Program


Day 1

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2024

Focus: Truth

Doors open at 8:00 am 

(Note: all times are in the San Juan, PR, Atlantic Standard Time (AST) time zone (UTC-4)

7:45 - 8:30 am

Registration/Breakfast

Sponsored by: American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Technical Production Sponsored by: ISOC Foundation and American University

Facilities & Transportation Services Sponsored by: EDP University

8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome Messages

Description

Welcome and opening remarks by the NASIG 2024 Chair, EDP University host, and other introductions by the MC.

Speakers: 

9:00 - 10:00 am

The State of the Internet: The Power of Truth, the Importance of Trust, and Our Hope for the Future

Description

The Internet is one of the most transformative innovations in human history. By democratizing access to information, the Internet has revolutionized how we exchange ideas, conduct business, and connect with others. Indeed, the Internet has become the lifeblood of our global society.

 

The Internet operates based on voluntary standards, best practices, cooperation, and trust. However, this immense technological transformation has also brought about new challenges, raising questions about how to ensure that the Internet remains globally accessible and trusted. New technologies and geopolitical developments threaten to undermine the very system that governs the Internet.

 

Yet, there is hope for the future. The Internet continues to evolve, and so must we. It is our responsibility to continue to develop aan inclusive, multilingual Internet for the next generation. Together, we can ensure that the Internet continues to be an incredible force for good.

Moderator: Kathleen Scoggin, Program Coordinator at the Tech, Law, and Security Program at American University

Speaker: Tripti Sinha, Chair of the Board, ICANN

10:00 am - 10:15 am

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Understanding Internet Governance

Description

Review the basic concepts of Internet governance, its stakeholders, and the fundamental principles guiding its development. Should we continue using the term Internet Governance? 

Moderator: Derrick L.  Cogburn, Professor; Executive Director, AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy and Faculty Director,  AU Internet Governance Lab, AU School of International Service and Kogod School of Business 

Panelists:

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Multistakeholder Model

Description

The concept used in Internet Governance is widely known as the Multistakeholder Model is second nature to many folks especially those involved with ICANN and ISOC. The concept has philosophical underpinnings and is not universally accepted.  This session will provide the historical context of the term and its evolution as the de facto standard used by some Internet organizations.  


Moderator: Naela Sarras, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement in North America, ICANN 


Panelists:

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

Sponsored by: Public Interest Registry (PIR)

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm 

Case study presentations: Examples of successful initiatives in promoting truth and transparency online 

Description

This session aims to clarify what is known about disinformation and its impacts while reviewing current regulatory approaches and their effects. It will examine cooperative governance models like industry-led and intergovernmental initiatives to address disinformation. A key goal is understanding the complexity of disinformation, which is culture-dependent. Participants will comprehend the challenges of building international consensus on regulating disinformation, given its nuanced, contextual nature. Emergent technologies and Artificial Intelligence are important in the new internet, and some concepts will be covered. 

Moderator: Kathleen Scoggin, Program Coordinator, Tech, Law, and Security Program at American University

Panelists

3:15 - 3:45 pm 

Break and Networking

Sponsored by: Instituto de Ingenieros de Computadoras (IICOM)

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Exploring Collaboration Opportunities to Foster Cross-sector Initiatives

Description

Join us for an enlightening session on the transformative power of cross-sector collaboration. Dive deep into how different sectors and organizations can interlink to address intricate challenges and ignite innovation. Our esteemed speakers will not only share proven strategies for forging successful partnerships – emphasizing trust-building, value alignment, and active engagement – but will also shed light on potential collaboration hurdles and their solutions. By the session's conclusion, you'll be armed with practical insights to enhance combined efforts and foster stronger inter-sectoral partnerships. Leave with a renewed vigor, ready to champion more cohesive and strategic alliances.

Moderator: Eduardo Díaz, Board Director, Internet Society fo Puerto Rico

Panelists:

5:00 pm  - 5:15 pm

Wrap Up

Speaker: Eduardo Díaz, NASIG 2024 Chair 

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Reception 

Description

Join us for an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and share experiences following a day of informative conversations. Meet some speakers and gain further insights into their perspectives and expertise. 

This informal gathering will allow you to network, ask questions, and deepen your understanding of the topics discussed throughout the day. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to build meaningful connections and expand your knowledge in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Location: Hotel Hyatt Place, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sponsored by: Ferraiuoli, LLC

Day 2

Thursday, february 29, 2024

Focus: Trust

Doors open at 8:00 am 

(Note: all times are in the San Juan, PR, Atlantic Standard Time (AST) time zone (UTC-4)

8:00 - 8:45 am

Registration/Breakfast

Sponsored by: American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Technical Production Sponsored by: ISOC Foundation and American University

Facilities & Transportation Services Sponsored by: EDP University

8:45 - 9:00 am 

Welcome Message

Description:

Welcome and opening remarks by the NASIG 2024 Chair and other introductions by the MC.

Speaker: 


9:00 am - 10:15 am

Trust as the Bedrock of Internet Interaction 

Description: 

In this panel, we explore the pivotal role of trust in shaping our experiences and relationships in the digital world. We discuss the challenges the Internet landscape poses, including cyber threats, privacy concerns, and misinformation. Defining trust as the foundation of meaningful connections, we examine its multidimensional nature in online interactions, platforms, and information sources. The benefits of trust are highlighted, such as fostering user engagement and loyalty and enabling seamless digital transactions. We can create a safer and more prosperous digital future by embracing trust as the bedrock of Internet interaction.


Moderator:  Jonathan Zuck, Chair of the At-Large Advisory Committee, ICANN


Panelists:

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Panel discussion: Data Privacy and User Trust


Description: 

Experts from various fields will explore the challenges and implications surrounding the privacy of personal data in today's digital age. This engaging conversation aims to shed light on the importance of safeguarding user privacy and fostering trust in the online ecosystem. 

In an era where personal data is increasingly collected, stored, and analyzed by companies, governments, and other entities, concerns about data privacy have become paramount. This panel discussion will delve into the ethical, legal, and technological aspects of data privacy, as well as the impact on user trust. 

Distinguished panelists, including privacy advocates, legal experts, cybersecurity specialists, and industry leaders, will share their insights, experiences, and perspectives on key topics such as:

This panel discussion aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of data privacy challenges and their impact on user trust. Attendees will be able to interact with the panelists during a Q&A session, allowing for a dynamic and insightful exploration of the complex issues at hand.

Moderator: Judith Hellerstein, Founder and CEO, Hellerstein & Associates

Panelists:

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Break and Networking

Sponsored by: Puerto Rico Top Level Domain

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Best Practices for Cybersecurity

Description:


Best practices for data privacy and cybersecurity, where you'll gain valuable insights and practical skills to protect your personal and organizational information. Led by industry experts, this interactive session will cover fundamental principles and strategies for safeguarding data, mitigating cyber threats, and complying with privacy regulations. Whether you're an individual looking to enhance your online security or a professional seeking to strengthen your organization's data protection practices, this session is tailored to meet your needs.



Moderator: Eduardo Meléndez, Board Director, Internet Society Puerto Rico, NCAE-C Scholar, CAE Community 


Panelists: 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

Sponsored by: Public Interest Registry (PIR)

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Can we survive digital fragmentation?

Description:


Digital fragmentation, the splintering of the global internet into isolated ecosystems, poses challenges to information flow, cybersecurity, and global collaboration. This lecture explores the catalysts behind this phenomenon, including geopolitical tensions, data protection concerns, and national censorship. By evaluating the economic, social, and technological implications, we delve into the potential consequences for a global society increasingly reliant on interconnected digital infrastructures. Addressing pivotal questions around cultural preservation versus global homogenization and digital sovereignty versus shared cyberspace, we seek solutions to navigate this complex landscape. Ultimately, our survival in a fragmented digital realm hinges on understanding, adaptation, and international cooperation.


Moderator: William J. Drake, Director of International Studies, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School, New York City


Panelists:

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Is DNS Abuse a concern for a trustworthy Internet?

Description

This presentation explores DNS (Domain Name System) abuse as a significant concern for a trustworthy Internet. DNS abuse refers to malicious activities that exploit the DNS to deceive users or harm online operations. Examples include domain hijacking, phishing, malware distribution, and denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Such abuses undermine the reliability and integrity of the Internet, eroding user trust and confidence. As the DNS is foundational to the web's navigation, any compromise to its authenticity can have widespread implications. Addressing DNS abuse is crucial to maintaining the Internet's security, stability, and user trustworthiness. 

Moderator:  Jonathan Zuck, Chair of the At-Large Advisory Committee, ICANN

Panelists

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Encrypting the Internet: Building User Trust 

Description

Discover the significance of encryption in safeguarding data, fostering trust, and protecting privacy. Learn about real-world benefits, debunk myths, and promote encryption adoption for a more secure digital future. Champion user trust in the encrypted internet era.

Moderator: Laura Draper, Associate Program Director, Tech, Law & Security Program, AU Washington College of Law,  American University

Panelists

4:45 pm- 5:00 pm

Wrap Up

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Social Reception 

Description

Join us for an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and share experiences following a day of informative conversations. Meet some speakers and gain further insights into their perspectives and expertise. 

This informal gathering will allow you to network, ask questions, and deepen your understanding of the topics discussed throughout the day. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to build meaningful connections and expand your knowledge in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Location: Hotel Hyatt Place, San Juan,Puerto Rico

Sponsored by: DNS Research Federation (DRF)

Day 3

friday, march 1, 2024

Focus: Hope

8:00 - 8:45 am

Registration/Breakfast

Sponsored by: American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Technical Production Sponsored by: ISOC Foundation and American University

Facilities & Transportation Services Sponsored by: EDP University

8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcome Message

Description:

Welcome and opening remarks by the NASIG 2024 Chair and other introductions by the MC.

Speaker: 

9:00 - 10:15 am

Governing the Global Digital Economy

Description: 

We traverse the intricate intersections of the Internet, social and economic change, and the ever-important aspect of Internet Governance. 

Delves into the complexities of managing the rapidly evolving online marketplace. As digital transactions transcend borders, establishing universally accepted regulations becomes crucial. The speaker highlighted the delicate balance between promoting innovation and ensuring fair competition while addressing the ethical concerns tied to data privacy and cybersecurity. Drawing on examples from leading digital economies, the discourse underscored the necessity for collaborative, multilateral governance frameworks. Emphasizing the digital economy's role in shaping our future, the session called for proactive, inclusive strategies to guide its sustainable and equitable growth. 

Finally, the reactions help shed light on the challenges associated with Internet Governance, such as geopolitical tensions, issues of sovereignty, and the monopolistic power of tech giants. 

Moderator:  Judith Hellerstein, Founder and CEO, Hellerstein & Associates 


Panelists

10:15 - 11:00 am

Digital Literacy and Inclusive Internet Access


Description: 

Exploring the multifaceted challenges and solutions associated with the quest for universal digital inclusivity. 

At a time when the world is accelerating towards an increasingly digital future, it is paramount to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their socio-economic background, has access to the Internet and the skills to navigate it effectively. Our panelists will discuss the critical importance of digital literacy, which serves not just as a tool for communication, but also as a key to access information, employment, healthcare, and more. 

The discussion will feature some initiatives taking place in Puerto Rico and how it is improving the adoption of the Internet in disabled groups. 

Moderator: Derrick L.  Cogburn, Professor; Executive Director, AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy and Faculty Director,  AU Internet Governance Lab, AU School of International Service and Kogod School of Business 


Panelists: 


11:00 am - 11:15 am

Break and Networking

Sponsored by: Puerto Rico Top Level Domain

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

United Nations and the Global Digital Compact


Description: 

We will delve into the United Nations' role in shaping the future of the digital landscape through the Global Digital Compact. The session will provide an in-depth exploration of the key aspects, challenges, and opportunities associated with this global initiative. 

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the Global Digital Compact and its significance in fostering responsible and inclusive digital transformation worldwide. We will discuss the core pillars of the compact, including connectivity, digital skills, data protection, digital inclusion, and ethical considerations. 

Moderator: Judith Hellerstein, Founder and CEO, Hellerstein & Associates


Panelists:

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

Sponsored by: Public Interest Registry (PIR)

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Case study presentations: Stories of Hope and Change Driven by the Internet and Internet Governance

Description: 

Seeks to highlight some of the most profound examples of how the Internet has positively impacted lives and how effective governance policies have played a vital role in this transformation.


The Session begins by providing a brief overview of the Internet's evolution and the significance of Internet governance. The principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures that shape the internet's evolution will be examined to set the stage for the case studies.


Moderator


Speakers


2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Closing remarks

Speakers