March 2010

Michael Geist on ACTA

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Michael Geist, Law Professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, discusses the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, better known as ACTA. The discussion also turns to secrecy and transparency issues with ACTA and recent efforts to shed light on the text of the treaty.

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Nathaniel Gleicher on the Stored Communications Act and the need for reform

Nathaniel Gleicher, Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project and a Henry Luce Scholar advising the technology regulator in Korea for the year, discusses the Stored Communications Act and the need to reform it. The discussion also turns to online privacy, the lack of 4th Amendment protection on the Internet, and how users are tracked as they browse the web.

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Thomas Hazlett on telecommunications policy and economics

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Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics and Director of the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, discusses telecommunications policy and economics. The discussion also turns to the history of spectrum regulation, ongoing inefficiencies in the current system, and suggestions for possible improvements.

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Ethan Zuckerman on internet censorship and the limits of circumvention

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Ethan Zuckerman, Senior Researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, discusses internet censorship and the limits of circumvention technology. The discussion also turns to censorship in China and other countries, Twitter’s role in last year’s disputed Iranian elections, and online public spaces.

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Rob Frieden on internet applications, content providers, and net neutrality

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Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunication and Law at Penn State University, discusses internet applications, content providers, and net neutrality. The discussion also turns to the history of telecom regulation, the Comcast/BitTorrent controversy, and the limits of the FCC’s regulatory authority.

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