Net Neutrality/Internet Economy Podcast Archives

Carmen Scurato: The FCC’s Attack on Civil Rights (Ep. 118)

The FCC’s Attack on Civil Rights (Ep. 118)

Carmen Scurato (@carmenscurato) is Vice President, Policy and General Counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she leads NHMC’s policy and government affairs office in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for developing policy and legal strategies that encourage open and affordable communications, innovation, competition, and diversity. Carmen represents NHMC in meetings with decision makers in Congress and at federal regulatory agencies. She has spoken extensively on the ways that communications policy impacts people of color and regularly appears in outlets such as Fast Company, Fortune, The Root and the Guardian to highlight NHMC’s policy and advocacy efforts.

Victor Pickard: Why the FCC Should Delay Killing Net Neutrality (Ep. 117)

Victor Pickard: Why the FCC Should Delay Killing Net Neutrality (Ep. 117)

Victor Pickard (@vwpickard) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. His research focuses on the history and political economy of media institutions, media activism, and the politics and normative foundations of media policy. Before coming to Annenberg, he taught at New York University in the media, culture, and communication department. Previously he worked on media policy in Washington, DC as a Senior Research Fellow at the media reform organization Free Press and the public policy think tank the New America Foundation. He also taught media policy at the University of Virginia and served as a Media Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Diane Watson.

Karan Chopra: How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

How to Close America’s Opportunity Gap (Ep. 109)

Karan Chopra (@karchopra) a is Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Opportunity@Work, where he  provides leadership on strategic direction and execution of Opportunity@Work’s priorities and the TechHire initiative. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic wellbeing but of individual dignity.

Net Neutrality’s Winners and Losers with Chris Lewis (Ep. 103)

Net Neutrality’s Winners and Losers with Chris Lewis (Ep. 103)

Christopher Lewis (@ChrisJ_Lewis) is Vice President at Public Knowledge. He leads the organization’s advocacy on Capitol Hill and other government agencies. Prior to joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris served at the Federal Communications Commission as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs.

At the FCC, Chris advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Chris also has over 15 years’ worth of advocacy experience. Previously, Chris worked as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Local Self Reliance. He also represents Public Knowledge on the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government. He lives in Alexandria, VA where he loves working on local civic issues and is elected to the Alexandria City Public School Board.

Lobbying and Advocacy for Entrepreneurs with Melissa Blaustein (Ep. 100)

Lobbying and Advocacy for Entrepreneurs with Melissa Blaustein (Ep. 100)

Lobbying and Advocacy for Entrepreneurs: The Business Case Lobbying and advocacy is not necessarily something that most entrepreneurs think about when they venture out on their own. Despite the fact that my business focuses on tech policy, when I launched WashingTECH.com, lobbying and advocacy couldn’t have been further from my mind. I was more concerned with the minutiae: configuring and registering domains, setting up my workflow, designing my own site, etc. While I intended to include

What Do Emojis Mean for the Law? with Gabriella Ziccarelli and Joe Sremack (Ep. 96)

What Do Emojis Mean for the Law? with Gabriella Ziccarelli and Joe Sremack (Ep. 96)

Can Using Emojis Get You in Trouble? You know what emojis mean. Otherwise, you wouldn’t use them. Right? One recent University of Minnesota study found that there can be vast differences between what you and your recipient think that emoji means.Use the wrong emoji, and you may have some explaining to do. What you think is a smile on your iPhone could look more like a grimace on the recipient’s end who is using a different device. Cases in which courts must determine what

SLAPP Suits and Freedom of Speech with Laurent Crenshaw (Ep. 94)

SLAPP Suits and Freedom of Speech with Laurent Crenshaw (Ep. 94)

What is a SLAPP Suit? Let’s say you own a small business called “Policy Town Fajitas”. You think your business is second-to-none. You’ve invested in it–time, sweat, money and otherwise … But then, all of a sudden, one of your customers doesn’t fancy your business as much as you do. So they post a negative review about your business on a site like Yelp. They say your “chicken fajitas taste like pigeon and that’s how I know it’s not authentic Mexican food.” If you’re like most

Balancing Privacy Policy Against the Demands of Digital Marketing with Anindya Ghose (Ep. 91)

Balancing Privacy Policy Against the Demands of Digital Marketing with Anindya Ghose (Ep. 91)

How can policymakers balance consumers’ need for targeted, relevant content against such consumers’ desire for privacy? Anindya Ghose (@aghose) is a Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences and a Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is the Director of the Center for Business Analytics at NYU Stern, and the co-Chair of the NYU-AIG Partnership on Innovation for Global Resilience. He is the NEC Faculty Fellow and a Daniel P.

Ep 86: Maya Rockeymoore: A Blueprint: What we should do about autonomous vehicles and American jobs

Ep 86: Maya Rockeymoore: A Blueprint: What we should do about autonomous vehicles and American jobs

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore (@MayaRockeymoore) leads Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy firm that makes policy work for people and their environments. A former adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), senior resident scholar at the National Urban League, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), professional staff

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Ep 82: Decoding the New FCC Under Chairman Ajit Pai with Gigi Sohn

Gigi B. Sohn (@gigibsohn) served as counselor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, advising on a range of telecommunications and media policy issues. Previously, Sohn served from 2001 to 2013 as president and CEO of Public Knowledge, a D.C.-based public interest group working on intellectual property and other issues in the digital marketplace. She served as a project specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and as executive director of the Media