Dustin Phillips — “IGF-USA on the road: The role of emerging scholars in shaping Internet governance” — February 21

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, ANN 310

Join us on February 21 at 12:30 in ANN 310 (please note different building and room than usual) for Dustin Phillips’s discussion, “IGF-USA on the road: The role of emerging scholars in shaping Internet governance.”
The Internet impacts nearly every aspect of society in both positive and negative ways. As we look ahead at how we are shaping the future of the Internet and society, the complexities of the Internet need to be understood by academics, policy makers, civil society advocates, and lobbyists, so that the positive impacts of the Internet can be preserved, as we seek to mitigate the negative. The good news is that there are numerous ways to engage in Internet governance processes that would greatly benefit from a more diverse group of experts contributing to the discussion, including the Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA), ICANN, the Internet Society and more.
The IGF-USA recently held an open call for topics for its 2019 forum, which will be held in Washington, DC on Jul 25, 2019. This process gathers the major topics that the Internet governance community in the US are most concerned about, including but not limited to Access, Cybersecurity, Content Moderation, Fake News, Freedom of Expression, Data Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things.
This event will start with a 15 minute presentation on the state of Internet governance processes in the US and will be followed by a roundtable discussion about the most meaningful ways that emerging scholars and young professionals can engage in Internet governance processes.
Dustin’s bio is below:
In the Internet governance community, people like to say they where many hats. The same could be said for Dustin Phillips, who works on Internet governance issues out of DC. Dustin is the Executive Director of a small non-profit organization called ICANNWiki, which provides the most comprehensive resource on the policies governing the Domain Name System. He is also the Executive Director of the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society, a membership a hub for education and discussion concerning the important issues confronting the future of the Internet.  In addition to these roles, Dustin co-chair the Internet Governance Forum USA, which is a multistakeholder process that develops and facilitates dialogue around major Internet governance issues.
 Lunch will be served at the seminar. For any questions, email sierra.bray@usc.edu.