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Panel: Is The Internet Fragmenting?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC-5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Recent developments related to the Internet have prompted alarming questions about whether it is fragmenting. They include a diverse set of technical, economic, and policy developments and decisions that have been taken in response to the continued growth and globalization of the Internet, and its evolving role as critical infrastructure for the digital economy. Examples include a rise in DNS content filtering, deployment of distinct IPv4 and IPv6 networks, introduction of zero rating services, and an increasing number of laws related to data localization and restriction of cross-border data flow. Taken together, they raise an overarching concern over whether the global Internet is moving from a universal system to one characterized by various types of fragmentation that are caused either by intended or unintended consequences of technical, commercial, and/or political decision taken without full consideration of their potential impact.

Please join Microsoft and The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) for a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 10th that will bring together policy stakeholders, including government, the technical community, civil society, industry, and other organizations to consider these issues more fully. Panelists will discuss the different types of Internet fragmentation, their associated technical, economic, and political impacts and when fragmentation may be desirable or problematic. Additionally, the panelists will examine how these should be taken into consideration in policy making.


Tuesday, May 10th • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm • Light refreshments provided.


Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State


Kathryn Brown
President and Chief Executive Officer, Internet Society

Dr. Laura DeNardis
Professor and Associate Dean, School of Communication at American University
Director of Research, Global Commission on Internet Governance

Danil Kerimi
Head of Digital Economy, World Economic Forum

Paul Mitchell
Senior Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft

Jeremy West
Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #Fragmentation


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901 K Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20001


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