The Internet continues to reshape the way individuals and organizations interact with the world, and it, in turn, is being reshaped by many forces, including ones grounded in business demands, regulatory initiatives, and worries about security. On the security front alone, the future entails extremely difficult tradeoffs that implicate some of Internet architecture’s most sacred cows, including end-to-end network connectivity and open PC operating system design.

This keynote session explores those trade-offs to see if there is a way to ‘thread the needle’ – to enable the boom in Internet innovation and user empowerment to continue while satisfying the forces that will otherwise stop it.

About the speakers

  • Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, OII

    Jonathan Zittrain holds the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and is a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is also the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and a founder of its Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He has recently co-authored a study of Internet filtering by national governments, and is writing a book about the future of the now-intertwined Internet and PC.