About the IGF-USA


The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. It provides a domestic forum in the US to engage civil society, government, technologists, research scientists, industry and academia, helping to create partnerships, coalitions and dialogues that demonstrate best practices and help move policy forward. Please join us for a full day of interactive, informative policy discussions on of the moment Internet governance issues.  Keynotes and panels feature thought leaders from civil society, industry, academia and government.

Regional and national IGF meetings are taking place globally, including gatherings in East Africa, Europe (EuroDig), Latin America, the Caribbean, West Africa, Spain and Italy. These events are organized on a local level and have no formal ties to the global IGF, however the UN’s IGF Secretariat recognizes the importance of the regional and national events and reports from these meetings are shared at the international gatherings.

This year the IGF-USA is excited to present a full day conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. This year’s IGF-USA will feature panels, keynotes, and plenaries discussing issues vital to the continued growth of the Internet and increasing its benefits for all. We invite you to take part in sharing ideas on connecting the unconnected, privacy vs. security online, balancing human rights and online content, improving broadband for everyone, and much more.

As always the IGF-USA 2016 will be host to interactive sessions with representatives from across the Internet community and is your opportunity to engage with an array of stakeholders on issues that matter to you and Internet governance as a whole.   



The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors.  At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.

For more information on IGF please refer to the following documents:


IGF Mandate

Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda:

72. We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The mandate of the Forum is to:

  • Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;
  • Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;
  • Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;
  • Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;
  • Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;
  • Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;
  • Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
  • Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;
  • Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;
  • Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;
  • Publish its proceedings


IGF-USA Co-Chairs

Shane Tews

Shane Tews

Logan Circle Strategies

Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, where she works primarily on cybersecurity and Internet governance issues. She is also the chief policy officer at 463 Communications, a firm that advises high-tech organizations on Internet policies. Tews dealt with Internet security and domain issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She is currently vice-chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a decentralized global Internet. She began her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress and worked in the George H. W. Bush White House, in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and at the US Department of Transportation. Tews studied communications at Arizona State University and at American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.
David Vyorst

David Vyorst


David Vyorst is the Executive Director of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Co-Chair of the Internet Governance Forum for the United States (IGF-USA). His leadership of ISOC-DC and ISOC-DC’s Internet Policy Forum has built that organization into a leading international forum on Internet governance. David’s Internet strategy and social media expertise stems from his experience at RelevantKnowledge (one of the first web ratings companies, now Comscore), Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and as the Founder of Relay Station Digital Strategies. Over the past 20 years David has worked with leading organizations and companies including Microsoft, Google, The U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Department of Commerce, ICANN, ADP, Allied Bank, The Ford Motor Company, The NBA, The Fetzer Institute, The Internet Society, Verisign, and many others, spanning the corporate, legal, education, and nonprofit sectors. A blogger and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker (The Internet Exposed, The First Basket, Unusual Pairs), David’s insights and depth of knowledge have earned him recognition as a thought leader in Internet strategy and policy. He holds a Masters degree in Government from the London School of Economics.

IGF-USA 2016 Steering Committee

Berin Szoka – Tech Freedom
Burcu Kilic – Public Citizen
Carl Schoanander – SIIA
Carolina Rossini – Public Knowledge
Carolyn Nguyen – Microsoft
Chris Wilson – 21st Century Fox
Christian Dawson – i2coalition
Courtney Radsch – Center to Protect Journalists
Dan Caprio – The Providence Group
David Snead – i2coalition
Dustin Phillips – ICANNWiki
Elizabeth Bacon – Public Interest Registry (PIR)
Ethan Wham – Public Knowledge
Flavia Alves – Facebook
Garland McCoy – Technology Education Institute
Glenn McKnight – Global Catalysts Consulting Service
Iren Borrisova – Verisign
Jack Spillsbury – U.S. Department of State – Retired
Janna Anderson – Elon University
Jim Galvin – Afilias
Joe Catapano – ICANN
Joly MacFie – ISOC NY
Jonathan Zuck – ACT
Judith Hellerstein – Hellerstein & Associates
Marilyn Cade – mCADE LLC
Mark Buell – ISOC
Melanie Penagos – Public Knowledge
Micaela Klein – U.S. Department of State
Michael Aisenberg – Mitre Corp
Mike Nelson – CloudFlare
Nathalia Foditsch – Google PhD Fellow
Nathan White – Access Now
Pam Covington – Piedmont Environmental Council
Peter Dengate Thrush – Center for Democracy and Technology
Phil Corwin – Virtualaw LLC
Ritu Sharma – SDG Nexus, SM4NP
Ron da Silva – Charter Communications
Sameera Daniels – Ramsey Decision Theoretics & Civic Participation
Steve DelBianco – NetChoice
Susan Chalmers – NTIA
Yujiao Cai – Public Citizen
John More – ISOC-DC

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2016 IGF-USA Program

View the complete program and schedule for the 2016 IGF-USA.