Dr. Derrick Cogburn Presents at 10th Internet Governance Forum Accessibility Workshop

IGF 2015 logoAssociate Professor Dr. Derrick Cogburn, executive director of the American University Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), will participate in the 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held from 9-13 November 2015 in João Pessoa, Brazil. In addition to actively participating in the 2015 Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) on 9 November, Dr. Cogburn will present “Breaking the Barriers and Expanding Opportunities for Education: the Southeast Asia Experience” at the workshop “Empowering the Next Billion Users by Removing Barriers to Accessibility” on 13 November from 9:00-10:30am Brasilia time.

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Dispatch from the Internet Governance Forum – Washington, D.C., July 16, 2015

ThisIGF year’s Internet Governance Forum started with a keynote by Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). Discussing the transition of oversight over critical domain name functions from NTIA to the global Internet community, Strickling emphasized the importance of multistakeholder involvement as “the best way to set the future direction of the Internet.” In the following keynote conversation, Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Steve Crocker discussed issues ranging from IPv6 adoption to the expansion of the top-level domain name system and the role of mobile for the expansion of the Internet. Cerf and Crocker also addressed concerns over global challenges to free expression, open innovation and the stability of Internet infrastructure. Despite these ongoing challenges, Cerf expressed optimism that “freedom of expression and openness will prevail” on the Internet.

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Internet Governance Forum 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2-5

photoThe Ninth Annual IGF Meeting (IGF 2014) was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-5 September 2014. The overarching theme for the meeting was: “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.

Our co-directors, Dr. Laura DeNardis and Dr. Derrick Cogburn were both there presenting their respective new papers. Both were included in the session entitled “Multistakeholder governance and its alternatives.”

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