NetCaucus AC Podcasts
Consumer Privacy Across The Atlantic: Exploring The New EU-US Privacy Shield
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 Description: The predecessor to the Privacy Shield was the EU-US Safe Harbor, which was invalidated by a European Court back in October over surveillance concerns (watch prior event here). That court ruling triggered widespread concern over the effect on Internet businesses in the U.S. Our event features officials from the […]
Gagged by the Fine Print: Protecting Consumer Rights to Share Reviews Online
Date: Friday, January 15, 12:00 pm Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2226 Follow: @NetCaucusAC | #ConsumerSpeech Online review sites have enabled millions of consumers to share feedback about products and businesses — even the federal government has begun to encourage the public to review its services as a way to improve performance. But some […]
An EU Court Just Sank The U.S. Digital Privacy Safe Harbor: Must Congress Pass An Internet Privacy Law Now?
Date: Friday, October 13 Speakers: Damien Levie, Head of Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States (Bio) Mary Ellen Callahan, Partner, Jenner & Block, Moderator (Bio) Adam Schlosser, Director, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation International, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Bio) Abigail Slater, VP, Legal and Regulatory Policy at the Internet Association (Bio) Amie […]
Julia Hartz, President and Co-Founder of Eventbrite | Speaker Series
Date: Tuesday, September 25 Speaker: Julia Hartz Details: Join the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Women’s High Tech Coalition for a fireside chat about re-imagining the workplace with Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & President of Eventbrite. As co-founder and President of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has evolved the company from an innovative ticketing […]
The Past and Future of WiFi: How The FCC’s Junk Saved The Mobile Internet
Date: Friday, September 25 Details: Join us for a discussion on the history of WiFi and the role it plays in everyone’s mobile data usage. Our panel will explain how clever engineers developed WiFi in a backwater band of spectrum that the FCC set aside in the 80’s for “junk” common household appliances like cordless […]
The Third Era of Currency: How the Internet, Mathematics, & Bitcoin are Innovating Money
Date: Friday, September 18 Details: From sheckels to silver dollars, the medium with which we exchange for goods and services has always been indicative of the times. Today we explore the next era of currency, one backed by mathematics, powered by the Internet, driven by the market and delivered by the innovative open source protocol […]
The Internet Takes Flight: Commercial Drones and the Online Economy
Date:Monday, August 3, 2015 Details: Details: In just ten years, the commercial drone sector is projected to become a multi-billion-dollar industry, creating thousands of jobs and putting over 80,000 new vehicles in the air. These Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have extended the Internet to the skies, bridging the gap between atoms and bits and promising […]
Data Across Borders: Treaties, Law Enforcement, and Digital Privacy in the Aftermath of Snowden
Date:Friday, July 24, 2015 Details: Do warrants allow law enforcement to reach into data centers across borders? Can 19th-century international legal processes keep up with 21st-century speed? Join us for a briefing on the law and policy that determines the reach of law enforcement into data stored outside of the United States and the important […]
Taylor Swift or Congress? Who Has More Power in the Digital Music Streaming Marketplace?
Date:Friday, July 17, 2015 Details: Did you know Congress is a major player in the music streaming business? Really, Taylor Swift and Apple have nothing on the House and Senate. Congress has been at the policy turntables a long time making key decisions on how music is distributed through every new medium from radio to […]
Will Frivolous Defamation Suits Be the End of the Internet?
Date: Friday, July 10, 2015 Details: The explosion of online platforms enabling public participation — blogs, comment sections, review websites, and social media, among others — has let millions of individuals share opinions and exercise their freedom of speech online. However, such public declarations can also expose contributors to retaliation by the subjects of their […]
Internet Governance, ICANN and Congress.Sucks: Where is Control of the Internet Going?
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 Our expert panel debates the latest developments in the international drama that is Internet governance. There is much fodder for discussion: the federal government’s decision to cede control of key Internet functions to ICANN, ICANN’s efforts to become an accountable steward of these functions, attempts by international organizations such as […]
PODCAST: Sunsetting the PATRIOT Act’s NSA Surveillance Authorities: Should Congress Reauthorize, Reform or Retire?
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015 On June 1, 2015 a set of key provisions of the PATRIOT Act will expire unless Congress reauthorizes them. The provisions due to sunset without Congressional reauthorization have become extremely controversial in the wake of the revelations by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The PATRIOT Act serves as the basis the […]
PODCAST: Cyber Security: Will The Sharing of Threat Information Secure The Homeland or Erode Privacy?
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 President Obama has made the public-private sharing of threat information one of the most pressing priorities in his massive push to protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure. In February at the Cyber Security Summit, the President signed an executive order to promote better sharing of threat information, “both within the private […]
Encrypting Smartphones and Internet Messages: Are Americans More or Less Secure?
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 Recently the “Crypto Wars” debate started anew when FBI Director Comey suggested that Apple and Google’s encrypting their smart phones presented grave concerns to law enforcement. He suggested that law enforcement should hold to the keys to such communications. UK Prime Minister David Cameron amplified that concern in the wake […]
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Briefing
Date: February 27, 2015 Panelists debate and discuss the new FCC “Open Internet” rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the prior day. Panelists review what may be in new rules and what the future holds for net neutrality law and policy. Panelists: Anna-Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown University Tim Lordan, Executive […]
Should Congress be Caring About Sharing?
Date: December 8, 2014 Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are high profile examples of the so-called sharing economy, in which ordinary people use online platforms to rent (rather than sell) products and services to each other. Also known as collaborative consumption, or peer to peer commerce, this new way of doing business uses the […]
The Legal Underpinnings of Digitally Exposed Private Images and What Congress Needs to Know
Date: November 6, 2014 “Hunger Games” Actress Jennifer Lawrence stated in November’s Vanity Fair that exposure of her personal nude photos was a “sex crime.” Was it? If not, what kind of legal recourse does Jennifer Lawrence — or an everyday American citizen like you — have against hackers and web sites that peddle such […]
Does the Internet Need a Revised Communications Act?
Date: October 16, 2014 Since the last update of the Communications Act (in 1996) many leaders have proposed updating the act for the digital age. Our panel discusses whether the Internet — which started out digital — needs to be part of a rewrite that includes broadcast, cable, telephone, and satellite services. Speakers: Doug Brake, […]
What New Internet & Mobile Phone Taxes Would Mean For Constituents & The Economy
A panel of experts explains what the Internet tax moratorium is and what failing to reauthorize it will mean for constituents and for the economy.
Can Europe Force Search Engines to Censor Information? Assessing the Right to be Forgotten
Date: August 8, 2014 In May, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Google and other search engines must consider requests by any EU citizen to delete information about them, under a policy known as “the right to be forgotten.” Google alone has processed more than 90,000 take down requests since May. Europe’s new […]
The NSA Surveillance Programs: Assessing The Damage to U.S. Commerce, Confidence & Credibility
Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 It has been one year since the sweeping NSA surveillance programs were revealed by controversial leaker Edward Snowden. As Congress considers reforming these programs we need to also assess the impact that this controversy has had on U.S. commercial interests, on our confidence in our leaders, and on U.S. credibility […]
New MIT-UCSD Study Measures Internet Congestion; Expert Panel Discusses Implications for Net Neutrality
Date: June 18, 2014 The MIT CSAIL Information Policy Project and Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosted a briefing announcing new research jointly conducted by the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and MIT on Internet traffic congestion that will help inform the FCC policy debate on net neutrality rules.
Can You Sell Your Digital Music/Movie/eBook Collections? Congress Reviews Digital Copyright
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014 Sure, you can sell your paperback books, DVDs, and vinyl records. You can even give them away to friends, family or your local library. This is all because of a very old copyright concept called the First Sale Doctrine. But more and more the Internet is destroying these tangible, hardcopy […]
The FCC’s Grand Internet Plans: “The Open Internet” and Massive Mobile Spectrum Auctions: What Do You Need to Know?
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 Within 24 hours of the FCC’s meeting on so called “Net Neutrality” and the broadcast Spectrum auctions we hosted a balanced panel of experts to explain the FCC’s plans and to provide some analysis on what Members of Congress need to know and what they expect will happen next. Panel Members […]
Revising The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): Should Congress Require a Warrant?
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 A panel discussion on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) exploring why technological changes have disrupted the original purpose of the the statute and what Congress might do to update it for the future. Panel Members: James X. Dempsey, Center for Democracy & Technology Richard W. Downing, Principal Deputy Chief, Computer Crime and […]
The U.S. Government Relinquishes Last Vestige of Internet Control: That’s A Good Thing, Right?
Event Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 On a Friday in March the Obama Administration announced that it would relinquish its last vestige of control over the technical functions of the Internet. The Department of Commerce’s NTIA said that it will not renew its contract with ICANN to run key domain-name functions. The NTIA had been […]
Internet Caucus AC Speakers Series: Zillow.com CEO Spencer Rascoff
On March 27 the CEO of Zillow, Spencer Rascoff, participated in the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Speakers Series in Rayburn over lunch. It was a fascinating conversation facilitated by Alexander Howard that probed the myriad uses of open data in the housing market.
danah boyd: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
We all use the Internet – but our personal experiences don’t reveal how others, particularly young people, are interacting with technology and each other, and the implications for society and policy. danah boyd, whose research examines the myths and realities at intersection of technology and society, discusses the profound implications the Internet has on the […]
D.C. Circuit Decision on FCC Open Internet Rules: Net Neutrality Win or Loss?
On Jan. 14, the D.C. Circuit Court issued its ruling on the the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Many refer to these rules as Net Neutrality rules and they were adopted by a divided Federal Communications Commission in 2010 under its previous Chairman. This court decision presents significant challenges for the new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler […]
The FCC’s Grand Internet Plans: “The Open Internet” and Massive Mobile Spectrum Auctions: What Do You Need to Know?
On Thursday May 15 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to release two major plans that may significantly affect the growth and vibrancy of the Internet (FCC announcement here). You have undoubtedly heard about so called “Net Neutrality” and the broadcast Spectrum auctions. The FCC will introduce two plans on those respective issues on Thursday, […]