Network Neutrality Advances Our Foreign Policy, Promotes Democracy

Last week, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law’s Space & Telecomm Program organized a conference in DC.

Discussions at the conference about  free speech, diplomacy, and foreign policy have resulted in quite a bit of press.  Government speakers mentioned the obvious: that if we don’t protect Internet freedom at home–from public or private gatekeepers–then we undermine our strength abroad in arguing for Internet freedom and for citizens’ increased access to participatory technology tools.

The Hill and Washington Post reported on some statements at the conference, and the Post covered the follow-up debates.

I wrote a post at the Huffington Post about the principle of network neutrality and its influence on our diplomacy and foreign policy objectives.

In addition to prompting this healthy public discussion, we at UNL were fortunate to have an exceptional lineup of influential speakers over two days and were excited that our LLM students could join us–and that an alum, who is now a legal advisor in the U.S. Air Force JAG on cyberwarfare law, was able to present.

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