The Next Digital Decade

Article Source: TechFreedom, Washington, DC, 2011
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Written By:


Adam Thierer


Alex Kozinski


Andrew Keen


Ann M. Bartow


Berin Szoka

 David R. Johnson

David R. Johnson


Ethan Zuckerman


Evgeny Morozov

Geoffrey Manne

Geoffrey Manne


H. Brian Holland


Josh Goldfoot


Larry Downes


Mark MacCarthy


Michael Zimmer


Milton Mueller


Paul Szynol

 Robert D. Atkinson

Robert D. Atkinson


Stewart A. Baker

 Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler



This book looks at the future of the Internet, asking how Internet economics and regulation are likely to change.


Policy Relevance:

Experts agree that the Internet is important, but disagree about the best legal and policy approaches to issues like privacy, free speech, and Internet governance.


Key Takeaways:
  • Contributors to this book include Robert Atkinson, Yochai Benkler, Eric Goldman, James Grimmelmann, Geoffrey Manne, John Palfrey, Frank Pasquale, Adam Thierer, Hal Varian, Tim Wu, Jonathan Zittrain, Ethan Zuckerman, and others.
  • Adam Thierer argues that we should embrace the advantages of new communications technology, but work to understand and mitigate its negative impact.
  • Jonathan Zittrain argues in favor of net neutrality and transparency rules for the Internet, while arguing in favor of expanded liability for device makers who distribute code that harms consumers.
  • Ann Bartow argues that it makes little sense to seek to regulate the Internet to preserve characteristics that arose from its unregulated nature, like openness and freedom.
  • The potential economic implications of the Internet include greater innovation, lower costs of information, smaller firms, and new markets for reputational information.
  • Geoff Manne notes that regulation of search engines to protect values like search neutrality does not make much sense, because even a dominant search engine has no power to block consumers’ access to its competitors.
  • Other key issues in Internet policy include privacy, the freedom of speech, the control of the Internet by national governments, and the liability of online service providers for copyright infringement.



Eric Goldman

About Eric Goldman

Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is also Director of the school’s High Tech Law Institute. His research and teaching focuses on Internet law, intellectual property and marketing law.

Frank Pasquale

About Frank Pasquale

Frank Pasquale is Professor of Law at the Brooklyn Law School. He is a noted expert on the law of artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and machine learning. His work focuses on how information is used across a number of areas, including health law, commerce, and technology. His wide-ranging expertise encompasses the study of the rapidity of technological advances and the unintended consequences of the interaction of privacy law, intellectual property, and antitrust laws, as well as the power of private sector intermediaries to influence healthcare and education finance policy.

Hal Varian

About Hal R. Varian

Hal R. Varian is an emeritus professor in the School of Information, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.

James Grimmelmann

About James Grimmelmann

James Grimmelmann is Professor of Law at Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School. He studies how the law governing the creation and use of computer software affects individual freedom and the distribution of wealth and power in society. As a lawyer and technologist, he helps these two groups understand each other by writing about copyright and digitization, the regulation of search engines, privacy on social networks, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He teaches courses in property, intellectual property, and Internet law.

John Palfrey

About John Palfrey

John Palfrey will be Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School during the winter of 2021. He became the president of the MacArthur Foundation in the fall of 2019. Mr. Palfrey is a well-respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions.

Jonathan Zittrain

About Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Tim Wu

About Tim Wu

Tim Wu is the Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School. Widely known for coining the term net neutrality in 2002 and championing the equal access to the Internet, Professor Wu teaches about teaches antitrust, copyright, the media industries, and communications law, and his writing addresses private power, free speech, and information warfare.