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Friday, September 27

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2:00 - 3:30 pm Panels

Intelligent Mobile Devices and their Impact: Perspectives, Lessons, Issues and Challenges  

This panel will focus on the socio-economic impact of the cell phone and other more intelligent mobile devices in both developing and developed countries, the role that wireless access and mobile broadband play in various national and regional broadband strategies, and how is it integrated with the wireline component of such strategies. The proposed panelists will discuss strategies being used in Australia, the EU, the US, South Africa, Latin American countries like Brazil and Mexico, South Asian countries like India, among others. We wish to find out what has worked, what did not, the problems encountered and whether there are lessons to be learned that are of general applicability, as well as for the US and Canada. At the same time, we would like to explore the possibilities and limitations of learning from other nations’ and regions’ experiences.

Moderator: Prabir Neogi, Carleton University


  • ·  Richard Bennett 
  • ·  Rekha Jain, Indian Institute of Management
  • ·  Judith Mariscal, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economica
  • ·  Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University
  • ·  Jean-Paul Simon, IPTS, European Commission

MOOCs and Online Learning: Digital Disruption in Action?

Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs epitomize the fundamental changes impelled by innovations in communications and technology. Already, millions of students are taking free online courses, and most of the world's top universities have joined MOOC initiatives.  Some predict MOOCs will completely disrupt universities in the next few years. Despite all this, there is great confusion about what MOOCs are, how they relate to earlier forms of online learning, and their implications.  This roundtable will highlight the unique elements of MOOCs; their likely effects; and the important legal and policy questions they raise.  The panel will provide an opportunity for the TPRC community to gain a better understanding of the budding revolution in online higher education, and make connections to potential research opportunities in the communications and America information policy fields.

Moderator:  Kevin Carey, New America Foundation


  • ·  Helen Nissenbaum, New York University
  • ·  Michael Steffen, FCC
  • ·  Alex Tabarrok, George Mason University
  • ·  Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia
  • ·  Kevin Werbach, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

4:00- 5:30 pm Panels

Impact on Broadband Adoption: Evidence and New Research Directions from Latin America

A recent debate has emerged about the contribution of broadband and related technologies to achieving development goals. The relevance of this debate is amplified by the ambitious national broadband plans set forth by governments around the world, which involve large public investments in broadband infrastructure, applications and services, as well as training.

This panel presents the results of four impact evaluation studies regarding the effect of broadband investments and adoption on key development outcomes.  This panel will also present the results of five studies that measured the development impact of broadband.

We will also present the results an exploratory study that identified how the poor obtain, share, and utilize information and communication resources in their everyday lives – the Information Lives of the Poor.

Moderator: John Horrigan, Telecommunications Policy Consultant


  • ·  Roxana Barrantes, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
  • ·  Hernan Galperin, Universidad de San Andrés
  • ·  Raul Katz, Columbia University
  • ·  Judith Mariscal, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica CIDE
  • ·  Roberto Muñoz, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria,  Chile

Is Common Carriage Still Relevant?

Communications is increasingly all-IP and flows over cellular or broadband networks. A great deal of it is mediated not just traditional "carriers" but also by platforms such as Skype, Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Where does this leave the concept of common-carrier networks? Primary features of telephone common carriage included regulated monopoly where each customer was to be able to call every other customer at clearly defined and nondiscriminatory tariffs. In a time when a circuit-switched "call" is increasingly archaic and customers generally have choices, is common carriage merely an anachronism?

This panel will discuss how common carriage has been applied in the IP world and whether and how it should be applied in the future. Up to now, common carriage's most important modern equivalents have been "open access" and "network neutrality." These relate to two quite different relationships, the first between physical infrastructure and communications services, the second between service providers and content.

Moderator: Carolyn Gideon, Tufts University


  • ·  Barbara Cherry, Indiana University
  • ·  Sharon Gillett, Microsoft
  • ·  Christiaan Hogendorn, Wesleyan University
  • ·  Mark Jamison, University of Florida
  • ·  Hal Singer, Navigant Economics
  • ·  Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School

5:30 pm - Reception and Poster Session click here for posters

7:15 pm - Keynote Speaker: Preston Padden, Executive Director, Expanding Opportunities For Broadcasters Coalition

Preston Padden had a 38 year career in the media business holding the following positions: Assistant General Counsel, Metromedia; President, The Association of Independent Television Stations; President, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; Chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); President, ABC Television Network; and Executive Vice-President, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company.  Mr. Padden worked directly for leading industry CEO’s including Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger.  He also served on the Boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America.   In his career Mr. Padden helped to launch the Fox Broadcast Network, secured waivers of multiple Federal regulations for News Corporation (including a waiver of the Federal Statute prohibiting foreign entities from owning U.S. broadcast stations) and secured legislation extending by 20 years the term of U.S. copyrights.

Currently, Mr. Padden serves as the Executive Director of the “Expanding Opportunities For Broadcasters Coalition”.  And Mr. Padden serves on the Advisory Board of Grotech Ventures, a private equity investment firm.