• Concerted Effort Behind Success of Internet

    Karen Kornbluh, U.S. Ambassador to OECD: Success of the internet, globally, resulted from a concerted effort; that same commitment is needed to ensure its continued growth and innovation.

  • Protecting Data, Fostering Innovation

    Howard Schmidt, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator: Deterrence, resilience, privacy and partnerships are the basis for policies that protect data and networks and foster innovation.


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Since formalization of the 1997 “Framework for Global Electronic Commerce,” the federal government has not systematically re-examined the core principles for Internet policy. With the emergence of new policy domains—such as privacy, cybersecurity, online copyright infringement, and accessibility to digital video content—policymakers see greater urgency in evaluating, and possibly adapting, existing guidelines to meet the demands of today’s Internet environment. The Obama administration recently established a new panel of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology to examine privacy and Internet policy principles.

On December 6, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a forum convening academics, policy practitioners and government officials to discuss the question of which principles should guide policymakers as they address questions raised by the current Internet environment. What role do transparency requirements play? How can governments facilitate better adherence to best practice and engagement with multi-stakeholder bodies? What roles does user education play and how can notions of Net citizenship and digital literacy be developed?

After each panel, speakers took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

    • Portrait: Darrell West
    • Aneesh Chopra

      U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House

    • Howard Schmidt (invited)

      Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator

      National Security Staff, Executive Office of the President

    • Victoria Espinel

      U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

      The White House

  • Users As Regulators: The Role of Transparency and Crowd Sourcing As A Form of Oversight

    • Moderator: Phil Weiser

      Senior Advisor to the Director for Technology and Innovation, National Economic Council, The White House

    • Mark Cooper

      Research Director, Consumer Federation of America

    • Cynthia Estlund

      Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

    • Kathy Brown

      Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon

  • Internet Governance Through Multi-stakeholder Bodies

    • Moderator: Daniel J. Weitzner

      Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

    • Joseph W. Waz, Jr.

      Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy, Counsel Comcast Corporation

    • Peter Swire

      C. William O'Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration, The Ohio State University

    • Leslie Harris

      President and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology

    • Ernie Allen

      President and Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

  • User Education and Net Citizenship: How Can the Government Encourage Adherence to Best Practice?

    • Moderator: Christine Varney

      Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division

    • Pamela Passman

      Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel


    • Rey Ramsey

      President and Chief Executive Officer, TechNet

    • Alan Davidson

      Director of Public Policy, Google Inc.

    • Gary Epstein

      General Counsel

      Aspen Institute IDEA Project

  • Closing Address: Internet Policy Principles From An International Perspective

    • Moderator

    • Karen Kornbluh

      Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation


December 6, 2010

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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