Will there be an internet in which website owners can pay for a faster data upload, in which you can choose between different providers for different types of content – a time when the economy regulates the access to data on the internet? There is an ongoing debate in Germany on what is called net neutrality and why this neutrality should be preserved. Markus Beckedahl, founder of netzpolitik.org, is one of the key actors of the net neutrality movement in Germany.
In the USA, the debates on net neutrality have always had a strong focus on the question of free speech and the dangers of government regulation and corporate control. Ben Scott was an important figure in the US campaign for net neutrality – savetheinternet.com – as policy director for the Free Press, the largest non-profit organization in the US dealing exclusively with media and communications policy.
Markus Beckedahl and Ben Scott join ZEIT ONLINE and newthinking for a discussion in the Berlin Newsroom of ZEIT ONLINE. The main questions are: What are the differences between the debates in the USA and in Germany? What are the common goals of the international movement for network neutrality? Is a free and open internet still a ground for campaigning of he civil society?
The talk will take place at
ZEIT ONLINE Newsroom
Askanischer Platz 1, Anhalter Bahnhof, Berlin
December 11, 2012
Due to limited space, please register at http://de.amiando.com/newthinking_zeitonline3.html
The 60-Minute discussion will be held in English.
About our guests:
Ben Scott was a key figure in the US campaign for net neutrality – savetheinternet.com – as policy director for the Free Press, the largest non-profit organization in the US dealing exclusively with media and communications policy. He then joined a small team of advisors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and worked on the 21st Century Statecraft agenda with a focus on technology policy, social media and development. He is now Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin.
Markus Beckedahl runs the blog netzpolitik.org since 2002. He is one of the founders of Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. (digitalegesellschaft.de) and associated with newthinking, an agency for digital services in Berlin. He has been dealing with issues of internet governance for more than ten years.