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Bill St. Arnaud is a consultant and research engineer who works with clients around the world on a variety of subjects such as next generation Internet networks and developing practical solutions to reduce CO2 emissions such as free broadband and dynamic charging of eVehicles. He is an author of many papers and articles on these topics and is a frequent guest speaker. For more details on my research interests see

Monday, August 20, 2007

Call for Participation: Trust and the Future of the Internet

"Call for Participation: Trust and the Future of the Internet

The Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees is currently engaged in a
discovery process to define a long term Major Strategic Initiative to
ensure that the Internet of the future remains accessible to everyone. The
Board believes that Trust is an essential component of all successful
relationships and that an erosion of Trust: in individuals, networks, or
computing platforms, will undermine the continued health and success of
the Internet.

The Board will meet in special session the first week October of 2007 for
intensive study focused on the subject of trust within the context of
network enabled relationships. As part of this process, the Board is
hereby issuing a call for subject experts who can participate in the two
day discussion. Topics of interest include: the changing nature of trust,
security, privacy, control and protection of personal data, methods for
establishing authenticity and providing assurance, management of threats,
and dealing with unwanted traffic.

Participants will be selected based on a short paper summarizing
individual interests and qualifications as well as availability. The
retreat will be held in Toronto, Ontario (CA) . Travel and accommodation
costs will be covered by ISOC and participants should expect to arrive
October 4th and depart on the 6th or 7th. Expressions of interest may be
emailed to: Oct07-retreat @ and papers should not exceed
three pages. Papers must received by August 24th, 2007 and the Program
Committee will make their selections on or before September 7th, 2007.
Subject experts will be allotted one hour for presentation on October 5th
and will be included in the days round-table discussions. In order to
facilitate open discussion, final presentation materials should be
forwarded to ISOC no later than September 21st, 2007.

We look forward to a lively and informative meeting on this important
topic and encourage you to share this announcement with your communities
of interest."

Lucy Lynch
Director of Technical Projects
Internet Society (ISOC)