ISOC-DC Member Survey

We want to hear from both our members about what you would like to see from ISOC-DC in 2020 and beyond. We organize many events and social gatherings, but we want to ensure that our work aligns with our members priorities and meets their expectations. This survey seeks to learn about the issues you care about, what you would like to see from ISOC-DC, and ways in which you would like to engage. Please take a few minutes to help shape the Chapter’s action plan. 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Digital Trade

Data has become the most traded good and/or service across borders. The American economy is increasingly reliant on digital trade. But the US does not yet participate in any explicit binding digital trade agreements. Meanwhile, many countries have adopted policies that inhibit digital trade, including requirements that data be stored locally or restricting services provided by foreign firms. Such policies not only affect U.S. Internet and technology firms, but the users and small businesses that rely on an open digital environment.

Encryption Briefing: Understanding Its Technical and Human Elements

Dangerous myths about encryption are being increasingly used to justify laws that erode the basic foundation of trust on the Internet. It’s time to get the facts straight and learn the truth about encryption and what’s needed to make sure policies protect citizens, democratic institutions, commerce and critical infrastructure online. The Internet Society, in partnership with the Center for Democracy & Technology, LGBT Tech, ISOC-DC and the Open Technology Institute at New America will host a public event to help you understand the day-to-day impact of encryption and how to make sure policies protect people, vulnerable communities, commerce and national security.

Data Privacy: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Prospects for Legislation in the U.S.

In 2019, the debate around data privacy has peaked with numerous events elevating the issue, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect, and passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. As pressure builds, calls for federal legislation on data privacy have emerged from all sides. With the issue driving forward rapidly, this event will convene key stakeholders discussing challenges and opportunities around data privacy, including the risks and harms associated with consumer data collection, the possibility of a data privacy framework in the US, and the intersection of data privacy and Internet governance.

Plenipot 2018 Debrief: The role and impact of civil society

Join the Internet Society and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society and Diplo US for a roundtable on civil society engagement at the ITU Plenipotentiary. The ITU’s quadrennial Plenipotentiary sets organizational priorities that determine the trajectory of policy and standard developments that shape the future of the Internet. At the 2018 Plenipot, civil society played an important role in deliberations on connectivity and access, privacy, protection of human rights, limiting surveillance, and other issues. The contributions of civil society took over a year to organize, coordinate and strategize.

InterCommunity 2018 and Visions for Internet Governance

Calls for increased regulation of the Internet are growing in force and frequency. As a result, the future of Internet governance is at play. Over the past year, we have seen increased tension between governmental regulations and the historical model for governing the Internet. During the past few months, this tension was on full display at the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary, the Internet Governance Forum, ICANN 63 and numerous other events. This event provided a debrief of the major developments in Internet governance events that have happened in Autumn 2018 and discussed the potential ways they could shape the future of the Internet.

The Battle for the Global Internet

From the physical infrastructure to the services that run on top of it, the Internet has become a major focal point of debate around the world. Globally, Internet governance is split into three camps. On one side, there are proponents of an internet driven by ideals of freedom and openness, whose domestic governance usually manifests in an equitable multistakeholder approach. On the other side, authoritarians see the Internet as a threat to regime security and opt for a sovereign and controlled model, where the state is the primary force in governance over the Internet’s infrastructure and services. In the middle, there are the undecideds—some unsure of which direction to go, and others seeking a third way.

Governing the Internet of Things

The Internet’s architecture and governance structures have been designed to enable innovation, global communication and the free flow of information, but the Internet of Things presents a new range of governance challenges. An Internet embedded in the material world creates new and increased concerns around privacy, security, and the possibility of physical harm to people and disruption of material infrastructure. To what extent do the Internet’s underlying architectural and governance principles need to evolve to address these risks? What is the outlook for security and privacy in the context of ubiquitous cyber-physical systems that range from cars to medical devices to home control systems? What forms of inequality and discrimination are emerging in this environment?