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INET conferences

  • 2000

  • INET 2000 logo

    INET ’00 Yokohama

    18-21 July 2000
    INET 2000 logo

    INET ’00 Yokohama

    18-21 July 2000

    The 10th INET features a number of new tracks that reflect the millennial mood and the ascendancy of wireless technology, such as “Internet Science and Technology for the 21st Century” and “Mobile Internet and IP Network Applications”. The plenary panel discussion, “The Future of the Internet Layer”, revisits a topic (among others) that sparked debate at INET ’92, in Kobe—the exhaustion of the IPv4 address space.

  • Stockholm

    INET ’01 Stockholm

    5-8 June 2001
    Stockholm

    INET ’01 Stockholm

    5-8 June 2001

    The first INET of the new millennium, INET ’01 institutes changes in the conference format, with events divided into three “Summits”—Technology, Uses of the Internet, and Governance and Regulation—meant to reflect the components and forces that shape the Internet: “[T]hose who use it, those who steer it and those who build it.” Coming after the burst of the dot-com bubble but at a time when the Internet is becoming ever more entrenched in all facets of life, the conference features plenary sessions on intellectual property on the Internet and on the lessons learned thus far in Internet self-governance. For the first time at an INET, an entire conference “thread” is devoted to the IETF.

  • Washington, DC

    INET ’02 Washington, DC

    18-21 June 2002
    Washington, DC

    INET ’02 Washington, DC

    18-21 June 2002

    The first INET to be held in the US capital, INET ‘02 comes at a time when, as the notes for the Welcoming Remarks have it, “[t]he Internet is at a crossroads. In the next year or two, critical choices will be made about Internet standards and Internet policy that will shape the Internet for years for come.” One feature of the conference, the IPv6 Forum's IPv6 Technology Deployment Summit, points to one of the factors that will shape the Internet’s future. Also up for debate is the future of the INETs themselves, as one of the closing sessions asks “How can we change and improve the format and focus of the conference?” Also noteworthy in this first post-9/11 INET is a panel discussion on “Security and Anti-terrorism," which seeks to address the questions “How are terrorists, national liberation movements, and computer virus writers using the Internet? What can and should law enforcement agencies do in response?”

  • Barcelona

    INET ’04 Barcelona

    10-14 May 2004
    Barcelona

    INET ’04 Barcelona

    10-14 May 2004
    INET ’04 is held jointly with Spain’s Internet Global Conference (IGC) and features 180 speakers presenting more than 50 sessions in tracks covering a broad range of areas, including Corporate Strategy, New Technologies, Consumer Applications and Society, Politics and Culture. The 2004 conference adds an Internet Governance track, which is directed specifically at governments and policy makers and covers topics such as “The Changing Internet Standards Game," “Next Generation Policies for the Next Generation Internet," and a variety of sessions aimed at “Rethinking Internet Governance."
     
    INET 2004 will be the last of the Internet Society’s “original” INET conferences, and the last “global” INET until Global INET 2012 in Geneva.
     
  • INET 2005 Cairo

    8-10 May 2005

    INET 2005 Cairo

    8-10 May 2005

    In a departure from previous, “global” INETs, INET 2005 is a Middle East and Africa (MEA) regional conference, organized in conjunction with the Second Pan-Arab Regional Conference for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Cairo. In the session entitled 'The Internet: How it works, Why it works, Who makes it work?' representatives of the groups and organizations that enable and support the operation of the Internet infrastructure give first-hand information about just how the Internet coordination processes have evolved and how they work today. Speakers also include respected and experienced specialists from the MEA region.

ISOC and the INETs

During the Internet Society’s first decade, the INET conferences, initiated by Larry Landweber, Frode Greisen, and Jun Murai, were at the heart of the ISOC experience. Vint Cerf announced the formation of the Internet Society at INET ‘91, in Copenhagen. INET ’92, the first conference to be held under ISOC auspices, served as the site for the Internet Society’s first meetings. The run-up to INET ’93 saw the beginnings of George Sadowsky’s Developing Country Workshops, which were to train hundreds of engineers and play a major role in spreading the Internet throughout the world.

From 1991 to 2004, these annual conferences served as a gathering point for the global networking community. They were a forum for highly technical discussions of standards and applications and for examinations of the Internet’s intersection with the worlds of education, commerce, and law.

After 2004, the INETs became regional conferences. In 2012, however, the Internet Society returned to the original INET format to mark its 20th anniversary, with Global INET 2012, in Geneva.