Aspen Forum 2019
ALDEN F. ABBOTT is the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. As the Commission’s chief legal officer and adviser, the General Counsel represents the agency in court and provides legal counsel to the Commission and its bureaus and offices. Prior to rejoining the Commission in April 2018, he served in legal management positions at the Heritage Foundation (2014-2018) and BlackBerry (2012-2014). He also held a variety of senior positions in the federal government prior to his retirement in 2012, including at the FTC (Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Bureau of Competition); the Department of Commerce (Acting General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Chief Counsel of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration); and the Department of Justice (Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust). From 1991 to 2018, he was an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University (Antonin Scalia) Law School, where he taught courses in such areas as antitrust, trade regulation, intellectual property, and international trade law. He has lectured and written on these topics in the United States and abroad and has participated in training sessions for foreign competition agencies. Abbott was a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network from 2012 to 2018, and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, in 2015.
CLAUDE AIKEN is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), the association representing thousands of companies dedicated to closing the digital divide through fixed wireless broadband. He was named a Rising Star in Wireless by FierceWireless in 2018. Claude joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission. There he served as an advisor to both Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn. He joined the Commission through the Attorney Honors program, he held critical leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well key staff attorney roles throughout the Commission. Prior to joining the FCC, he was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar at New York Law School, where he graduated with a specialization in information and technology law. Claude also holds a degree in English from Grove City College.
ROB ALDERFER is Vice President of Technology Policy at CableLabs, the global innovation and R&D consortium of the cable industry. Alderfer brings sound science to bear in policy decisions by harnessing CableLabs’ technology expertise. His focus is empowering the industry to address technology policy matters of substantial strategic consequence. Alderfer joined CableLabs from the Federal Communications Commission, where he guided United States wireless broadband policy as chief data officer of the agency’s wireless bureau. Previously, he shaped communications policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Rob has been engaged in significant policy decisions for over a decade, helping to shape today’s communications technology landscape. He has deep expertise in wireless spectrum and has facilitated the development of mobile and Wi-Fi technologies and services by bringing new spectrum to market. He is now responsible for CableLabs’ multinational technology policy and standards work, and he regularly provides guidance to board-level audiences across a range of strategic issues. He serves as vice chair of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) program committee, the world’s foremost communications policy research conference. He is also a partner with Social Venture Partners of Boulder County. He received his B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and MPP from Rutgers University.
STUART ALDEROTY is General Counsel at Ripple. He is also executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Stuart is the chief legal officer, responsible for overseeing all legal, corporate governance and insurance risk management matters for CIT and its operating groups. He joined CIT from HSBC North America Holdings, Inc., where he served as general counsel for six years. Prior to joining HSBC, Alderoty was managing counsel at American Express, and before that he was a partner with the law firm of LeBouef, Lamb, Green and MacRae, specializing in litigation. Alderoty serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, a not-for-profit association that advocates for the expanded hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit community arts center in Red Bank, New Jersey. Alderoty is also the Advisory Board Chair of the Rutgers University Law School Center for Corporate Law and Governance. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and J.D. from Rutgers Law School.
FIONA ALEXANDER is the Associate Administrator for the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Office of International Affairs (OIA). NTIA serves as the principal policy advisor to the President on communications and information policy matters as well as the federal radio frequency spectrum manager. In her role, she oversees and manages NTIA’s activities related to the internet’s domain name and address system (DNS) as well as NTIA’s involvement in international ICT bilateral and multilateral discussions. She also serves as a senior member of the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Taskforce which is examining issues related to privacy, cybersecurity, free flow of information and online copyright protection. Prior joining NTIA, Alexander was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. She has a M.A. in International Relations from American University.
SUSAN ATHEY is the Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard. Her current research focuses on the economics of digitization, marketplace design, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. She has worked on several application areas, including timber auctions, internet search, online advertising, the news media, and the application of digital technology to social impact applications. As one of the first “tech economists,” she served as consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years, and now serves on the boards of Expedia, Lending Club, Rover, Turo, and Ripple, as well as non- profit Innovations for Poverty Action. She also serves as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping architect and implement their auction-based pricing system. She is the director of the Shared Prosperity and Innovation Initiative at Stanford GSB, and associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She received her B.A. from Duke University, Ph.D. from Stanford and holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University.
JANE BAMBAUER is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Professor Bambauer’s research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data and questions the wisdom of many well-intentioned privacy laws. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Professor Bambauer’s own data-driven research explores biased judgment, legal education, and legal careers. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale
TIM BRADLEY is the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Tim represents the Departments of Industry, Innovation & Science and Education & Training and helps to strengthen Australia’s engagement across North America. Prior to this role, Tim was a General Manager with the department’s Office of the Chief Economist. His branch supported the department navigate a range of issues relating to structural change, competitiveness, innovation and the resources sector. In 2017 Tim was seconded to Innovation Science Australia. There he led a taskforce to develop a strategic plan that would see Australia become a highly innovative nation by 2030. In 2018 he was seconded to Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada, where he undertook a comparative study of the Australian and Canadian innovation systems. Tim began his career as a graduate economist with the Productivity Commission. He has lectured in economics at the Australian National University and worked in the private sector as a consultant. He has a BEc from Australian National University and M.A. degrees in Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne and Political Economy from the University of Sydney.
GIL BEYDA is Managing Director at Comcast Ventures and Founder & Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures. He is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist currently investing in blockchain, cybersecurity, IOT and enterprise IT. Drawing from decades of experience with cutting edge technologies, both as a founder and an operator, Beyda looks to invest in startups and later-stage companies solving real problems with cutting-edge technology. Beyda launched his first company, Mind Games, in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. He then started a software consulting firm focused on Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe. As a co-founder of Real Media, in the mid 1990’s, he helped shepherd the early adoption of internet advertising technology. Later, Beyda became CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting ad network. Beyda received his B.S. and MBA from the California State University, Northridge.
THE HONORABLE JULIE BRILL is Deputy General Counsel for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. Brill served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from April 2010 through March 2016. Throughout her career, Brill has worked actively on critical consumer issues, including protecting privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in health care and high-tech industries. Prior to serving as FTC Commissioner, she was co-director of the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice of Hogan Lovells, Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law, Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for 20 years, and an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. She has received numerous national awards for her work, including the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award and the Privacy Leader of the Year Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law.
NEIL CHILSON is a Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute. In this position, he will help spearhead the Institute’s continued efforts to foster an environment that encourages innovation and the individual and societal progress it makes possible. Chilson was appointed the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) acting chief technologist in July 2017. His work focused on understanding the economics of privacy, convening a workshop on informational injury, and establishing the FTC’s Blockchain Working Group, among other things. Prior to his appointment, he was an advisor to then-Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with Commission staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, or other proceeding since January 2014, when he joined her office. Before he joined the FTC, he practiced telecommunications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. Chilson holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School, a M.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and B.A. from Harding University.
CAROL CORRADO is Senior Advisor and Research Director in Economics at the Conference Board. She also works with the Conference Board’s China Center for Research on Economics and Business on measuring and analyzing industrial capacity utilization in China. Corrado is a member of the executive committee of the NBER’s Conference on Research on Income and Wealth and is an organizer of a workshop on economic measurement at the NBER’s annual Summer Institute. Since joining the Conference Board in 2008, Corrado has been the recipient of two grants for innovation research from the National Science Foundation. Prior to that, she was chief of the industrial output section at the Federal Reserve Board. She received the American Statistical Association’s prestigious Julius Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics in 2003 in recognition of her leadership in these areas and was a recipient of a Special Achievement Award from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1998. Corrado holds a B.S. in management science from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
THE HONORABLE MAKAN DELRAHIM is Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 27, 2017. He previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel and as a partner in a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. From 2004-07, he was a Commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission. Earlier in his career, Delrahim served as antitrust counsel and later as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA, earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and holds a M.A in biotechnology from the graduate school of Johns Hopkins University.
DELARA DERAKHSHANI is Senior Counsel, Tech Policy at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), where she advises video game publishers and game console manufacturers on a range of technology law and policy matters. Prior to ESA, Ms. Derakhshani served as policy counsel at Consumer Reports, where she testified before members of Congress on technology, telecommunications and privacy issues affecting consumers, drafted regulatory filings before federal agencies, and served as a spokesperson before national media outlets— including NBC Nightly News, NPR, Fox Business, and HuffPost Live, among others. Prior to Consumer Reports, Ms. Derakhshani worked in the DC Government Affairs office of T-Mobile. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation and was recently recognized as an emerging young leader by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Ms. Derakhshani received her J.D. and a certificate in communications law from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.
DONNA EPPS is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances for Verizon Communications. In this role, Epps is responsible for managing Verizon’s federal public policy efforts, including policy development and issues management. She also manages Verizon’s relationships with strategic third-party organizations, including those representing various different consumer interests. She previously served as Verizon’s Director of Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs where she developed and advocated Verizon’s federal regulatory policy positions on a variety of issues, including competition policy, internet and broadband policy, privacy and consumer protection issues. In that role, she represented Verizon before the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. Epps began her career at Verizon as a federal regulatory lawyer where she was responsible for advising clients on federal regulatory issues impacting the company and interfacing with federal agencies on critical policy issues impacting the company. In addition to her work at Verizon, she serves as a Trustee on the National Urban League Board and on the National Council of La Raza Corporate Advisory Board. She is a former trustee of the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation. Prior to joining Verizon, she was in private practice with the law firm of Covington and Burling, a Washington, D.C-based law firm. She was a law clerk to Judge Audrey B. Collins of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She earned her B.A. with degree in Journalism and Public Relations from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
PETER FATELNIG is Minister-Counsellor for digital economy policies at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, residing in Washington DC. Peter’s long experience in the digital tech sector, notably in building industrial innovation strategies, helped the EU to drive forward internet innovation policies. He has served as a senior manager at the European Commission since 1998. Before coming to Washington, he managed the team leading Europe’s new Internet policy and investment initiative. Prior to the EU, he worked on international assignments for the strategy consulting firm American Management Systems, and for the European Space Agency. Fatelnig holds a M.A. in Communication Engineering from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria, and is a senior member of the IEEE.
MARYANN P. FELDMAN is the Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Research Director at UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Her research and teaching interests focus on the areas of innovation, the commercialization of academic research and the factors that promote technological change and economic growth. Dr. Feldman is an editor of the journal, Research Policy, and chairs an interagency working group on Science Policy. From 2014-2017, Dr. Feldman held a joint appointment at the National Science Foundation as the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program Director. Feldman is a prolific writer whose work appears in numerous journals, including: Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, The Journal of Technology Transfer, American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Economic Geography, and The Brookings Papers on Economic Policy.
SVETLANA GANS is the Associate General Counsel at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. In her position Svetlana advances NCTA’s policy positions on competition, privacy, and advertising issues before federal agencies and Congress. Gans is a frequent speaker on privacy and antitrust topics, including FTC process and procedures. Previously, Gans served as the FTC Chief of Staff under FTC Acting Chairman Ohlhausen. In this role, she oversaw all agency operations, executed strategic initiatives, including regulatory and process reforms, and served as a key advisor on consumer protection and competition policy and enforcement matters. As Chief of Staff, Gans also served as the Acting Chairman’s liaison on all intergovernmental coordination matters. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, she had the unique experience of serving as an integral member of both litigating bureaus of the Federal Trade Commission: the Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she has investigated and litigated deceptive marketing and advertising cases, and the Bureau of Competition, where she has investigated and litigated merger cases. Gans received her undergraduate degrees with honors, from Boston University and J.D. with distinction from the University of Denver, College of Law.
MITCH GLAZIER is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In his nearly 20 years at RIAA, Glazier has played a vital role in the music industry’s transition to streaming and “anywhere, anytime” access to music. Before joining RIAA, Glazier served as Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property to the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives under Chairman Henry Hyde. In his career in and out of government, Glazier has worked on every major copyright bill considered in the past three decades from the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995 to the Music Modernization Act of 2018. A native of Illinois, Glazier served as law clerk to the Honorable Wayne R. Andersen, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and practiced law at the Chicago firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg as an associate in commercial litigation. Glazier serves as Chairman of the Board of RIAA, Chairman of the Board of Musicians on Call, the charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals and health care facilities around the country, and serves on the Boards of IFPI, SoundExchange, Leadership Music and the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from Northwestern University and Vanderbilt Law School.
LISA GOLDMAN is Senior Counsel for the Majority Staff of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Her work focuses on privacy and data security, emerging technology, auto safety, and product safety. Before coming to work in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lisa worked as an attorney at a law firm in Florida and as a Judicial Clerk in the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida.
AMBASSADOR DAVID A. GROSS is a Partner in Wiley Rein’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice. He advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, internet, and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative, and many regional organizations. Gross is the former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State. During his tenure at the State Department, Ambassador Gross had overall responsibility for the formulation and advocacy of international communications policy for the United States. Prior to this position, he served as Washington counsel to AirTouch Communications (now Vodafone) and was in private law practice. Gross received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from Columbia Law School.
ROBERT HAHN is a Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. He is also a visiting professor and former director of economics at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University and a senior fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy. He also is co-founder of The Behavioralist and Signol, two companies that use behavioral economics and evidence-based policy making to promote the social good. Bob worked at the American Enterprise Institute for two decades. While there, he co-founded and directed the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, a leader in policy research in law and economics, regulation, and antitrust. Previously, he worked for the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers and was the chief economist on the White House drafting team for the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Bob also has served on the faculties of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University. He served as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Evidence- Based Policymaking and is currently working with key decision makers on ways to promote evidence-based policy.
KATHLEEN HAM is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at T-Mobile. She oversees the company’s work before the FCC and other governmental bodies. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Ham worked for fourteen years at the Federal Communications Commission in a number of top policy positions, including Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She was also the first Chief of the FCC’s Spectrum Auctions Program where she was responsible for the first PCS spectrum auctions. Ham also served on the FCC’s Spectrum Management Task Force and was involved in the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee that negotiated the reallocation of third generation (3G) wireless spectrum from government to commercial use. FierceWireless has named her one of the most influential women in wireless. Ham received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and her law degree from Catholic University Law School.
DALE N. HATFIELD is an Executive Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and an Adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program – both at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Hatfield was the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, immediately before that, he was Chief Technologist at the Agency. He retired from the FCC and government service in December 2000. Before joining the FCC in December 1997, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hatfield Associates, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado based multidisciplinary telecommunications consulting firm. Before founding the consulting firm in 1982, Hatfield was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Before moving to NTIA, Hatfield was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the FCC. Hatfield has over fifty years of experience in telecommunications policy and regulation, spectrum management and related areas. Hatfield was the founding Executive Director of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). He is currently serving on the FCC’s Technology Advisory Council (TAC) and on the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) and served as an independent Director of Crown Castle International Corp. from July 2001 until his retirement in May 2017. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology and an MS in Industrial Management from Purdue University. In May 2008, Hatfield was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Colorado.
BRIAN HUSEMAN is Vice President of Public Policy at Amazon. Brian joined Amazon in May 2012 from Intel Corporation. Prior to Intel, Brian worked at the Federal Trade Commission, where he served as Chief of Staff to Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, as an advisor to Chairman Tim Muris, and as an attorney in the Bureau of Consumer Protection leading technology policy and enforcement actions. Brian joined the FTC from the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division where he was a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Division and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He also served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Sven Erik Holmes of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and to the late Chief Judge Henry A. Politz of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Brian also serves as Co-Chair of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Connect Committee and is on the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council. He was named a 2018 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and made City & State New York’s 2019 Tech Power 50 list. He has a B.A. from Oklahoma State University and J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
THOMAS HAZLETT holds the H.H. Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics at Clemson University, conducting research in the field of Law and Economics and specializing in the information economy, including the analysis of markets and regulation in telecommunications, media, and the Internet. Hazlett has served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission and has held faculty positions at the University of California, Davis, Columbia University, the Wharton School, and George Mason University School of Law. His research has appeared in such academic publications as the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Rand Journal of Economics, and he has published articles in the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Columbia Law Review, and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He also writes for popular periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reason, The New Republic, The Economist, Slate, and the Financial Times. Hazlett also serves as Director of the Information Economy Project at Clemson University. Hazlett has a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.
GINGER ZHE JIN is a Scholar at Amazon as well as a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was on leave at the Federal Trade Commission in 2015-2017 and served as the Director of the FTC Bureau of Economics from January 2016 to July 2017. She has been Research Associate of NBER since 2012. Most of her research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem. Her research has been published in economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, and the Sloan Foundation. She is currently co-editor of Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, associate editor of RAND Journal of Economics, and guest senior editor for a special issue of Marketing Science on consumer protection. In October 2014, she co-founded Hazel Analytics, an analytics company that promotes the use of open government data. In June 2015, she co- organized the Research on Effective Government: Inspection and Compliance Workshop and co- led the effort to compile and maintain a research archive about inspection and compliance at umicra.com. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
ANDREW KEEN is Executive Director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast and host of “Keen On” show, a popular TechCrunch chat show. He is the author of four books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, The Internet is Not the Answer, and his latest book How to Fix the Future. As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He received a B.A. from University of London and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
JARON LANIER is a computer scientist, composer, artist, and author who writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. Lanier’s first book, You Are Not a Gadget, A Manifesto, is held dear by readers as an expression of spiritual sensibility in high tech times. His next book, Who Owns the Future?, provided a foundational critique of internet economics and one of the only frameworks for reform. Another international bestseller, it continues to shape ideas for tech regulation and economics. In 2015 Jaron Lanier published a collection of essays entitled Wenn Träume Erwachsen Werden (When Dreams Grow Up). Then came, Dawn of the New Everything, Lanier’s memoire of his unusual childhood, early Silicon Valley, and the origins of Virtual Reality. In addition to a tender memoire, it also serves as a science book for general readers and a historical dissection of the origins of tech culture. The fourth book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, is another international bestseller, synthesizing what we know about the new technology of tricking people with algorithms. Jaron Lanier has been on the cusp of technological innovation from its infancy to the present. A pioneer in virtual reality (a term he coined), Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products, and led teams originating VR applications for medicine, design, and numerous other fields. He is currently the Office of the Chief Technology Officer Prime Unifying Scientist at Microsoft. He was a founder or principal of startups that were acquired by Google, Adobe, Oracle, and Pfizer. In 2018, Lanier was named one of the 25 most influential people in the previous 25 years of tech history by Wired Magazine. Jaron Lanier is also a musician and artist. He has been active in the world of new “classical” music since the late ’70s and writes chamber and orchestral works.
ROSS LIEBERMAN serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association (ACA Connects), representing the interests of small and medium-sized broadband, video and voice providers. Lieberman is the trade association’s advocate on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining ACA Connects in 2007, Lieberman directed congressional and state affairs for EchoStar Communications Corporation, parent company of DISH Network, for seven years. Lieberman holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University and earned a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
LILY LIU is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer at Earn.com. In 2015, Liu arrived at a hyped crypto mining startup called 21 where she found a struggling, indebted mess. Her leadership as chief financial officer gave rise to a new company called Earn.com, which sought to monetize email messages with Bitcoin. Three years later Coinbase bought Earn for more than $100 million in one of the biggest crypto acquisitions to date. Lily started her career in 2004 as a Summer Analyst at Morgan Stanley. From 2005 to 2009, Liu served as a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. From 2011 to 2014, she was a Chief financial officer at Chinaco Healthcare Corporation. She holds a B.A. of economics from Stanford University.
THOMAS LENARD is Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Technology Policy Institute. Lenard is the author or coauthor of numerous Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, international hit The Internebas and articles on telecommunications, electricity, antitrust, privacy, e-commerce and other regulatory issues. His publications include Net Neutrality or Net Neutering: Should Broadband Internet Services Be Regulated?; The Digital Economy Fact Book; Privacy and the Commercial Use of Personal Information; Competition, Innovation and the Microsoft Monopoly: Antitrust in the Digital Marketplace; and Deregulating Electricity: The Federal Role. Before joining the Technology Policy Institute, Lenard was acting president, senior vice president for research and senior fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. He has served in senior economics positions at the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Trade Commission and the Council on Wage and Price Stability and was a member of the economics faculty at the University of California, Davis. He is a past president and chairman of the board of the National Economists Club. Lenard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.
BLAIR LEVIN is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the The Brookings Institution. He serves as the executive director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project, an initiative of three dozen leading research university communities seeking to support educational and economic development by accelerating the deployment of next generation networks. He also serves as an advisor to a variety of non-profits with a mission of deploying or using broadband technology to advance social progress, including Case Commons, Volo and the LEAD Commission. Previously, he worked with the Communications & Society Program with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, following his departure in 2010 from the Federal Communications Commission where he oversaw the development of a National Broadband Plan. Levin rejoined the Commission in 2009, after eight years as an analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus. Levin served as chief of staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt from December 1993 through October 1997. During that period, he oversaw the implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act, the first spectrum auctions, the development of digital television standards and the commission’s Internet initiative. Prior to his position with the FCC, Levin was a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as numerous local governments on public financing issues. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN leads Access Partnership’s offices in Singapore and Washington DC and manages operations across two continents. Consulting on information and communications technology (ICT) policy, he works with global companies and organizations to develop strategies, shape policy, and access new markets. With over 15 years of experience in international business and policy, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge across various technology policies including cross- border data flows, cybersecurity, privacy, Internet governance, spectrum and trade. Previously, he managed ICT policy at the United States Council for International Business, serving two years as the large-business representative on ICANN’s Nominating Committee. He also coordinated global self-regulatory standards and advanced stakeholder positions in various national and multilateral government bodies. He holds a B.A. from James Madison University and an MPP from the University of Chicago.
LAURA MARTIN is a Senior Analyst at Needham & Company LLC. Martin began her career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in media investment banking, followed by Capital Research & Management, where she advised $100 billion and managed a $500 million portfolio of media stocks. She moved to Credit Suisse First Boston in 1994 as the senior media analyst, where she was nationally ranked by Institutional Investor between 1999 and 2001. In 2002, Martin moved to Paris to become EVP of Financial Strategy and Investor Relations for Vivendi Universal. In 2004, she founded Media Metrics, LLC publishing equity research on the largest entertainment, cable and Internet stocks in the U.S., where she was nationally ranked as “Best of the Independent Research Boutiques” by Institutional Investor for many years. In 2009, Martin moved to Needham & Company, where she publishes research on the largest Internet and Entertainment companies. Martin received her B.A. from Stanford and her MBA from Harvard Business School, and also a CFA and CMT.
LEONARD I. NAKAMURA is Emeritus Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The Regional Section is responsible for producing the Philly Fed’s Business Outlook Survey and State Coincident Indexes. He has written numerous scholarly articles on real estate economics, banking, economic measurement, and investment in intangible assets. Previously, Nakamura was an economist at Citibank and a senior economic consultant for The Conference Board. He also taught at Rutgers University. Nakamura received a B.A. in social sciences from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
MASAHIKO (MASA) NITTONO is General Manager and Chief Corporate Representative of NTT Holding Company in the Washington DC. Among other things, he manages the company’s relationships with government officials and industry executives involved in IT, telecommunications and international trade. Prior to the transfer to NTT Washington DC Office, he was General Manager, Corporate Finance at NTT Holding Company. He oversaw NTT Group subsidiaries’ M&A transactions (outside Japan) from the corporate finance/ strategy perspectives and controlled the decision-making process in the board meeting. Prior to Corporate Finance NTT Holding, Masahiko was Manager, Business Planning Division at NTT East Corporation. Masa led the M&A team consisted of 8 experts and closed many domestic transactions. (acquisitions, disposals, liquidations, restructuring) Masahiko Nittono was a graduate of Ross Business School at University of Michigan as well as a graduate of University of Tokyo.
SARAH OH is a Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. She was previously the Operations and Research Director for the Information Economy Project at George Mason School of Law. Her research interests include law and economics, regulatory analysis, and technology policy. Oh holds a Ph.D. in Economics, a J.D. from George Mason University and a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
THE HONORABLE NOAH JOSHUA PHILLIPS is a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. He was sworn in on May 2, 2018. Before coming to the FTC, Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2011 to 2018, he advised Senator Cornyn on legal and policy matters including antitrust, constitutional law, consumer privacy, fraud, and intellectual property. Prior to his Senate service, Phillips worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C. Phillips began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank in New York City. Phillips received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
RANDY PICKER is a James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the Order of the Coif. While at the Law School, Picker was an Associate Editor of the Law Review. After graduation, Picker clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He then spent three years with Sidley & Austin LLP in Chicago, where he worked in the areas of debt restructuring and corporate reorganizations in bankruptcy. Picker is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and served as project reporter for the Conference’s Bankruptcy Code Review Project. He is also a commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and serves as a member of the drafting committee to revise Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Picker’s primary areas of interest are the laws relating to intellectual property, competition policy and regulated industries, and applications of game theory and agent-based computer simulations to the law. He is the co-author of Game Theory and the Law. He currently teaches classes in antitrust, network industries, and secured transactions. He also regularly teaches bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations. He served as Associate Dean from 1994 to 1996. Picker graduated from the University of Chicago in 1980 cum laude with a B.A. in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then spent two years in the Department of Economics, where he was a Friedman Fellow, completing his doctoral course work and exams. He received a master’s degree in 1982. Thereafter, he attended the Law School and graduated in 1985 cum laude.
PETER PITSCH is Head of Advocacy and Government Relations for the C-Band Alliance. He is responsible for leading the CBA’s advocacy program, working with government agencies and Capitol Hill to ensure all stake holders understand the benefits of the CBA proposal to make mid-band spectrum available quickly to enable the deployment of 5G services in the U.S. Prior to joining the CBA, Peter served as Executive Director of Communications Policy and Associate General Counsel for Intel Corporation. Pitsch was the president of Pitsch Communications from 1989 to 1998, which represented telecommunications clients before the FCC and Congress. Earlier, he was also the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Chief of FCC’s Office of Plans and Policy. Mr. Pitsch received a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.
JEAN PREWITT is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). She became IFTA’s President in April 2000 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in December 2001. She joined IFTA after nearly a decade as a senior U.S. government official and as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. representing film and entertainment interests and the high- technology community. Prior to that time, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of United International Pictures (the international distribution entity formed by then-Universal, Paramount and MGM-UA studios) and managed legal and government affairs on a worldwide basis. Prior to that time, she practiced law with the firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. Prewitt graduated from Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center.
JODEE RICH is the Chief Executive Officer of PeopleBrowsr and creator of new Top Level Domains dotCEO, dotBest and dotKred. He first wrote code on punch cards in 1972. By 1979 he was writing software for the Apple II 64k microcomputer and subsequently founded Imagineering to market and distribute computer software and hardware. Jodee took Imagineering public in 1987 and grew the company to over 1,000 employees before it was acquired in 1990 by First Pacific. He then established mobile and long-distance network operator One.Tel in 1995. In 2007 Jodee started PeopleBrowsr, a provider of social media data, campaigns and analytics. The company has developed a DataMine of 1,500 days of collective intelligence from social media to provide marketing campaigns and advanced analytics to Fortune 500 companies and agencies. In 2011 PeopleBrowsr launched Kred, an authoritative measure of community influence and outreach based on social media interactions. Prior to PeopleBrowsr, Rich was the catalyst of several successful technology ventures. In 1980 he established Imagineering, a microcomputer software and hardware distributor with operations in Australia and Southeast Asia. He later formed One.Tel, a service provider of GSM mobile and long-distance calls, One.Tel, in 1995. One.Tel UK was purchased by British Gas, a subsidiary of Centrica, for $200 million and over one million customers continue to be served under the One.Tel brand. He received both BSc and BEc degrees from the University of Sydney.
BILL ROCKWOOD is the Legislative Assistant and primary technology staffer to Congressmen Darren Soto of Florida’s 9th District. During his time as a Congressional Staffer, he and drafted a variety of technology and finance bills/amendments, including those related to artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity. He is a graduate of Rollins College, the Crummer School of Business Administration, and Georgetown University Law Center.
CATHRYN ROSS is Group Regulatory Affairs Director at BT Group. At BT Cathryn is responsible for developing and implementing BT’s regulatory strategy across the group, covering regulation in the UK and beyond. She was previously Chief Executive of Ofwat, the independent economic regulator for the water and wastewater sector in England and Wales. She was responsible for ensuring that Ofwat held a £120 billion industry to account in delivering against the expectations of customers, wider society and the environment. She successfully saw through the delivery of a new strategy for Ofwat, focused on a vision for the sector of trust and confidence in water and wastewater services and transformed the regulator in order to deliver this. Cathryn is an experienced regulatory and competition economist and has worked across a number of different sectors advising on economic, regulatory and competition issues. Previously, Cathryn was Executive Director of Markets and Economics at the Office of Rail Regulation (now Office of Rail and Road). She was Executive Director of Markets and Economics at Ofwat between 2008 and 2011. She also served with the Competition Commission (now Competition and Markets Authority) and worked in economic consultancy.
GREGORY ROSSTON is Director of the Public Policy program at Stanford University, the Gordon Cain Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Professor of Economics (by courtesy). Rosston served as Deputy Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission working on the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and helped to design and implement the first ever spectrum auctions in the United States. In 2011, he was Senior Economist for Transactions for the Federal Communications Commission for the proposed AT&T – T-Mobile transaction. He co-chaired the Economy, Globalization and Trade committee for the 2008 Obama campaign and was a member of the Obama transition team on economic agency review and energy policy. He served as a member and co-chair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee from 2010 – 2014. Rosston has written extensively on the application of economics to telecommunications issues. He has advised companies and governments regarding auctions in the United States and other countries and served as a consultant to various organizations including the World Bank and the Federal Communications Commission, and as a board member and advisor to high technology, financial, and startup companies in the areas of auctions, business strategy, antitrust and regulation. Rosston received his A.B. with Honors in Economics from University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
JAY A. SCHWARZ is Vice President for Global Public Policy at Comcast Corporation. Prior to his current role, he held positions at the Federal Communications Commission in the Chairman’s Office, the Office of Strategic Planning, the Wireline Competition Bureau, and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. He has co-authored peer reviewed telecommunications research and received the FCC’s 2014 Excellence in Economics award. He holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Economics.
DIMITRI SIROTA is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of one of the first enterprise privacy management platforms, BigID, and a privacy and identity expert. He is an established serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and strategist, and previously founded two enterprise software companies focused on security (eTunnels) and API management (Layer 7 Technologies), which was sold to CA Technologies in 2013. He received a BSc from McGill University and MSc from the University of British Columbia.
THE HONORABLE REBECCA KELLY SLAUGHTER is a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. She was sworn in on May 2, 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, she served as Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Leader. A native New Yorker, she advised Leader Schumer on legal, competition, telecom, privacy, consumer protection, and intellectual property matters, among other issues. Prior to joining Senator Schumer’s office, Slaughter was an associate in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP. She received her B.A. in Anthropology magna cum laude from Yale University and J.D. from Yale Law School.
MICHAEL SMITH is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. He is also a Professor of Information Systems and Marketing and the Co-Director of IDEA, the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds academic appointments at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Information Systems and Management and the Tepper School of Business. Smith has received several notable awards including the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Research Award, and he was recently selected as one of the top 100 “emerging engineering leaders in the United States” by the National Academy of Engineering. Smith received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude), a M.S. in Telecommunications Science from the University of Maryland, and received a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
BRIAN SULLIVAN is anchor of CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange.”. He is also Senior National Correspondent for the network, covering some of the nation’s biggest stories. Most recently, Sullivan was co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” In his 20 years of financial journalism and television experience, Sullivan has reported from five continents. He has been twice nominated for the prestigious Loeb Award; one for being recognized as among the first financial journalists to highlight the risks of the housing bubble in 2007, and the other for the 2013 CNBC documentary “America’s Gun: The Rise of the AR-15.” Prior to CNBC, Sullivan served as an anchor at Fox Business News as well as a producer, reporter and anchor for Bloomberg Television. Sullivan has a B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech, where he serves on the Alumni Board, as well as a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
JAMIE SUSSKIND is the Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association. In that role, she focuses on advocating for policies to encourage the development of consumer technology innovations such as drones, AR/VR, the Internet of Things, self-driving vehicles, and digital health. Susskind joined CTA from the Federal Communications Commission, where she was Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor to Commissioner Brendan Carr, as well as a Legal Advisor and Attorney in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Susskind also spent time working in the U.S. Senate, first as a detailee to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under Chairman John Thune (R-SD), and next as Chief Counsel to Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE). Susskind began her career as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary J. Schoelen at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
SHANE TEWS is a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works on international communications, technology and cybersecurity issues, including privacy, internet governance, data protection, 5G networks, the Internet of Things, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies. Previously, she managed internet security and digital commerce issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She began her career in the George H. W. Bush White House as a deputy associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and later moved to Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress. She is currently vice chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation and co-chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA. Tews studied communications at Arizona State University and American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.
BRYAN TRAMONT is Managing Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. As the firm’s managing partner, he offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation. He regularly advises companies as they develop and evaluate new business opportunities in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. Before joining WBK, Tramont served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Michael Powell. Prior to being elevated to Chief of Staff, Tramont served as Chairman Powell’s Senior Legal Advisor, as well as prior stints as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He currently is an adjunct law professor in Catholic University of America’s Communications Law Institute and a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tramont serves on the Commerce Department Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and previously co-chaired the Committee for three years. He is on the Board of Trustees at William Woods University and has served in numerous leadership positions for the Federal Communications Bar Association, including President for 2010- 2011. He holds a B.A. from George Washington University and J.D. from Yale Law School.
HAL R. VARIAN is the Chief Economist at Google. Varian has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management, and a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and has taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. He received his S.B. degree from MIT and his M.A. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley. Varian holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
JAN VAN VOORN is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). With more than a decade of intellectual property enforcement experience, Jan currently heads up the MPAA’s global content protection team, working directly with the MPAA’s members to define their global enforcement strategy, as well as liaising with the MPAA’s branch/partner programs and law enforcement agencies around the world to deploy that strategy. Jan is credited with building the MPAA’s global enforcement hub with offices in Asia-Pacific, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the United States. Prior to joining the MPAA, Jan had a career in Law Enforcement and led teams specialized in investigating and prosecuting organized and computer crimes.
SCOTT WALLSTEN is President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute and also a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. He is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and public policy, and his research focuses on competition, regulation, telecommunications, the economics of digitization, and technology policy. He was the economics director for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and has been a lecturer in Stanford University’s public policy program, director of communications policy studies and senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a senior fellow at the AEI – Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, an economist at The World Bank, a scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a staff economist at the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
PHIL WEISER is the 39th Attorney General of Colorado. As the state’s chief legal officer, Weiser is committed to protecting the people of Colorado and building a law office that will serve all Coloradans effectively. Previously, Weiser served as a Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, where he founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Weiser held senior leadership positions in the Obama administration, appointed to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council. Earlier in his career, Weiser co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council and served in President Bill Clinton’s Department of Justice. He worked in Denver for Judge Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and held two clerkships at the United States Supreme Court, for Justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and J.D. from New York University.
LAWRENCE WHITE is the Robert Kavesh Professor of conomics and Deputy Chair, Economics, at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. His primary research areas of interest include financial regulation, antitrust, network industries, international banking and applied microeconomics. White has published numerous articles in the Journal of Business, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and other leading journals in economics, finance, and law. He is the author of The S&L Debacle: Public Policy Lessons for Bank and Thrift Regulation, among other books, and he is the co-editor (with John Kwoka) of the 6th of edition of The Antitrust Revolution. He contributed chapters to both of the NYU Stern books on the financial crisis – Restoring Financial Stability and Regulating Wall Street. He is the co-author of Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance. He received his B.A. of economics from Harvard University, Ph.D. of economics from Harvard University and MS.c. of economics from London School of Economics.
PAI-LING YIN is an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and Director of the Technology Commercialization Initiative at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Prior to that she was a social science research scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. She is also a co-founder of the Mobile Innovation Group (mig.stanford.edu), studying all the aspects of the mobile app ecosystem, from industry evolution to platform competition to entrepreneurial strategy. She has written numerous cases on technology and strategy and research papers on platform competition and diffusion of innovation. She received both a B.A. and B.S. from Indiana University Bloomington, MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science and PhD in Economics from Stanford and was a professor of strategy at both Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management.
LANDON ZINDA currently serves as Legislative Director to Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN), handling technology, telecommunications, judiciary, and other issues, including Congressman Emmer’s FinTech work on the House Financial Services Committee. He is also responsible for Congressman Emmer’s work on the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. Previously, Landon worked at the Heritage Foundation’s government affairs department until 2014. Landon is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law and Gustavus Adolphus College.
Sunday, August 18
- 6:00 pm Opening Reception and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Phil Weiser, Attorney General, State of Colorado
Monday, August 19
- 8:45 am Opening Keynote
Susan Athey, Professor of Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Founding Director, Shared Prosperity and Innovation Initiative and Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
- 8:45 am Will Tech Ever Make Us More Productive?
Susan Athey, Professor of Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Founding Director, Shared Prosperity and Innovation Initiative and Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Carol Corrado, Senior Advisor and Research Director, Economics Program, The Conference Board
Leonard Nakamura, Emeritus Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Pai-Ling Yin, Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and Director, Technology Commercialization Initiative, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
- 9:45 am Techlash: Why Did it Happen and How to Respond
Jane Bambauer, Professor of Law, University of Arizona
Andrew Keen, Author, Founder and Executive Producer, FutureCast, and Contributor, TechCrunch
Randal C. Picker, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago The Law School
Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
Thomas Lenard (moderator), Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Technology Policy Institute
- 9:45 am Law & Regulation of Cryptocurrency
Stuart Alderoty, General Counsel, Ripple
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
- 12:00 pm Luncheon Keynote
Jaron Lanier, Computer Scientist, Composer, Artist and Author
- 1:45 pm How Many Gs Do We Need? (And Does the U.S. Need to Be First?)
Rob Alderfer, Vice President, Technology Policy, CableLabs
Donna Epps, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon Communications
Dale Hatfield, Executive Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
Thomas Hazlett, Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics in the John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University
Cathryn Ross, Director, Regulatory Affairs, BT Group
Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
- 7:00 pm Dinner and Concurrent Breakout Sessions
FCC & NTIA Transition Team
Blair Levin, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Gregory Rosston, Director, Public Policy Program, Stanford University and Gordon Cain Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Jay Schwarz, Vice President, Public Policy, Comcast
Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy InstituteFTC & DOJ Transition TeamAlden F. Abbott, General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow, Technology and Innovation, Charles Koch Institute
Svetlana Gans, Associate General Counsel, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
Brian Huseman, Vice President, Public Policy, Amazon
Ginger Zhe Jin, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park and Scholar, Amazon
Lawrence J. White, Robert Kavesh Professorship in Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
Thomas M. Lenard (moderator), President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy InstituteBlockchainStuart Alderoty, General Counsel, Ripple
Lisa Goldman, Senior Counsel, Consumer Protection Subcommittee, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Lily Liu, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, Earn.com
Jodee Rich, Co-Founder and CEO, PeopleBrowsr and NFT.Kred
Bill Rockwood, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Darren Soto (Blockchain Caucus Co-Chair)
Landon Zinda, Legislative Director, Congressman Tom Emmer (Blockchain Caucus Co-Chair)
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy InstituteEmbedding a Culture of Evidence-Based Policymaking in Government: Next Steps
Tim Bradley, Minister Counsellor for Industry, Science, and Education, Embassy of Australia
Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Cathryn Ross, Director, Regulatory Affairs, BT Group
Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
Robert Hahn (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Tuesday, August 20
- 8:30 am An Antitrust Discussion
The Honorable Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Brian Sullivan, Anchor and Senior National Correspondent, CNBC
- 9:00 am What is the Future of Entertainment? Streaming Innovation: New Outlets, New Threats
Delara Derakhshani, Senior Counsel, Tech Policy, Entertainment Software Association
Mitch Glazier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Recording Industry Association of America
Jean Prewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Film & Television Alliance
Michael D. Smith, Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Carnegie Mellon University
Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection, Motion Picture Association
Laura Martin (moderator), Senior Analyst, Entertainment, Cable and Media, Needham & Company LLC
- 10:15 am The Fractured Internet: Is it Already Too Late for Humpty Dumpty?
Fiona Alexander, Distinguished Policy Strategist in Residence, School of International Service, American University
Chris Martin, Head of Region, Asia and US, Access Partnership
Masahiko Nittono, General Manager and Chief Corporate Representative, NTT Corporation
Jamie Susskind, Vice President Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Ambassador David Gross (moderator), Partner and Co-Chair, Telecom, Media and Technology Practice, Wiley Rein LLP
- 11:15 am How is Washington Affecting the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem?
Gil Beyda, Managing Director at Comcast Ventures and Founder and Managing Partner at Genacast Ventures
Maryann Feldman, Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina, Adjunct Professor of Finance at Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Research Director at UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Dimitri Sirota, CEO and Co-Founder, BigID
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
- 12:15 pm C-Band: Endgame?
Claude Aiken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
Kathleen Ham, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, T- Mobile
Ross Lieberman, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association
Peter Pitsch, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations, C-Band Alliance
Blair Levin (moderator), Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Members of the press should contact Lindsay Poss at [email protected] for complimentary registration and more information.
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TPI’s Aspen Forum will be held at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, the resort is within walking distance to all of Aspen’s shops, restaurants and entertainment.
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Attendees are responsible for cancellation of hotel and air transportation and any associated costs. Cancellation fees may vary.
A group rate has been negotiated with the St. Regis. Please note that space is extremely limited; secure your reservation now.
Reservations at the St. Regis can be made by contacting group reservations at (970) 920-3300. Please be sure to reference Tech Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum to receive the group rate. After July 21, 2019, the group rate will only be honored based on availability.
If space is no longer available, please contact Jane Creel for alternate lodging options nearby.