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IGF-USA 2020

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Over the past few months, the Internet has grown to be even more essential to our lives in ways that we didn’t envision or couldn’t anticipate. Next week, on July 22 and 23, experts from civil society, industry, academia, and government will meet virtually for the U.S.-focused Internet Governance Forum (IGF-USA) 2020, a conference held once a year to discuss issues vital to the Internet from a domestic perspective. This year, the two-day virtual IGF-USA 2020 will discuss many Internet issues through the lens of COVID-19.

Kicking this year off, IGF-USA 2020 also held a preview event, The Evolving Role of the Internet in our Lives. The agenda for the two-day conference can be found here. The session topics for the conference are listed and linked below, where you can find more details of each panel including a short summary and panel participants:

  1. Policy Debate on the Encrypted Internet and Lawful Access
  2. Privacy in the Age of COVID-19: Public Health and Individual Rights
  3. Network Security and Cyber Attacks Users Don’t See (or Understand)
  4. Should Online Platforms Moderate and be Accountable for User-Created Content?
  5. What does Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data Mean for the Internet?
  6. 5G, Security, and the Internet of Things
  7. Impact of COVID-19 on Learners and Educators
  8. Did America’s Tech Industry Deliver for Americans during the COVID Crisis?
  9. What does the COVID Crisis Mean for Internet Governance?


New technologies are constantly emerging that promise to change our lives for the better. These disruptive technologies give us an increase in choice, make technologies more accessible, make things more affordable, and give consumers a voice. And the pace of innovation has only quickened in recent years, as the Internet has enabled a wave of new, inter-connected devices that have benefited consumers around the world, seemingly in all aspects of their lives. Preserving an innovation-friendly market is, therefore, tantamount not only to businesses but society at large.