INET Washington DC 2013

Surveillance, Cybersecurity, and the Future of the Internet

Join us at INET Washington, DC for a timely discussion with leading experts as they tackle the complex implications of the US Government surveillance programs.

The recent revelations regarding the apparent scope of U.S. government efforts to gather large amounts of end user information from U.S. Internet and telecom service providers for intelligence purposes have raised global concerns about Internet privacy, security and governance.

The Internet Society and others have expressed the specific concern that the unwarranted collection, storage and potential correlation of user data will undermine many of the key principles and relationships of trust upon which the global Internet has been built and that similar efforts by other governments will have a chilling effect on the deployment and adoption of technical solutions for establishing trusted connections online.

This half-day event will explore these concerns in depth, featuring experts on Internet privacy, security and governance.  The event will consist of a panel discussion with Q&A followed by an engaging roundtable discussion.

This program brought to you by the Internet Society and George Washington University’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute.

Watch the recorded webcast!


24 July 2013
14:00 to 14:15 Welcome & Introductions

Welcome from Dean David Dolling, GWU School of Engineering and Applied Science

Welcome and introductions from Paul Brigner, Internet Society

14:15 to 16:00 Panel 1: Thoughts on Internet Governance in the Light of PRISM and Other Surveillance Programs

Moderator: Dr. Lance Hoffman, Director GWU’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute

16:00 to 17:15 Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Steve Roberts, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University

17:15 to 18:00 Networking Reception

Join us for a networking reception following the INET Washington, DC!


Paul Brigner
Former Regional Bureau Director, North America, Internet Society

Paul Brigner was Regional Director of the North American Bureau at the Internet Society where he oversees projects, initiatives and activities across the Internet Society’s functional and programmatic areas in the United States and Canada.

Previously, Paul was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Policy Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America, and prior to that, Executive Director, Internet and Technology Policy, for Verizon. He worked at Verizon for nearly 10 years in numerous management positions. Earlier in his career, Paul was a software and network architect for several organizations and also served in a technology consulting capacity.

Paul holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is a graduate summa cum laude of Stephen F. Austin State University where he received the Outstanding Computer Science Graduate Award and The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Brigner also served in the United States Army where he attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School and was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy.

John Curran
President & CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009.

John’s experience in the Internet industry includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive federal government and commercial applications. Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, and was integral in leading the organization¹s technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company¹s nationwide network. Mr. Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization¹s strategic technology direction. He led BBN¹s technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE.

He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.

Dr. Laura DeNardis
Professor, American University

Dr. Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a tenured Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She is a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. She has previously taught at New York University, in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, and at Yale Law School.

With a background in information engineering and doctoral training in Science and Technology Studies, DeNardis is an expert consultant in Internet governance and architecture to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and government agencies. DeNardis has more than twenty years of experience in strategic Internet architecture consulting. During the fast-paced Internet growth years of the 1990s, she was the President of Internet strategy consultancy Atlantic Consulting Group (Falls Church, VA) and previously worked as a computer networking management consultant for Ernst & Young’s global information technology practice from 1989-1994.

Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press, in press), Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance(MIT Press 2009); and Information Technology in Theory (2007).

Laura DeNardis holds an A.B. in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College; a Master of Engineering fromCornell University; a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech (Phi Kappa Phi); and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

She resides in Washington, D.C.

Dr. David S. Dolling
Dean, George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science

David S. Dolling began his tenure as dean of GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science on September 1, 2008. An internationally recognized aerospace engineer, Dean Dolling served previously as associate dean for academic affairs and Joe C. Walter, Jr. Chair in Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, where he joined the faculty in 1983.

Dean Dolling is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the United Kingdom’s Royal Aeronautical Society. He conducts research in supersonic and hypersonic turbulent fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. His research applies to the design of supersonic aircraft engine inlets and other applications in which shock-induced, turbulent separation occurs.
Dean Dolling holds an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from London University and a graduate diploma from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels. He earned his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from London University.

Leslie Harris
President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology

A recognized global leader in Internet policy, Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”), the leading Internet freedom organization working at the vanguard of technology and policy innovation.

Under Ms. Harris’ leadership, CDT has significantly grown its capacity, deepened its expertise and expanded its influence. Among other things, this includes launching CDT West to increase Silicon Valley’s participation in critical policy issues; launching CDT’s Health Privacy Project to develop the next generation of health privacy protections; and significantly expanding CDT’s capacity to respond to emerging global Internet policy and governance challenges.

Ms. Harris is a widely-recognized expert for her work on policy issues related to civil liberties, new technologies and the Internet including free expression, government and consumer privacy, cyber security, Internet governance and global Internet freedom. In the United States, she frequently testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and serves on federal governmental advisory committees. Ms. Harris is also a regular speaker in international Internet governance forums and Internet freedom conferences. Most recently, she co-managed and taught a course at Central European University in Budapest on communication policy advocacy, technology and online freedom of expression.

Due to her work at CDT, Ms. Harris was twice named one of Washington’s “Tech Titans” by Washingtonian Magazine. She has also been selected as Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” and as the Huffington Post’s“10 Female Tech CEOs to Watch.” Ms. Harris serves as CDT’s chief spokesperson and regularly contributes to several online publications and blogs, including the Huffington Post.

Ms. Harris is a well-known leader in developing multi-stakeholder processes that develop new governance approaches for important Internet challenges. For example, she was instrumental in the creation of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a collaboration of leading Internet companies, investors, activists and academics focused on protecting Internet freedom of expression and privacy (she currently serves on GNI’s founding board).

Prior to joining CDT, Ms. Harris was the founder and president of a Internet and technology strategic services and policy consulting firm committed to closing the digital divide and strengthening the participation of civil society in the development of Internet. There, she advised companies, foundations and civil society organizations on a wide range of emerging issues and developed new partnerships among diverse constituencies.

Earlier, Ms. Harris served in senior policy leadership positions in two prominent civil liberties organizations, including as Chief Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. She has served in leadership position in the American Bar Association, including as Chair of the Individual Rights Section. She was also in private law practice in Washington, DC.
Ms. Harris received her law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and her BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She was recently named a senior fellow at the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatiron Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Melissa Hathaway
President, Hathaway Global Strategies

Melissa Hathaway is President of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC and a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Having served in two Presidential administrations, Ms. Hathaway brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. She is raising public awareness by writing and speaking publicly about current real-world problems and is building information and research bridges among academic, industrial and government stakeholders.

From February 2009 to August 2009, Ms. Hathaway served in the Obama Administration as Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace in the National Security Council. In that capacity she assembled a team of experienced government cyber experts to conduct the 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review. In May 2009, the President presented the elegant blueprint of the Cyberspace Policy Review, announced cybersecurity as one of his Administration’s priorities, and recognized Ms. Hathaway’s leadership in conducting the review. In the ensuing months, Ms. Hathaway stood-up the Cybersecurity Office within the National Security Staff to commence the work called for in that blueprint.

During the last two years of administration of President George W. Bush, Ms Hathaway served as Cyber Coordination Executive and Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She built a broad coalition from within the Executive Branch and established an unprecedented partnership with Congress to obtain bipartisan support for addressing cybersecurity priorities. She developed and created a unified cross-agency budget submission for FY 2008 and for 2009-13, assembling disparate funding sources into a coherent, integrated program. One of the single largest intelligence programs of the Bush administration, the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative has been carried forward by the Obama administration. At the conclusion of her government service she received the National Intelligence Reform Medal in recognition of her achievements.

Previously, Ms. Hathaway was a Principal with Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where she led two primary business units: information operations and long range strategy and policy support, supporting key offices within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Earlier in her career she worked with Evidence Based Research, Inc. and the American Foreign Service Association.

Ms. Hathaway is frequent keynote speaker on cybersecurity matters, and regularly publishes papers and commentary in this field.

Dr. Lance J. Hoffman
Distinguished Research Professor, George Washington University’s Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute

Lance J. Hoffman is Distinguished Research Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute (CSPRI) at The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D. C., USA. Professor Hoffman developed the first regularly offered course on computer security at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970.

A Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, Dr. Hoffman institutionalized the ACM Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy. He has served on a number of Advisory Committees including those of Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and IBM, and has been a member of several policy-related committees of the IEEE and the ACM. His research has spanned multiple aspects of cybersecurity, including models and metrics for secure computer systems, cryptography policy, risk analysis, computer viruses, cryptography policy, societal vulnerability to computer system failures, improved architectures for in-vehicle security systems, a smart-card-protected operating system, portable security labs, privacy/data protection, and statistical inference for data mining.

Dr. Hoffman has served as thesis advisor for nine doctoral students, and hundreds of master’s and bachelor’s students studied cybersecurity with him. But his reputation in cybersecurity education circles also stems from his work as the initiator and principal investigator for GW’s CyberCorps scholarship program that has produced dozens of cybersecurity experts with degrees in at least ten majors. All have had cross-disciplinary instruction that recognizes cybersecurity as a discipline with technology, policy, and management components, often presented by government and industry information security leaders who regularly visit the GW campus to provide timely topical briefings. These graduates have gone on to work for dozens of different federal organizations.

Dr. Hoffman earned his Ph. D. in Computer Science in 1970 from Stanford University, after a B.S. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Randy Marchany
University Information Technology Security Officer, Virginia Tech

Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972. He is currently the Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer and the Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab.

He is a co-author of the FBI/SANS Institute’s “Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities” document that has become a standard for most computer security and auditing software. He is the co-author of the “Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks” document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000. He is a coauthor of the Center for Internet Security’s series of Security Benchmark documents for Solaris, AIX and Windows2000. These benchmarks are available for free and represent the first successful attempt to create a set of consensus documents with detailed steps for implementing system security.

He was a member of the White House Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed a Consensus Roadmap for responding to the recent series of DDOS Internet Attacks. He was a recipient of the SANS Institute’s Security Technology Leadership Award for 2000. He was a recipient of the VA Governor’s Technology Silver Award in 2003. He was part of the team that won the EDUCAUSE Excellence in Information Technology Solutions in 2005. He is a co-holder of a patent for battery based intrusion detection system that was the product of research conducted in the VA Tech IT Security Lab.

Steve Roberts
Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affair, George Washington University

Steve Roberts has been a journalist for more than 45 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan’s historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and eleven presidential election campaigns. After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude in 1964, he joined the New York Times as research assistant to James ‘Scotty’ Reston, then the paper’s Washington bureau chief. His 25-year career with the Times included assignments as bureau chief in Los Angeles and Athens, and as Congressional and White House correspondent. He was a senior writer at U.S. News for seven years, specializing in national politics and foreign policy. Roberts and his wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, write a nationally-syndicated newspaper column that was named one of the ten most popular columns in America by Media Matters. In February of 2000 Steve and Cokie published From This Day Forward, an account of their marriage, as well as other marriages in American history. The New York Times called the book “inspiring and instructive” and it spent seven weeks on the Times best-seller list. Roberts also writes a bi-monthly column, Hometown, for Bethesda Magazine and is a regular book reviewer and travel writer for The Washington Post. His childhood memoir, My Fathers’ Houses, was published in the spring of 2005 and was featured at the National Book Festival in Washington. In 2009 he published From Every End of This Earth, the story of 13 immigrant families and the new lives they’ve made in America. The book, which was also featured at the National Book Festival, started life in the feature writing course he teaches at GW and is dedicated to his students. In 2011 he wrote Our Haggadah (with his wife Cokie), which was featured on many national TV shows, including “This Week”, “Charlie Rose” and “Morning Joe.”

A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show.” As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 21 years. His many honors include the Dirksen Award for covering Congress, the Wilbur Award for reporting on religion and politics, the Bender prize as one of GW’s top undergraduate teachers, and four honorary doctorates. He’s been named a Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council and received the Public Service Sector Award from the Aspen Institute. Steve and Cokie have two children: Lee, a real estate investor in Raleigh, NC, and Rebecca, a journalist in Washington, and six grand-children. In his spare time, Roberts is an avid gardener and tennis player.

Lynn St.Amour
Former President & CEO, Internet Society

Lynn St.Amour is President/CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC). She joined ISOC in 1998 as Executive Director of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division, and has been responsible for ISOC’s international expansion. She became ISOC’s global Executive Director and COO in 1999 and held that position until her appointment as President and CEO in February of 2001. She divides her time between ISOC’s offices in Reston, Virginia, and Geneva, Switzerland.

St.Amour has extensive experience in global IT and international business. Her background includes positions at the highest levels in international sales and marketing, strategic planning, partner management and manufacturing. She also has considerable experience in corporate restructuring and start-up management. St.Amour has spent most of her career working in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, with significant long-term assignments in other European countries.

Prior to joining ISOC, she was director of Business Development and Joint Venture Operations for AT&T’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division. She led the negotiation and development of several telecommunications joint ventures with leading European companies. She was responsible for managing the AT&T Unisource Communications Services joint venture – an alliance between AT&T, and the Swiss, Swedish and Dutch PTT’s – to ensure alignment of strategic goals and achievement of operating targets.

Before joining AT&T, she held a number of management positions for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). As Director of Pricing for European Sales and Marketing, she was responsible for pricing policies and practices across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and was responsible for managing the transition from a wholly direct sales model to a combined direct and indirect model. She established the European Pricing Office, and built up regional channel management and pricing teams.

As a Corporate Strategic Alliance Director for Digital, she was responsible for a number of corporate-level strategic initiatives. In addition, she developed methodologies and processes to drive the analysis and development of partnership opportunities worldwide.

Earlier in her career she led Digital’s corporate manufacturing restructuring efforts as the leader of the worldwide Capacity Management Team. These efforts reduced manufacturing/engineering headcount worldwide by 30%, the number of plants by 60%, and established management processes that remained the core of manufacturing for many years. Prior to that St.Amour was responsible for Digital’s Sales and Product Forecasting for Europe’s entire revenue stream – $3 billion in 1988. She also recruited and successfully managed a start-up group responsible for material planning and order fulfillment process for Digital’s Personal Computer Business ($1 billion in 1984) and was project leader in a 2-year corporate-wide program which successfully reengineered and significantly streamlined manufacturing, order fulfillment and logistics processes.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, St. Amour began her career in information technology with the General Electric Corporation.

Daniel J. Weitzner
Director & Co-Founder, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)

Daniel J. Weitzner is the Director and co-founder of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group. His group studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information. Weitzner ‘s work led to the development of the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, adoption of an international agreement on Internet Policymaking Principles by 34 OECD Countries, and the Administration position the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). He also was Associate Administrator for Policy at the United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Weitzner was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, crafting laws that control government surveillance of email and web browsing data. His work on US legislation limiting the liability of Internet Service Providers created the legal foundationfor social media services and global free flow of information online. Weitzner’s computer science research introduced Accountable Systems architecture to enable better awareness legal rules and automated compliance auditing. As head of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Technology and Society group, he led the development of security and privacy standards, and new architectures used to make information on the Web easier to analyze. While at MIT he launched the Web Science Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James Hendler, a cross-disciplinary research initiative promoting research on the technical and social impact of the Web.

Before joining MIT, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has testified before the United States Congress, the European Commission, and leading international bodies. Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine and Social Research. In 2012 he was named to
the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top ‘Navigator’ of global Internet public policy.

Date and Time

Wednesday 24 July 2013


George Washington University - Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052