BoF: Public Affairs Collaboration for National RE Networks
The goal of this session is to strengthen public affairs efforts within National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to help them become more effective as individual organizations and as a community to influence public policy issues (including funding) and legislation impacting NRENs. At TNC17, we organized a session on best practices for public affairs activities for NRENs around the world. Building on the momentum of that session, several NRENs joined forces to create an NREN Public Affairs Collaboration group, including SURF, Internet2, GEANT, AARNet and CANARIE. This group has recognized that the public affairs function of NRENs is essential to influence public policy, build and maintain strong reputations, and find common ground with stakeholders.