Jonathan Taplin will keynote the inaugural Forum On Internet Governance
The Forum on Internet Governance
June 21, 2018
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004
From our friend Will Buckley Founder / Executive Director, FarePlay, Inc.
The Forum on Internet Governance is in response to the mounting call for internet reform from policy makers and the media. The Forum will explore the socio-economic challenges created when powerful internet companies are allowed to self-regulate.
After a long public love affair with the internet, things changed last fall as reports began to surface about Russian interference and false advertising during the presidential election. Washington was finally being forced to turn their attention to those internet companies who have been derelict in taking responsibility for what has been taking place on their platforms.
It came as no surprise when internet powerhouses Google, Facebook and Twitter were easily invaded by Russian hackers. After all, for decades they have been fighting off all attempts by legislators to put controls in place to address criminal and abusive activity on their platforms.
Now, with recent revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica and legislative hearings with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the discussion about the need for internet governance has come sharply into focus.
The Forum is a half day event (8:30 AM to 12:30 PM) bringing together a diverse group of thought leaders and experts to discuss their concerns about the most pressing problems on the internet and to make recommendations for addressing those problems.
Sessions will include discussions on privacy, transparency, user safety, fake news, safe harbor abuse, the lack of ethical practices, and other areas of public concern.
Jonathan Taplin, author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy will be the keynote speaker.
–William Buckley Jr.
8.30 – 9.00 AM
Registration / Continental Breakfast
Session 1: Keynote speech
Title: Is the internet breaking the creative eco-system?
Description: In his latest book, ‘Move Fast & Break Things – How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy’, film producer and academic, Jonathan Taplin, documents the monopolization of the Internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon, and proposes a new future for musicians, journalists, authors and filmmakers in the digital age.
Speaker: Jonathan Taplin
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Session 2
Panel Discussion Title: Whose Safe Harbor?
Safe harbors were meant to provide a balance between access to content and the liability of internet platforms. Yet, in the US, like in Europe, or Australia, safe harbors have essentially allowed digital service providers to build massive businesses with little accountability about the content that they provide access to. So who are these safe harbors really protecting? How can a better balance be achieved between the normal aspiration to access content and the rights of content providers? What are the key points for safe harbor reform?
This session will feature representatives from the creative sector who will discuss the impact of the safe harbor regime on their businesses and what’s needed to achieve better copyright protection in the digital eco-system.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 3: Panel Discussion
Title: The call for Internet Governance
A couple of decades ago, the digital promise was to bring additional freedom and new ways to apprehend the world through connectivity and new tools. But have these promises been kept? What kind of environment did the digital revolution foster for mankind in general and the creative community specifically? Should the internet be more regulated? Academics and creative industry experts debate on the ethics of this brave new world.
Panelists will discuss what needs to happen to ensure the internet is a safe environment for users while providing a level economic playing field for non-internet companies and creatives.
Topics will include: Privacy, Fake News,Terrorism and Safe Harbor abuse and the role played by Google, Facebook, Amazon and other major internet platforms.
> 12:05 PM – 12:25 PM Closing