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Jun 4

Past Event

Innovation, Internet Governance and Freedom of Expression around the World

Event Materials



  • First Amendment Helps U.S. Be Innovative

    Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association: The U.S. is very good at innovation, we're the best in the world. One reason why is the First Amendment, which protects anyone with a good idea that is challenging the status quo from getting shut down by the government.

  • We're All Press Now

    Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association: The First Amendment protects the freedom not only to send out information, but also to receive. The government can't shut down things we say on the Internet.

  • The Open Internet and Net Neutrality

    Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association: The worst world that I could envision is one where there are borders around the Internet in every country and we can't communicate and share information.

  • EU Made Wrong Decision on Right to Be Forgotten

    Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association: I think the EU's decision is absurd. History cannot be forgotten. The EU is not a model of innovation as well, so the EU is wrong on this.


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Privacy, the “Internet of Things,” and net neutrality are challenging policymakers in the United States – and having ripple effects around the world. Regulatory threats to Internet freedom are becoming more serious at a time when an open Internet is critical to a nation’s free expression and digital innovation. How can an uncensored Internet best be preserved and what impact would a regulated Internet have on digital development in the United States and around the world? 

On June 4, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted an event to discuss the intersection of evolving internet technology with citizens’ First Amendment rights, featuring Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. What can be learned from the latest controversies around these issues and models of disruption emerging from new and evolving business?

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Event Agenda


June 4, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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