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14th October 2020

IIC US Chapter Webinar: American life in the midst of crisis: How people are using technology as their lives are upended

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020
0900 EDT / 1400 BST / 1500 CEST / 2100 SGT
Duration: 1.5 hours

Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research at the Pew Research Center, spoke about the latest Center public opinion surveys since mid-March. These were related to COVID-19, racial justice protests and the endgame of the 2020 presidential election and how people are using the internet in the midst of multiple national crises. Lee took questions led by a panel of the IIC’s Directors and Trustees


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IIC US Chapter: American life in the midst of crisis: How people are using technology as their lives are upended



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Lee Rainie Director, Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center

Lee Rainie is Director of  Internet and Technology Research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Mr Rainie its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.”

Mr Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system and five books about the future of the internet that are drawn from the Center’s research. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and nonprofit groups about the changing media ecosystem.

Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Mr Rainie was Managing Editor of US News & World Report.

Mr Rainie is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.


Jacquelynn Ruff Consulting Counsel, Wiley LLP, USA; Director, International Institute of Communications

Jacquelynn (Jackie) Ruff has more than 25 years of experience in global public policy around digital trade, Internet governance, policy frameworks for digital services, expansion of broadband connectivity, and women and technology. As of February 2019, she is a consulting counsel at the law firm of Wiley where she provides legal, regulatory and public policy guidance on international issues impacting telecom, media, and technology industries.

Previously, Ms Ruff was Vice President of International Government Relations and Policy at Verizon Communications. Her responsibilities included leading work in international organisations such as the ITU, the OECD, ICANN, and the Internet Governance Forum, and regional organisations CITEL and APEC. She also represented Verizon on federal advisory committees to the US Department of State, the US Trade Representative, and the US Department of Commerce. Ms Ruff was a board member of the US Telecom Training Institute and co-chair of the Digital Trade group of the US Council for International Business, and she participated in the Policy and Spectrum Groups of the GSM Association. She is currently a Director of the International Institute of Communications.

Ms Ruff joined Verizon in 2004 from the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she was Associate Chief and Chief of Staff for the Bureau. Previously she practiced with the communications and Latin America groups of an international law firm and served as staff for a US Senate Committee.

She has a BA from Radcliffe College/Harvard University, MA from Harvard University, and JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Jean Paul Simon Director, JPS Public Policy Consulting; Trustee, International Institute of Communications

Dr Jean Paul Simon is Founder of JPS Public Policy Consulting, a consulting firm specialised in media/ telecom law regulation and strategy. He has held various position in the telecom industry and has worked as a senior scientist at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), European Commission, Directorate-General JRC.

Dr Simon holds a PhD in Philosophy (1975) and is a graduate (MBA) from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) (MBA, econometrics, 1971). He has written several books and articles on communications and public policy. Dr Simon is a frequent speaker on telecommunications and media in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Jean-Jacques Sahel Asia-Pacific Information and Content Policy Lead, Google; Director, International Institute of Communications

Jean-Jacques Sahel was appointed Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead at Google in November 2019, overseeing Google’s public policy approach in the region for issues including misinformation, online safety and intermediary liability.

He has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years in both the private and government sectors. Before joining Google, Mr Sahel was Managing Director of ICANN’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s corporate strategy and operations across the European region. He also led ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, and user groups throughout Europe, and worldwide for civil society.

Previously, Mr Sahel headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions. He had started his career in the City of London, before spending several years in the UK Government, leading in particular its international telecommunications policy.

Ex officio, Mr Sahel chaired the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) from 2009-2019 and continues to serve on the IIC’s Board. He was a member of OSAB, the Advisory Board of UK communications regulator Ofcom for 2 terms until 2016. He has authored articles and research in both mainstream media and academic publications particularly on Internet policy and governance.


Mark F Dever Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; Chair, US Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Mark F. Dever is a partner in our Communications Practice. He was previously head of the Communications team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He works on major regulatory and transactional matters for the communications industry, calling on nearly 25 years of experience in the field.

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