VALA2008 Plenary 4 Geist

VALA2008 Keynote SpeakerUnlocking Access: In Support of a Hands-On Internet Policy

Michael GeistVALA 2008 PLENARY 4: Michael Geist
Wednesday 6 February 2008, 16:10 – 17:25
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Michael Geist

Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa, Canada

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The Internet and new technologies have ushered in a seemingly unlimited array of possibilities for access to knowledge, creativity, and public participation. Elected officials have been slow to develop the law and policy frameworks to match the Internet’s potential, however, opting instead for a “hands-off approach”. This presentation will highlight the role that the Internet is playing for new creativity and knowledge sharing, while identifying a forward-looking, hands-on policy approach.