Net Neutrality – A Lucid Dream or Reality? Aug. 21, 2014

August 21, 21014

Net Neutrality – A Lucid Dream or Reality?
An Informal and Formal Panel Discussion

Net Neutrality is all but certain to influence the patterns of data communication. Whatever the outcome, the viability of underlying infrastructure and economics is still an evolving discussion.

In this panel discussion, the philosophical value chain of Net Neutrality will be explored. As consumers, it is imperative on us to inspect the scalability of such policies towards our future requirements. It’s critical for us to understand the flow of data across Content Delivery Networks, Wired and Wireless Operators, and Service Providers. Conceptualizing a value chain and its components provides context for studying the broader impact. Essentially, fairness and value are what individuals, entrepreneurs and enterprises seek in sustaining the growing demands of data usage.

The goal of this event is to peel back the layers of technology, usability, and regulatory standards to better understand the fundamental forces at play. This will be a joint event with IEEE Young Professionals

Speakers and Panelists:
Introduction to Net Neutrality by Perkins Coie

Confirmed Panelists:

Nitin Rao, Cloudflare
Nitin Rao works on Special Projects at CloudFlare, growing global infrastructure in datacenter, transit, peering and making hardware investments. Nitin is a TED Fellow and received his MBA from MIT Sloan.

Evan Engstrom, Policy Director,
Evan Engstrom is the Policy Director for Engine, an advocacy and research non-profit that connects government and the startup community, educating policymakers on issues of importance to tech startups, where he develops Engine’s positions on the key policy issues facing entrepreneurs.

Vishal Misra, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science Columbia University
Vishal Misra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. His research emphasis is on mathematical modeling of networking systems, bridging the gap between practice and analysis.

6:15pm – 6:45pm    Registration and Networking
6:45pm – 7:00pm    Announcements, Introductions
7:00pm – 7:15pm Background on Net Neutrality
7:15pm – 8:00pm    Panel discussion (to be identified – 3/4 speakers and 1 moderator)
8:00pm – 8:15+pm  QA

Perkins Coie – Palo Alto
3150 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304 (map)

For a quick background on the topic, here are some popular references in media:

Steve McQueen’s Mustang Explains Net Neutrality

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO)

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