IEEE Joins Global Leaders at Internet Governance Forum

Event to be live-streamed

1 December 2016

Representatives from the IEEE Internet Initiative will lead sessions during the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum in Zapopan, Mexico, being held 5 to 9 December, to help advance the conference theme: “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.” The initiative’s mission includes increasing IEEE’s involvement in and contributions to global technology policy discussions. This is the second year the initiative is participating in the IGF.

Established by the U.N. secretary-general, the IGF serves as a platform to bring people together from academia, government, industry, and other groups as equals in discussions on public policy issues related to the Internet. Those who cannot join in person can watch the sessions live on the IGF website.

“While the Internet has led to economic growth and many societal benefits, its full potential for humanity has yet to be realized,” says IEEE Member Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative. “The IGF provides an open venue for conversations on today’s Internet governance challenges as well as its developments.”


IEEE is scheduled to lead three sessions:

“Advancing Solutions for Connectivity: Improving Global Coordination and Collaboration” is slated for 1 to 6 p.m. CST on 5 December. IEEE will be joined by representatives from Global Connect, the International Telecommunications Union, the Internet Society, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum. The session will cover how to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and innovative approaches and resources for advancing Internet access in remote regions.

The “Security, Privacy, and the Ethical Dimensions of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in 2030” panel is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. CST on 6 December. Panelists from various industries will discuss the problems they face with the Internet and ICT, and ways to solve them, keeping in mind security, privacy, and ethical concerns.

The open forum “Making Connections for Solutions,” from noon to 1 that same day, is a follow-up to events IEEE has held in regions around the world to connect policymakers, technologists, and others involved in Internet policy. The forum will share insights from those events, including Internet access and affordability for universal connectivity as well as privacy and security. It also will cover how emerging technologies, like the Internet of Things, are bringing to the forefront complex issues requiring the world to get involved.

Karen McCabe is IEEE’s senior director of technology policy and international affairs, in Piscataway, N.J. She leads the organization’s partnerships with the United Nations and other international bodies, with a focus on engagement of the technical community and the intersection of policy and technology in information and communication technologies. She is also a member of the Internet Society and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Internet Technical Advisory Committee.

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