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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


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?


Pamela Passman

President and CEO - Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade


Rey Ramsey

President and Chief Executive Officer, TechNet

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

8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks


Aneesh Chopra

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

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


Cynthia Estlund

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

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