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;
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.
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.