Internet freedom is focus of upcoming MSU lecture

Posted on: October 7, 2011

Milton Mueller, professor in the School of information studies at Syracuse University, will be presenting “Internet freedom in the age of Google and Facebook” as the annual Quello Center Lecture on Oct. 24.

The lecture is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and is free and open to the public. The lecture is presented by the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law in Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences with co-sponsorship by the Information Policy & Communications Law Program of Michigan State’s College of Law.

Mueller will discuss how private intermediaries who supply networks and various services vital to the operation of the Internet have become critical focal points for Internet regulation and why the debate over delegating regulatory authority to these entities is so important to the future of the Internet. 

Steve Wildman, director of the Quello Center, says Mueller’s talk “will provide critical context for understanding the current debate over Internet freedom and control and what is at stake in how this debate is resolved.”

Mueller has an international reputation for over 25 years of insightful research on telecommunications and Internet policy. His most recent book, Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press: 2010) follows two previous widely read books on policy for the communications sector. He is the founder of the Internet Governance Project, a group of scholars discussing Internet global policy issues, and has been active in ICANN, the regional Internet address registries, the World Summit on the Information Society, and the Internet Governance Forum. 

A reception will follow the lecture.

The Quello Center was designed to improve the understanding of policy choices and management options affected by changes in communication industries and to create new alternatives. 

For more information on the Web, visit The Quello Center.

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