Internet Policymaking: New Guiding Principles
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.
Internet Governance Through Multi-stakeholder Bodies
Daniel J. Weitzner
Founding Director - MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
Principal Research Scientist - MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Joseph W. Waz, Jr.
Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Public Policy, Counsel Comcast Corporation
C. William O'Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration, The Ohio State University
President and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
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
President and CEO - Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade
President and Chief Executive Officer, TechNet
Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) - U.S. Department of Commerce
Closing Address: Internet Policy Principles From An International Perspective
Allan A. Friedman
Former Brookings Expert
Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration - U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Ambassador to the OECD
8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Darrell M. West
Senior Fellow - Center for Technology Innovation
Douglas Dillon Chair in Governmental Studies
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics
Howard Schmidt (invited)
Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
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
Director of Research
Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Senior Vice President
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