Aspen Forum 2012

AUGUST 19-21, 2012

A policy environment conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation has made the United States the global leader in the development of the Internet. Policymakers now face critically important issues that could alter this policy climate.  Participants in the 2012 Aspen Forum explored what the 2012 elections meant for major technology issues, including broadband and spectrum policy, competition policy, privacy, cybersecurity, Internet governance and intellectual property


  • 6:00 Opening Reception
    Welcoming Remarks
    Philip J. WeiserDean, University of Colorado Law School, Thompson Professor of Law, and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado


  • 8:30 Keynote Address
    Erik BrynjolfssonSchussel Family Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, MIT
  • 9:00 Panel: Internet Governance in the 21st Century: Global Considerations
    Fiona AlexanderAssociate Administrator, Office of International Affairs National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
    Naser Al-RashediRepresentative to the International Telecommunication Union, United Arab Emirates Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
    Renato Opice BlumPartner, Opice Blum Advogados Associados
    Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
    Stephen CrockerChairman, Board of Directors, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Chief Executive Officer, Shinkuro, Inc
    Luigi Gambardella, Chairman, Executive Board, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)
    Amb. David Gross (moderator), Partner, Wiley Rein
  • 10:30 Keynote Address
    Jon SummersSenior Vice President, Applications and Service Infrastructure, AT&T
  • 11:00 Panel: The Internet Ecosystem: Policy Issues for the Next Four Years
    James AsseyExecutive Vice President, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
    Pablo ChavezDirector of Public Policy, Google
    Brett FeldmanVice President, US Telecom Services, Deutsche Bank
    Kyle McSlarrowPresident, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C.,Comcast Corporation
    Maureen OhlhausenCommissioner, Federal Trade Commission
    Thomas TaukeExecutive Vice President, Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon
    Scott Wallsten (moderator), Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • 12:30 Lunch: Keynote Address
    Gordon CrovitzCo-Founder, Press+ and Columnist and Former Publisher, Wall Street Journal
  • 2:00-3:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    The Future of Internet Economics
    Rebecca ArbogastVice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast Corporation
    Kyle DixonVice President, Public Policy, Time Warner, Inc.
    Harold FeldSenior Vice President, Public Knowledge
    Shane GreensteinKellogg Chair of Information Technology, Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    Kathleen O’Brien HamVice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Fernando LaguardaVice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner Cable
    Gregory L. RosstonDeputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Deputy Director, Public Policy, Stanford University
    Scott Wallsten (moderator), Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

    Copyright and Piracy after SOPA/PIPA: Finding Common Ground
    Meredith A. Baker
    Senior Vice President, Government Relations, NBCUniversal
    Stan LiebowitzAshbel Smith Professor of Economics, Management School, University of Texas at Dallas
    Jill LesserExecutive Director, Center for Copyright Information
    Daniel RaimerChief Legal Officer, RapidShare
    Michael D. SmithProfessor of Information Systems and Marketing, Co-Director, Center for Digital Media Research, Carnegie Mellon University
    Chris SprigmanUniversity of Virginia School of Law
    Joe WazPresident, Altura West LLC and Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center (moderator)

    Cybersecurity: Public and Private Roles
    Ed BlackPresident and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association
    Kathy BrownSenior Vice President, Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
    Alan Charles RaulGlobal Coordinator, Data Security and Information Law, Sidley Austin
    Adam SegalMaurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow, China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
    Mark WeatherfordDeputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Shane Tews (moderator), Vice President, Global Public Policy, VeriSign
  • 6:00 Reception, Dinner and Keynote
    Philip FalconeChief Executive Officer, Harbinger Capital Partners


  • 9:00 Keynote Address
    Kent WalkerSenior Vice President and General Counsel, Google
  • 9:30 Panel: Internet Competition: Implications for Antitrust
    Susan AtheyProfessor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University and Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
    Tim BresnahanLandau Professor in Technology and the Economy, Stanford University
    Carlos KirjnerVice President and Senior Analyst, Internet, Alliance Bernstein
    William KovacicGlobal Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Professor of Law; Director, Competition Law Center, George Washington University
    Edith RamirezCommissioner, Federal Trade Commission
    Hal VarianChief Economist, Google
    Thomas Lenard (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • 11:00 Keynote Address
    Tim WestergrenChief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora
  • 11:30 Panel: Multistakeholder Processes for Privacy: Regulation, Self-Regulation or Markets
    Julie BrillCommissioner, Federal Trade Commission
    Tony HadleySenior Vice President, Government Affairs, Experian
    Stuart IngisPartner, Venable LLP
    Bernie McKayChief Public Policy Officer and Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Intuit
    Russell SchraderAssociate General Counsel, Global Enterprise Risk, and Chief Privacy Officer, Visa
    Catherine TuckerDouglas Drane Career Development Professor in IT and Management and Associate Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Thomas Lenard (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • 12:45 Closing Luncheon and Author Conversation
    Andrew KeenInternet Entrepreneur and Author
    Declan McCullagh (moderator), Chief Political Correspondent, CNET


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