The Internet After 2020

The year 2020 has changed the world.

A pandemic that’s changed millions of lives and still has us in a world where we now expect the unexpected.

But, for those of us who have it, the Internet has enabled life to go on.

Businesses and schools are able to continue their core activity online. People are able to order food and medicine delivery to lower the risk of contagion. Families are video conferencing to catch up, worship, and even attend weddings.

2020 has shone a spotlight on the vital role the Internet plays in keeping us connected and informed and enriching our lives. While many governments continue to struggle to respond effectively to the crisis, the Internet’s foundation stayed resilient, allowing those that have access to carry on: Living, working, and learning. But every day, governments are proposing new laws and policies that could harm it.

And while we are all still navigating an unstable world, it’s critical we start to take stock and look forward.

Thank you for joining leaders of Internet industry as they looked back at what had happened in 2020 but also what could be next for the Internet in 2021.

The event was moderated by Jane Coffin, Senior Vice President, Internet Growth at the Internet Society.

Date and Time

14:00 – 15:00 UTC

Monday 07 December 2020

Panelists and Moderator

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Azeem Azhar

Founder, Exponential View

Azeem Azhar is the writer behind Exponential View which explains how society and the political economy are changing under the force of technology. He brings a unique background to explain… Read more about Azeem Azhar

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Vint Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google,
Co-founder, Internet Society

Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is a former member of the National Science Board… Read more about Vint Cerf

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Nnenna Nwakanma

Chief Web Advocate, Web Foundation

She describes herself as "Nnenna from the Internet" and globally shares her passion for connecting the unconnected, especially women. Recognized as one of the World's 100 Most Influential Persons on… Read more about Nnenna Nwakanma

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Andrew Sullivan

President and Chief Executive Officer

I joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2018 and will hold this position through 31 August 2024.   I have focused on Internet infrastructure… Read more about Andrew Sullivan

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Jane Coffin

Former Senior Vice President, Internet Growth

Jane Coffin held several roles at the Internet Society from May 2012 to November 2021. Read more about Jane Coffin