Who Should Govern the Internet?

The United Nations has its eyes on the Internet. A summit next month could lead to a telecommunications treaty granting a U.N. agency jurisdiction, and control, over the online universe. The issue is being furiously debated and lobbied in advance of the summit. Companies, technologists, free speech advocates and national governments must now consider the relative merits of the current decentralized, U.S.-centered governance of the Internet, versus a more equitable, multinational (but possibly more restrictive) system. Haven't heard much about this looming fight that could radically alter the character of the Internet?  It's not too late -- join Future Tense to learn about all about it. 

Agenda

 

9am — Should the U.N. Save the Internet?

Andrew McLaughlin – @McAndrew
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, betaworks
Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2011)

9:15 — Rethinking America’s Dot-Com Hegemony

Ellery Biddle – @ellerybiddle
Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy and Technology

Andrew McLaughlin – @McAndrew
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, betaworks
Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2011)

Milton Mueller @miltonmueller
Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies; Internet Governance Project

Moderator
Sascha Meinrath@saschameinrath
Vice President and Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

10:05 — The View from the Developing World

Sunil Abraham(via Skype) – @sunil_abraham
Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society 

10:30 — Can’t We Leave It to the AT&T’s and Googles of the World?

                Jim Cicconi – @ATTPublicPolicy
                Senior Executive Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T

Moderator     
Jonathan Koppell @coppasu
Dean of College of Public Programs, Arizona State University
Author, World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance

10:55 — Jefferson’s Moose: How to Teach the World what it Doesn’t Understand about 
               the Internet

                David Post @templelaw
                Professor of Law, Temple University
               Author, In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

11:10 — Can We Govern Our Way to a More Perfect Internet?

Derrick Cogburn @derrickcogburn
Associate Professor of International Relations, American University

Jonathan Koppell @coppasu
Dean of College of Public Programs, Arizona State University
Author, World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance

Rebecca MacKinnon @rmack
Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Author, Consent of the Networked

                Moderator
                Christine Rosen - @tnajournal
                Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
                Senior Editor, The New Atlantis

Event Time and Location

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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