Internet2 Community Voices Series

Open Call for Proposals: April 4-November 24, 2021

Join Us to Learn, Share, Connect

The Internet2 Community Voices Series provides the opportunity to hear from experts, learn from their research, and connect with the community each month beginning in May 2021. Register for the June 3 event.

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Survey says: It’s time to reconnect. Responses from a recent Internet2 community survey highlight the need to bring the community together to share expertise and spark conversations around emerging challenges.

The Community Voices Series features the latest research from community experts and innovators, their lessons learned, and the chance to connect with the community. Each talk will be a stand-alone event, with a registration to access the live talk and the post-event recording and supporting materials. Note: We are highlighting the next two Community Voices events on this page. Look for later events on the I2 Online listings!

June 2021 Events

Event Title:The Important Role for R & E in Internet Governance and Technology Policy
Date, Time:June 3, 2021, 1-2 p.m. ET
Registration:Register Now
Description:Technology policy and internet governance decisions directly affect the research and education (R&E) community. Broadband funding, strong encryption, 5G deployment, metadata collection from test proctoring and student success software, spectrum allocation, the ability to research Internet security vulnerabilities, freedom of expression on the Internet, and online censorship are just a few issues that are critically important to the academic enterprise.

The R&E community used to have a larger say in such debates. The loudest voices are now large companies, equipment vendors, and content providers, each of which have substantial numbers of lobbyists and a financial interest in the outcome.

The same is true of Internet governance. Operators of R&E networks and academic researchers have not been as active in recent years, eclipsed by more powerful, for-profit entities. This has shifted the balance of power toward other organizations whose interests may differ from those of the R&E community.

We’ve assembled a group of leaders who have participated in the policymaking process, either as members and advocates of the R&E community or as government officials receiving and acting on public input:

• Laura Spining, Director of Broadband Infrastructure, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
• Steve Corbato, Executive Director, Link Oregon
• Jack Seuss, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
• Greg Jackson, former Vice President for Policy, EDUCAUSE

This dynamic group of speakers will cover topics on broadband policy, advocacy, cybersecurity and identity management, and tips on how to talk to policymakers. We’ll provide examples of past successes of the collective power of R&E in policy debates, talk about the difference between lobbying and advocacy and what are we allowed to do, and suggest high-profile topics the R&E community should consider addressing first.

Event Title: Open Science Operational Cybersecurity in Action: ResearchSOC Deployment at NIH Facilities
Date, Time:June 17 from 1-2 p.m. ET
Registration:Register Now!
Description:This presentation from the ResearchSOC will educate the community on the initial observations from this NSF-sponsored cybersecurity operations center from their onboarding of three NSF major facilities, as well describing common challenges experienced across the higher education landscape as seen by ResearchSOC’s core partner, the OmniSOC.

The presentation will inform the community on how they can access services such as Indiana University’s OmniSOC, the ResearchSOC, and the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research’s virtual cybersecurity services. We will present how these projects have come together under NSF funding, along with partner institutions, to form the Research Security Operations Center (ResearchSOC), with the goal of balancing institutional risk and research productivity.

The ResearchSOC provides new operational services to address the cybersecurity threat to NSF projects, improve the overall cybersecurity posture of NSF projects, and educates program professionals and the larger research and education community.  ResearchSOC also provides effective methods of ensuring data integrity, instrument availability, and secure research access.
Additionally, we will cover an outreach effort to cybersecurity researchers to make the ResearchSOC a catalyst for their research. Finally, we will cover a series of workshops led by the University of California San Diego under the ResearchSOC umbrella that empower information security professionals in research engagement.
Speakers:Susan Sons, Deputy Director of the Research Security Operations Center (ResearchSOC) and also supports Trusted CI The NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
CJ KlooteSecurity Platform Engineering Team Lead and Chief Information Security Officer of the OmniSOC at Indiana University.

Calls for Proposals

We’re counting on your innovative contributions to make the Community Voices Series a valuable resource to the community. Submit a proposal

Proposals for talks (50-min), panels (50-75 min), and lightning talks (5- to 10-min) are being solicited in (8) areas of interest:

This call is a “rolling” process – as proposals are received, they are reviewed by a Program Committee comprised of distinguished representatives from the research and education community. Those selected are scheduled (based on submitter availability) sometime between now and the end of the year.

Past Events

Event Title: Rutgers University Federated Research Computing and Data Ecosystem
Date, time: Thursday, May 6, 1-2 p.m. ET
Registration:View the recording | Download the presentation
Description:The Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), a university-wide, centrally supported organization that was created in 2016 to provide strategic leadership, expertise, and support to further Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements on all campuses through next generation computing, data science, advanced networking, public and private clouds, and creative learning environments. OARC is uniquely situated between research and campus IT, reporting directly to both the Senior Vice President from the Office for Research and the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer from the Office of Information Technology (OIT).
During this presentation Dr. von Oehsen gave an overview of the Rutgers University Federated Research Computing and Data Ecosystem.
Speaker: Barr von Oehsen