Balanced Net Neutrality Panel Presentation of the Week – Not

by Mike Wendy on September 15, 2010

The award goes to…

New America Foundation’s “The Internet and Innovation – Why Network Architecture Matters”.

According to the “brochure,” the informative presentation will address “Changes to the open Internet, such as introducing prioritization into the network architecture, [which] can have profound impacts; even, threaten the future of Internet innovation.”

Let’s see who’s speaking.

Barbara van Schewick – Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Director, Center for Internet and Security, Stanford Law School
Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.

Colin Crowell – Principal, Crowell Strategies.

Gigi B. Sohn – President, Public Knowledge.

S. Derek Turner – Research Director, Free Press.

Sascha Meinrath – Director, Open Technology Initiative,
New America Foundation.

What do you know?  Every single speaker favors government regulation of the Internet via Net Neutrality (and more) rules.  Talk about a stacked deck.  That said, I’m not sure what the point of the event is other than to be an expensive substitute for a pro-Net Neutrality press release (I guess they have tons of Soros money to burn).

Welcome to diversity of thought from the “diversity crowd.”  Sort of reminds me of the line from the Blue Brothers movie: “What kind of music do we play? Oh, we got both kinds. We got country and western.”

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