Conference

Power and Commerce in the Internet Age

25 Nov 2013 - 09:30 to 26 Nov 2013 - 15:30

Chatham House, London


This conference will explore the shifts in power and influence facilitated by the advent of large-scale digital connectivity – both in state-to-state relationships and in relations between governments, individuals and the private sector. It will also consider how increased connectivity is reshaping patterns of economic interaction and its effect on the nature, size and scope of the global economy.

Increased connectivity brings with it risks to personal freedom and privacy, and challenges to national security. The conference will also examine how national regulation and international governance in cyberspace will meet these challenges, and discuss the potential effects of bridging the digital divide and connecting billions of new users in the coming years.
 

  • How will patterns of use and consumption change as the next 2 billion internet users come on stream, and how will they affect the demand for services, products and methods of delivery?
     
  • What are the public and private sectors respectively doing to deal with the risks of criminal activity online?
     
  • Where does the balance lie between the benefits of governments and private sector actors having access to 'big data' and threats to privacy and anonymity?
     
  • Will the internet fracture under the pressure of differing state approaches to controlling it?

  • David Babbs

    • Executive Director
  • Joel F Brenner

    • Former Senior Counsel
  • Herman Chinery-Hesse

    • Co-founder and Chairman
  • Bertrand de la Chapelle

    • Member of the Board
  • Richard Dobbs

    • Director
  • Rick Falkvinge

    • Founder
  • Subu Goparaju

    • Senior Vice President and Head
  • Ben Hammersley

    • Contributing Editor, WIRED UK and
  • Dr Fen Olser Hampson

    • Distinguished Fellow and Director of Global Security
  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves

    • President of the Republic of Estonia
  • Jim Killock

    • Executive Director
  • Andrey V Krutskikh

    • Special coordinator for Political Affairs in the use of ICTs, Ambassador at large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Tomas Lamanauskas

    • Head of Corporate Strategy Division
  • Paul Mason

    • Culture/Digital Editor
  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox of Soho CBE

    • Chair
  • Françoise Le Bail

    • Director-General for Justice
  • Rebecca MacKinnon

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Dr Fabien Curto Millet

    • Senior Economist
  • James Powell

    • Chief Technology Officer
  • Richard Allan

    • Director of Policy EMEA
  • Alec Ross

    • Author and former Senior Advisor for Innovation
  • Roy Singham

    • Founder and Chairman
  • Martin Sutherland

    • Managing Director
  • Eric Schmidt

    • Executive Chairman
  • David Tennenhouse

    • Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group
  • Thomas Vinje

    • Partner, Chairman, Global Antitrust Group

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Venue

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Conference Unit
Chatham House
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London
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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
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Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
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The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
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Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
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The Stafford London by Kempinski
St James's Place
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Fax: 020 7493 7121
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DAY ONE
Monday 25 November
09:30

Chair
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House

Opening Keynote Address
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

Questions and discussion


Session One
The Internet and Shifts in Political Power and Influence
10:00 - 13:00

  • How are new patterns of connectivity shaping relations between states, and between states and societies?
     
  • Are they changing the ways the states project power and conduct diplomacy?
  • How is technology affecting the way democracy operates?
  • To what extent has the internet accelerated the diffusion of political power away from traditional bases and towards individuals? Is 'clicktivism' increasing or decreasing actual political participation and influence?
  • Do the rules governing state surveillance on individuals strike the right balance?
     
  • How should the private sector defend itself against state-led cyber-attacks?

Keynote Addresses
Alec Ross, author and senior adviser for innovation

Richard Allan, Director of Policy EMEA, Facebook

Questions and discussion

11:05 - 11:30 Refreshments

Speakers
David Babbs, Executive Director, 38 degrees

Rickard Falkvinge, Founder, Swedish Pirate Party

Paul Mason, Culture/Digital Editor, Channel 4 News

Martin Sutherland, Managing Director, BAE Systems Detica

Questions and discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch


In Conversation
14:00 - 14:30

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google Inc, with

Nik Gowing, BBC World News


Session Two
The Internet and the Global Economy
14:30 - 16:10

  • How is the internet reshaping patterns of economic interaction?
     
  • How will patterns of internet use and consumption change as the next 2 billion users come online, and how will they affect the demand for services, products and methods of delivery?
     
  • Will the concept of net neutrality survive?
     
  • How will attitudes and approaches to intellectual property evolve?

Chair
Baroness Martha Lane Fox of Soho CBE, Chair, Go On UK

Overview
Richard Dobbs, Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Keynote Address
David Tennenhouse, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft

Speakers
Herman Chinery-Hesse, Co-founder and Chairman, theSOFTtribe Ltd

Subu Goparaju, Senior Vice President and Head, Infosys Labs and Products R&D

Dr Fabien Curto Millet, Senior Economist, Google

Thomas Vinje, Partner, Chairman, Global Antitrust Group, Clifford Chance

Questions and discussion

16:10 - 16:30 Refreshments


Moderated Discussion
Innovation Transformation
16:30 - 17:50

  • How is innovation being transformed by the openness of the medium – use of open laboratory, open-source software, file sharing, crowdsourcing etc?

Chair
James Powell, Chief Technology Officer, Thomson Reuters

Discussants
Subu Goparaju, Senior Vice President and Head, Infosys Labs and Products R&D

Roy Singham, Founder & Chairman, Thoughtworks

Ben Hammersley, Contributing Editor, WIRED UK and Robert Schuman Fellow, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman School of Advanced Studies, European University Institute

17:50 End of Day One and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House


DAY TWO
Tuesday 26 November
 

Session Three
The 'Information Triangle': Governments, Corporations and Individuals
09:30 - 10:50

  • How might online privacy legislation evolve in the US and Europe?  To what extent could these differing approaches be reconciled?
     
  • How do regulatory approaches to data privacy in emerging markets compare with those in established markets?
     
  • What are the prospects for the ‘Right to be Forgotten’? What challenges does this pose to the public and private sectors?
  • Where does the balance lie between the benefits of governments and corporations having access to ‘big data’ and threats to privacy and anonymity?

Chair
Ben Hammersley, Contributing Editor, WIRED UK and Robert Schuman Fellow, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman School of Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Speakers
Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Françoise Le Bail, Director General for Justice, European Commission

Joel F Brenner, former General Counsel, National Security Agency

Questions and discussion

10:50 – 11:10 Refreshments


Session Four
Fractured Stewardship: Prospects for the Future of Internet
11:10 - 12:40

  • How do visions of internet governance differ between states, and how is this affecting relations between major powers?
     
  • What are possible futures for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and is there any role for the UN in internet governance?
     
  • Will the internet fracture under the pressure of differing state approaches to its control?

Chair
Dr Fen Olser Hampson, Distinguished Fellow and Director of Global Security, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Discussants
Bertrand de la Chapelle, Member of the Board, ICANN

Tomas Lamanauskas, Head of Corporate Strategy Division, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Jim Killock, Executive Director, Open Rights Group

Andrey V Krutskikh, Special coordinator for Political Affairs in the use of ICTs, Ambassador at large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation

12:40 Lunch and end of conference

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