International regulation of the Internet: The US view

Video

Event Summary

How — if at all — should the internet be regulated at the international level? At AEI on Wednesday, Ambassador Terry Kramer began a discussion of this question with an overview of the US recommendations for the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT-12), namely a non-prescriptive, multi-stakeholder framework designed to largely maintain the status quo of limited government involvement.

While the US delegation to the conference is united in its commitment to this framework, in the international arena, there are numerous counterproposals from countries like China, Russia, India, and Brazil.  Ambassador Kramer therefore stressed the need for international outreach and careful thinking as WCIT-12 draws closer.

Panelist Fiona Alexander of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration reiterated the importance of the multi-stakeholder model, underscoring the panelists' unanimous commitment to this approach. Ross LaJeunesse of Google also drove home the potential practical outcomes, noting that failed negotiations could be "a real threat to the net as we know it today." With control of the internet itself at stake, LaJeunesse emphasized that we risk losing not only a valuable technological tool, but the biggest force of cultural understanding and awareness that exists today.
--Elizabeth DeMeo

Event Description

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) will convene in Dubai on December 3, 2012, to discuss expanding the role of the International Telecommunications Union — an agency of the United Nations — in regulating various aspects of the Internet, including standard setting, regulation of broadband providers, cybersecurity, and speech.

The conference’s US delegation, led by Ambassador Terry Kramer, is united by its desire to maintain the current framework, which is based in large measure on multi-stakeholder organizations. Join Ambassador Kramer, other members of the US delegation, and a panel of distinguished experts from the government and Internet industry as they discuss the key issues at hand and outline the US position in advance of the upcoming conference.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.

 

 

 

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Jeffrey
Eisenach

What's new on AEI

We still don't know how many people Obamacare enrolled
image The war on invisible poverty
image Cutting fat from the budget
image Speaker of the House John Boehner on resetting America’s economic foundation
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 15
    MON
  • 16
    TUE
  • 17
    WED
  • 18
    THU
  • 19
    FRI
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Constitution as political theory

Please join us for the third-annual Walter Berns Constitution Day Lecture as James Ceasar, Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, explores some of the Constitution’s most significant contributions to political theory, focusing on themes that have been largely unexamined in current scholarship.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 8:10 a.m. – Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 1:30 p.m.
Third international conference on housing risk: New risk measures and their applications

We invite you to join us for this year’s international conference on housing risk — cosponsored by the Collateral Risk Network and AEI International Center on Housing Risk — which will focus on new mortgage and collateral risk measures and their applications.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Speaker of the House John Boehner on resetting America’s economic foundation

Please join us as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) delivers his five-point policy vision to reset America’s economy.

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Reforming Medicare: What does the public think?

Please join us as a panel of distinguished experts explore the implications of the report and the consumer role in shaping the future of Medicare.

Event Registration is Closed
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.