Freedom to Connect 2012

by on May.21, 2012, under Uncategorized

Today and tomorrow, May 21-22, at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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About F2C: Freedom to Connect

F2C: Freedom to Connect is a conference devoted to preserving and celebrating the essential properties of the Internet. The Internet is a success today because it is stupid, abundant and simple. In other words, its neutrality, its openness to rapidly developing technologies and its layered architecture are the reasons it has succeeded where others (e.g., ISDN, Interactive TV) failed.

The Internet’s issues are under-represented in Washington DC policy circles. F2C: Freedom to Connect is designed to advocate for innovation, for creativity, for expression, for little-d democracy. The Freedom to Connect is about an Internet that supports human freedoms and personal security. These values, held by many of us whose consciousness has been shaped by the Internet, are not common on K Street or Capitol Hill or at the FCC.

F2C: Freedom to Connect is about having access to the Internet as infrastructure. Infratructures belong to — and enrich — the whole society in which they exist. They gain value — in a wide variety of ways, some of which are difficult to anticipate — when more members of society have access to them. F2C: Freedom to Connect especially honors those who build communications infrastructure for the Internet in their own communities, often overcoming resistance from incumbent cable and telephone companies to do so.

The phrase Freedom to Connect is now official US foreign policy, thanks to Secretary of State Clinton’s Remarks on Internet Freedom in 2010. She said that Freedom to Connect is, “the idea that governments should not prevent people from connecting to the internet, to websites, or to each other. The freedom to connect is like the freedom of assembly, only in cyberspace.” Her speech presaged the Internet-fueled assemblies from Alexandria, Egypt to Zuccotti Park.

The Agenda is now quite stable.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Vint Cerf, Michael Copps, Susan Crawford, Cory Doctorow (via telecon), Benoît Felten, Lawrence Lessig, Barry C. Lynn, Rebecca MacKinnon, Eben Moglen, Mike Marcus and Aaron Swartz.

Panels include:

  • Big Enough to Succeed
  • BTOP, Gig-U and other big pipe experiments
  • Freedom & Connectivity from Alexandria, Egypt to Zuccotti Park
  • Internet Freedom is Local
  • The Fight for Community Broadband

F2C: Freedom to Connect Agenda

Monday 5/21

8:00 to 9:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 10:30 AM
Vint Cerf keynote  (45 min)
Rebecca MacKinnon keynote (Ian Schuler, US State Dept., discussant) (45 min)

11:00 to 12:30
Big Enough to Succeed: small carriers at the leading edge — entrepreneurial (non-Municipal) carriers show a fourth way (after Telco, Cable and Muni) to the future of connectivity. (60 min)

Susan Crawford keynote (30 min)

12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30 to 3:00

BTOP, Gig-U, and other big pipe experiments (60 min)

Mike Marcus keynote (30 min) Dewayne Hendricks (brief intro)

3:30 to 5:00
Benoit Felten
, keynote (30 minutes)
Aaron Swartz
, “How we stopped SOPA” keynote (30 min)
Michael Copps keynote (30 min)
– Jim Baller introduces Commissioner Copps

RECEPTION, location tbd.

Tuesday, 5/22

8:00 to 9:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 10:30 AM

Cory Doctorow remote (skype) keynote (30 min)

Freedom & Connectivity from Alexandria, Egypt to Zuccotti Park (60 min)

11:00AM to 12:30

Eben Moglen keynote, Innovation under Austerity (60 min)
Doc Searls and others, Discussion of Moglen’s talk (30 min)

12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30PM to 3:00

Barry C. Lynn, keynote, American Liberties in the New Age of Monopoly (30 min)

Internet Freedom is Local (30 min)

A Word from Our Sponsors – (30 min) – each sponsor of F2C has a stake in Internet Freedom

  • Helen Brunner, Media Democracy Fund
  • Rick Whitt, Google
  • John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation
  • Will Barkis, Mozilla Foundation
  • Elliot Noss, Ting

3:30 to 5:00

Larry Lessig keynote, “The War Against Community Broadband” (30 min)

Panel, the Fight for Community Broadband: (60 min)


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