Upcoming Event: “Can Trade Agreements Facilitate the Free Flow of Information?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Case Study”

BY CCIA Staff
September 14, 2012

The TPP, billed as the first 21st century trade agreement, is particularly important to advocates of an open Internet. The U.S. wants its TPP partners to accept language designed to protect IP, encourage regulatory transparency, and to ensure open access to digital goods and services. Meanwhile, other governments have proposed a radical revision to Internet governance.

Russia, China and several other nations want to use “the monitoring and supervisory capabilities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU),” a U.N. agency, to regulate the Internet.  They believe the current system is too ad hoc and U.S.-centric, and does not allow national policymakers to restrict the free flow of information when such officials deem it appropriate.

On September 21st, in partnership with The Institute for International Economic Policy at GWU, The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Heinrich Boell Foundation,  CCIA will present a brown bag lunch panel discussion examining what the U.S. is proposing, the views of firms and advocates of Internet openness, and the implications for the future of the Internet.

EVENT DETAILS:

“Can Trade Agreements Facilitate the Free Flow of Information?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Case Study”

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2012

TIME: 12:00p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: GW Elliot School of International Affairs (ESIA), 1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, 6th floor

FEATURING:

Jonathan McHale, Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Jayme White , Staff Director, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, United States Senate

Usman Ahmed, Policy Counsel, eBay, Inc.

Rashni Rangnath, Director, Global Knowledge Initiative at Public Knowledge

Susan Ariel Aaronson (moderator), Associate Research Professor, GWU and Minerva Research Faculty Chair, National War College

Please RSVP at: iieppolicyforums1213

Please note that this is a brown bag lunch event, but refreshments will be provided. If you can any questions, please feel free to contact me at mclark@ccianet.org or (202) 783-0070 ext. 120.

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