Dr. Laura DeNardis and Vinton Cerf, vice president and the Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, participated in an interesting panel at the Washington, DC, Cosmos Club. The panel, titled Understanding the Technology of the Internet – What is Internet? drew full house and stimulated a strong Q&A session. While Vint Cerf laid out the basic technology of the internet, i.e. packet switching, layering, TCP/IP, real-time (UDP), the World Wide Web, discussed cloud computing and provided a short chronology of the Internet’s development, Laura DeNardis explained social and economic impacts of the technology of the Internet, its domestic and foreign developments and trends, and both hazards and benefits to industry and the general public.
As the director of research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, Dr. Laura DeNardis is in Bangalore, India, this week. The meetings held over three days focus on creating agenda for how to best explain sustainable cyberspace and the fact that it directly impacts economic growth in every nation. The Global Commission on Internet Governance will work to assemble a multi stakeholder narrative that describes the importance of the Internet, the underlying technologies and how it enables our way of life. The invitation-only event is attended by other commissioners: Carl Bildt, Gordon Smith, Fen Osler Hampson, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Michael Chertoff, Dame Wendy Hall, and Tobby Simon.
The American University Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) is delighted to co-sponsor and present at the Side Event “Towards Full Inclusion of Disabled Persons in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Global Governance Processes” on 24 September 2015 in Conference Room 11 at United Nations headquarters leading up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York. IDPP Executive Director and AU SIS Associate Professor Dr. Derrick Cogburn will offer the Special Report: “Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the UN System and Broader Global Governance Processes” at the Side Event based on IDPP’s Accessible Global Governance study.
Co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN; UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); and The Nippon Foundation, the Side Event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN; The World Bank; UNESCO (TBC); IDPP; and International Disability Alliance.
Internet Freedom in the Age of Internet Control
The Internet is no longer just a communication system. It is also a control system in which more objects than people are connected to the network. Society is moving from a world in which content is digitally mediated to one in which all of life is digitally mediated. Beneath content, the Internet’s physical and logical infrastructure is the technical scaffolding holding up basic systems of finance, commerce, transportation, industrial control systems, and surveillance technologies, as well as social interactions and access to knowledge.
This morning, Dr. Denardis participated in the Atlantic Council’s DC Workshop on the Transatlantic Digital Agenda. The Atlantic Council promotes engagement and research in international relations. The Council has an important function in reviewing and remedying globally significant economic and political issues. It serves as a task force comprised of international thought leaders who help to navigate economic and political challenges of the modern world. The task force informs and shapes international community by recommending strategies on how to create a safer, wealthier and more peaceful environment. It has developed many programs and initiatives in order for international communities to understand many modern global issues.