The credo of the Internet Society is "The Internet is for Everyone." As we look to connect the three billion that still do not have access, fostering community networks has become a priority. While finance, equipment, & training are crucial, in many case such networks are hindered by adverse rgulatory environments. And, while there is an obvious emphasis in hooking up folks in far flung places, there are still many unserved, or underserbed, in cities, even in New York. In fact, NYC through the pioneering efforts of such as the NYC Wireless, the Red Hook Initiative, Silicon Harlem. NYC Mesh, & now a new cluster of RISE projects, is leading the way in establishing urban community networks. Cities have their own unique characteristics - in spectrum & logistics. This half-day conference, part of the IGF USA ON THE ROAD series, & hosted by the Internet Society's New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) in partnership with theFederal Communications Bar Association (FCBA),is intended to serve as a summit for those involved in building community networks in NYC, & an opportunity to formulate the appropriate policy advocacy positions to advance this work.
Jane Coffin - Director, Development Strategy, Internet Society
Jonathan Askin - Professor, Brooklyn Law School
Clayton Banks, Co-founder, Silicon Harlem
Greta Byrum, Co-Director, Digital Equity Laboratory, The New School
Michael J. Santorelli, Director , Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP), New York Law School
Zach Giles, NYC Mesh
Melissa Sassi, Senior Project Manager - USA, Microsoft Airband
Bruce Kushnick, New Networks Institute
Stuart Reid,Streaming University Project
We are actively looking for more speakers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject May 22.