AstriCon - Asterisk User Conference & Expo

September 27-29, 2016
Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa

Keynote Address -Open Source And The Global Disruption Of Telecom - What Choices Will We Make?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 - 9:00 am to 9:45 am
Pacifica Ballroom 7
There is a battle raging for the global future of telecommunications and the Internet. Taking place in networks, board rooms and legislatures, the battle will determine how we all communicate and what opportunities will exist. Will telecom support innovation? Will it be accessible to all? Will it give us the level of security and privacy we need to have the open, trusted Internet? Or will it be restricted and limited by corporate or government gatekeepers?
The rise of voice-over-IP has fundamentally disrupted the massive global telecommunications industry, infrastructure and policies. Open source software such as Asterisk has been a huge driver of that disruption and innovation.. but now what? What role do platforms such as Asterisk play in this space? And what can be their role in a telecom infrastructure that is now mobile, increasingly embedded (Internet of Things) and more and more using proprietary walled gardens of communication?
Join the Internet Society's Dan York in an exploration of what the future holds for telecom infrastructure and policy - and how the choices we make will determine that future.

Session Speakers:


Dan York

Dan York

Internet Society

Since 2005, Dan York has been writing on his "Disruptive Telephony" blog about the changes happening with VoIP and telecom and also authored the book "Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks" and several other books on Linux and network technologies. Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2011 he worked for Voxeo on their hosted voice application platform and before that for Mitel Networks on a range of their IP-PBXs, handsets, SIP software and product security. He also served as Chair of the VoIP Security Alliance (VOIPSA) and has been involved with the real-time communications area of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since the mid-2000s. A frequent speaker, writer and podcaster, Dan enjoys interacting with audiences and working with others to create an open, trusted Internet available to all. More information about his writing and audio can be found at