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3:30pm

Mega-Mergers & the Future of the Internet
    Comcast swallowed up NBC. Microsoft scooped up Skype. AT&T tried to take over T-Mobile. What's next? This panel will explore the new face of media consolidation, what it means for the future of the Internet and free speech, and whether there's anything that can — or should — be done to change course before we’re staring at GoogizonFoxBookfinity&T. This panel of scholars, policy experts, and public interest advocates will look at how we got here, measure the impact of the mega-mergers happening now or coming soon, explain what policymakers should be doing to confront the next wave of media concentration, and discuss what alternatives might be possible. The panel will include former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Craig Aaron of the media advocacy group Free Press and Andrea Quijada of New Mexico's Media Literacy Project, and will be moderated by tech journalist Sam Gustin.

    Speakers
    Executive Director | Media Literacy Project

    Pres & CEO | Free Press

    Former Commissioner | FCC

    Business Reporter | Time Magazine | Sam Gustin is a business...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #megamerge
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13238

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