May 6th, 2008 | Published in Google Public Policy
As mobile devices increasingly become the way that consumers access the web, what questions should policymakers be keeping in mind? The Federal Trade Commission today began a two-day town hall looking at the mobile web entitled "Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace."
The town hall is meant to explore consumer protection issues implicated by the growing mobile web. Among the many topics on the agenda are consumers' ability to control mobile apps, finding ways to provide appropriate disclosure on small screens, and security issues involving mobile devices.
During this morning's session, Rich Miner, Google's group manager for mobile platforms, gave an outline of Android, an open source platform for mobile devices developed by Google and other partners. Rich noted the fact that mobile devices today are essentially as powerful as desktop PCs, and affirmed Google's view that openness on the mobile web will result in more innovation and more choice -- both of which will result in great benefits to consumers.
Here's a link to the FTC's transcript and webcast of the event.