Core Values and the Future of the Internet

22 04 2010

FutureWeb2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 29, 3:30-5

Chair: Alejandro Pisanty, professor at the National University of Mexico on sabbatical at Centro Geo. Pisanty is an active leader in the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). His career in computing began in 1972 and he went on to become highly involved in networks and the Internet since the late 1980s. Pisanty’s work with the Internet Governance Forum’s Advisory Group has allowed him to advocate a multiple-stakeholder, problem-oriented, consensus-based model for Internet governance.

Session Description:
What makes the Internet what it is? What is happening to its core values as it evolves? What should be preserved and how and what changes are inevitable? Internet protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf has noted that, “The remarkable success of the Internet can be traced to a few simple network principles – end-to-end design, layered architecture and open standards.” The Internet’s underlying principles are threatened when new policies to regulate the Internet are proposed with inadequate understanding of the core values. Leaders in the WWW and Internet community will discuss what its core values are, how they might evolve and how they might be maintained in the future. The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for core values and the Internet and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.


  • Sir Tim-Berners Lee

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, innovator of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee serves as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), founder of the World Wide Web Foundation and a director of the Web Science Research Initiative. In June 2009, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that Berners-Lee plans to collaborate with the UK government to make information more accessible on the Web. Click here to view a full list of his publications.

  • Danny Weitzner

    Danny Weitzner, the associate administrator for policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where he directs the office that conducts research and analysis and prepares policy recommendations for the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information. Weitzner formerly worked as the W3C Technology & Society policy director. He has conducted research on the development of new technologies and the corresponding public policy models, as well as legal challenges for the Web, including privacy, intellectual property and identity management.

  • Nathaniel James

    Nathaniel James, currently with the Mozilla Foundation and formerly a leader at OneWebDay and the Media and Democracy Coalition. James has years of experience in nonprofit administration, advocacy and community organization and outreach. He is committed to a vision of communications that fosters democratic participation, the exchange of diverse perspectives and equitable access. James has previously provided strategic consultation at Microsoft and for Greenpeace International, focusing on leveraging social networks and social media to achieve organizational goals.

  • Parry Aftab

    Parry Aftab, consultant on cybercrime, Internet privacy, kids’ safety online and cyber-abuse issues. Since 1995 she has been devoted to enhancing cyber-security for businesses and government entities. Aftab serves as executive director of, a volunteer organization dedicated to online safety. View Aftab’s blog at

  • Bill St. Arnaud

    Bill St. Arnaud, information technology consultant and futurist from Ottawa. St. Arnaud was formerly the chief research officer at CANARIE Inc., and served as an Internet Society board member. He currently advises clients on issues such as the next generation Internet, clouds, cyber-infrastructure, Web 2.0 and how new technologies will address the next generation of democracy. View his blog at

  • Scott Bradner

    Scott Bradner, longtime leader and Jon Postel Service Award winner at the Internet Society where he is currently secretary of the Board of Trustees. He chairs two working groups for the Internet Engineering Task Force and is the University Technology Security Officer at Harvard University. Bradner has contributed to many publications, including Network World in which he has been the author of the Net Insider column since 1992.

For more information about FutureWeb 2010 panel discussions, featured panelists and more, click here to navigate to the FutureWeb site. To register for the conference, visit the FutureWeb registration page.




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