Spring 2012 Symposium – No Strings Attached

February 24, 2012

9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

The Journals of Legislation & Public Policy and Law & Liberty held our spring 2012 symposium on February 24, 2012, at the New York University School of Law.  Its program of events follows. Papers from the symposium were published in a subsequent issue of the Journal of Law & Liberty, available in the late summer, 2012.

Our three panels will explored the various ramifications of regulating the various issues that have arisen via the internet

Panel 1: Getting Online – Legislating and Regulating Internet Infrastructure
This panel encompassed two main questions. First, is broadband access to the Internet a universal right? Second, if access is a universal right, how might the federal government and regulatory agencies facilitate the ability to get “online”?

Ira Rubinstein
Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law

Jon Nuechterlein
Partner, Wilmer Hale

Hon. Donald Horowitz
Retired Judge, Chair of the Washington State Access to Justice Technology Committee; Trustee, Seattle University

Vinton Cerf
Vice-President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google

Peter Swire
C. William O’Neil Professor at the Moritz College of Law of Ohio State University


Panel 2: Being Online – Control of Content on the Internet
This panel focused on discussing some of the following questions: Can we strike a balance that simultaneously protects our Constitutional values, but also gives significant weight to government interests in protecting security? Does the government have a role in protecting Internet users from exploitation by other users?

Katherine Strandburg
Professor, New York University School of Law

Chris Hoofnagle
Lecturer in Residence; Senior Staff Attorney, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; Director, Information Privacy Programs, BCLT

Lee Tien
Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Michael Sussmann
Partner, Perkins Coie

Panel 3: Being Online – Mechanisms for Controlling Content and Content Providers
This panel raised many questions, which this panel attempted to answer. What role can the government play in regulating access their citizens have to the Internet? Can private networks order themselves in a meaningful way without government regulation?

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
Professor, New York University School of Law

Jason Schultz
Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Berkeley Law.

Ernesto Falcon
Director of Government Affairs, Public Knowledge

Brett Frischmann
Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

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