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Is Internet Policy Economic Policy?
Monday July 18 at 5:30 PM
6th floor of  E-52 (MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA)

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From the day he launched his 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama argued that the Internet was an essential tool to advance his economic agenda. Issues like broadband access, online intellectual property rights, and data privacy were about advancing economic opportunity at home as well as maintaining competitive strength on the global stage. But who made these policies and how?  Looking back on almost a decade of internal and public debates, key policy advisors to President Obama and Vice President Biden reflect on what crafting Presidential Internet policy actually meant. Addressing the question, “Is Internet Policy Economic Policy?,” panelists will show how Internet policymaking reconfigured traditional structures, methods, and modes of expertise.


Wonks, Engineers, and Innovators: Bringing New Perspectives to Governing
Tuesday July 19 at 3:00 PM
6th floor of  E-52 (MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA)

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Who should make decisions about our governing our digital future? And how? Current and former Obama Administration officials reflect on how the federal government, private sector, and academia have worked to bring new voices to the table, expanding and innovating on what it means to make policy about this changing thing called the Internet. Looking back on initiatives like recruiting technologists for “tours of duty” in the federal government and making federal data open and available, panelists will ask how technological change created both opportunities and imperatives for new forms of governance.