Please join the Progressive Policy Institute on December 4th for a special event honoring America’s “digital policy pioneers” – the policy leaders who created the legal and regulatory environment that has enabled the Internet’s explosive growth over the past two decades.
Larry Irving, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration
The Honorable Bill Kennard, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and former FCC Chairman (1997-2001)
The Honorable Karen Kornbluh, former U.S. Ambassador to the OECD
The Honorable Michael Powell, former FCC Chairman (2001-2005)
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
3:30 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m. Keynote & Panel – State Room
6:00 p.m. Celebratory Reception – Promenade Room
Join the Conversation on Twitter: #DigitalPioneers
The Internet’s open architecture and decentralized governance were hardly foreordained. During its formative years in the 1990s, the Clinton administration and Congress faced a series of critical choices that shaped the development of the network age. They chose wisely to let the Internet develop spontaneously from the ground up, rather than trying to impose top-down regulation that would have slammed the brakes on innovation.
In this century, the wisdom of that light-handed approach has been confirmed by both the Bush and Obama administrations. The bipartisan consensus behind a free and open Internet is a happy exception to the polarization that stymies progress on other fronts.
Featuring some of the leading architects of U.S. digital policy, this conversation will look back to the early debates and key decisions over Internet regulation, and forward to the new challenges – data security and privacy, international governance, the advent of the “Internet of Everything,” digital literacy – facing today’s policymakers.
RSVP for the event here.