Battle for Net Neutrality | Politics & Innovation

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General Assembly Boston

125 Summer Street

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Boston, MA 02110

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The future of the internet in America has never been more uncertain. In April, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled a plan to end protections for net neutrality, the principle that internet service providers must treat all Internet data as the same. Join Norman Guadagno, Chief Evangelist and SVP of Marketing at Carbonite, to learn the vital importance of net neutrality and why it must be preserved.

Why It Matters?

Net neutrality fuels job creation and innovation by ensuring equal access to information and resources. If net neutrality is reversed, the world’s five largest broadband service providers will gain control over who can access information, and how fast they can access it. That means ISPs could:

  • Manipulate web traffic to support their own financial or political interests
  • Favor some advertisers by speeding up or slowing traffic to a site
  • Sell consumers’ browsing histories without permission.

What You Will Takeaway?

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • The general principles of net neutrality
  • Why a reversal of net neutrality will hurt the economy and your business
  • Hear how these policies could impact the innovation economy

About the Speaker

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Norman Guadagno

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Carbonite

Norman Guadagno hones in on that unique place where company brand meets customer need and harnesses in it a way that adds value for customer and company alike. Together with the Marketing team, Norman drives brand strategy, product marketing and overall market awareness for Carbonite worldwide.

Before joining Carbonite, Norman was Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy at the digital marketing agency Wire Stone, working with clients such as Microsoft, Boeing and Nike. Prior to Wire Stone, Guadagno held senior marketing roles at Microsoft and Oracle, as well as leading creative agencies. Guadagno began his career in the software industry focusing on user interaction.

Norman holds an M.A. in Psychology from Rice University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester.

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Anne Schwieger

Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate,
City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology

Anne Schwieger works for the City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology as Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. In this role she supports the City of Boston in advancing access to affordable broadband connectivity, up-to-date digital tools, and the digital skills that Bostonians need to engage in educational, economic, and civic pursuits. Anne is a board member of the Boston Neighborhood Network and a 2017-18 digital HKS Practitioner Affiliate. She holds a Master in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

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Carbonite provides data protection solutions for businesses and the IT professionals who serve them. Our solution suite provides a full complement of backup, disaster recovery, high availability and migration solutions for any size business in locations around the world, all supported by secure and scalable global cloud infrastructure.

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