This inaugural IEEE Experts in Technology and Policy (ETAP) Forum on Internet Governance, Cybersecurity and Privacy began a unique platform to connect technology developers and policy makers in a meaningful way.
The global industry needs sound Internet policy because it helps fuel Internet innovation, sustainability and market growth. The IEEE Internet Initiative brings technologists into Internet public-policy discussions, boosting their awareness of issues and processes and increasing their influence. And IEEE is uniquely suited as a neutral, credible forum that can help ensure trustworthy technology solutions and best practices in Internet policymaking.
The inaugural Experts in Technology And Policy (ETAP) meeting was held on May 18th, 2015 in San Jose, California. Moderator Oleg Logvinov starts off the introduction session, where each attendee briefly introduces themselves, including how and why they are interested in the convergence of technology and policy.
Peter Fonash, Chief Technology Officer of Cybersecurity and Communications the United States Department of Homeland Security, explains his career trajectory and background, then delves into the cyber-ecosystem and how the information infrastructure development plays into the advancing Internet technology.
Dr. Xiaodong Lee, the CEO and CTO of China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), addresses the gap between technical solutions and policy-making for the Internet. Dr. Lee shares a slide presentation explaining the key issues of the Internet in tandem with how CNNIC is actively working to solve those issues.
Deepak Maheshwari, Director of Government Affairs in India and ASEAN Region, Symantec, briefs the attendees on the sheer volume of 330 million Internet users in India and the social impact of Internet activities when embraced by government officials. Maheshwari also emphasizes the importance of sharing data between information agencies and law enforcement agencies.
Jessica Groopman, Industry Analyst with Alimeter Group, a research advisory group that covers "disruptive technology," shares her slide presentation on the consumer perceptions of the Internet of Things (IoT). Groopman points out that the consumer's concern about privacy is a direct result of worrisome current events within the technological landscape, such as data breaches, and customers have an increasing need to know what becomes of their data.
Manu Bhardwaj, the Senior Advisor on Technology and Internet Policy to the Under Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State, addresses the ETAP audience regarding current events in Internet Governance. Bhardwaj states the hopes and fears associated with the advancement of technology, as it relates to tehcnology creators, Internet users and governing entities alike.
This inaugural ETAP session sets the formula for all the following ETAP forums by having the attendees react to the preceeding presentations with their "rapid fire" responses. These responses then culminate to establish a list of the top priority issues that will then be voted on, subsequently forming breakout session discussion groups on the pressing topics with the highest number of votes.
Panelists Jared Bielby, Nancy Cam-Winget, John Cioffi, Stephen Diamond, and Greg Shannon first briefly introduce themselves and their perspective of the top priority issues facing the gap between Internet technology and policy. Panel Moderator Clint Andrews facilitates the panelists to further comment on issues that haven't yet been on the radar, such as distribution of Internet and the risks of current governance structures.
Directly following their initial panel discussion, speakers Jared Bielby, Nancy Cam-Winget, John Cioffi, Stephen Diamond, and Greg Shannon answer questions from the audience, relating but not limited to industry, privacy and security. This Q&A session is facilitated by Panel Moderator Clint Andrews.
Offline Breakout Sessions appointed a speaker to represent and report out a summary of conclusions from each of the breakout team’s discussion on: Multi-stakeholder Governance, Security and Privacy, Fragmentation of the Internet, Code as Law, and IEEE as a Platform for discussion between engineers and policy-makers.