Bully or Bodyguard? Assessing the Proper Role of the United States in Internet Governance

March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2014) - In March of 1985, Symbolics.com leapt onto the world stage as the first .com, launching what would become the commercial Internet revolution. Since then, the transformation of the Internet into an international economic engine has occurred under the careful stewardship of the U.S. government. However, a new era of Internet governance is about to begin. Earlier this month, the Department of Commerce announced that it would give up its historic oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

To analyze the impact of the announcement and what it means for the future of the Internet, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is hosting the panel discussion, "Bully or Bodyguard? Assessing the Proper Role of the United States in Internet Governance."

The event will be held from 12 PM to 1:30 PM, Thursday, April 3 at ITIF, 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A. The discussion will focus on whether the U.S. government made the right decision, the potential consequences of the move for the long-term security and stability of the Internet, and how best to move forward on Internet governance.

The panel will include Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF; Phil Corwin, Founding Principal at Virtuallaw, LLC; Steve DelBianco, Executive Director at NetChoice; and Eli Dourado, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center.
The event is free, open to the public, and complies with ethics rules. A live webcast will be available on the event page.

Register for the event.


The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.

Contact: Samantha Greene
Email: sgreene@itif.org
Phone: (202) 626 5744