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Internet Society Briefing Panel at IETF 86: "Content is King; How Do we Avoid Playing the Pauper?"

Location: Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida, USA
Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Internet has stimulated innovation through disruption in any number of areas, not the least of which is redefining what it means to be a "publisher"  -- of written, audio, video or other content.  As everyone -- people, for- and not-for-profit businesses alike -- becomes a publisher, what are the next steps needed in order to ensure that content is treated as its creator desires.  That may mean restricted use, or facilitating widespread use.   This is not new -- when the first anonFTP indexer was created (Archie), it surprised some authors who thought they were sharing private draft copies of their manuscript on an FTP site.  On the flip side, every now and then a photo or a video "goes viral" on the Internet generating interest and awareness beyond the creator's capacity to track it.
Are there ways that Internet application layer infrastructure standards could be extended to capture the content creator's intentions of use of digital content, to be as open or as restricted as that creator desires?

What are the building blocks from which that could start?

Of course, expressing rights is one thing, enforcement of respecting rights is another.  In the interest of having a constructive 1 hour discussion, the focus in this session will be on maximizing the creative opportunities for digital content in the Internet environment by enabling greater facility to express and extend rights intended by content creators.

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Moderator and Panelists


Meet The Moderator:

Leslie Daigle, Internet Society
Leslie Daigle is the Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society. She has been actively involved in shaping the Internet's technical evolution for more than a dozen years. Her role with the Internet Society is to provide strategic leadership on important technical issues as they relate to ISOC's ongoing programs. She has worked with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1995, and was an appointed member of the related Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from March 2000 to March 2008.

Meet The Panelists:

Glenn Deen, NBCUniversal
Glenn Deen is the Director of Networking and Distribution at NBCUniversal where he works with the Internet’s Engineering and Security Communities including the IETF and MAAWG on digital media and piracy. He has a long history of working with standards groups, consortia, and open source projects.  Glenn started his career over 25 years ago working on data visualization, which necessitated finding ways of moving, storing, and processing large amounts data which in turn lead to working on distributed storage, networking, and network security. In the 1990’s and 2000’s Glenn worked at IBM Toronto and IBM’s Almaden Research Center where he contributed to a wide variety of industries including healthcare, Internet security, online gaming, digital media, and home media networks. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Windsor, as well as a number of patents in applied cryptography, networking, messaging, and parallel distributed computing.
Leif Johansson
Leif Johansson has been working in and around Higher Education IT since the mid 90s and is currently working  for SUNET and NORDUnet primarily as the technical lead for the Swedish University Academic IDentity federation  ( Leif chairs the Kantara Initiative Assurance Review Board, co-chairs the IETF SCIM and ABFAB working  groups and serves on the board of directors.

Peter Saint-Andre, Cisco
Peter Saint-Andre has been involved with real-time communication since 1999, when he joined the original team that developed XMPP. He has been active in the IETF since 2001, mainly in the areas of messaging, presence, internationalization, identity, and security, and has served as Area Director in the Applications Area. Currently he is working on next-generation collaboration technologies at Cisco.

The IETF and the Internet Society

Want to find out more about the link between the IETF and the Internet society, read this great article by Vint Cerf.