IGF-USA 2015 Welcome Remarks by IGF-USA Organizers

IGF-USA 2015 Welcome Remarks by IGF-USA Organizers


>>SUSAN AARONSON: All right. Good morning.
I’d like to welcome all of you to GWU, George Washington University. I am Dr. Susan Aaronson.
Thank you for coming today. GW has made the Internet a key part of its strategic plan.
And we do a lot of work here on a wide range of Internet issues. One of the things that
we think at GW is very important is to get our students involved in citizenship and that
includes Internet governance. You may be surprised to learn that at GW we do a lot of work on
cyber security, digital rights, digital trade and other Internet governance issues. So we
are so happy to have again for the second year IGF USA.
So now I’d like to introduce David Vyorst who along with Shane Tews is a co Chair of
this effort. David. (Applause.)
>>DAVID VYORST: Thank you and thank you all for coming. My name is David Vyorst. I’m the
co Chair of the IGF USA and I’d like to inform you or I am very proud to inform you that
we have an incredible program for you today. And I would like to thank all the people that
made that possible. First I’d like to start by thanking the GW staff, particularly Susan
Aaronson, Grace Son and Alexis Smith for their tireless efforts and last minute heroics without
which we would not be able to do that. I would like to thank all of our Committee members
and all the people that helped organize this, all of our panel organizers and moderators
and amazing speakers and panelists and all the volunteers. Without you guys this wouldn’t
happen either. I would like to thank our sponsors without whose generous support we would not
be able to do that. I would like to thank the MVP this year and last year Paul Brigner
from the Internet Society. Without
Paul we wouldn’t be here. And in fact, we are here because we all have
one thing in common. We all care deeply about the future of the Internet. Last year my distinguished
co Chair remarked on a panel said that she didn’t want to look back in 20 years sadly
on how awesome the Internet was. In fact, continued interoperability of the Internet
it is not a given. Continuation of this is not a given and it is a challenge. A lot of
people criticize foras like this because we don’t make policy, laws and software and widgets.
It is because of that that we do what it is that we do do and bring the brightest people
together from across stakeholder groups to produce well, to break down silos and to produce
a more important discourse. And it is from that more important discourse that the next
generation of software widgets, policy and laws that will sustain the Internet will come
from. In fact, that more informed discourse is the
wealth from which our solution to the past and path forward springs. So I can’t think
of a better way of kicking off a day of generating more discourse and by shutting up myself and
getting off the podium and turning it over to my other co Chair. She is chief scholar
and co Chair of the Internet Governance Forum of the United States. It is my great pleasure
Shane Tews. (Applause.)
>>SHANE TEWS: I am acting as an MC. Because we are on a college campus we decided to move
us through a day as we are moving classes. We have moved the coffee breaks in to the
room. If you feel like you are getting shuffled, you will be fed and watered when you get in
to the room. If you didn’t pick up one of these programs this is online. Everyone’s
hashtags. We would love to have you play along with the social media. And I also want to
thank everyone for our she has often referred to herself as the chief catalyst, Marilyn
Cade who has been the driver between Internet governance. She went on the MAG, Multi Stakeholder
Advisory Group and was going to take her efforts more international and we needed to take charge
of this and has been a mother duckling but has made sure this stayed together. I want
to thank Marilyn in this important year of WSIS+10.
(Applause.)>>SHANE TEWS: I also want to thank David
who has been the day to day person who managed this. When I first started work with him in
February I used to talk to him a couple times a week. And now I talk to him a couple of
days. And I guess we need to start talking about sports today. He calls me now and we
have 678 people that have RSVP’d and we got the news last night that we needed to change
venues. And I want to thank the support staff at George Washington that said all right,
we will make it happen. They have done a great job.
So just a note, so we will be having lunch today in the area that you arrived. We will
be having two lunch speakers. After your break out session that’s where you want to head
for lunch and then we will have break outs this afternoon. And then end of the day and
then a cocktail reception. Any questions? Today know that you can go to igf usa.org
and all of this information will be up there as well or you can ask myself.
I would like to introduce our first keynote speaker Larry Strickling. He showed quite
awhile ago and I think he didn’t he could turn a lot of this information over. He has
amazing staff. His staff are fantastic and he has grown his staff to even more people
that really understand the importance of the Internet to the digital economy in the globe.
He really took it on. For those of you who follow the ICANN world there was the ATRT
1, the Accountability and Transparency Working Group that initially started a lot of work
and he stayed in it and he he would go to meetings and say that Larry is actually there.
And we got used to seeing Larry there and watching what is going on, but this is an
important part of what is going on in the growth of the Internet. I just can’t thank
him enough for all the time and effort he has put towards this. And his staff recognize
this and they work just as hard as he does. Thank you to Larry and the NTIA staff for
what they have been doing. (Applause.)
>>SHANE TEWS: Larry, we are looking forward to you updating us on what’s going on.

Danny Hutson

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