Panel Discussion: Is Internet Policy Economic Policy?

From the day he launched his campaign, President Obama argued that the Internet was an essential tool to advance his economic agenda. Issues like broadband access, online intellectual property rights, and data privacy were about creating economic opportunity at home as well as maintaining a competitive advantage on the international stage. But who made these policies and how? Looking back on almost a decade of internal and public debates, key policy advisors to President Obama and Vice President Biden reflect on what crafting Presidential Internet policy actually meant. Addressing the question, "Is Internet Policy Economic Policy?", panelists will show how Internet policymaking reconfigured traditional structures, methods, and modes of expertise.

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM (Open to the public)
6th Floor MIT Samberg Center (E52)
50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA


Panel discussion featuring:

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh Executive Vice President, Nielsen
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
The Honorable R. David Edelman Special Assistant to President Brarack Obama for Economic and Technology Policy
Commissioner Terrell McSweeny Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
The Honorable Thomas Kalil Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council
Daniel Weitzner (moderator) Principal Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab Director, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative