1/28: Mark Cooper - CIS/SLATA Speaker Series

January 28, 2008 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is a former Yale University and Fulbright Fellow. He is Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, a Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and a Fellow at The Donald McGannon Communications Center of Fordham University. He has provided expert testimony in over 250 cases for public interest clients including Attorneys General, People’s Counsels, and citizen interveners before state and federal agencies, courts and legislators in almost four dozen jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of five books and numerous articles and papers on media and communications. The digital revolution has empowered consumers and scrambled business models across a wide range of media and communications sectors, yet the consumer gains are under constant pressure from network operators and copyright holders, who seek to reassert control over consumers and the Internet. On the other side, some public interest advocates are alarmed by the dramatic growth of online advertising with its threat to privacy and its tendency toward concentration in the hands of a small number of providers. A clear understanding of how the consumers' gains were made and what the threats are is crucial to defining the public and consumer interest in the 21st century.

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