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State of the Net Conference
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
January 31, 2007, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

About the Conference | Agenda | Panelists | Video/Audio | Previous Conference | Kickoff Reception

Overview

About the Conference

February 2005 marked the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's inaugural State of the Net Conference, bringing technology and the Internet to the forefront of debate on Capitol Hill. Now in its third year, this annual full-day conference has become the premier forum to discuss technology trends and the enormous challenges which lawmakers, industry leaders, and citizens must confront and resolve.

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 and influence policy trends in this field.

The 3rd annual State of the Net Conference was held Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency. Located on Capitol Hill and drawing strong participation from government officials and industry leaders, the Conference is the perfect setting to connect with stakeholders in the Internet's growth and development.

Attracting well-over 350 attendees in 2006, the State of the Net Conference provides unparalleled opportunities to network and dialogue on key policy issues. Over half of the registered attendees will be congressional and government staff -- as has been the case each year. With such a critical mass of decision-makers, this is an event not to be missed.

At this special event we also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Congressional Internet Caucus.

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?

Immediately following the conclusion of the conference, the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosted the 10th Annual Kickoff Reception and Technology Fair. This 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 will be drivers for Internet innovation and policymaking decisions.