As of 2018, our Working Groups have been realigned into Focus Areas to better fit the needs of the chapter. The Working Groups no longer exist and the information below is for historic purposes only.
Chapter Working Groups (WGs) comprised subject-matter experts and other interested parties who worked together to achieve specified goals. Their mission was to facilitate information dissemination to the Board, Chapter and general public as well as to promote the Chapter and ISOC mission and goals. Topics for the WGs were finalized based on survey results received from Chapter members.
Our Working Groups
Fostering open dialogue between all stakeholders is vital to ensuring the continued stability and global availability of the Internet. This WG sought to make recommendations, disseminate information and reinforce understanding of policy, governance and regulation while including all stakeholders, especially those who are not traditionally involved in Internet Governance. Brandie Nonnecke led this WG through 2017 .
Data Protection, Privacy and Security
Government surveillance, corporate and government data breaches, practices that erode privacy, mass hacking incidents, and systemic gaps in security practices have led to disillusionment among Internet users about their ability to control their online destiny. This WG sought to make recommendations, disseminate information and reinforce understanding on data protection, privacy issues, security best practices and digital rights. Jackie Kerr led this WG through 2017.
IoT, Internet Technologies and Access
Today billions of devices are connected to the Internet through the Internet of Things (IoT). These devices are already transforming our lives through innovation, but as they do, there are also serious challenges that must be addressed to maximize the benefits. This WG sought to make recommendations, disseminate information and reinforce understanding on the IoT, issues around access, critical Internet infrastructure, innovation and open standards. Mischa Spiegelmock led this WG through 2017.
Each Chapter Working Group consisted of:
- Working Group Chair
- Working Group Co-Chair (optional)
Each WG had its own charter as defined by the individual group:
Convening and Reporting
- The WGs convened (virtually or face-to-face) regularly at defined intervals.
- The WGs reported to the Board representative on a regular basis.
- Community projects.
- Meet ups, workshops, talks, masterclasses and information sessions.
- Increasing the flow of information to Board, Chapter and public about specific topics.
- Liaison with the Chapter WGs, other chapters and industry organizations.
If you have questions about the now defunct chapter working groups or the new Focus Areas, please contact us.