InterCommunity 2017 Interactive Regional Nodes

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19 September 2017, 12:00 – 13:00 (EDT/UTC-4)

12:00 – 12:50: Live Panel: Media, Culture, and Society

The Internet Society is 25 years old, and we are looking at #thenext25.

Join us at the Cornell Club on on September 19 to celebrate, and participate in a ISOC’s annual global meetup, InterCommunity 2017.

New York is North America’s only Interactive Node and we’re planning a very special event!

InterCommunity is an annual event, now in its fourth year, where the Internet Societys 110+ chapters and 80k+ members participate in a global meetup, as regional nodes take it in turns to present local news, and discuss global issues. Anyone may participate online, but certain Chapters mount interactive nodes. In 2017 NYC has the honor to represent the North America Region.

Join us at the Cornell Club for a light breakfast, our ‘InterCommunity live session, followed by lunch.


  • Dave Farber, Pioneer member, Internet Hall of Fame
  • Avri Doria, Board Member, ISOC-NY
  • Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Insitute of Tele-Information
  • Mark Buell, Director North America Bureau, Internet Society

Find panelist biographies and the full day programme below.

Cornell Club
6 E 44th St, New York
NY 10017, USA

Panelist Biographies
Dave Farber

Professor David Farber played a key role in many systems that converged into today’s Internet.

His early academic research work, at the Information and Computer Science Department of the University of California at Irvine, was focused on creating the world’s first operational Distributed Computer System.

After moving to the University of Delaware, Farber helped conceive and organize the National Science Foundation’s Computer Science Network (CSNet), which made then-experimental networking technology available to academic computer scientists and was instrumental in spreading the technology globally, to both industry and academia. Farber also helped plan and develop NSFNET and National Research & Education Network (NREN), efforts that led to the development of the current commercial Internet. Along with Bob Kahn, he conceived the pioneering Gigabit Testbed activity of the NSF.

He received the 1995 SIGCOMM Award for lifelong contributions to computer communications and Philadelphia’s John Scott award for Contributions to Humanity.

He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society and on the US President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee.

A 1956 graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology, he is now the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science in Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. He also teaches in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at that university.

Avri Doria

Ms. Doria is an itinerant research consultant. She was chair of the ICANN Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) Executive Committee, was chair of the ICANN GNSO Council, was an participant in WSIS and post WSIS civil society, was chair of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) and was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She spent 5 years working for the IGF Secretariat and currently is a volunteer research associate for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years, is a participant in the IETF, and past chair of the IRTF Routing Research Group.

Her research involves methods of bringing the Internet into Communications Challenged Communities, using Delay/Disruption Tolerant Network (DTN) architecture/protocols. Ms. Doria is a member of the faculty of the International Summer Schools on Internet Governance. In the past she held an Adjunct Professor appointment at Luleå Technology University. Ms. Doria has a BA from the University of Rhode Island, an MA from the University of Chicago in Philosophy and an MA from Rhode Island College in Counseling Psychology.

Eli Noam

Eli Noam is Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School since 1976 and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility. Served for three years as a Commissioner for Public Services of New York State. Appointed by the White House to the President’s IT Advisory Committee. Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research center focusing on management and policy issues in communications, internet, and media. He has also taught at Columbia Law School, Princeton University’s Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School, the University of St. Gallen, and the University of Fribourg. He is active in the development of electronic distance education. Noam has published 30 books and over 400 articles in economics journals, law reviews, and interdisciplinary journals, and is a regular columnist for the Financial Times online edition. His recent books and projects include: Who Own’s the World’s Media? (Oxford, forthcoming 2015), Media Ownership and Concentration in America (Oxford); Peer-to-Peer Video (Springer); Media Management (3-volumes, forthcoming); and the projects: A National Initiative for Next Generation Video; and Ultrabroadband.

Noam is the chairman of the International Media Management Academic Association, 2012-2014. He has been a member of advisory boards for the Federal government’s telecommunications network, and of the IRS computer system, of the National Computer Systems Laboratory, the National Commission on the Status of Women in Computing, the Governor’s Task Force on New Media, and of the Intek Corporation. His academic, advisory, and non-profit board and trustee memberships include the Nexus Mundi Foundation (Chairman), Oxford Internet Institute, Jones International University (the first accredited online university), the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Minority Media Council, and several committees of the National Research Council. He served on advisory boards for the governments of Ireland and Sweden, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a commercially rated pilot, served in the Israel Air Force in the 1967 and 1973 wars, and is currently a search and rescue pilot with the Civil Air Patrol (1st Lt.). He is married to Nadine Strossen, a law professor and national president of the American Civil Liberties Union for 18 years. He received the degrees of BA, MA, Ph.D (Economics) and JD from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Munich (2006) and the University of Marseilles (2008).

Mark Buell

Mark Buell is the Regional Bureau Director for North America. In this role, Mark oversees the Internet Society’s engagement activities in Canada and the United States.

From 2009 to 2016, Mark held a variety of positions with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the registry for the .CA country code top-level domain. At CIRA, Mark provided senior level support for the organization’s activities in the domestic Internet policy and global Internet governance fora. In 2010, Mark initiated the Canadian Internet Forum, Canada’s IGF and continued to coordinate the event until 2016. He also established CIRA as a leader in the domain name industry in the use of social media.

Prior to joining CIRA, Mark spent a decade working in Indigenous health policy, first as a Community Development Officer at an Inuit land claim organization in the Western Canadian Arctic, then as the Director of Communications and Research at the National Aboriginal Health Organization in Ottawa.

Mark is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Full Day Programme
11:00 – 11:45 Doors open, breakfast, networking
12:00 – 13:00 Going ‘live’ with InterCommunity
– Intros
– NY Chapter highlights and future plans
– Remarks from our chapter’s founding member
– Speakers commenting on the Internet Society’s Global Internet Report
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch, more networking and chapter activity
Date and Time

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