts to discuss how tech has and will continue to shape the political landscape in the US and abroad. The panel could be preceded by a Keynote from a US Senator or Repeesentative to discuss how technology both helps and harms the campaign process, for example. Private Sector
2019-02-03 2:15:23 PM 2019 Submission 13 Protecting Consumers Against Phone Phising Data Privacy · Cybersecurity · TechLash As people have more information about themselves available online, with more data breaches occurring, it is simple for scammers to use credible information to build trust and initiate spear phasing attacks, leaving the victim with their personal identity information compromised and or financially distressed. Social engineering attacks are difficult to combat, and especially difficult to recover from in terms of financially, psychologically, and more. How might we help people protect themselves from theses phasing scams, particularly when they use social engineering tactics? This project will explore potential solutions to better protect consumers based on data collected on “VISHING’ (VOICE PHISING) attacks. The first phase will entail information gathering through in-depth interviews and scraping online sources, and the second phase will include designing a prototype of a tool for consumers to protect themselves against social engineering tactics and testing its plausibility with users. Source-Michelle Chen,, Master of Information Management and System (MIMS), School of Information, UC Berkeley Private Sector
2019-02-04 9:16:07 AM 2019 Submission 14 Content moderation Content Policy · Freedom of Expression · TechLash Laws passed recently in Europe (such as require more aggressive enforcement of moderation policies on social media and other internet platforms. To what extent can platforms preempt this type of regulation with better enforcement? What are the dangers to freedom of expression? In what ways does objectionable content and overmoderation affect historically disadvantaged groups? Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-04 9:28:16 AM 2019 Submission 15 Internet Crawling crawling is the main part in internet Private Sector
2019-02-04 11:11:48 AM 2019 Submission 16 Fight with fake and deceptive content especially on social media Fake News · Content Policy · TechLash Government / Intergovernmental Organization
2019-02-04 11:41:15 AM 2019 Submission 17 Cyber Threat Intelligence Capture and Response Cybersecurity I think the IGF might like to consider the current state of play on threat intelligence and how this critical area of WWW development might be developed to make the internet a safer place for everyone to interact with. Technical Community
2019-02-04 11:55:42 AM 2019 Submission 18 I would like to propose a session on algorithmic bias, discrimination and human rights. Human Rights · AI I have written and spoken on the topic and know a community of scholars and advocates who can make this a robust conversation. Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-04 12:15:39 PM 2019 Submission 19 1. Merits and risks of consumer-driven privacy models.

2. Election infrastructure and security.

3. Info/ed session: device security/privacy
Cybersecurity · Campaigns and Elections · Data Privacy Private Sector
2019-02-04 1:16:32 PM 2019 Submission 20 Standards for enforcement as to the differential between advertised Internet speed, actual speed, and attribution as to any differential. Access Enforcement as to speed differentials, and enhanced user confidence, may be best accomplished with a combination of private and public sector enforcement, including USG FTC, DOJ, and CFIUS action. None / Other
2019-02-04 2:16:21 PM 2019 Submission 21 Disinformation/Misinformation and Democracy, National Data Privacy Law Framework, Future of Online News, Broadband and 5G Access/Equality Fake News · Data Privacy · Access · 5G · TechLash Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-04 3:01:47 PM 2019 Submission 22 The importance of Electricity in community networks Access Government / Intergovernmental Organization
2019-02-04 8:25:03 PM 2019 Submission 23 Nermundial review IG A discussion on how the alternate format of Netmundial in effect complements the pursuits of the IGF Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-04 8:32:58 PM 2019 Submission 24 Building global Trust in the Multistakeholder process by exemplary balance. IG · Trust Does it require a profound Accountability mechanism to promote Trust in the Multistakeholder process? Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-04 8:55:13 PM 2019 Submission 25 Unreasonable to have both public and private (Grid, ..) connected on the internet. There should be parallel structures like Intranet. Cybersecurity · Critical Infrastructure Private structures like the Grid, Power Plants and Banks should have its own and not provide access to their secure information and controls online. Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-05 1:01:29 AM 2019 Submission 26 To Integrated emerging Blockchain Technology in the training management system for Government Application or e-service delivery Blockchain Recent BlockChain is the new highly emerging technology that adopted in the government application for better and secure environment. Government / Intergovernmental Organization
2019-02-05 3:06:13 AM 2019 Submission 27 Access and safety Access Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-05 5:59:19 AM 2019 Submission 28 Platform Responsibilty Content Policy · TechLash Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-05 6:18:28 PM 2019 Submission 29 Weighing costs/benefits to regulation, privacy, antitrust, section 230 Data Privacy · Competition · Content Policy · Regulation Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-06 8:42:20 AM 2019 Submission 30 Information Technology governance IG Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-06 9:33:51 AM 2019 Submission 31 Attribution and incontrovertible digital identity Cybersecurity · Fake News · TechLash Digital Identity to counter identity theft. Attribution, and provenance of sources and facts, to counter "fake news" and public opinion manipulation. Private Sector
2019-02-06 11:05:26 AM 2019 Submission 32 Products liability for digital technology IoT Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-06 5:42:17 PM 2019 Submission 33 Regulation & self-regulation of social media platforms Content Policy · Regulation · TechLash This panel would look at Facebook's proposal for an advisory council (self-regulation), Article 19's proposal for Social Media Councils, and proposals and efforts in the EU and US to regulate content. What are the opportunities and pitfalls associated with these efforts, and what would it mean for the future of free expression, journalism and democracy Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-06 7:47:47 PM 2019 Submission 34 What government actions (e.g., legislation, funding) needed for local mesh networks for better bandwidth Access Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-07 12:45:02 AM 2019 Submission 35 Women in ICT. Gender More and more women became involved in digital processes. A lot of engineers, developers, system admins and others are women. Let's help them to learn and be more professional. Private Sector
2019-02-07 12:55:20 AM 2019 Submission 36 e-agriculture in Socials . The roles of Socials and E-commerce in E-Agriculture . Viet nam and Others are Case Studies ! Government / Intergovernmental Organization
2019-02-07 1:33:26 AM 2019 Submission 37 1. AI in Human 2. How to connect Rural with Global via E-Governance AI We want to make sense of technology for rural people Private Sector
2019-02-07 12:50:38 PM 2019 Submission 38 Child sexual abuse prevention versus sexual speech. Can we have both freedom of expression and act against child exploitation? Child Protection · Freedom of Expression · Content Policy Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-07 4:44:40 PM 2019 Submission 39 Digital Cooperation - implications for future of IG engagement IG This could be a town hall approach, similar to what we did with WSIS+10 and include HL panelists and the broader community responding to their recommendations. Private Sector
2019-02-07 4:46:34 PM 2019 Submission 40 Disinformation, misinformation, fake information and its affect on trust in the online world - personal and economic life Fake News · Trust · Content Policy · TechLash Private Sector
2019-02-07 5:47:52 PM 2019 Submission 41 Is the Current Governance System of the Internet a Viable and Sustainable Model for Other Institutions? IG The United States has just experienced the longest government shutdown in its history. And, it occurred while the United Kingdom was mired in BREXIT indecision. It is an understatement to say that democratic institutions across the globe are being tested like never before. In the midst of dire concerns and predictions, might the democratic models of Internet governance afford a beacon of hope for other types of global democratic governance? And if so, are they are transferable? And are they even sustainable? The so-called Internet ecosystem is made up of largely voluntary organizations, such as the Internet Society (ISOC), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and others. They are largely dependent on volunteers who help keep the network of networks stable, secure and resilient. Quite simply, the Internet works. Furthermore, it works well, exemplified by a global reliance on the Internet for commerce, communication, education and information. That is not to say that a bottom up, multiple stakeholder model is a thing of beauty. Like other democracies, it is messy and very slow. But it works and works well because its little-known foundation of democratic governance works. However, the democratic rule of the Internet is about to face some of its own challenges. As the original founders of the Internet governance organizations age and ultimately leave their positions, is there enough interest among young people to assume the vital functions that keep the Internet open, functional and free? This panel will explore not only the democratic rule of the Internet today but the challenges in keeping it sustainable into the future. Panelists will consider whether the democratic models that helped launch the Internet need to be up-dated or altered, and if so, how? Technical Community
2019-02-08 5:30:37 PM 2019 Submission 42 Principles Underpinning Norms for Cyberstability Cybersecurity · Public Core As part of its mission the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC, is documenting a set of principles that guide stakeholders in achieving cyber stability and that are the foundation for norms proposed by the commission. Norms such as "the Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet" (, and those published in the 'Singapore Norm Package"( . During this session, members of the GCSC want to engage in a conversation with the US IGF community in order to inform their work. Technical Community
2019-02-10 1:32:23 PM 2019 Submission 43 Future of Work Future of Work Personal agency for workers is becoming more and more critical. This means access to information, virtual and literal mobility, constant retraining, etc. The internet will play an important empowerment role. Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-10 10:16:03 PM 2019 Submission 44 Connecting the unconnected, digital inclusion and accessibility, can community networks solve connectivity issues, future of work. Access · Future of Work · Digital Inclusion Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 8:44:39 AM 2019 Submission 45 Assume you will cover areas of cybersecurity policy, fake news vs. freedom of expression, GDPR vs. U.S. 'data as product' controversies, net Cybersecurity · Fake News · Freedom of Expression · Data Privacy neutrality status. Note: I am moving to Washington end February, interested in participating in committee once the chaos of the move is over. Technical Community
2019-02-11 9:05:55 AM 2019 Submission 46 Internet of Things Governance IoT · IG · Data Privacy · Cybersecurity Norms of Internet governance (open standards, multistakeholder coordination, immunity from intermediary liability) are being challenged by cyber- physical systems. At the same time, these systems are creating unprecedented security and privacy problems with cascading effects on the entire Internet. What needs to happen now? Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 9:06:46 AM 2019 Submission 47 Broadband availability and adoption - what barriers exist & what policy reforms could encourage more widespread broadband access in the US? Access Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 9:08:50 AM 2019 Submission 48 The Politics and Ethics of Hacking Back Cyber Conflict Hacking back opens up a wide range of cyberdefense tools, including honeypots as well as proactive measures. The problem is a private company generally has no legal right to defend itself. Technical Community
2019-02-11 9:16:08 AM 2019 Submission 49 DNS Hijacking Cybersecurity · DNS Consider the following: The bottom line here is that it's time for an upgrade of security employed to protect domain name registrations. Even DNSSEC is weakened by this category of failure. At least "important" domain names should consider registration security requirements. Technical Community
2019-02-11 9:20:26 AM 2019 Submission 50 1 IoT security

2 Importance of collaboration for rural & remote access 3 Unintended consequences of regulation

4 Impacts of consolidation
IoT · Access · IG · Competition 1) There is a growing, global call for IoT security, and in many countries it is an area without partisan disagreement. Governments, civil society, technologists, and others are actively working together to ensure that users are protected from malicious attacks and botnets are prevented. The Canada, Senegal, France and many others have take a multistakeholder approach to IoT security, enlisting the help of all stakeholder groups to ensure they do their part. In the United States, home to one of the largest markets for IoT devices in the world, there is no comprehensive plan, label, or education campaign for IoT security. What can the stakeholders present for the IGF USA do to push forward in this space? Links: 2) In 2018, over half the world's population was said to have access to the Internet. And while that is a milestone to be celebrated, it makes the difference between those with and without Internet access even more stark. In the United States, rural, remote, and Indigenous communities are significantly less likely to have access to the Internet than their urban and non-Indigenous counterparts. And they can't get access alone. It will take coordination and collaboration between all stakeholder groups -- from local community members, to technology experts, civil society, the federal government, and more working together to close the digital divide in the US. This is a topic that was discussed at length at the 2018 Indigenous Connectivity Summit, and it will be discussed again at the 2019 Summit in Hawaii. This session could highlight times when collaboration has led to robust connectivity solutions in rural and remote areas, and what more the stakeholders in the room could do to ensure rural broadband is a reality. Links: 3) Today, almost every country in the world is currently in the business of “regulating the Internet.” But regulation of the Internet can have unintended consequences. One such consequence is extra-territorial application. Another one is how regulation can impact the infrastructure of the Internet, challenging the characteristics of its original design. This becomes particularly important for what it means for a resilient, global Internet. The Internet was not designed to recognize physical boundaries or to comply with only one actor’s rules. Resiliency is ensured through diversity of infrastructure and this diversity comes from nodes located globally, in different parts of the world. Internet regulation that is unfocused, uninformed and disproportionate can provide the wrong incentives for state actors to engage in a regulatory race that will only result in a fractured, less resilient Internet. As the United States considers new regulations on privacy, security, and other important issues, this workshop will seek to advance a conversation about how policy makers should balance the need for user protection with the need to protect the integrity of the infrastructure of the Internet. Links: 4) Consolidation is not a new phenomenon, but often an expected evolution as industries and markets mature. Opportunities to reduce costs, expand market share, and enhance scalability are intrinsic incentives in any economic domain where companies acquire competitors or subsume parts of the production chain. Globally, trends of consolidation in the Internet Economy – including growing forces of concentration, vertical and horizontal integration, and fewer opportunities for market entry and competition – may shape not just the ways in which the Internet is used by people around the world, but its future technical evolution in the next three to five years. Today, such trends of consolidation are visible in almost all parts of the Internet economy, from access provision to services at the application layer. Looking from the national to the global level, what are the underlying drivers of these trends? What are the implications for the Internet’s technical evolution and its users? Links: None / Other
2019-02-11 9:23:47 AM 2019 Submission 51 Formalisation of the contributions of machine learning and advanced statistical analysis(AI) in development of internet services. AI There seems to be many applications of ML and AI that are not made clear to users and this is not only unfair but highly dangerous, especially where systems are showing signs of serious bias in the data they rely upon for their proper and accurate operation. Technical Community
2019-02-11 9:25:40 AM 2019 Submission 52 IDN Homographic Attacks Cybersecurity · DNS Consider the following: That presentation is somewhat technical but the concern is easily motivated and described. We need better user tools and applications that account for this directly, and they are possible. This is a universal acceptance issue. Technical Community
2019-02-11 10:44:31 AM 2019 Submission 53 The Next Generation Internet: Investigating Community Networks as a Socio-Legal, Technical System and as a Public Trust Access SEEC Harlem (CNS-1737453) project involves research within the Harlem community in New York City, and with partner universities (University of Arizona, University of Virginia, and Fordham University). SEEC Harlem aims to exploit edge cloud computing in the dense urban environment of upper Manhattan to realize new affordable and accessible computing. Silicon Harlem and the mayor’s office of NYC are the primary community and government partners for both projects. From a local governance standpoint, we are working with a participatory technology assessment methodology to look next generation community internet as a public trust. Private Sector
2019-02-11 10:44:40 AM 2019 Submission 54 How can the public (individuals, organizations) force international bodies (UN, ITU, etc.) to allow participation in Internet governance. IG Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 11:16:01 AM 2019 Submission 55 The need to permit or enable political speech by private U.S. citizens, including paid ads, excluding businesses, non-citizens Freedom of Expression · Campaigns and Elections There is a need to permit political speech (intended to influence and electoral campaigns or ballot issues) by private citizens up to thresholds that require reporting to the FEC or a creation of a campaign or PAC. The response to 2016 foreign influence campaigns or election meddling by Russia, etc. has resulting in restrictions on platforms that are too tight/tighter than US federal election laws and many state laws require. A private US citizen should be able to buy an advertisment - or make a free post - with an appropriate disclaimer without having a campaign committee number. Additionally, platforms should do more to educate users on their opportunities to form campaigns and acquire the appropriate credentials in time to be able to express their personal political ideas before it gets to late in the political cycle to do so. A private citizen, for example, should be able to buy a $10-25 boost or traffic to a personal Youtube vlog that includes an endorsement for a specific vote on a ballot measure or local election, if that isn't prohibited or is left up to individuals and local campaigns to keep track of uncoordinated personal political expenditures or in kind contributions, under law. Technical Community
2019-02-11 11:18:43 AM 2019 Submission 56 The desirability of creating new user-driven ecosystems, founded on trust and accountability, to overlay the current platform-centric Web. Trust · Alternative Tech The GLIAnet Project aims to build a trustworthy Web ecosystem, by using targeted market interventions to re-balance the existing user-platform dynamic. The project website is A short overview can be found in a recent Fast Company piece, Draft of a summary white paper is also available upon request. Topics for discussion at IGF-USA 2019 could include: the need for more trust, support, and accountability in the open Web; the pros and cons of using "countermediaries" as a bridge between users and online platforms/the Web; applying common law principles of fiduciary obligations to countermediaries; and mapping the ecosystem of technologies that users can employ as autonomy-enhancing tools. None / Other
2019-02-11 11:35:39 AM 2019 Submission 57 Data protection (data privacy), Speech + censorship on/by platforms, risks of border surveillance, U.S. ICCPR review (happening this year) Data Privacy · Freedom of Expression · Surveillance · TechLash Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 11:38:44 AM 2019 Submission 58 Aligning with the UN and other bodies to agree upon a standard definition for digital literacy. See additional context below. Digital Inclusion According to UNESCO, “literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute, and use printed, and written materials associated with varying contexts” (UNESCO). However, there is no such consensus or clarity around a standard for digital literacy. Without such a global or uniform definition, it is difficult for the world to address digital cooperation issues and measure progress. Imagine the impact if the UN were to support a comprehensive framework for digital skills and intelligence and endorse a global standard for a definition of digital literacy and skills. This could aid in achieving a measurement and reporting methodology while enabling individuals, organizations, and nation states to track their progress over time. Private Sector
2019-02-11 1:03:17 PM 2019 Submission 59 Cross-border taxes on digital content and online advertising revenue Taxation Several EU countries are proposing a Digital Services Tax, equal to 3% of advertising revenue earned on content seen by European eyes. More than half of this tax would be paid by American companies. And it would discriminate by targeting online ad revenue while not taxing revenue from ads in print and broadcast media. Private Sector
2019-02-11 1:44:36 PM 2019 Submission 60 Using antitrust laws to punish online platforms for political expression Competition · Freedom of Expression We have seen the weaponization of antitrust laws to attack platforms that host political views and amplify opposition attitudes. Even if express actions are not taken, threats of antitrust actions can result in limits to free speech platforms. Private Sector
2019-02-11 1:49:54 PM 2019 Submission 61 Free Speech Or Hate Speech: Should Online Due Diligence Change? Freedom of Expression · Content Policy · TechLash We recently submitted the following for consideration at RightsCon and it may be relevant for IGF USA as well: New hate groups are appearing in rapid, successive fashion. When the public is outraged at you as a provider, how do you determine if a new group on your network is a hate group? How much research do you do as a provider to determine if they have violated your terms of service agreement - yet? This session will discuss difficult real and possible scenarios. We’ll show how Internet companies can set clear and open criteria around acceptable usage.​ Private Sector
2019-02-11 2:05:20 PM 2019 Submission 62 The UNHLP on Digital Cooperation is due to issue its report in May 2019. Should this impact US internet governance long-term strategies? IG Private Sector
2019-02-11 2:10:07 PM 2019 Submission 63 Artificial Intelligence & The Role of Government Regulation AI Machine learning and artificial intelligence/augmented intelligence (AI), powered by streams of data and advanced algorithms, have incredible potential to improve countless consumer and enterprise use cases. For example, in healthcare, AI can prevent hospitalizations, reduce complications, and improve patient engagement. Yet, applications of AI have also given rise to a variety of potential effects and challenges for U.S. policymakers to consider, including notice/consent, bias, inclusion, transparency and digital due process, and law enforcement access to data, among others. As AI innovations continue to be developed and even start to enter today’s regulatory processes, U.S. policymakers at the legislative and regulatory levels are considering whether policy changes are needed. This session should feature diverse viewpoints from across the IGF-USA community to advance the public conversation on the role government oversight should have with respect to AI. • • • Private Sector
2019-02-11 2:10:07 PM 2019 Submission 64 Application of antitrust law to online platforms Competition · Regulation Online platforms have become integral parts of many Americans’ lives, being used for social communication, many areas of commerce, and other new ways. Increasingly, policymakers on the Hill and at key federal agencies (e.g., FTC) have begun to more seriously examine whether there is a need for antitrust intervention in online platform markets. This session should feature policymakers from both the Hill and FTC, as well as industry and civil society stakeholders, who can educate IGF-USA members about, and provide diverse perspectives on, the current debate regarding antitrust law and platforms. • • • Private Sector
2019-02-11 2:12:08 PM 2019 Submission 65 Trends in Regulatory Approaches to ‘Over-the-Top’ Services – Should Telecom Laws be Applied to Network Edge Services? OTT · Regulation Traditionally, telecom laws around the world have applied to copper line voice service providers. These laws have, in many countries, since been applied internet service providers (the providers of pipes that data packets flow through). More recently, policies (some proposed and some in place today) have sought to apply the same telecom laws to “over-the-top” services, or services that are access over a telecom network’s infrastructure. Such policies are currently being debated in the U.S., as well as in other key jurisdictions like India. This session would feature stakeholders from government, industry, and civil society that will debate whether OTT services should or should not be exposed to telecom regulatory-like regimes and make recommendations on a path forward. • • Private Sector
2019-02-11 2:13:44 PM 2019 Submission 66 Status of efforts to create a US federal privacy framework Data Privacy With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in effect and US states (e.g., California) adopting privacy regulatory regimes, there is more pressure than ever before for the federal government to adopt a modern privacy framework. Already, work is afoot on the Hill, as well as at key federal agencies like NTIA and NIST. This session should feature policymakers, as well as IGF-USA community member viewpoints, and would (1) educate IGF-USA attendees on the current status of federal privacy framework efforts and how they relate, and (2) provide key perspectives from government, industry, civil society, and other IGF-USA community stakeholders. • • • • • Private Sector
2019-02-11 3:00:45 PM 2019 Submission 67 Weighing Security & Privacy Issues In Debate on DNS over HTTPS Cybersecurity · Data Privacy · DNS Mozilla, CloudFlare, Tucows, British Telecom, and PowerDNS would be examples of great candidates to discuss this important issue, and I'd be happy to help pull something like this together. Private Sector
2019-02-11 3:04:56 PM 2019 Submission 68 What has the Internet community learned from a year+ without open WHOIS? What other avenues should be explored? DNS · Trust The digital world should not unduly expose anyone to threats against their physical or economic safety. Digital trust and security in online transactions requires the transparent identification of providers of goods and services and a means of contacting them. The debate continues surrounding the appropriate level of information gathering and access related to the Registrants Directory Serviced known as WHOIS. How close are we to access? Private Sector
2019-02-11 3:11:34 PM 2019 Submission 69 Internet Accessibility Digital Inclusion The internet has produced incredible advances in creating an experience for those with disabilities equivalent to those without disabilities. Further, demographic trends (e.g., the aging Baby Boomer generation) have led to the creation of niche market opportunities to service those with disabilities. Platform owners and the developers who leverage their ecosystems have recognized the responsibility to develop technology that is accessible and usable by everyone, including those with disabilities. This session should feature software developers, policymakers, as well as industry and civil society stakeholders, who can educate, and share perspectives with, IGF-USA member about the latest cutting-edge collaborations in creating internet accessibility for all – both challenges and opportunities. • • • Private Sector
2019-02-11 3:27:49 PM 2019 Submission 70 Usage of Internet as an International Development Tool Access The internet is much widespread than ever; however, the pace of internet growth has also slowed down in the last few years; especially, in the underdeveloped countries where different kinds of infrastructure are needed. Some community networks, satellite connectivity and other projects by the likes of Facebook and Google had brought some hope but they soon vanished. The focus on the west is mainly on the usage of internet for developing solutions that are more centric to entertainment; the biggest internet companies are social media firms and internet devices manufacturers and they certainly don't have a vision for using the internet in a way that could benefit the most underdeveloped countries of the world. A great tool as internet can go much more beyond face-filters and 4K movies to becoming a tool for poverty reduction, quality education and beyond. Private Sector
2019-02-11 3:55:43 PM 2019 Submission 71 Two areas worth exploring would be international coordination on artificial intelligence and competition policy. AI · Competition Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 4:14:06 PM 2019 Submission 72 Limits on national approaches to Internet policy and necessity of multi-level policy coordination and policy processes. IG Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 8:21:08 PM 2019 Submission 73 Platform liability for user content Content Policy · Platform Liability Limits on platform liability are the backbone of net 2.0 since it enabled user-created content. Today, these liability limits are under threat from multiple business and political interests wanting to turn back the clock on the internet economy and reestablish their control over information publication. Debates on platform liability will help educate attendees and viewers on what has enabled massive growth in user-created content online over the last two decades. Private Sector
2019-02-11 8:25:53 PM 2019 Submission 74 Moderation of user content on social media platforms Content Policy · TechLash As pressure has increased on social media to improve content moderation on their platforms, critics have argued that these efforts lack transparency and are too strict. A discussion on how social media platforms should balance these opposing pressures is key in educating the public, government, and civil society in the intricacies and challenges facing platforms that work to responsibly moderate content. None / Other
2019-02-11 8:45:20 PM 2019 Submission 75 Blockchain for Social Good: Discussion of Best Practice of how technology can impact communities from the ground up Blockchain Blockchain can make a difference for in the millions of Unbanked, land tenure, electrical distribution, etc Civil Society / Academia