The High Politics of Internet Governance, October 30, 2015, Columbia University SIPA

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On December 15-16 in New York, the United Nations is convening a General Assembly High-Level Meeting to review the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society after a decade (WSIS+10) and to craft a future vision for the information society. Input from various stakeholders has raised questions about the future of the Internet and who will run it. This Columbia SIPA panel will explain the implications of this dialogue for Internet sustainability, security, and freedom, and how this high-level discussion connects to the planned transition of U.S. oversight in Internet governance.

This panel is being convened to discuss:

• Challenges in Internet governance due to changes in the Internet over the past decade, particularly the changing role of the United States;

• The upcoming UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to review the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) + 10;

• How this review is likely to play into a common vision for the Internet in the decade to come?

The panelists are:

• Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University, and Senior Research Scholar, Columbia SIPA

• Gordon Goldstein, Managing Director and Head of External Affairs, Silver Lake Group

• Ambassador David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein

• Veni Markovski, Vice President for UN engagement at ICANN

• His Excellency Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations

• Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United Nations

• Merit E. Janow, Dean of Columbia SIPA moderates;


1. A Decade in Internet Time: How has the Internet changed and what internet governance challenges have subsequently arisen over the past decade since WSIS?

1a. US Transition: How can the Internet governance functions historically performed by the U.S. government be internationalized?

2. WSIS+10 Implications: What will be the implications of the WSIS dialog for the transition, and for Internet sustainability, security, and freedom (implicit here are the SDGs)?

3. Policy Vision for the Future of the Internet: What is the world’s policy vision for the future of the Internet and how it’s run? How could the outcome of WSIS play into the realization of this vision? Can there be a common vision?

For the video of the panel click here