Aspen Forum 2021

AUGUST 15 – 17, 2021

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Sunday, August 15th

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Opening Reception & Welcome Remarks

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm The Honorable Phil Weiser, Attorney General, State of Colorado

Monday, August 16th
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome Remarks

8:15 am – 9:00 am Discussion – The Government’s Role in Promoting Science & Technology
Ashish Arora, Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Linda Cohen, Professor of Economics and Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Kaye Husbands Fealing, Dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology
Prem Natarajan, Vice President, Alexa AI and Head of Natural Language Understanding, Amazon
Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

9:00 am – 10:00 am Discussion – How is the U.S. Reshaping Antitrust?
Shane Greenstein, Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the HBS Digital Initiative, Harvard Business School
Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner and Co-chair, Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, Baker Botts, LLP
The Honorable Noah Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Carl Shapiro, Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Economics and Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy Emeritus, Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown University & Partner, Davis Polk Wardell LLP
Tom Lenard (moderator), President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 11:00 am A Discussion with Facebook Oversight Board Members
Michael McConnell, Co-Chair, Facebook Oversight Board
Julie Owono, Member, Facebook Oversight Board, Executive Director, Internet Without Borders, Fellow, Digital Civil Society
Cat Zakrzewski (moderator), Technology Policy Reporter, The Washington Post

11:00 am – 11:45 am Discussion – Media Industry Winners, Losers and Policy by 2025
Jean Barnard, Portfolio Manager & Director of Research, Kennedy Capital Management, Inc.
Tom Hazlett, Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics in the John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University
Laura Martin, Managing Director, Entertainment, Cable and Media, Needham & Company LLC
Michael Smith (moderator), Professor, Information Technology and Marketing, Heinz College and Tepper School of Business

11:45 am – Noon Break for Lunch

Noon – 1:15 pm Fireside Keynote with Charlie Ergen
Charlie Ergen, CEO & Co-Founder, DISH & EchoStar
Brian Sullivan (moderator), Host of Worldwide Exchange and Senior Correspondent at CNBC

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Discussion – How Should We Spend $100b on Broadband?
Michelle Connelly, Professor of Economics, Duke University
Donald Cravins Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Urban League
Dominique Harrison, Technology Policy Director, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Larry Irving, President and CEO, Irving Information Group
Greg Rosston, Gordon Cain Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Director of Public Policy, Stanford University
Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm Afternoon Break

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session: How Should Platforms Moderate Content, and How Well are
they Doing It?
Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow, Charles Koch Institute
Barbara Comstock, Senior Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Steve DelBianco, President & CEO, NetChoice
Neil Fried, Founder, DigitalFrontiers Advocacy
Rick Lane, Founder & CEO, Iggy Ventures
Matt Perault, Director, Center on Science & Technology Policy, Duke University
Evan Swarztrauber, Director, Clout Public Affairs
Crystal Tully, Deputy Staff Director, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science &
Transportation (invited)
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session: What Have we Learned About Privacy from the Pandemic, and
What Does it Mean Going Forward?
Jane Horvath, Chief Privacy Officer, Apple
David Redl, Founder & CEO, Salt Point Strategies and Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center at
the University of Colorado
Steve Satterfield, Director, Facebook Public Policy
Amie Stepanovich, Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and
Jamie Susskind, Policy Advisor, US Senate, Office of US Senator Marsha Blackburn (invited)
Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Alan Raul (moderator), Partner, Sidley & Austin, LLP

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session: Towards an Inclusive Tech Policy
Anita Banicevic, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Paroma Sanyal, Senior Consultant, Brattle
Karen Silverman, CEO & Founder, The Canellus Group
Gabrielle Kohlmeier (co-moderator), Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & Strategic Projects,
Samm Sacks (co-moderator), Cyber Policy Fellow, New America

Tuesday, August 17th

7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:15 am Fireside Chat with Maurice Ferré and Chase Koch
Maurice Ferré, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, INSIGHTEC
Chase Koch, President, Koch Disruptive Technologies
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

9:15 am – 10:00 am Discussion – What are General Counsel’s Major Policy Priorities?
Jennifer Hightower, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Law and Policy, Cox
Communications, Inc.
Jennifer Newstead, General Counsel and Vice President, Facebook
Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Motion Picture
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 10:45am Fireside Chat with Noopur Davis
Noopur Davis, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer,
Shane Tews (moderator), President, Logan Circle Strategies

10:45 am – 11:45 am Discussion – Does China Need the West?
David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Xiaomeng Lu, Senior Analyst, Geo-technology Practice, Eurasia Group
Samm Sacks, Cyber Policy Fellow, New America
Lixin Colin Xu, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank
Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

11:45 am – Noon Break for Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon Discussion with North American Telecom Regulators
The Honorable Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Mignon Clyburn, Principal, MLC Strategies, LLC
Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission
Bryan Tramont (moderator), Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

1:30 pm Adjourn


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