IBO Summit ~Building Justice Layer of the Internet~

Summit Schedule - Day 1 - Inaugural Summit: 7am Pacific Time - Noon Pacific Time
Days 2 and 3 - Work Summit - February 2021 TBD

About IBO Summit

Join us at the IBO Summit – it was a one day (un)conference aimed towards building “Justice Layer of the Internet”, a global marketplace accessible to anyone with a mobile device and a secure and trusted digital identity!

Calling Question: How can we bring together the legal, technology industry, and policy makers in worldwide collaboration toward meeting the SDGs and a globally sustainable future.

If you are passionate about using technology to make this world a better place, this is a conference for you!

If you are looking for a project to contribute, or have a project that needs help, this is a conference for you!

Working at the intersection of human rights, legal frameworks, education, and the use of technology was discussed during the presentations, panel discussions and collaborative unconference sessions.

It was our goal to have a clear picture of how all these pieces fit together with the early outlines of a reality to be achieved within the coming 6 months.

The conference got us level set – learning about the key initiatives below.

The entry point of our discussion was the InternetBar.org ’s current projects:

  • PeaceTones: Enabling fair-trade music economy by providing musicians with the means to receive payments for their work.
  • Bee1World: A youth-led project that utilizes the power of music and film to build skills for employability through collaboration between the US and African continent.
  • TheInvisibles: Providing stateless refugees and disenfranchised populations with legal digital identities utilizing blockchain technology.

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Summit Schedule

The Inaugural IBO Framing Summit was held on November 17, 2020 to be followed in February, 2021, with a 2 day Working Summit to begin building the “Justice Layer of the Internet”, a global commons and marketplace accessible to anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection.

By the end of the three days of both the Inaugural Framing Summit in November 17, 2020 and the 2 day Working Summit in February, 2021, our goal is to have a clear picture of how all these pieces fit together with the early outlines of a reality to be achieved within the following 6 months.

November 17th - DAY 1

US Time

Virtual Location: QiQo chat

6:30AM PST

Doors Open for Socializing

Kaliya Young – Host

Kaliya Young also known as “Identity Woman,” has spent the last 15 years of her career focused on one thing supporting the emergence of an identity layer of the internet that works for and empowers people. A term was coined recently to describe this – self-sovereign identity. Before that it was known as user-centric identity.

7:00AM PST

Welcoming Opening – Larry is the MC

7:10AM PST

Welcome – opening – sharing in chat of who people are and where they are coming from.

Jeff Aresty

Jeffrey M. Aresty is based in Houston, Texas, and is an international business and e-commerce lawyer who has led the non-profit Internet Bar Organization (IBO) since 2005.

IBO’s mission is to promote and shape the emerging online justice community by using technology and the Rule of Law to promote human rights and alleviate poverty.

As president of Internet Bar Organization (IBO), he co-founded the PeaceTones Initiative as its signature project to showcase how technology can increase access to justice across borders. PeaceTones empowers musicians from the developing world to reach global markets. ( www.peacetones.org );

Ethan Katsh

Director at National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Publication of Digital Justice: Technology and the Internet of Disputes, April 4, 2017

Kristina Yasuda

As a director of the American NGO “InternetBar.org”, Yasuda is developing a “Digital Identity” business aiming to issue digital certificates for refugees in Bangladesh, while belonging to a major IT company.

Larry Bridgesmith – MC

Bringing business consulting and training at the level of the Internet through emerging technologis such as blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and interoperable technologies.

Businesses today are beginning to recognize an integrated approach to AI deployment must be an enterprise strategy which is far more transformative than one off applications.

A noted speaker and thought leader in innovation and a trainer in AI applications for businesses in any sector.

Take the time to paint the vision of all the pieces and how they can come together


Summit Opening

TechforJustice Summit Developing World Summary

8:00-8:30AM PST

Developing the world and its potential


Nicky Hickman

Nicky is a freelance product and innovation manager with domain expertise in digital identity and digital inclusion. She is a Fellow of the RSA and Trustee at the Sovrin Foundation.
Affiliation: Freelancer Consultant and Sovrin Trustee
@NickyHickman11 (Twitter)

Curt Rhodes

A resident of the Middle East for more than three decades, Curt Rhodes began his international experience as a volunteer in Indonesia in the 1970s. In 1981, he moved to Lebanon and served as Assistant Dean in the school of Public Health at the American University of Beirut. After witnessing the Sabra and Chatilla massacres in 1982, Rhodes left academia to found Questscope, an British NGO to help provide equal access and opportunity for disadvantaged youth throughout the region. In 2011 he was awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Middle East by the Schwab Foundation. Locations of Questscope programmes include Jordan, Syria, Germany and the USA.

8:30-9:00AM PST

Breakout discussion with speakers
Opening Speakers – in Main Space
Nicky Hickman – Breakout space A
Curt Rhodes- Breakout Space B

9:00-9:30AM PST

Legal Framework


Lisa LeVasseur

Experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Product Requirements, Portfolio Planning, Technology Strategy, Carrier Relationships, Architecture and User Experience.

Jean Quéralt

Jean F. Queralt is the Founder and CEO of The IO Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for Data-Centric Digital Rights. Disturbed by the level of intrusion of technology in the lives of citizens, he took the leap in 2018 of starting TIOF to establish a more solid and targeted direction to address Digital Rights from a technical standards perspective.

9:30-10:00AM PST

Breakout discussion with speakers
Lisa LeVasseur – Breakout Space A
Jean Queralt – Breakout B

10:00-10:30AM PST



John Phillips

John Phillips is an expert in Self-Sovereign Identity and leads the 460degrees Ventures, Emerging Technology and Education practices.

John believes that Self Sovereign Identity represents a better model for digital trust for people, organisations, and things on a global scale. He sees SSI as a disruptive force for change for good, and wants to be a catalyst for that change, helping people and organisations navigate their way to a better future.


PeaceTones® enables musicians to develop and disseminate their art by bringing crucial legal, technology, and business skills to historically unheard musicians, empowering them as leaders and shapers of positive social change.

Sherman Teichman

Sherman Teichman is the Founding Director (Emeritus since 2016) of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, which he led for more than three decades. Mr. Teichman is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He has had a distinguished career working on diverse issues including international terrorism, the Israel – Palestine dispute, 21st century conflict, civil – military relations, and global health and security. Mr. Teichman is a board member and strategic adviser for several organizations including the Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Foundation, Refuge Point, Combatants for Peace, VII Photo Foundation, and the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development. He was a Carr Center Senior Fellow from 2017 to 2019.

10:30-11:30AM PST

Discussion all Together – Topic Building the Justice Layer
What are the possibilities we see?
What questions do we have?
What else do we have to contribute to the vision?

12:00PM PST

Wrap by Noon

InternetBar.org is a non-profit organization and based on grant funding and donations from people like you to help us continue our work. We appreciate any amount you believe our work is worth.
The funds will be used for our youth-led project that builds skills for employability through collaboration between the US and Zambia.
Learn more about our projects

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We’re dedicated to promoting and creating legal and economic justice for all people using technology, but as a nonprofit, Internetbar.org Institute relies on grant funding and donations from people like you to help us continue our work.
Do you believe you have skills to contribute? If you’re skilled in web design, video editing, marketing, legal experience or are interested in learning these skills, get in touch with us with your resume and a cover letter!
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