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The Internet Society's 12th Annual INET Conference: Internet Crossroads: Where Technology and Policy Intersect

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including the IPv6 Forum's IPv6 Technology Deployment Summit
18-21 June, 2002
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA

General Information: inet2002@isoc.org
Sponsorship information: sponsor-inet@isoc.org

CALL FOR CONTENT

http://www.isoc.org/inet2002/cfc
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15 DECEMBER 2001

The Internet Society is pleased to announce the 12th Annual INET Summit, to be held in Arlington, VA (outside Washington, DC) 18-21 June 2002.

This year's theme is "INTERNET CROSSROADS: WHERE TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY INTERSECT." Despite the collapse of the dot-coms, the Internet continues to develop at an accelerating pace. New technologies and standards provide Internet users with new capabilities--and pose difficult challenges for policy makers. What are the most outstanding technological innovations that will have a far-reaching effect on the Internet? How will decisions on Internet standards determine how the Internet is used? What are the policy implications of new Internet technologies? How are decisions being made on the standards and policies that will shape the Internet? How are Internet users around the world creating new uses for networking technology?

THREE THEMES
The conference will be organized around three thematic tracks.

  1. TECHNOLOGY

    Even as the Internet becomes pervasively established as a communications infrastructure, it continues to experience rapid change. Innovation constantly creates new fields of opportunity and usage, often rendering established technologies obsolete. Updated protocols, new levels of convergence among media and devices, multilingual domain names, authentication, peer-to-peer networks, wireless applications, and increased bandwidth and related capabilities are just a few of today's areas of rapid change on which the conference will focus.

  2. USES OF THE INTERNET

    New and diverse uses of the Internet continue to emerge. The Internet's impacts are multiple and contradictory, as it supports both cultural diversification and homogenization, hate speech and greater societal openness, and business bubbles and economic development. This track will focus Internet uses in areas like education, health, economic development, and cultural expression.

  3. GOVERNANCE, LEGISTLATION & REGULATION

    The policy issues raised by the Internet are especially complex at the global level, where no effective Internet governance authority exists. Institutions like the IETF, ICANN and the W3C are shaping collective decision-making about the future of the Internet, but the respective roles of government, business, developing countries, and civil society are still being worked out. Topics here include border-crossing aspects of privacy, surveillance, security, intellectual property, free speech, content, taxation, and decision-making.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The official language of the conference is English with some limited translation available by special prearrangement. Some limited financial assistance will be available for participants or invited speakers with specific needs. High-speed connectivity and audio/visual equipment will be provided on-site in the session rooms.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please submit your proposal by 15 DECEMBER 2001, using the web interface at:
http://www.isoc.org/inet2002/cfc/

Possible formats for proposals

  • Presentation
  • Moderated Panel
  • Topic oriented workshop
  • Demonstration
  • Poster

Questions or comments to <inet2002@isoc.org>. (Please do not send abstracts to this address.)