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Tuesday, January 28 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
If the Multistakeholder Model is the Past, Present and Future of Internet Governance, Can Someone Please Define It? LIMITED

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The Honorable Larry Strickling, 
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Department of Commerce [Bio]

Abstract: The U.S. advocates "the multi-stakeholder model" (MSM) as the basis for global Internet governance.  And yet it is not always clear what MSM is -- even the ITU is now claiming that it is multi-stakeholder.  Furthermore, discrete facets of the U.S. government are not always consistent about its reliance on any particular MSM approach.  There is a need for greater clarity about what is meant by MSM and why we might want to rely on it in some circumstances but not in others.  Furthermore, questions have been raised about how well this model works for less developed countries, non-English speaking cultures and countries with weak or barely existent civil society institutions.  Even within developed economies, there are serious questions about the role of national governments and government agencies in multi-stakeholder policymaking processes.  Governments still have trouble participating in open, bottom-up policymaking.  Many fear that governments will use their superior resources or behind-the-scenes politics to unbalance or warp the MSM.  We need more discussion and analysis of the limitations and strengths of the MSM, and how concepts of multi-stakeholder governance can best be implemented and improved.

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Milton Mueller

Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Milton L. Mueller is Professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. His research and teaching explore the political economy of communication and information. For the past 15 years his research, teaching and public service have concentrated on problems related to global Internet governance. | | His books Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the Root: Internet... Read More →

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Rebecca Arbogast

IEF Board, Comcast
Rebecca Arbogast serves as Vice President for Global Public Policy for Comcast Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for the development and coordination of the company’s public policy efforts across the corporation. Prior to joining Comcast in 2011, Rebecca served as Managing Director at Stifel Financial, where she provided advice to institutional investors on legal issues affecting communications, media and technology... Read More →

Laura DeNardis

Professor, American University
Dr. Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance, a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and a Professor in the School of Communication at American University. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance... Read More →
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Alexander Klimburg

Senior Advisor, OIIP
Alexander Klimburg is a Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs. Since joining the Institute in October 2006, Mr. Klimburg has undertaken government national security projects for, among others, the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the Ministry of Defense, and the National Security Council. Mr. Klimburg has partaken in international and intergovernmental discussions, and acts as an advisor to the Austrian delegation to... Read More →
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Youn Jung Park

Professor, SUNY Korea
Ms. Youn Jung Park holds a Ph.D in Information, Science and Technology. She is a specialist in Internet infrastructures including Internet addresses. Currently, Ms. Park currently teaches at SUNY Korea, and is also a consultant for the Korean Internet and Security Agency (KISA). | | In the past, Ms. Park served on Korea's Advisory Committee of the National Internet Development Agency (.KR registry), and she represented the Asia Pacific... Read More →
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Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, Ambassador Sepulveda leads and coordinates the Department’s positions on communications and information policy issues. Prior to joining the State Department in 2013, Ambassador Sepulveda... Read More →
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Larry Strickling

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Lawrence E. Strickling was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in June 2009. In this role, Strickling serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy. A technology policy expert with more than two decades of... Read More →

Tuesday January 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Newseum Room 709 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, D.C. 20001

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