susan_crawford_reducedFIBER: The Coming Tech Revolution -- And Why America Might MIss It

Professor Susan Crawford (HLS) will be in conversation with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 7 to 8 pm at Politics and Prose at the Wharf (70 District Square SW Washington, DC 20024)

Based on a powerful new fiber-optic infrastructure, the world of 5G marks as profound a change in the way we work, communicate, and live as the advent of electricity did decades ago. Able to stream unprecedented amounts of data, this imminent information revolution will change the way we think about nearly everything we do, from health care to urban administration to agriculture. The one dark spot in this bright future is the growing monopoly a few huge corporations have over cable and internet access. Drawing on her expertise as a Harvard Law school professor and a special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy in 2009, Crawford reports on the extraordinary promise of 5G and on the initiatives many local governments are undertaking to ensure the field is open to competition and that innovation is not held back by entrenched corporate interests. Crawford will be in conversation with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
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Susan Crawford Biography
Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, author of FIBER: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It, and a contributor to She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches courses about cities, public leadership, technology, and communications policy. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Politico’s 50 Thinkers, Doers and Visionaries Transforming Politics in 2015; one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011); and one of TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy.


Wednesday, 01/30/19 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm | iCal


Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
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