Opening the IGF-USA
Marilyn Cade, principal of ICT Strategies and leader of the Internet Governance Forum-USA steering group, opened the first IGF-USA by explaining the importance of engaging in dialogue on equal footing for all participants about the issues tied to the emergence of sophisticated communications networks.
Cade began working to put together IGF-USA in the spring of 2009, identifying a group of about 109 people who have been engaged in the process of advancing international and national dialogues between civil society, government, the technology and research sector, businesses and academia about the future of the Internet. From this set of people, 40 committed to become heavily involved in the first IGF-USA. Cade, this large group and a steering group worked throughout the summer and the fall, identifying important actors in the process and forming additional subgroups to propose and plan the panels for IGF-USA.
It all comes together today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. This blog site documents the conference.