The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is a conference that engages with the issues most relevant to the future of the Internet. It brings together a range of individuals spanning civil society, government, technologists, research scientists, industry and academia. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s IGF-USA will be held virtually as a two-day conference on July 22 and 23.
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”) will be heavily involved in IGF-USA to represent the interests of the companies who build the Internet’s core infrastructure. i2Coalition Board Chair Melinda Clem is Co-Chair of IGF-USA and I2Coalition Senior Policy Advisor Ann Morton sits on the IGF-USA Steering Committee.
i2Coalition Co-Founder and cPanel General Counsel David Snead will be offering his perspectives in the panel “Should online platforms moderate and be accountable for user-created content?”
The panel will be focused on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 makes those who create and consume content responsible for that creation and consumption. The law preserves the “conduit” function that has been present in US law for many years prior to the creation of the Internet. It is considered foundational to the functioning of the Internet has been the subject of many recent debates.
In addition to Intermediary Liability, other major topics at IGF-USA 2020 include encryption and surveillance, privacy as it relates to COVID-19 contact tracing, and 5G, Security, and the Internet of Things. If you’re interested in these issues and many more that impact the future of the Internet, be sure to register for IGF-USA 2020.
Groups like i2Coalition provide an important perspective, and we’re certain that providing expertise and experiences from this vital part of the Internet ecosystem will help create a better Internet right down to the user.