"The Internet Today and Tomorrow conference"

16 September 2015

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This is the second edition of our successful event last year, a daylong discussion on how Internet governance shapes the way the Internet works and how we use it.

When: 30th September 2015
Where: Warsaw University Library

Warsaw University Library


The Internet has permeated our lives in every way possible. But what makes it work the way it does, and what goes into ensuring that you, the user, get a smooth, unhindered Internet experience?

Today's Internet provides us with new ways of accessing, interacting and connecting people and content. As more and more people get connected to the Internet, its growth and governance raises several questions when we attempt to determine which of its benefits we value the most.  Do we want unfettered access to information or privacy? What kind of balance should be achieved? What is 'net neutrality, and why should we care about it?

For the second year running, Poland will play host to the "Who Rules The Internet" workshop on Internet Governance.  During this daylong event, we will further build upon last years' sessions and address the most pertinent issues of the day, one of which is the US government's handover of its oversight of the technical functions of the Internet to the Global Internet Community ("IANA Stewardship Transition"), the enhancement of ICANN's accountability mechanisms, amongst other key issues and how they reflect on Internet ecosystem today. This workshop is open to anyone interested in the Internet. Please join us on 30th September 2015 at the Warsaw University Library.

This is an occasion for open discussion and engagement with national and international experts, civil servants, industry representatives, NGOs and academics on crucial matters related to the different elements that make the Internet what it is today, and on the crucial work needed for shaping its future.

Event Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:40 Plenary Session Introducing Internet Governance

The Internet today and tomorrow – how Internet Governance influences the way the Internet works and how we are using it

9:40 – 11:00 Panel Discussion on Internet Governance

How the US government's handover of its oversight of the technical functions of the Internet to the Internet Community ("IANA Stewardship Transition"), the enhancement of ICANN's Accountability mechanisms and the process of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) can influence the operations of the Internet's entire ecosystem and all its users.

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

Session 1

Session 2

11:15 – 12:45 Privacy Online

The biggest challenges for privacy, connected with the evolution of technology and the development and distribution of the Internet and electronic services.

11:15 – 12:45 Digital Single Market

The role of the intermediaries, internet platforms and sharing economy in the evolution of the e-economy and internet society.

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:15 Internet of Things

Technology of the present day or still a distant fantasy? Chances and challenges connected with the development of the Internet of Things.

13:45 – 15:15 Net Neutrality

The practical application of American and European legal regulations regarding Net Neutrality.

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30 Plenary Session Summarizing the Workshop

The opportunities and challenges connected with the technical progress and the development of the Internet – conclusions from the panel discussions. Internet Governance and the Polish perspective.

Participation is free of charge. If you are interested in joining, please send your registration request to warsztaty@mac.gov.pl and state which workshop you would like to attend.

Your registration is not binding, but will help us with logistical arrangements

Event Link: https://mac.gov.pl/aktualnosci/juz-30-wrzesnia-po-raz-kolejny-sprawdz-kto-rzadzi-internetem-internet-dzisiaj-i-jutro

The Workshops are organized by:

The Polish Ministry of Administration and Digitization (MAC) Logo
Internet Society Poland (ISOC PL) Logo
.pl country code Manager: Naukowa i Akademicka Sieć Komputerowa (NASK) Logo