Who’s Afraid of Big Tech?

Conference
March 1, 2019
8:00AM to 3:50PM EST
2019-03-01 08:00:00 2019-03-01 15:50:00 America/New_York Who's Afraid of Big Tech? Since the 2016 presidential election, the debate over the social role and power of America's tech giants has intensified. Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google have found themselves on the receiving end of an array of complaints and regulatory proposals. News of foreign interference in elections and allegations of mismanagement have prompted lawmakers to take action. Executives from the largest and most popular technology companies have been called before congressional committees and accused of being bad stewards of their users' privacy, failing to properly police their platforms, and engaging in politically motivated censorship. At the same time, companies such as Google and Amazon have been criticized for engaging in monopolistic practices. Are such criticisms and complaints legitimate? If so, how should regulators respond? The Cato Institute's upcoming conference, "Who's Afraid of Big Tech?" will feature policy and industry experts tackling these and other timely questions. We hope that you will join us. Schedule 8:45 - 9:15AM REGISTRATION 9:15 - 9:20AM WELCOMING REMARKS Matthew Feeney, Director, Cato Institute Project on Emerging Technologies 9:20 - 10:35AM PANEL 1: BIG BROTHER IN BIG TECH Alec Stapp, Technology Policy Fellow, Niskanen Center Ashkhen Kazaryan, Director of Civil Liberties and Legal Research Fellow, TechFreedom Lindsey Barrett, Staff Attorney and Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center Institute for Public Representation Communications and Technology Clinic Moderated by Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute 10:35 - 10:50AM Flash Talk: The Time is Now: A Framework for Comprehensive Privacy Protection and Digital Rights in the United States Burcu Kilic, Director, Digital Rights Program Public Citizen 10:50 - 11:00AM Break 11:00AM - 12:15PM PANEL 2: Is Big Tech Too Big? Matt Stoller, Policy Director, Open Markets Institute Kristian Stout, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Economics Moderated by Peter Van Doren, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute 12:15 - 1:15PM Lunch 1:20 - 1:35PM Flash Talk: Online Ad Regulation: Necessary or a Danger to Free Speech? Allen Dickenson, Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech 1:35 - 2:50PM PANEL 3: Free Speech in an Age of Social Media Corynne McSherry, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation Thomas Kadri, Resident Fellow, Yale Information Society Project Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Lori Moylan, Public Policy Manager at Facebook Moderated by John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute 2:50 - 3:50PM Reception .live-online-now-video {max-width: 770px; clear: both;} .live-online-now-text {margin-top: 16px; clear: both; float: left;} .streaming-event .live-online-now-video, .streaming-event .live-online-now-text {display: none;} If you can't make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoTechnology. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute. - https://www.cato.org/events/whos-afraid-big-tech Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
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Since the 2016 presidential election, the debate over the social role and power of America’s tech giants has intensified. Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google have found themselves on the receiving end of an array of complaints and regulatory proposals.

News of foreign interference in elections and allegations of mismanagement have prompted lawmakers to take action. Executives from the largest and most popular technology companies have been called before congressional committees and accused of being bad stewards of their users’ privacy, failing to properly police their platforms, and engaging in politically motivated censorship. At the same time, companies such as Google and Amazon have been criticized for engaging in monopolistic practices.

Are such criticisms and complaints legitimate? If so, how should regulators respond? The Cato Institute’s upcoming conference, “Who’s Afraid of Big Tech?” will feature policy and industry experts tackling these and other timely questions. We hope that you will join us.


Schedule

8:45 - 9:15AM REGISTRATION

9:15 - 9:20AM WELCOMING REMARKS

Matthew Feeney, Director, Cato Institute Project on Emerging Technologies

9:20 - 10:35AM PANEL 1: BIG BROTHER IN BIG TECH

Alec Stapp, Technology Policy Fellow, Niskanen Center
Ashkhen Kazaryan, Director of Civil Liberties and Legal Research Fellow, TechFreedom
Lindsey Barrett, Staff Attorney and Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center Institute for Public Representation Communications and Technology Clinic
Moderated by Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

10:35 - 10:50AM Flash Talk: The Time is Now: A Framework for Comprehensive Privacy Protection and Digital Rights in the United States

Burcu Kilic, Director, Digital Rights Program Public Citizen

10:50 - 11:00AM Break

11:00AM - 12:15PM PANEL 2: Is Big Tech Too Big?

Matt Stoller, Policy Director, Open Markets Institute
Kristian Stout, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Economics
Moderated by Peter Van Doren, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

12:15 - 1:15PM Lunch

1:20 - 1:35PM Flash Talk: Online Ad Regulation: Necessary or a Danger to Free Speech?

Allen Dickenson, Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech

1:35 - 2:50PM PANEL 3: Free Speech in an Age of Social Media

Corynne McSherry, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Thomas Kadri, Resident Fellow, Yale Information Society Project
Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Lori Moylan, Public Policy Manager at Facebook
Moderated by John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute

2:50 - 3:50PM Reception

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoTechnology. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

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