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Presidential Technology Policy: Priorities for the Next Executive

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Panel Summary

The next president will inherit many spirited debates, including privacy and eHealth, network neutrality, national security, and surveillance. At the heart of each of these debates is the Internet and technology policy, and so the next presidentĀ‚Äôs technology policy will have a large impact on the way that Americans use the Internet and technology. Panelists, including representatives from the major candidate campaigns, will discuss how the next president should begin to approach a new tech policy.

Speakers

Moderators:

  • Ari Schwartz, Vice President, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Susan Crawford, Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Panelists:

  • Chuck Fish, McCain '08 Campaign
  • Daniel Weitzner, Member of the Technology Media and Telecommunications policy committee advising the Obama '08 Campaign

Principal Research Scientist, MIT Computer Scientist and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Detailed Description

The next president will inherit many spirited debates, including privacy, network neutrality, national security, and surveillance. At the heart of each of these debates is Internet and technology policy. The next President of the United States will face a series of policy challenges that threaten the future of the Internet and the opportunities it offers. We will get representatives from both presidential campaigns to speak about the platforms, as well as experts in the field who can suggest ideas for the next presidential tech policy.

In only a few decades, the Internet has become a powerful engine for innovation, economic growth and democratization. It is giving citizens a stronger voice in their communities and is improving government transparency. It empowers researchers to communicate and collaborate with colleagues around the world. It has proven to be transformative in politics, commerce, education, entertainment, and heath-care.

However, the benefits of the digital revolution are not guaranteed. Forward looking, effective policy is needed from the next president in order to ensure that technology and the Internet continues to foster innovation, privacy, and consumer choice. Panelists will discuss the technology policy that they envision for the next president.