July 22, 2014 - Attempts to mitigate the harms associated with digital piracy have yielded a variety of approaches, including legal digital sales channels, government intervention (such as the shutdown of Megaupload), and voluntary industry-level cooperation (such as the Copyright Alert System in the U.S.). Participants on the panel "Copyright Protection: Government vs. Voluntary Arrangements" at this year's TPI Aspen Forum will discuss empirical evidence on the effectiveness of these initiatives, and legal and policy theories regarding the appropriateness of these initiatives to serve the interests of the creative industries, the technology industries, and society.
July 17, 2014 - Calls for a new Telecommunications Act have been growing, with proponents citing problems with the FCC's "siloed" structure in light of the increasing convergence of industries that compete in each other's markets. However, similar concerns motivated the 1996 legislation. How has the political landscape changed since the 1996 Act, and can new legislation be successful? Participants on the panel, "Political Economy of Telecom Reform" at this year's TPI Aspen Forum will discuss such questions as: what, beyond market and technological changes, is motivating calls for telecom reform now; how can the process surrounding the 1996 Act inform development of a new Act today; what interest groups are involved, what are their incentives, and how have these groups and their interests changed since 1996?
July 14, 2014 - In the most recent attempt to draft network neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has again failed to provide the data or analysis needed to show the proposed rules are necessary, would help consumers, or pass a cost-benefit test, states Technology Policy Institute's Thomas Lenard in comments sent today to the FCC. In addition, the three proposed provisions are either unnecessary or potentially harmful.
July 11, 2014 - No government agency or private corporation is immune today from cyber-attack, network penetration and loss of sensitive data. The panel "Targeting a Secure Future" at this year's TPI Aspen Forum will examine whether the current approach to cyber-security is making any headway against this epidemic. Panelists, including key federal policymakers and private sector experts, will explore the government's responsibility to protect the private sector as well as companies' obligations (and abilities) to protect their own networks. Given that an effective public-private partnership is broadly viewed as necessary to advance cybersecurity, the panelists will also address whether treating companies that have been hacked as culprits, rather than victims, is sound public policy.
June 30, 2014 - Discounted registration for the Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum has been extended through Monday, July 7st. The discount of $500 off the regular registration fee is available for industry and trade association attendees.