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Kathy Brown
Kathryn C. Brown is a veteran of Internet policy development and corporate responsibility initiatives that have aided in the Internet’s global expansion. At Verizon, she helped identify and navigate emerging digital issues and led its global corporate responsibility initiatives. In her policy role, she led the company's international public policy engagement through a period of dynamic change. She represented the company in the successful adoption by the OECD of principles for Internet policy making and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications treaty negotiations.

As leader of Verizon's corporate responsibility initiatives, she served on Verizon's corporate councils for the development of the company's online privacy and content policies and promoted Verizon's Human Rights Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct. Additionally, she oversaw an investment of more than $60 million a year in programs and grants from the Verizon Foundation that helped support Internet development. In 2010 she partnered with the Internet Society to launch a highly successful forum on the Internet and higher education in East Africa.

Earlier in her career, Kathy served in U.S. President Clinton’s Administration where she was deeply involved in policy development that was instrumental to the deployment and adoption of the global Internet.

Most recently, Kathy was a senior advisor at global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group. Kathy received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College.

Entries by Kathy Brown

Gender Parity Starts With the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 3:40 PM

International Women's Day this year generated much discussion about gender inequality around the world, and conversations need to continue on this critical subject. It's also important however, to acknowledge the progress made thus far. In particular, I would like to recognize the many contributions made by women in the development...

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The Internet: An Opportunity for Sustainable Development

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 5:39 PM

The greatest challenge facing the world today is the need to achieve sustainable development--development that will bring economic and social progress to all without harming the future of our planet. This week in Brazil at the 10th Internet Governance Forum meeting, the Internet Society is calling on the global Internet...

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How We Connect: Mobile Is Shifting The Internet Dynamic

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:58 PM

In the earliest days of the Internet, connectivity was limited to researchers and developers at academic institutions and government research facilities in the United States. Today, the Internet has evolved into a cornerstone of economic and social development that has an immeasurable impact on individuals' daily lives around the world.

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A Ray of Light Shines on Internet Rights

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 5:18 PM

The Internet, by the very nature of its technical architecture, allows individuals and groups of individuals to speak directly to each other and to the world at large without the requirement or necessity of intermediaries moderating their content. The freedom enabled by the Internet to express one's own...

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10 Great Ways the Internet Is Empowering Women Around the World

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:38 PM

This year, International Women's Day will focus on the empowerment of women, highlighting the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was signed 20 years ago by 189 governments to establish an agenda for realizing women's rights. The celebration of this historic milestone gives us a good reason...

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Women In Tech Share Three Secrets Of The Job

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 4:45 PM

This post has contributions from Internet Society TrusteesDesiree Miloshevic, Theresa Swinehart and Narelle Clark.

International Women's Day is March 8, and this year's theme is "Equality for women is progress for all." This sentiment is especially resonant in the technology fields, where recent studies have shown that increased diversity...

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