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Olivier Sylvain on Network Equality

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One of the few clear priorities of the federal Communications Act is to ensure that all Americans have reasonably comparable access to the Internet without respect to whom or where they are. Yet, in spite of this, the main focus of policymakers and legal scholars in Internet policy today has been on promoting innovation, a concept that Congress barely invokes in the statute.

In this talk, Olivier Sylvain -- Associate Professor at Fordham Law School -- will critique this prevailing approach to Internet regulation, anbd suggest that the singular focus on innovation could starkly exacerbate existing racial, ethnic, and class disparities because the quality of users Internet connections refract through those persistent demographic variables.

More on this event here: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2015/07/sylvain