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Yes, There’s an Internet Society… And it Has a New CEO!

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Whether you’re the entrepreneur building the technology or the user on the other end of that app, website, etc., all of us in the entrepreneur ecosystem rely on global public policies to shape the way we connect to the Internet. It’s not something we TC readers think about as we build our companies, so who is looking out for us when it comes to those policies?

Internet Society - New CEOOne organization championing an open Internet for us is the Internet Society, whose mission is “to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.” And Kathy Brown will now be leading that mission through her new position as CEO.

Brown’s experience, combined with listening to the grassroots members of the Internet Society’s chapters across the globe, will drive her leadership and agenda. I’ll spare you the specific details on policy positions, but they include advocating on important issues like international Internet governance, online privacy, IPv6, and so much more, to ensure that we can continue to innovate and connect. Read her recent interview in WSJ’s All Things D for more info!

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Shana Glickfield Shana Glickfield is a Partner with Beekeeper Group, a leading public affairs firm specializing in digital communications in Washington, DC. With over 15 years of experience, Shana advises a wide variety of corporate, association, and nonprofit clients on their online communications strategies, focusing on social media and mobile technology. Shana graduated from Michigan State University and has a law degree from Temple University. She was one of five women named “up and comers in technology” by Washington Post and made Washington Life magazine’s list of the most creative people in new media. She presents and comments frequently on social media topics, including for CNN.com, Mashable, ABC News, Politico, and on Capitol Hill.

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