2023 Flagship Conference: The Internet's Midlife Crisis

Tags: Artificial Intelligence / Content/IP / Events / Initiatives / Privacy / Spectrum Policy / Tech Policy / Technology Policy / Telecom & Platforms

In the more than two decades since Silicon Flatirons launched its first inquiry into the nascent “Digital Broadband Migration,” the Internet and its constituent players have evolved from a disruptive, competitive technology to the cornerstone of nearly every aspect of the modern world. Work, education, healthcare, transportation, financial systems, agriculture, democracy, social and cultural interactions – nearly every facet of modern life is inextricably entangled with a wide range of Internet service providers and platforms that help shape and define the day-to-day experiences of billions of people.

But the optimism and forward-looking nature of discussions about the Internet’s potential, as highlighted in the Digital Broadband Migration days, has given way to dissatisfaction. A mounting array of problems rooted in the Internet’s sprawling ecosystem present difficult challenges that must be untangled. Among other things, fears of mis- and disinformation, hate speech, and abuse, algorithms that often amplify rather than eradicate discrimination and inequality, the increasing toxicity of political discourse, the decline of journalism and its traditional business model, the erosion of competition, economic contraction, and questions about the federal government’s traditional hands-off approach to much of the Internet ecosystem have emerged as the commercial Internet ages past the quarter-century mark of its inception.

At the 2023 session of our annual conference, a range of speakers from academia, government, civil society, and industry will train their attention on the good, the bad and the ugly—where we have come from and where we are headed as we grapple with the challenges created by the Internet’s midlife crisis.


Save the Dates
The annual Silicon Flatirons Flagship Conference returns as an in-person convening for the first time in three years! Join our community in Boulder at the University of Colorado Law School February 5–6, 2023, or watch the livestream if you are unable to attend in person. Mark your calendar—registration will open soon. To receive notification when registration officially opens, add your name to the interest list.

All times Mountain Standard (MST) and subject to change. Agenda details and profiles on keynote speakers, panelists, and other presenters to be announced.

Sessions

02/05/23 8:30am - 9:00am
Day One Check In and Breakfast

@ Wolf Law Building, Foyer, Boettcher Hall


Attendees are welcome to check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast buffet before the day’s programming gets underway.
02/05/23 9:00am - 5:30pm
Day One Programming

@ Wolf Law Building: Wittemyer Courtroom, Foyer, Boettcher Hall | Zoom Webinar


The first day of the conference will tentatively consist of an opening keynote, four panel discussions, and a debate, interspersed by morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch.
02/05/23 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Community Celebration

@ TBA


Conference attendees and speakers are encouraged to gather in a venue nearby Wolf Law Building (TBA) to celebrate with the Silicon Flatirons community. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided.
02/06/23 8:00am - 8:30am
Day Two Check In and Breakfast

@ Wolf Law Building: Foyer and Boettcher Hall


Attendees are welcome to check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast buffet before the day’s programming gets underway.
02/06/23 8:30am - 1:00pm
Day Two Programming

@ Wolf Law Building: Wittemyer Courtroom, Foyer, Boettcher Hall | Zoom Webinar


The second day of the conference will tentatively consist of an opening keynote and two panel discussions interspersed with a break, and a lunch and learn session with provided boxed lunches for attendees.

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