The 5th Annual State of the Net Conference was held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The 2009 State of the Net will followed the 12th Annual Kickoff Reception & Technology Exhibition on the evening of January 13 from 5 to 7 pm in a Senate Office Building.
The State of the Net Conference is the largest information technology policy conference in the US, attracting over 550 attendees in 2009. This year the conference framed the policy debates that will challenge the new Administration and the new Congress. This year with a new administration, the dialogue and discussion surrounding the tech policy issues the new administration will be at front and center. State of the Net is the only tech policy conference routinely recognized for its balanced blend of academics, consumer groups, industry and government (over 50% of 2008 attendees were government policy staff).
The 2009 conference brought technology to the forefront of the policy debate, while adding in new developments, perspectives, and ideas to further supplement discussions. The full-day event incorporated keynote addresses by prominent speakers and concurrent breakout sessions featuring tech policy experts covering various cutting-edge topics.
The State of the Net Conference offers unparalleled opportunities to network and engage in dialogue around key policy issues. Attendees participated in lively debates exploring privacy/security, telecommunications regulation, intellectual property and innovation, cloud computing, youth online safety, Internet governance and more.
This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.