Taking place from May 14 to 15, 2015, the Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security brought together over 40 thought leaders including leading Columbia University faculty from SIPA, business, law, engineering, journalism; Global Commission on Internet Governance Commissioners and affiliated researchers; influential US and international policy makers, entrepreneurs, legal experts, technologists, and corporate executives from around the world. The opening panel set the stage for the conference.


  • Andrew McLaughlin, Senior Fellow, Columbia SIPA


  • Matthew Jones, James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization, Department of History, Columbia University
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America 
  • Michael Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare
  • Nuala O'Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Society

Series: Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security

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 University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) hosted the Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security from May 14 to 15, in collaboration with the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

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