On October 17 2014 Microsoft Civic hosted Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society discussing their book, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. Moderator was John Paul Farmer, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft. Themes: How can emerging technologies and data analytics improve life in our cities? How do we enshrine democratic discourse and citizen input even as urban processes become more automated? Video is below:
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Oct 17 NYC: @SCrawford – #TheResponsiveCity: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance! @MicrosoftNY
On Friday October 17 2014 Susan Crawford, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance! will discuss the book’s theme with John Paul Farmer, Director of Tech & Civic Innovation, Microsoft at Microsoft Civic in NYC. Example questions: How can emerging technologies and data analytics improve life in our cities? How do we enshrine democratic discourse and citizen input even as urban processes become more automated? Admission is free. Space is limited. You must register to attend. It will be recorded.
What: Susan Crawford: The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance!
Where: Microsoft Civic, 641 Avenue of the Americas 7th Floor NYC
When: Friday October 17 2014 6pm
On Monday February 17 2014, the Diane Rehm show on National Public Radio tackled the proposed Comcast + Time Warner Cable merger in a segment entitled What A Proposed Cable Mega-Merger Might Mean For Consumers. The proposed new entity would have approximately 30 percent of all national pay television subscribers and also about a third of all broadband Internet subscribers. Some consumer advocates say that if the merger is approved, cable TV bills will go up and the new company will have too much control over program content, high speed Internet access and price. Diane’s guests were Berin Szoka President, TechFreedom; Susan Crawford Visiting Professor, Harvard’s Kennedy School and Harvard Law School; and Gautham Nagesh, reporter, The Wall Street Journal. Audio is below:
Verizon vs #FCC oral arguments, #TheInternetMustGo mockumentary, WU, Lessig, Crawford @reddit_AMA #netneutrality
On September 9 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC. The court is being asked to decide whether Internet access providers (Comcast, Verizon) should be subject to the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules adopted in December 2010. Verizon argues that the FCC doesn’t have statutory authority to regulate Internet access, because the Commission has labeled Internet access an unregulated “information service” rather than a regulated common carriage service under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It will also argue that Verizon is a First Amendment speaker that should have “editorial discretion” over Internet traffic that passes through its wires. A recording of the oral argument is available online today here.
Also on September 9, to coincide, over a dozen organizations including Free Press, Public Knowledge, ColorOfChange, Center for Media Justice, and Future of Music Coalition joined in launching the film.The Internet Must Go, a short online mockumentary using Colbert-style interviews with Internet luminaries to expose the absurdity of familiar arguments against net neutrality. View below.
- View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Pp1MAMkIa6A
- Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/wytd18O6CFbd/
Lastly, later that day, Professors Susan Crawford, Larry Lessig, and Tim Wu did Reddit AMA, celebrating the release of The Internet Must Go.
Reuters has published its recent interview with Susan Crawford, author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age”. Reuters notes that, since the interview, Google has announced an expansion of its Kansas City fiber project. Video is below. No captions.
Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age was interviewed on the Moyers & Company that aired on PBS on Sunday Feb 10 2013. The show was called ‘Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide‘. The video is below. It has closed captions.
VIDEO: Susan Crawford ‘Captive Audience’ book launch in NYC #CaptiveAudience @scrawford #nyc #newnetworks
On January 16 2013 Susan Crawford, author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” presented the theme of the book at Cardozo School of Law in NYC. The presentation was followed by a Q&A. Many ISOC-NY members attended and contributed to the discussion. Video is below. No captions as yet, but see the AMARA links below and, if you can, please contribute a few minutes of your time to the transcription process.
VIDEO: Susan Crawford “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” #CaptiveAudience #telecomreform
Ever since, in Feb 2011 at NYU, Susan Crawford presented a preview – The Big Squeeze: The Looming Cable Monopoly – of her upcoming book, publication of same has been eagerly awaited. It would, one hoped and expected, be an eyeopener, shaking the complacency of the underserved and gouged United States public, serving as the catalyst, the herald, of a popular movement to demand telecom reform and fairer, faster, broader High Speed Internet options for all.
Now, at last, retitled “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” the book is in our hands. Let the fireworks begin!
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings presented Fostering Internet Competition in Washington DC. The event explored policies to maintain Internet competition. A panel of experts discussed policy recommendations that encourage innovation without stifling competition. The panel comprised Susan Crawford, Douglas Rushkoff, and antitrust expert Spencer Waller. The event was webcast live, and the video can be seen below.
On April 27 2012 Susan Crawford gave a keynote at the Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. In her talk she gave a preview of the theme of her forthcoming book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age”
@martingeddes @gigaom: “It’s the end of the line for telco”. – joins @bobfrankston @scrawford #muni chorus!
Last OneWebDay – Sep 22 2011 – ISOC-NY hosted the Bob Frankston talk: Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity in which he laid out the “Frankston Doctrine” – the heretical view that communities should build and operate their own communications infrastructure, entirely dispensing with telcos and usage-based billing. Long a lone voice in the wilderness, Frankston’s ideas are now beginning to get some love. On Valentine’s Day – Feb 14 2012 – OneWebDay founder Susan Crawford used her Bloomberg column The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service to rail against State laws that prohibit municipal broadband initiatives.
Now, on Feb 25 2012, comes a searing GigaOM opinion piece from UK analyst Martin Geddes titled It’s the end of the line for telco .
The telecom industry has reached its peak. This is it. Look around you. Whatever you are doing in telecom, however you are making money in the field, it isn’t going to get better than this. This industry has acquired its maximum share of the economy. We are the digital railroad business at the height of the railroad barons. The only way now is down. We’ll see maybe one or two more mini-booms, a few more troughs, but the long-term trend has just gone into reverse.
Home networks don’t need service providers. You just buy a box and plug it in. Street-level networks don’t either — you can build a simple resilient mesh. Nor do town networks that join the kids with their school. We fundamentally don’t need communications service providers to manage data transmission. As long as we have a means to fund infrastructure, just as we manage with roads, we can do it for ourselves.
This is the beginning of the end of the Information Superrailroad, where all the bits are scarce and billable. Broadband ISP service is a branch line to nowhere.
Unlicensed wireless is the automobile, and local open fibers are the roads. It doesn’t carry very much very far right now, but it will. And with it, the fate of the telecom industry as constituted today is sealed. Like with the railroads, telcos will carry ever more traffic, and will protect themselves with political power. But their heyday is over, and a new disruptive model has emerged.
Bob Frankston will speak at the ISOC-DC event Connecting Everyone! Mesh Networks, Public Internet and the Drive Towards Universal Access on March 1 2012. There will be a webcast.
Susan Crawford in a Jul. 24 Bloomberg column Cyberwar Hysteria Hurts U.S., Helps Consultants notes how security hype, fueled by consultants spreading FUD couched in military language, is driving wholesale compromises of privacy and freedom.
The administration’s draft cybersecurity bill released in May would result in regulation of private Internet access providers by the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS approach maps to the framework under which chemical plants handling hazardous substances are regulated, signaling that some sector of the administration views the Internet as akin to an informational toxic-waste dump.
Most importantly, the bill would allow unrestrained “voluntary” sharing of any information by private operators with DHS, no matter how it was acquired and no matter how existing law would otherwise restrict disclosure of the information. Such sharing would be justified for cybersecurity purposes, if the operator made efforts to remove irrelevant identifying information and complied with not-yet-written privacy protections. This government- centered structure bypasses the Fourth Amendment’s right to privacy. The stated limitations are no real limitation at all.
The White House proposal would also broaden the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, make the CFAA part of a racketeering prosecution (triggering harsh penalties), and generally enhance the sentences available under that statute. The CFAA already is interpreted breathtakingly broadly. All computers connected to the Internet are protected by the CFAA against undefined “unauthorized access,” which has made it possible for disgruntled employers to go after employees who use any information for purposes the employer doesn’t like. Expanding an already unconstrained scheme is the D.C. equivalent of jumping the shark; it calls the entire cyberwar enterprise into question.
Here is video of Susan Crawford at the Students for Free Culture Conference on Feb 18 2011. Susan gives a brief preview of her coming book ‘The Big Squeeze” and then engages in discussion.
Video: Susan Crawford – The State of Telecommunications Policy in the US Today #broadband #netneutrality #structsep #comcast #nbcu
Nov 29 2010: Evan Korth’s Computers & Society class presents an ISOC-NY sponsored talk by Susan Crawford, who previously served as President Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy and was a former Board Member of ICANN. Currently, she is a professor at Cardozo Law School and a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. Most recently Susan has been in the forefront of opposition to the Comcast-NBC merger.
Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy holds a monthly roundtable breakfast. December’s event will feature special guest Susan Crawford to kick off a discussion of the FCC’s move (not) to reclassify internet broadband access services as “telecommunications services.” Fordham will provide food and coffee.
What: To Classify or Not to Classify: Is the Internet a “Telecommunications Service”?
When: Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:45am – 10am
Where: Room 430 B&C, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62 St. NYC
WNYC Radio host Brian Lehrer hosts a weekly program ‘Brian Lehrer Live‘ on CUNY TV that covers many tech as well as social issues. On the Jun 30 2010 the ‘State of the Web 2010‘ edition four experts look back at the year’s web news: Andrew Rasiej of techPresident on politics, Siva Vaidhyanathan of The Googlization of Everything on culture, Susan Crawford of Cardozo on law, and Peter Rojas of gdgt.com on gadgets. Recommended.
The show’s podcast is well worth a subscription.
Susan Crawford spoke at the Personal Democracy Forum conference on Jun 4 2010. Her topic “Rethinking Broadband”
On Monday/Tuesday March 2-3 2015 the F2C:Freedom to Connect conference was held at Civic Hall in NYC. F2C is an exploration of the technology, economics and politics of the Internet and a celebration of its bottom-up, innovative, democracy-enhancing, life-affirming properties. Speakers included: Andrew Rasiej, Micah Sifry, Cayden Mak, Susan Crawford, Eben Moglen, David P Reed, Dan Geer, Molly Crabapple, Chris Ritzo, Hilary Mason, Lani Cossette, Aaron Wright, Nick Grossman, Matthew L Jones, Marcy Wheeler, Trevor Timm, Bruce Schneier, Dan Gillmor, Cory Doctorow, Milo Medin , Elliot Noss, Joanne Hovis, Chris Mitchell, Hannah Sassaman, Jim Baller, Tim Wu, Gigi Sohn, Harold Feld, Margaret Flowers, Evan Greer, Sarah Morris, Rashad Robinson, Michal Rosenn, David Segal, Joseph Torres, Matt Wood, Kevin Zeese, Tim Karr & Zephyr Teachout.
Founder, organizer and moderator is David Isenberg. The event, which was sold out, was webcast live by the Internet Society’s North America Bureau. Video is below..
On November 10 2014 President Obama issued a statement of support for net neutrality, invoking four “bright line” rules: No blocking; No throttling; Increased transparency; and No paid prioritization. Later in the day Senior Advisor for Technology and Economic Policy David Edelman did a Reddit AMA to answer questions about the statement. Video of Obama’s comments about his statement is below. It has English closed captions.
October 20th 2014 marked the official launch of Next Century Cities a new, city-to-city collaboration that supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. The event included a video keynote from FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, a panel of city leaders moderated by Susan Crawford, and another of city tech officers. Audio/video is below.
WEBCAST TODAY: Social, Cultural & Ethical Dimensions Of #BigData @data_society @nyulaw @whitehouseostp @zephoria #datasociety
Today, Monday March 17 2014, at 5.30pm EDT, the Data & Society Research Institute, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and New York University’s Information Law Institute will be co-hosting a public event entitled The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of “Big Data.” at NYU Law School. The purpose of this event, organized by danah boyd, is to convene key stakeholders and thought leaders from across academia, government, industry, and civil society to examine the social, cultural, and ethical implications of “big data,” with an eye to both the challenges and opportunities presented by the phenomenon. Speakers include danah boyd, Kate Crawford (Microsoft Research and MIT), Steven Hodas (NYC Department of Education), Alondra Nelson (Columbia University), and Shamina Singh (MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth). Anil Dash (ThinkUp / Activate) will moderate the panel. The event will be webcast live.
What: The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of “Big Data.”
Where: NYU School of Law, NYC
When: Monday March 17 2014 5.30pm EDT | 2115 UTC
Twitter: #bigdata | #datasociety | #bigdataprivacy
Today, Wednesday October 9 2013, the ISOC-NY TV show will present an edited version of the webcast of CITI State of Telecom 2013 at Columbia Business School on September 26 2013, which including remarks from Eli Noam, Robert Pepper, and Susan Crawford. The show, which airs from 2-3pm, may be viewed via Manhattan Cable or online via the MNN website.
What: ISOC-NY TV Show – NYC Digital Roadmap listening session in Queens
Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
When: Wednesday October 9 2013 2pm-3pm EDT | 1800-1900 UTC
Manhattan Cable: TWC 56 | RCN 83 | FiOS 34
WEBCAST TODAY: CITI State of Telecom 2013 – Can #Broadband Networks Handle #Cloud-Based Video Media? #citisot2013
Today, Thursday September 26 2013, the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) will host State of Telecom 2013 at Columbus Business School NYC. This year this annual conference has the theme is ‘Can Broadband Networks Handle Cloud-Based Video Media? Technology, Business Models, Market Structure, And Policy‘, and launches a multi-year, multi-discipline project on “Cloud TV” which follows CITI’s work on ultrabroadband (UBB), broadband infrastructure deployment and investment, and “over-the-top (OTT) video.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré will deliver a lunchtime keynote. Panelists include Susan Crawford, Stephen Conroy, and Henning Schulzrinne. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
What: CITI State of Telecom 2013
Where: Columbia Business School
When: Thursday September 26 2013 9am-5.15pm EDT | 0500-1315 UTC
On Wednesday February 6 2013, Allied Fiber CEO Hunter Newby – a good friend of ISOC-NY, appeared on Craig Settles’ Gigabit Nation Internet radio show. Ostensibly the topic How Would a Susan Crawford FCC Chairmanship Impact Broadband‘ was recent proposals that Obama appoint Susan Crawford as the next FCC Chair, and Newby strongly supports the idea, feeling that she uniquely has the savvy and perception to carry through the necessary changes to overcome the current inertia. The conversation soon went into further detail of ways and means. Needless to say, Hunter advocates open access to rights of way, and that municipalities lay dark fiber systems in their neighborhoods, for utilization by both incumbents and newcomers. It’s a good listen.
On October 25 2012 Engine Advocacy and the New York Tech Meetup will present The Open Internet and the 2012 Election at NYU Stern School of Business. The event will be in the form of a conversation with Fred Wilson, Clay Shirky, and Susan Crawford. Space is limited, tickets are $10 and you need an Amazon account to buy one. No webcast has been announced as yet.
What: The Open Internet and the 2012 Election
Where: NYU Stern School of Business
When: Thursday, October 25 2012 – 6pm-7:30pm
Webcast: None announced as yet.
Register: Tickets $10 via NY Tech Meetup
Twitter: @nytm | @EngineAdvocacy