Conference on Internet Governance & Cyber-security

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00 AM
Columbia University Campus, New York City
May 14

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University is hosting a major forum in collaboration with the Global Internet Governance Commission to examine critical issues associated with Internet governance and cyber security.

We have reached an important juncture for many Internet policy issues, both within nations and globally.

We are in a period when technological change and use of the internet by private and commercial actors is an important engine of growth and a source of tension within and between nations. Nations are developing unique, and often divergent policies and approaches with respect to several important Internet policy areas. Countries and regions are considering policy measures aimed at addressing tensions between individual privacy and security, local data control and an internationally-accessible Internet, management of expression and the consequences of divergent policies globally.

The emerging challenges brought about by new technologies will require novel and adaptive policy responses from governments with major input and participation from the private sector, policy makers and the academy. Only by convening these diverse interests is it likely that effective policy frameworks can be developed over time. It is with this need in mind that Columbia SIPA hosts this conference on May 14-15th, in collaboration with the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Day 1: Internet Governance | Day 2: Cyber-security

Featuring addresses by Vinton Cerf (Chief Internet Evangelist, Google); Marietje Schaake (Dutch member of the European Parliament); Brad Smith (General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft); Lawrence Strickling (Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, US Department of Commerce); Michael Chertoff (former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, United States) and Kevin Mandia (Chief Operating Office & Senior Vice President, FireEye).

Global Commission on Internet Governance participation from:

Fen Osler Hampson, Co-Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance

Michael Chertoff

Tobby Simon

Laura DeNardis, Director of Research of the Global Commission on Internet Governance

  • Nine panels over one and a half days.
  • Over 40 thought leaders including leading Columbia University faculty from SIPA, business, law, engineering, journalism, influential US and international policy makers, entrepreneurs, legal experts, technologists, and corporate executives from around the world.
  • An agenda covering the most pressing policy issues in the worlds of internet governance and cyber-security including privacy, security, innovation, international trade and cross border data flows, data protectionism, human rights, freedom of expression and much more.
  • A series of expert background papers that form a basis for discussion for each of the panels.

Space is limited. Please register your interest in attending here.

*Please note that registering your interest does not guarantee a place*

A detailed agenda is available at the following link: 


The conference will involve panels on topics including: 

Day 1: Internet Governance

  • Examining the Future of the Open and Universal Internet 
  • The Future of Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance 
  • Human rights, Freedom of Expression, and the Internet 
  • Trade, Internet Governance, and Cross-border Data Flows 
  • Privacy, Big Data, and the Internet 
  • Innovation and the Internet 

Day Two: Cyber-security

  • Mitigating Cyber-risks in Critical Infrastructure: Private and Public Responses for the Financial Sector 
  • Nuclear vs Cyber: Conflict & Deterrence
  • Cyber-security and the Internet of Things


Thursday, May 14:


Welcome: Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University; and Merit E. Janow, Dean, Columbia SIPA

A conversation with Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Neelie Kroes*, former EU Commissioner for Digital Economy; and GCIG Commissioner Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University

Panel 3A: Human rights, Freedom of Expression and the Internet

Moderator: Anya Schiffrin, Professor, Columbia SIPA

Agnes Callamard, Special Advisor to the President, Columbia University

Anriette Esterhusyen, President, Association for Progressive Communication (APC)

Fen Hampson, Distinguished Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

Carolina Rossini, Vice President for International Policy and Strategy, Public Knowledge

Friday, May 15


Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, United States

Kevin Mandia, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, FireEye

Panel 6B:  Cyber-security and the Internet of Things

Edward Felten*, Director, Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), Princeton

Nate Kube*, CTO Cyber-security, GE

Henning Schulzrinne, Professor, School of Engineering, Columbia University

Tobby Simon, Founder & President, Synergia Foundation

Event Speakers

Fen Osler Hampson was a CIGI distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics Program (2012-2019). Currently he serves as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University and continues to provide leading research and insight to policy makers in the areas of Canadian foreign policy and international and regional security. He also serves as executive director of the World Refugee Council and was co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

A scholar of internet architecture and governance, Laura DeNardis joined CIGI as a senior fellow in 2013. A professor at American University and affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, her research focuses on global internet governance.