Choosing New Technologies for a Better Internet: Who Decides?

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Hosted by the Internet Governance Lab at American University

The recent high-profile debates on encryption and surveillance policy mean that less attention has been paid to ongoing efforts to deploy new technologies and protocols to enhance the network layer, the Domain Name System, the World Wide Web, and other parts of the Internet. On some fronts, such as adoption of transport layer encryption for web and email, progress has been significant. In other cases, such as the deployment of the DNSSEC and BGPSEC standards, progress has been more limited.

How can the security and stability of the Internet be improved, at the level of technical standards and practices? What are the different roles of network providers, cloud services companies, browser companies, Internet security firms, and others trying to promote new technologies and standards? Could some initiatives pose a risk to the interoperability that makes the Internet the Internet? How best to deal with the friction caused as businesses and individuals adjust to new standards? What role, if any, should governments play? These critical questions matter to everyone involved with Internet technology.

This is an audience participation event. Come with lots of questions.

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Chris Boyer, AT&T
Alissa Cooper, Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force
Olafur Gudmundsson, Cloudflare
Andrew Sullivan, Oracle Dyn


Ari Schwartz, Venable

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Date and Time

Thursday, March 1, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Event Registration

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American University,
Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor)
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Washington, DC 20016

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