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Sunday, September 27 • 9:32am - 10:05am
The Song Remains the Same: What Cyberlaw Might Teach the Next Internet Economy

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Legal and regulatory questions for the next phase of the digital economy parallel those of the early days of the commercial internet, nearly twenty years ago. Contemporary debates about the On-demand Economy, the Internet of Things, and Big Data recapitulate a familiar error: the artificial division of virtual and real-space activity. Now as in the past, this “digital dichotomy” feeds both excessive skepticism about the need for legal protections, as well as excessive concern about the threats from technology-based innovations. The early history and evolution of cyberlaw show the importance of overcoming such perspectives and recognizing the role of government as an enabler rather than just a restraint on innovation. Companies such as Uber and AirBnB didn’t exist when the legal environment for first-generation Internet-based services was defined in the late 1990s, but they face strikingly similar questions today.

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Harold Feld

Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
Harold is Public Knowledge's Senior Vice President. Before becoming Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, Harold worked as Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, advocating for the public interest in media, telecommunications and technology policy for almost 10 years. Prior to joining MAP, Harold was an associate at Covington & Burling, worked on Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and accountability issues at the... Read More →

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Kevin Werbach

Wharton/University of Pennsylvania

Sunday September 27, 2015 9:32am - 10:05am
GMUSL - Room 221

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