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Wednesday, January 27 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
The New Geopolitics Of The Internet: How Will The Biden State Department Navigate Them?

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Increasingly sovereign governments are seeking to exert more control over Internet technologies. Long ago the Internet enmeshed the terrestrial globe with little respect for national borders. Now governments are trying to exert control over Internet companies at all levels of the stack. Intermediary liability laws like the European DSA are becoming more common and the Trump Administration has sought to ban certain smartphone apps in the U.S. Governments are increasingly wary of Internet infrastructure technologies manufactured in foreign countries. Social media companies are now under enormous pressure regarding their users' speech. The few existing intergovernmental agreements on Internet policy such as the USMCA's Section 230 language and the EU-US's Privacy Shield are under enormous strain. Our panel will try to make sense of the new geopolitical challenge.  

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Jim Prendergast

President, The Galway Strategy Group
Jim provides business strategy and public affairs counsel to corporate clients. As part of his work he is an active participant the policy making process of ICANN as well as in the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum which discusses and debates various internet governance issues... Read More →

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Dr. Josephine Wolff

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Josephine Wolff joined the faculty of The Fletcher School of Tufts University as an assistant professor of cybersecurity policy in 2019. Her research interests include international Internet governance, cyber-insurance, security responsibilities and liability of online intermediaries... Read More →
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Daniel Sepulveda

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador, U.S. Department of State
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Rob Strayer

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications Policy, U.S. Department of State
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Bruce Mehlman

Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce

Wednesday January 27, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST