Aspen Forum 2017

AUGUST 20-22, 2017

This premier event gathers leaders from business, government and academia to discuss and debate key public policy issues affecting innovation, technology, and communications.

Since 2010, more than 850 policymakers and thought leaders have convened at the St. Regis resort for provocative discussions and riveting keynotes on topics including U.S. competitiveness and innovation, broadband penetration, and entertainment distribution models, to name a few. Each year’s agenda touches on timely themes and pertinent issues driving public policy and regulatory decisions and how they may affect tech, communications and content industries. The depth of discussions, featuring both industry leaders and academic experts, makes the event a unique experience.

The new administration and Congress are reconsidering longstanding regulatory, tax, and international policies, among others, with potentially far-reaching consequences. These potential policy shifts could affect the landscape for the technology and communications sectors as well as the broader U.S. and global business environment. How will these changes influence emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and investment in new communications networks like 5G? More broadly, what will be the effect on innovation and economic growth?

Panels and speakers will discuss these and other related issues at the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum.

For additional information, contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact David Fish at [email protected].

Sunday, August 20

  • 6:00 pm Opening Reception
    Welcoming Remarks

Monday, August 21

  • 8:30 am Keynote Address:  How We Got Rich: A Liberal Climate of Ideas
    Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 9:00 am Panel: AI and Automation: A Jobless Future?
    Diane Bailey
    , UT Austin
    James Bessen, Boston University
    Ece Kamar, Microsoft Research
    Hal Varian, Google
    Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • 10:15 am Panel: The Internet of Things: Connecting It and Protecting It
    Rob Alderfer, CableLabs
    Ashley Durmer, Ligado Networks
    Gerry Faulhaber, University of Pennsylvania
    The Honorable Darrell Issa, U.S. House of Representatives
    David Young, Verizon
    Scott Wallsten (moderator), Technology Policy Institute
  • 11:43 am Solar Eclipse & Lunch and Discussion with the Privacy Regulators
    Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, European Union
    Maureen Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
    Julie Brill (moderator), Former FTC Commissioner
  • 1:15 pm Panel: ICT Consolidation: Business Imperatives and Policy Responses
    Robert Crandall
    , Brookings and TPI
    Dina Kallay, Ericsson
    Michael Katz, UC Berkeley
    Laura Martin, Needham & Co.
    Roger Noll, Stanford University
    Thomas Lenard (moderator), Technology Policy Institute
  • 2:15 pm Keynote: The Political Spectrum
    Thomas Hazlett, Clemson University
    Bryan Tramont (moderator
    , Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • 2:00-3:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    Copyright Reform: Breaking the Logjam

    Jason Everett, U.S. House of Representatives
    Neil Fried, Motion Picture Association of America
    Mitch Glazier, Recording Industry Associate of America
    Garrett Levin, National Association of Broadcasters
    Geoffrey Manne, International Center for Law and Economics
    Peter Menell, University of California at Berkeley School of Law
    Katherine Oyama, Google, Inc.
    Paul Vixie, Farsight Security
    Lawrence White, New York University
    Thomas Lenard (moderator), Technology Policy Institute
  • Refarming Spectrum: What Have We Learned?
    Cort Bush, U.S. Senate
    Michael Calabrese, Open Technology Institute, New America
    Gary Epstein, Former Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force, FCC
    Kathleen Ham, ‎T-Mobile
    Tom Hazlett, Clemson University
    Joan Marsh, AT&T
    Giulia McHenry, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
    Sarah Oh, Technology Policy Institute
    Peter Pitsch, Intel Corporation
    Greg Rosston (moderator), Stanford University
  • Title I to Title II and Back Again: Can We End the Net Neutrality Debate?
    Neil Chilson, Acting Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission
    Jerry Ellig, Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission
    David Goldman, U.S. House of Representatives
    Christopher Hooton, Internet Association
    Hal Singer, The George Washington Institute of Public Policy
    Berin Szoka, TechFreedom
    Crystal Tully, U.S. Senate
    Scott Wallsten (moderator), Technology Policy Institute
  • 6:30 pm Dinner
    Yoram Bauman, The Stand-Up Economist

Tuesday, August 23


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