“Internet Openness: Net Neutrality and Beyond” Event in NYC, April 21

by on April 19, 2009 · 2 comments

If you happen to be in the New York city area next Tuesday, April 21, stop by Cardozo Law school for what promises to be a great event starting at 11:15:

The Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal is pleased to present a symposium on Internet openness, net neutrality, content diversity and competition.  What is the new definition of net neutrality and what are the developing mandates?  How do policymakers promote or harm the richness and diversity online content/media? Join the lively debate with speakers including Sascha Meinrath (New America Foundation); Berin Szoka (Progress & Freedom Foundation); John Morris (Center for Democracy & Technology); Matthew Lasar (Ars Technica); Fred Benenson (Creative Commons); Jonathan Askin (Brooklyn Law School).

During the 11:30-1 pm panel, I’ll be talking about “Unrecognized to Internet Openness: Regulatory Mandates & Increased Liability”—explaining how the work Adam Thierer & I have been doing about privacy regulation, online advertising, Section 230, age verification mandates, etc. are all fundamentally issues of “openness.”  As we noted in our recent response (PDF) to the FTC’s self-regulatory guidelines:

We stand at an important crossroads in the debate over the online marketplace and the future of a “free and open” Internet. Many of those who celebrate that goal focus on concepts like “net neutrality” at the distribution layer, but what really keeps the Internet so “free and open” is the economic engine of online advertising at the applications and content layers. If misguided government regulation chokes off the Internet’s growth or evolution, we would be killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.

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