Over 70 tech policy and law geeks gathered at DC’s first Internet Law and Policy Trivia night, hosted by the Foundry in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and sponsored by tech law shop ZwillGen.
Some of the district’s most prominent tech policy groups competed for bragging rights, including OSTP’s Deputy CTO Ed Felten joined by Upturn (formerly Robinson+Yu), the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, New America’s Open Technology Institute, Public Knowledge and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as representation from Google, FCC, Capitol Hill, TechFreedom, ZwillGen, the Copyright Alliance, Georgetown Law, and TechFreedom.
The competition was presided over by renowned cyberlaw quiz master Kurt Opsahl (Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) who traditionally hosts EFF’s famed Cyberlaw Pub Trivia.
With 7 rounds of questions, competition was fierce throughout the night as teams tackled topics from legal pop-culture references to net neutrality, privacy, free speech, and IP–and a few guest appearances by sharks, monkeys, and superheroes. Several teams raced ahead early on with near-perfect scores in each round, but a musical copyright infringement round stumped even the most consistent teams. Spelling also counted:
CCIA’s team (“I’m Down With TCP) claimed the championship cup, represented by three current Foundry Fellows Ali Sternburg, Deborah Goldman, and Rachael Stelly, joined by Matt Schruers, Bijan Madhani, Daniel O’Connor, and Chelsea Reckell.
The NTIA team (“NTIA Multistakeholders”) took home second place, and the Open Technology Institute group (“OTI: Overwhelming Trivia Institute”) came in third. The mixed-organization team “Beer-to-Beer Network” was awarded honorable mention for best team name by the judges.
The Foundry would like to thank Kurt Opsahl and ZwillGen for helping to make the evening possible, and we look forward to making Internet Law & Policy Trivia night a recurring event!