Internet Governance in a Connected World — IEEE Live Panel

hoa internet governanceIEEE Live Panel, hosted by the IEEE Internet Technology Policy
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Our panelists of experts discuss Internet Governance and its future as a warm up to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in João Pessoa, Brazil, and the IEEE pre-event session on Internet Governance, Security and Privacy in 2030. At IGF, people from around the world meet to discuss the evolution of the Internet and how it can empower societal and economic development.

At the IEEE hosted Live Panel, panelists discuss current challenges and issues--and opportunities--in today's Internet and digital world, and how the global community can work toward a free flow of information and continued technological development for innovation and growth.

Cultures and norms vary around the world, which makes an approach to Internet governance a unique challenge and opportunity. Our panelists share their perspectives on the issues and provide valuable insight on possible opportunities and solutions--and potential next steps to help.

Moderated by: ​​Joni Brennan | Technology Evangelist Internet Identity & Trust, IEEE Standards Association


mike godwinMike Godwin, Director of Innovation Policy, General Counsel; R Street Institute. Mike is an attorney and author that works out of the Washington, D.C. area. As director, he is crafting the organization’s broad portfolio of Internet-policy and Internet-law issues, including freedom of expression digital privacy, intellectual property, and digital-free-trade issues. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation between July 2007 and October 2010.

nigel hicksonNigel Hickson, VP, International Governmental Orginisations (IGO) Engagement; ICANN. Nigel works out of the Geneva office as part of the Government Engagement Team. He is responsible for global engagement with the UN, IGOs and other International orginisations.

Nigel joined ICANN in 2012 and worked until 2014 as the VP for Europe. He joined ICANN from the UK government; where he had served in a number of capacities for just fewer than 30 years. Latterly he had been responsible for a team dealing with international ICT issues; including Internet Governance. Nigel is keen walker and cyclist

karen mccabeKaren McCabe - As Senior Director of Technology Policy and International Affairs at the IEEE Standards Association, Karen McCabe works in the space where standards and policy intersect. Karen works to bring actors and communities together to increase understanding of the effects of technology and standards on global affairs and to advance knowledge about standards--how and why they are developed and used-- and their impact on and relationship to innovation, economic growth and trade and public policy. At IEEE, she engages in international outreach and dialogue with other standards bodies, industry, government and academia. She spearheads efforts to advance the recognition, development and diffusion of open standards and promotes the collaborative, bottom-up technology and standards development model. Karen advocates for open standards and technology development and open innovation, and promotes the paradigm of technology and standards development and use that is founded in openness, transparency and inclusiveness. She also is currently engaged in a global IEEE initiative to connect technology and policy experts in the Internet Governance, cyber-security and privacy spaces.


joni brennan

Joni Brennan has over a decade of service to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) as a Senior Program Manager. Joni builds diplomatic and collaborative relationships within and across communities of interest. She has provided talks on Identity Federation and Privacy across the globe, including for .SE, Federal Weekly, and CA Luminaries (one of a select chosen industry speakers). She participates in international organizations and industry standards committees including: OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS SSTC, ISO SC27 WG5, and ITU-T SG17 Q6. She has served as the NSTIC / IDESG Trust Framework WG Chair. She has provided testimony regarding Trusted Identity and Access Management systems for the US Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Security and Privacy (HITSP) committee as well.

She leads Kantara Initiative as the premiere Trust Framework Provider facing multiple industry sectors. As a US ICAM Trust Framework Provider Kantara Initiative will provide Accreditation and Approval verifications for Identity Providers / Credential Service Providers to be deemed qualified for access to connect to the US Federal Cloud Credential Exchange. In addition, working with multi-stakeholder representation, Joni has help to ensure that the Kantara Initiative program is aligned with OpenStand principles and referenced in multiple eGovernment strategies including: Government of Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden.


Christopher Jannuzzi