The Great Debate

What is Net Neutrality?

The Center for American Progress is pleased to present Dr. Vinton Cerf and Professor David Farber in "The Great Debate: What is Net Neutrality?" The event is currently sold out for attendees on-site, but you may access the reservation page to be put on a waiting list here.

The event will take place from 10:30-12:00 on Monday, July 17 at the Center's event space, which is located at 1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. Audio streaming from the event will be available at the following URL:

Our streaming servers have capacity for the first 200 listeners. The stream will be audio only. (If anybody would like to provide additional streaming capacity, please feel free to contact Carl at:

A Jabber conference room will be available for people who wish to contribute running commentary:

Audience members will be able to submit questions using Jabber-compliant software such as Google Talk or iChat. You may send your questions here:

(If your instant messaging client doesn't support XMPP URL's, you may go to the conference room using "go to group chat" or "join conference" or a similar command in your client. Likewise, to send a question, simply send a message to

About the Participants

The debate will be moderated by the Carl Malamud, the Center's CTO.

Vinton G. Cerf is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is the co-author of the Internet Protocol, a fundamental component of today's Internet. Since the mid-1970's, Cerf has played a leadership role in numerous organizations that helped shape the net, including serving as Chair of the Internet Architecture Board, program manager at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), Chair of the Internet Society, and his current position as Chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN). Cerf has received numerous awards for his work including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

Dave Farber is the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the Carnegie Mellon University. He has been making fundamental contributions to the field of computer science since the early 1960s. His contributions to the field are numerous, including the creation of the SNOBOL programming language and serving as academic advisor to some of the most prolific contributors to the Internet including Jon Postel, Paul Mockapetris, and Marshall T. Rose. He was instrumental in creating the NSF/DARPA-funded Gigabit Network Testbed Initiative and currently serves as Chief Scientist of National LambdaRail. Farber served as Chief Technologist to the Federal Communications Commission and is on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE and was awarded the Sigcomm Award for life long contributions to communications and the Scott award for Contributions to Humanity.