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Published by TechFreedom, a new technology policy think tank, this unique book brings together 26 thought leaders on Internet law, philosophy, policy and economics to consider, from a wide variety of perspectives, what the next digital decade might bring for the Internet. This book is essential reading for anyone gazing toward the digital future.

The book's 31 essays address questions such as: Has the Internet been good for our culture? Is the Internet at risk from the drive to build more secure, but less “open” systems and devices? Is the Internet really so “exceptional?” Has it fundamentally changed economics? Who—and what ideas—will govern the Net in 2020? Should online intermediaries like access providers, hosting providers, search engines and social networks do more to “police” their networks, increase transparency, or operate “neutrally?” What future is there for privacy online? Can online free speech be regulated? Can it really unseat tyrants? The book is now available as a free downloadable PDF and for purchase in hardcover.

Video of Next Digital Decade & TechFreedom Launch Event Now Available

January 25, 2011

TechFreedom launched last week with a half-day symposium dedicated to our first publication, The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internetincluding a fireside chat with FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, three panels and a conversation about TechFreedom and its mission. Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman, who has three essays in the book, provides a detailed write-up of the discussion on his blog.

Read a summary of the book here, or our Manifesto for TechFreedom. You can watch or download video from the event below (download links are at the bottom).

Fireside Chat: FCC Cmr. Robert McDowell & CNET's Declan McCullagh

Welcome & Interview: Declan McCullagh & Berin Szoka

Panel 1: Internet Optimism, Pessimism & the Future of Online Culture

  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (Moderator)
  • Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur
  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center
  • Prof. Ann Bartow, South Carolina School of Law
  • Prof. Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School

Panel 2: Internet Exceptionalism & Intermediary Deputization

  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center (Moderator)
  • Prof. Eric Goldman, Santa Clara School of Law
  • Josh Goldfoot
  • Prof. H. Brian Holland, Texas Wesleyan School of Law
  • Prof. Mark MacCarthy, Georgetown University
  • Prof. Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School

Panel 3: Who Will Govern the Net in 2020?

  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (Moderator)
  • Prof. David Johnson, New York Law School
  • Prof. Milton Mueller, Syracuse University
  • Shane Tews, VeriSign
  • Chris Wolf, Hogan Lovells

Download Links 

You can download video of these panels (in MPEG-4 h.264/AAC format) from the links below:

TechFreedom: A New Think Tank Championing Freedom in the Next Digital Decade

January 19, 2011

Debates over net neutrality, online privacy, cybersecurity, copyright, free speech, media consolidation, and “openness” are all part of a larger conflict between two visions of freedom—and how to protect it. Ensuring the right one comes out on top is the mission of a policy voice in Washington.

Read the rest of this manifesto for TechFreedom here.

Watch Launch of TechFreedom & The Next Digital Decade Live!

January 19, 2011

Today we're launching both TechFreedom, a new digital policy think tank, and its first publication, The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet—after the conclusion of the State of the Net conference. Watch the livestream below—12:45-5:30 pm Eastern / 9:45 am - 2:30 Pacific:

Please join the conversation about the book by tweeting about the event using the #NDD hashtag. And follow us at @Tech_Freedom & @Digital_Decade! Check out the agenda below.

Next Digital Decade Symposium Agenda

12:30 - 12:45pm

 Lunch buffet served

12:45 - 1:00pm

Introductory Interview: Overview of The Next Digital Decade and TechFreedom

  • Declan McCullagh, CNET,  @DeclanM

  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom,  @BerinSzoka

1:00 - 2:10pm

Panel 1: Internet Optimism, Pessimism & the Future of Online Culture 

  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (Moderator)  

  • Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur,  @AJKeen

  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center,  @AdamThierer

  • Prof. Ann Bartow, South Carolina School of Law,  @ProfABartow

2:15 - 3:25pm

Panel 2: Internet Exceptionalism & Intermediary Deputization 

  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center (Moderator)

  • Prof. Eric Goldman, Santa Clara School of Law, @EricGoldman

  • Josh Goldfoot

  • Prof. H. Brian Holland, Texas Wesleyan School of Law,  @Prof_Holland

  • Prof. Mark MacCarthy, Georgetown University,  @MacCartM

  • Prof. Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School,  @BlckBx

3:25 - 3:40pm

Coffee break

3:40 - 4:50pm

Panel 3: Who Will Govern the Net in 2020? 

  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (Moderator)

  • Prof. David Johnson, New York Law School

  • Prof. Milton Mueller, Syracuse University,  @MiltonMueller

  • Shane Tews, VeriSign  @ShaneTews

  • Chris Wolf, Hogan Lovells  @PrivacyWolf

4:50 - 5:20pm

Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell & Declan McCullagh 

5:20 - 5:30pm

Closing Remarks

5:30 - 7:15pm

Cocktail Reception

FCC Commissioner McDowell to Keynote 1/19 Launch of TechFreedom & "The Next Digital Decade"

January 14, 2011

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell will be interviewed by veteran tech reporter Declan McCullagh of CNET in a "fireside chat" on tech policy at TechFreedom's half-day symposium to introduce its first publication: The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet.

TechFreedom is a new non-profit, non-partisan think tank. Our mission is to promote the progress of technology that improves the human condition and expands individual capacity to choose. We advance the freedoms that make experimentation, entrepreneurship and investment possible, and thus unleash the ultimate resource: human ingenuity. On a wide variety of issues, TechFreedom will outline a path forward for policymakers towards a bright future where technology enhances freedom, and freedom enhances technology.

The Next Digital Decade brings together 26 thought leaders on Internet law, philosophy, policy and economics to consider the future of the Internet, from a wide variety of perspectives. This book is essential reading for anyone gazing toward the digital future. The symposium features authors from a selection of the ten organizing questions asked in the book. You can read, download or buy the book here.

What: TechFreedom & The Next Digital Decade Book Launch
When: Wednesday, January 19
12:30-5:30 p.m. Symposium
5:30-7:15 p.m. Cocktail reception
Where: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Columbia B, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Who: Panel 1: Internet Optimism, Pessimism & the Future of Online Culture
  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (Moderator)
  • Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur
  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center
  • Prof. Ann Bartow, South Carolina School of Law

Panel 2: Internet Exceptionalism & Intermediary Deputization

  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center (Moderator)
  • Prof. Eric Goldman, Santa Clara School of Law
  • Josh Goldfoot
  • Prof. Mark MacCarthy, Georgetown University
  • Prof. Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School

Panel 3: Who Will Govern the Net in 2020?

  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom (Moderator)
  • Prof. David Johnson, New York Law School
  • Prof. Milton Mueller, Syracuse University
  • Shane Tews, VeriSign
  • Chris Wolf, Hogan Lovells

Fireside Chat on the Next Digital Decade

  • Hon. Robert McDowell, FCC Commissioner
  • Declan McCullagh, CNET

To Register: Registration is free but space is limited, so attendees must register in advance. Event questions and media inquiries should be directed to Adam Marcus at amarcus@techfreedom.org.

The event will be also be streamed live on Ustream. Tweet about the event by mentioning @Digital_Decade.

Book Available Online to Read, Download or Purchase; eBook Coming Soon!

January 7, 2011

The Next Digital Decade can now be read online or downloaded as a PDF, and can be purchased in hardcover ($28.73 + $4.99 for basic shipping). Free eBook versions are coming soon! Links to all versions will always be available here.

To learn more about the book, check out the preface and introduction, or the table of contents.