Internet Policymaking: New Guiding Principles

Brookings Institution
Monday, December 06, 2010
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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.

The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host 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?

8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies

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: Allan A. Friedman
Fellow, Governance Studies

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