Internet Platforms’ Rising Dominance, Evolving Governance

Tags: Technology Policy

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We are living in the era of the internet platform.  From Apple’s app store to Google’s search and Chrome browser to Facebook to Amazon to broadband internet access, internet users depend on platforms that both enable and restrict their freedom.  As these platforms exercise more influence on culture, commerce, and democracy, there are increasing questions about what forms of governance will oversee decisions on when information should be taken down, when certain applications are disfavored or preferred, and when and how user’s private information is stored and used.

In light of the rise of internet platforms, different governance strategies have emerged, including the use of “soft law,” best practices, and government nudges.  It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that with growing importance of these platforms, public policymakers will increase asking questions about their practices and what form of oversight is appropriate (as opposed to no oversight at all).   The dominance and power of a few platforms, and their reliance on undisclosed algorithms, raises issues of fairness, transparency, and discrimination.

In this annual technology policy conference, we will explore emerging forms of governance of platforms, evaluating the appropriate strategies for overseeing internet platforms.  Possible models of governance can include traditional legal oversight (say, the notice and takedown regime of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), the application of antitrust law to internet companies (say, the European Union’s actions against Google), non-traditional forms of regulation (say, NIST’s Framework for cybersecurity or BITAG’s development of best practices), and company-specific governance policies (say, Twitter’s policies for when to take down tweets).  In evaluating the range of models of governance and emerging principles for platform regulation, we will bring together leaders in academia, government, and private industry to ask what we have learned about the internet platform-based economy.

If you need any accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter, CART, or alternate format versions of printed materials, please contact Susanna Weller at or (303) 492-5442, and we will gladly make any necessary arrangements.


02/10/19 8:30am - 8:45am

02/10/19 8:45am - 9:15am
Opening Keynote
  • Neville R. Ray
    Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
02/10/19 9:15am - 10:15am
The Changing Technology and the Dynamics of Platform Dominance
  • Blake Reid — Moderator
    Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Technology Policy Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
  • kc claffy — Panelist
    Founder and Director, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis
  • David Clark — Panelist
    Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Jack Waters — Panelist
    Chief Technology Officer and President, Fiber Solutions, Zayo Group, LLC
02/10/19 10:15am - 10:30am

02/10/19 10:30am - 10:45am
02/10/19 10:45am - 11:45am
Overview Panel: Putting Internet Platforms Into Perspective
02/10/19 11:45am - 1:00pm

02/10/19 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Information Economy and Transparency
02/10/19 2:30pm - 2:45pm

02/10/19 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Evolving Notions of Platform Responsibility
  • Rebecca Arbogast — Moderator
    Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast Corporation
  • Jane Bambauer — Presenter
    Professor of Law, University of Arizona
  • Danielle Citron — Presenter
    Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Alex Rosenblat — Presenter
    Researcher, Technical Writer, Data & Society Research Institute
  • Leonard Cali — Commenter
    Senior Vice President - Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Stephen F. Williams — Commenter
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
02/10/19 4:15pm - 4:30pm

02/10/19 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Debate: Privacy Law should focus only on economic harm
  • JP de Vries — Moderator
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Danielle Citron
    Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Justin (Gus) Hurwitz
    Professor of Law | Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance & Technology Center, University of Nebraska
  • Geoffrey A. Manne
    President, Founder, International Center for Law & Economics
  • Paul Ohm
    Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Georgetown University Law Center
02/10/19 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Please note: Per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.

02/11/19 8:30am - 10:00am
User Control and Autonomy In the Platform Economy
  • Paul J. Watford — Moderator
    Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Justin (Gus) Hurwitz — Presenter
    Professor of Law | Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance & Technology Center, University of Nebraska
  • Kate Klonick — Presenter
    Assistant Professor of Law, St. John's University, School of Law; Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
  • John J. Heitmann — Commenter
    Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Gene Kimmelman — Commenter
    President, Chief Executive Officer, Public Knowledge
  • Gideon Parchomovsky — Commenter
    Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
02/11/19 10:00am - 10:15am

02/11/19 10:15am - 11:45am
Internet Platforms and Competition Policy
  • Bryan Tramont — Moderator
    Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • A. Douglas Melamed — Presenter
    Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Carl Shapiro — Presenter
    Transamerica Chair in Business Strategy, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
  • Jeff Blattner — Commenter
    President, Legal Policy Solutions, PLLC
  • Babette E. Boliek — Commenter
    Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission
02/11/19 11:45am - 12:30pm
Keynote Address
  • Makan Delrahim — Keynote
    Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
02/11/19 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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