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Alternative Futures of the Internet: Fears & Optimism

Stated Meeting, Mountain View, CA
February 28—March 1, 2009

The Impact of Information Technology on Society

Alternative Futures of the Internet: Fears & Optimism (Location: Computer History Museum)

Moderator: David Clark has been leading the development of the Internet since the mid 1970s; from 1981 to 1989 he served as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. His current research looks at re-definition of the architectural underpinnings of the Internet, and the relation of technology and architecture to economic, societal, and policy considerations. He is helping the U.S. National Science Foundation organize their Future Internet Design program. He is past chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, and has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2002. Audio | Video (6 min.)
Panelists: Hal R. Varian has been involved in auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy, and public policy at Google. He holds academic appointments in business, economics, and information management at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has served as Dean of the School of Information Management and Systems. Former coeditor of the American Economic Review, he has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics, and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks and the coauthor of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. He wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007. A Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the California Council on Science and Technology, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1995. Audio | Video (11 min.)
Cynthia Dwork was formerly a Staff Fellow at Compaq and prior to that a Research Staff Member at IBM, she became known for her seminal contributions in distributed computing and cryptography. Her current research focuses on placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a rigorous mathematical foundation. A founding member of the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, she is a recipient of the 2007 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Art & Sciences in 2008. Audio | Video (13 min.)
Jonathan Zittrain is co-founder and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and served as its first executive director. He was the former Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute, where he continues as a Research Associate. He is the founder of the H2O Project and co-founder of the Chilling Effects web site. A former law clerk for Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, he served with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was co-counsel with Lawrence Lessig in Eldred v. Ashcroft, challenging the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. The author most recently of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It and coeditor of the book Access Denied, he has been studying Internet filtering by national governments, the role of intermediaries as points of control in Internet architecture, and the taxation of Internet commerce. Audio | Video (24 min.)

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