Platform Policy for Networks, Infrastructure, and Applications

Tags: Content/IP / Law Innovation / Technology Policy

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In early 2002, Silicon Flatirons convened one of the first symposia on internet platform governance, setting the stage for a long-running battle for the governance of discrimination by internet service providers and network neutrality. Nearly two decades later, the focus has expanded to the gatekeeping power of social media, search, app store, online retail, and platforms such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, and a new array of infrastructural providers of content delivery, web hosting, payment processing, denial-of-service prevention and more, yielding a firestorm of debates over the proper scope of public and private platform governance that have spilled over into the mainstream U.S. political arena.

This conference will examine contemporary platform policy debates over intermediary liability, competition, free expression, and copyright law. Expert panels and speakers will scrutinize reignited battles over network neutrality, the quickly forming governance of infrastructural providers, and ongoing battles over the reform to Section 230 of the Communications and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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04/14/21 9:45am - 9:50am
Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • Blake E. Reid
    Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Law School
04/14/21 9:50am - 11:00am
The Past and Future of Network-Layer Governance
  • Ellen Satterwhite — Moderator
    Vice President, Glen Echo Group
  • Ernesto Falcon — Panelist
    Senior Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Jennifer Huddleston — Panelist
    Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, American Action Forum
  • Justin (Gus) Hurwitz — Panelist
    Professor of Law | Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance & Technology Center, University of Nebraska
  • Tejas Narechania — Panelist
    Robert and Nanci Corson Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
04/14/21 11:00am - 11:30am
Lunch Break

04/14/21 11:30am - 12:40pm
New Governance for the Infrastructure Layer
  • Blake E. Reid — Moderator
    Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Adi Robertson — Panelist
    Senior Reporter, The Verge
  • Kathleen Ruane — Panelist
    Senior Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Hal Singer — Panelist
    Managing Director, Econ One
  • Alissa Starzak — Panelist
    Head of Public Policy, Cloudflare
04/14/21 12:40pm - 12:50pm

04/14/21 12:50pm - 2:05pm
Intermediary Liability at the Application Layer and Beyond
  • Kristelia García — Moderator
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Annemarie Bridy — Panelist
    Copyright Counsel, Google
  • Travis Hall — Panelist
    Team Lead for Internet Policy, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Sean O'Connor — Panelist
    Professor of Law, George Mason University
  • Sherwin Siy — Panelist
    Lead Public Policy Manager, Public Policy, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Folkert Wilman — Panelist
    Member of Legal Service, European Commission
04/14/21 2:05pm - 2:45pm
Closing Remarks
  • Evelyn Remaley
    Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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