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The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) is holding a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 10 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm US EDT (UTC-4). Panelists will discuss the different types of Internet fragmentation, their associated technical, economic, and political impacts and when fragmentation may be desirable or problematic. Additionally, the panelists will examine how these should be taken into consideration in policy making.

The kinds of questions the panel are hoping to explore include:

  • Is the global, open Internet moving away from a network of networks that is universally¬†interoperable to a series of networks fragmented along policy, technical or economic lines?
  • What about the increasing use of DNS and content filtering?
  • As some governments pass laws related to data localization and restriction of cross-border data flows, what will the impact be?
  • What other factors have the potential for causing fragmentation?

A Live video stream is to be recorded and made available for viewing after the event.