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Conference on Internet Governance & Cyber Security


May 14-15, 2015
Italian Academy
Columbia University 

Day 1: Internet Governance
Day 2: Cyber Security

In May 2015, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University hosted a major forum in collaboration with the Global Commission on Internet Governance to examine critical issues associated with Internet governance and cyber security.

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The conference featured: 

  • Nine panels over one and a half days.
  • Over 40 thought leaders including leading Columbia University faculty from SIPA, business, law, engineering, journalism; GCIG Commissioners and affiliated researchers; influential US and international policy makers, entrepreneurs, legal experts, technologists, and corporate executives from around the world.
  • An agenda covering the most pressing policy issues in the worlds of internet governance and cyber-security including privacy, security, innovation, international trade and cross border data flows, data protectionism, human rights, freedom of expression and much more.
  • A series of expert background papers that form a basis for discussion for each of the panels.

Notable addresses included:

  • Steven Bellovin, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
  • Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Michael Chertoff, GCIG Commissioner & former Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security
  • Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia SIPA
  • Kevin Mandia, Chief Operating Office & Senior Vice President, FireEye
  • Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School
  • Marietje Schaake, GCIG Commissioner & Dutch member of the European Parliament
  • Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
  • Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, US Department of Commerce


This conference was hosted by Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and in collaboration with The Global Commission on Internet Governance.