IGF-USA: An Introduction

This week the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. is hosting the 2016 Internet Governance Forum-USA. This annual event brings together technologists, policy makers, academics, and people interested in Internet policy for a day of panels and discussions on a range of Internet topics from network neutrality to rural access. Based upon the global Internet Governance Forum the IGF-USA brings together a diverse group for a day of directed discussions and conversations.

One of this year’s big topics is likely to be the U.S. Government’s initiative to relinquish its oversight over the over ICANN, the organization that administers the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). They make the rules for the companies that run .com and .org. The historical origins of the Internet as a government technology have made this a sensitive subject both in the U.S. and abroad, but for the last few years, dedicated people have been drafting and redrafting the transition plan which is being now reviewed by the government. Because of their work, end users are unlikely to notice any change in their everyday Internet experience and that’s the point.

You can listen and participate in this and other discussions which will be webcast. You can also follow #IGFUSA2016 on twitter. I’ll see you online.