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State of the Net Conference
Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC
February 8, 2006, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM

About the Conference | Sponsors | The Hyatt Regency | Previous Conference | Kickoff and Tech Fair | Agenda | Video

Overview

About the Conference
In February 2005, the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee convened its first State of the Net Conference. The Conference was crowded with stakeholders in the Internet's growth, with attendees spanning the range of the public and private sector. The highly visible conference brought technology and the Internet to the forefront of Congressional debate for this year's session. The overwhelming success of this event in its inaugural year created a buzz that made the 2006 Conference even larger and more successful.

Unheard of outside of academic and technical circles less than twenty years ago, the Internet is quickly becoming the primary platform for communication, commerce, entertainment, and political participation. Last year, the incoming Chariman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, acknowledged the impact of the Internet and other communications technology on our lives, particularly in states like his. He used our Conference as a keynote to the 109th session's technology debates.

Largely unregulated, the global, decentralized Internet has matured, and today demands a new and imaginative regulatory framework - one that is only beginning to be shaped. The State of the Net Conference offers attendees a chance to track policy trends in this field.

The Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's State of the Net Conference has already become the acknowledged forum to discuss technology trends and the enormous policy challenges which lawmakers, industry leaders, and citizens must confront and resolve.

You can't afford to miss it.

Issues
Track A: Trust, Privacy & Security: Concerns related to trust, privacy and security are becoming more acute as more and more businesses, consumers, and systems rely upon the global Internet grid.

Track B: Intellectual Property Protection and Innovation: As the Internet evolves, technologists and policy makers must continue to struggle with the challenge of ensuring that both intellectual property and creative innovation are appropriately protected.

Track C: Media Convergence and Internet Architecture: Convergence is becoming a reality. The Internet has begun to subsume traditional communications technologies. VoIP is the tip of the iceberg. As Congress continues to re-examine the Telecom Act of 1996, how will it balance traditional regulatory policies will the Internet's open, decentralized and unregulated nature?

2006 Conference Agenda

Immediately following the conclusion of the conference, the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosted the 9th Annual Kickoff Reception and Technology Fair in the Senate Dirksen Office Building (SD-G50). This year's event highlighted some of the key policy issues faced by the new session of Congress. Attendees witnessed hands-on demonstrations of the latest technologies in VoIP, kid's safety, RFID, wireless, e-health, online voting, consumer electronics and more, which helped illuminate the debates and possible solutions. The Internet Caucus Co-Chairs previewed the technology issues they felt would be drivers for Internet innovation and policymaking decisions.