VIDEO: Christian Dawson of i2Coalition on Internet Public Policy

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Back at the cPanel conference in October, WHIR TV had the opportunity to interview Christian Dawson of the internet infrastructure coalition about the organization’s position just following its September launch, which included 42 charter member companies, and its plans for influencing Internet public policy in the US.

The i2Coalition launched in February, announcing at the time that it had 42 supporting companies, based on an establishing meeting held at HostingCon in July.

At the same time we published a full interview with Dawson on the i2Coalition and its positions on Internet public policy.

At the time of the conversation, i2Coalition had just begun its broader membership drive, seeking new members that include both web hosting companies and related businesses, such as domain registrars and network operators – generally, contributors to the Internet infrastructure mentioned in the group’s name.

The conversation took place in the lead-up to last week’s federal election, which Dawson says meant that not much activity was happening relating to Internet public policy – a good time for a group like the i2Coalition to be focused on making those first steps around developing its organizational structure.

Dawson describes the two major committees that had been established within the i2Coalition: the policy committee and the operations committee. The first is charged with setting the group’s goals and stance on Internet public policy. The latter, chaired by Dawson, is focused on the operation of the coalition itself, and of many of the group’s outreach events and projects.

According to Dawson, those events include two specific upcoming events: a day on Capital Hill, during which Internet infrastructure stakeholders will have an opportunity to meet with US policy makers and help them to understand their concerns around Internet public policy. The second is a “field trip” to visit the FBI, during which service providers will be able to learn about how, where and why the FBI monitors Internet communications.

Talk back: Is your company involved with the i2Coalition? Are you concerned about Internet public policy? Do you think the i2coalition has the potential to do have a significant on Internet public policy? Let us know in the comments.

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