Future of Internet Regulation
Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, kicked off “The Future of Internet Regulation,” a public symposium organized by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, which took place on March 27, 2015 at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. The FCC is in the midst of an “open networks” rule making process. So far, the process has drawn over 1.1 million public comments. Why? Because the Internet is the central communications medium of our time. It poses unprecedented opportunities and challenges in virtually every domain of social, economic, political and cultural life. How governments respond will have enormous impacts. Following Chairman Wheeler’s opening policy keynote, panels of distinguished academics discussed such critical issues as net neutrality, Internet freedom, and the future of Internet governance. The day concluded with a lecture by William Dutton, formerly the founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute.
Big Data Future
“Big Data Future” opened with a keynote address by Joel Gurin, a senior advisor to the Governance Lab at New York University and former editorial director and executive vice president of Consumers Union. The other panel discussions had topics ranging from the governance of big data, to big data’s impact on health, education, and welfare. Panelists came from a variety of fields in the university, government and private sectors, with some that came from high-profile companies such as IBM, Twitter and Microsoft.
Competition & Innovation in the Broadband Age
Broadband offers extraordinary potential for innovation and, with that, poses key legal and public policy challenges. “Competition and Innovation in the Broadband Age,” a symposium held March 22 at The Ohio State University, sought to explore this potential as well as its impact on economic competition in three contexts: telecom regulation, cloud computing, and search technology.
Keynote speaker Christopher S. Yoo, founding director of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, and other industry leaders held a multidisciplinary discussion on the broadband industry. Topics covered included: competition and innovation in the U.S. broadband industry; competition, innovation, and cloud computing; competition and innovation in search; and foreign competition policy and U.S. high-tech industries.
Future of Online Journalism
“The Future of Online Journalism: News, Community, and Democracy in the Digital Age” brought together leading figures from communication studies, economics, journalism, law, and sociology to discuss the economic viability of online news and the impact of online journalism on community information needs and democratic self-governance.
Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibilities
Cybersecurity – whether in contexts as gripping as “cyberwar” or as mundane (but potentially devastating) as identity theft – is now the stuff of daily headlines. The April 1, 2011, I/S Symposium, “Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibility” approached this subject with two ambitions. The first was to move beyond generalities in specifying the roles and responsibilities both the public and private sectors will have to shoulder in order for the United States to share global leadership in cybersecurity. The second was to bring together the many sub-communities of researchers, policy makers, and professionals around the globe who focus on cybersecurity from its many angles into a larger community interested in developing this analysis.
Youth and Social Media Symposium
The phenomenon that perhaps most distinctively characterizes the generation of Americans born since 1990 is its pervasive engagement with social media – media enabled by the proliferation of new digital (and frequently mobile) information and communication technologies. Both old and new media are consequently awash in near-daily discussions about the implications of this phenomenon for young people’s safety, privacy, free expression, cultural engagement, sense of identity, and civic role.
The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and Wexner Center for the Arts have collaborated for a novel discussion on the implications of mashup and remix in the world of Web 2.0. Recent technological developments have created a wave of user-generated content in which pre-existing sounds and images are appropriated, reshaped, and shared with unprecedented ease. Bringing together new media artists, prominent academics, and influential members of the media community, this event discussed ways in which the digitization of music, film, and visual art over the internet is influencing the future of these industries and the future of copyright law.
Online Consultation and Public Policy Making: Democracy, Identity, and New Media
E-Governance: The Internet now offers the world an unprecedented capacity to foster the sharing of information and to facilitate sustained, many-to-many communication. The networking of citizens with their governments, with each other, and with the organs of civil society has created unprecedented opportunities for popular engagement in the public sphere. The Symposium featured researchers from Australia, England, France, Israel, Italy, Korea and Slovenia, as well as the United States, addressing a variety of e-democracy issues from a diverse interdisciplinary background and both theoretical and applied research.
The Future of Patent Reform
For the first time in more than 50 years, Congress is considering major reforms to the patent system. Reform bills and proposals have come on the heels of much criticism from businesses (including many in the technology and software industries), from legal commentators and practitioners, and even from parts of the federal government itself (including the Federal Trade Commission’s 2003 report, To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance Between Competition and Patent Law and Policy). Is the patent system in need of major reforms? If so, what should those reforms entail? This symposium examined these questions and “The Future of Patent Reform” in the United States.
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Summit
Event Information | March 9-11, 2005 | Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies and I/S partnered with the IAPP, the world’s leading association of privacy and security professionals. CLPSS and I/S programmed a privacy track at the IAPP’s annual privacy summit. The IAPP is the world’s leading association of privacy and security professionals. With more than 1,000 individual and corporate members, the IAPP defines and supports the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education and discussion across industries.