Net Neutrality/Internet Economy Podcast Archives

Sally Culley: How are gig workers classified under the law? (Ep. 129)

Sally Culley: How are gig workers classified under the law? (Ep. 129)

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Partner Sally Culley joined Joe Miller to explain the state of employment law regarding the classification of gig workers.

Leslie Kantor: Net Neutrality and Sexual Health (Ep. 122)

Leslie Kantor: Net Neutrality and Sexual Health (Ep. 122)

Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH (@lesliekantor) is Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Vice President of Education and a member of the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Elissa Shevinsky: Intro to Cryptocurrencies (Ep. 121)

Intro to Cryptocurrencies (Ep. 121)

Elissa Shevinsky (@ElissaBeth) is a successful serial entrepreneur, focusing on cybersecurity and cryptocurrency companies. An early employee at Geekcorps (acquired) and Everyday Health (IPO) she was most recently Head of Product at Brave. Shevinsky is also the author of “Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Startup Culture.”  Little known fact: her first job out of college was as a lobbyist in DC, working to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Brian Woolfolk: A New and Relevant Voice for Inclusive Tech Policymaking (Ep. 119)

Brian Woolfolk: A New and Relevant Voice for Inclusive Tech Policymaking (Ep. 119)

Brian Woolfolk (@brianpwoolfolk) is the Founding Executive Director of Full Color Future–a new think tank and advocacy organization committed to changing the narrative about people of color in media, tech and innovation. He has been passionate about inclusive tech, telecom and media policy for more than 20 years, since he got his start on Capitol Hill.

Brian served as Democratic Counsel on the US House Judiciary Committee and advised Committee Members on the Telecommunications Act, media ownership diversity, and free speech issues. He also advised members and staff on constitutional, civil rights, antitrust, criminal justice and investigative issues. Prior to his Committee work, Brian served as legislative counsel to Congressman Robert C. (Bobby) Scott of Virginia, currently the Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Brian has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School. Brian currently serves as a Member of the William and Mary Board of Visitors (Trustees).

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