2021 HOW IS TECH RESHAPING THE POST-COVID WORLD?
AUGUST 15 – 17, 2021
Aspen Forum 2021
2021 HOW IS TECH RESHAPING THE POST-COVID WORLD?
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 &
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
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
Bryan Tramont (moderator), Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
1:30 pm Adjourn
ASHISH ARORA is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research focuses on the economics of technology and technical change. Arora’s research has included the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the economics of information security, and the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups. He has studied the rise of the software industry and the pharmaceutical industry in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the management of intellectual property and licensing in corporations, and innovation based entrepreneurship. He serves as departmental editor, Management Science, served as an editor of Research Policy between 2008 – 2014, and is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Evolutionary Economics. In the past, he has served on advisory panels to the Secretary of Commerce, the National Academy of Sciences, and The Association for Computing Machinery. Arora was on the faculty at the Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University, where he held the H. John Heinz Professorship, till 2009. Arora received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1992.
ANITA BANICEVIC is Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, with a particular focus on mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal pricefixing investigations. The only lawyer in Canada to be ranked in both Competition Law and Advertising and Marketing Law in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Anita is frequently sought out to advise on some of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada. With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, Anita has secured Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for numerous highprofile transactions of Canadian and international businesses in various industries. She regularly assists clients with contested proceedings before the courts and the Competition Tribunal, as well as negotiated resolutions and consent agreements. Anita has held leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association. She served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section from September 2017 to 2018 and is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Antitrust Section of the ABA.
JEAN BARNARD, CFA is Director of the Portfolio Manager of the Small Cap Growth and SMID Cap Growth strategies for Kennedy Capital Management, Inc. Ms. Barnard also serves as the Director of Research, responsible for the coordination and direction of internal research operations. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Jean was Executive Vice President and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Janus Classic Growth Strategy (Janus Fund), a position she held since January 2016 after serving in the role of Assistant Portfolio Manager from 2014. Previously as the Sector Lead for Communications, Ms. Barnard led a team of analysts covering the internet, media, and telecommunications sectors globally. Jean began her career at Janus Capital in 1992 as an equity research analyst, soon becoming a key founding member of the firm’s international team supporting the Janus Worldwide and Overseas strategies. Ms. Barnard earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University, graduating with distinction in both majors.
JULIE BRILL is Corporate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, and 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.
HONORABLE BRENDAN CARR is a Commissioner of the FCC. He focuses on regulatory reforms that will help create jobs and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans. Commissioner Carr brings a dozen years of private and public sector experience in communications and tech policy to his role as Commissioner. Previously, he served as General Counsel of the FCC, representing the agency in court and serving as the chief legal advisor to the Commission. He first joined the FCC as a staffer in 2012 and worked on spectrum policy and competition matters for a number of FCC offices. Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Carr worked as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP in the firm’s appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He litigated cases involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. A graduate of Georgetown University, Commissioner Carr clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge Dennis W. Shedd. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at the Catholic University of America where he served as an editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
NEIL CHILSON is a senior research fellow for technology and innovation at the Charles Koch Institute where he spearheads the Institute’s efforts to foster an environment that encourages innovation and the individual and societal progress it makes possible. Prior to joining CKI, Chilson was the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) chief technologist. In this capacity, he 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, Chilson was an adviser 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, and proceeding. Chilson practiced telecommunications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP before joining the FTC in January 2014. Chilson holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harding University.
MIGNON CLYBURN is Principal at MLC Strategies an independent consulting firm she established in January of 2019. Mignon was sworn in for her first term as Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission on August 3, 2009; sworn in for a second term on February 19, 2013; and served until June 6, 2018. She also served as Acting FCC Chairwoman from May 20, 2013 through November 4, 2013. While at the FCC, Commissioner Clyburn was committed to closing the digital divide. Specifically, she was an advocate for Lifeline Modernization, which assists low-income consumers to defray the cost of broadband service, championed diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, emphasized diversity and inclusion in STEM opportunities, and fought to preserve a free and open internet. Prior to the FCC, she spent 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. Prior to the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of her family-founded newspaper for 14 years, the Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.
LINDA COHEN is a Professor of Economics and Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Her research is in innovation policy, with an emphasis on energy, using economic and political models to analyze how certain institutions affect technological innovation. Her work overlaps with administrative law and intellectual property issues, as well as formal modeling of judicial and political institutions.
BARBARA COMSTOCK is a Senior Advisor with Baker Donelson. She’s active in the technology and cybersecurity areas, national security and space, and congressional investigations. Barbara was elected to Congress in 2014, and served two terms representing Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, making her the first woman elected to that seat. During her time in Congress, Barbara was a leader on technology and cybersecurity issues, chairing the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology subcommittee, as well as serving on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Her legislative achievements include passing legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM, as well as expanding research in the technology space. While in Congress, Barbara was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to chair a subcommittee. Prior to elected office, Barbara co-founded her own public affairs firm and was a senior partner at Blank Rome Government Relations. She also served as Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice, overseeing the communications efforts at the Justice Department and FBI, handling communications dealing with major terrorism investigations, corporate fraud, and antitrust matters.
MICHELLE P. CONNOLLY is Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department at Duke University. Professor Connolly currently serves as the Director of the Honors Program in Economics. In 2011, Professor Connolly won the Howard D. Johnson Trinity College Teaching Prize and was named among the top five percent of Duke University Undergraduate Instructors in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2017. Professor Connolly’s research and teaching focus specifically on international trade, telecommunications policy, media policy, education, growth, and development. She has received funding for her research from the National Science Foundation, the Duke Arts and Sciences Research Council Grants, the Spencer Grant, and the Teagle Grant. Professor Connolly previously served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009, and as an Economist for the International Research Function for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1996 to 1997. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Yale University in 1990, and went on to earn her M.A. and M.Phil in economics. Professor Connolly received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1996.
DON CRAVINS, JR., is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Urban League. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with President Morial to set and maintain goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure departmental and organizational objectives and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of NUL. Don also leads NUL’s corporate diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives and assists with NUL’s strong functioning of and relationships with Urban League affiliates and the NUL Board of Directors. Don brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NUL, Don served as Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at Charter Communications. Don’s other past experiences include serving as Senior Vice President of Policy for the National Urban League, Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and a member of the Louisiana State Legislature. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the Southern University Law Center, Don is also a Major in the Army National Guard.
NOOPUR DAVIS is Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast Cable. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the full range of cybersecurity functions for all Comcast Cable businesses, including all products and services delivered to our residential and business customers. Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, data protection, security architecture and engineering, security operations and incident response, threat hunting, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, technical fraud, and the Legal Response Center. Additionally, Noopur serves as SVP, Product and Information Security for Comcast Corp. She is a champion of women in technology and serves on the Advisory Board of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen. She is the recipient of the WICT/SCTE•ISBE/Cablefax Women in Technology award, and has been included on the Cablefax 100, Cablefax Diversity, Cablefax Most Powerful Women and Top Women in Technology lists multiple times. Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).
STEVE DELBIANCO is President and CEO of Netchoice. Steve has become a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation. He’s provided expert testimony in 25 Congressional hearings and many more state legislative sessions. Steve advocates for NetChoice positions at the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he serves on the Private Enterprise Board. Moreover, Steve regularly enters the lion’s den at the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, where he’s the lone opponent of new tax burdens on Internet commerce. Regarding Internet governance, Steve protects NetChoice member interests at ICANN, where he’s the elected policy chair for the Business Constituency. He’s participated in all meetings of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and is a lead organizer at the IGF-USA. Steve holds degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, plus an MBA from the Wharton School. He lives in McLean, Virginia where he is active in community government.
CHARLIE ERGEN co-founded DISH, formerly EchoStar Communications Corporation, in 1980 and currently acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors for both DISH and EchoStar. Today, he oversees DISH’s long-term business development and strategy as well as the company’s emerging wireless division. Most recently, Charlie focused on reaching new markets and expanding product and service offerings including Sling TV and the acquisition of wireless spectrum. A prominent leader in the satellite and telecommunications industries, Charlie has received numerous accolades for his career as an entrepreneur. He was among the 2012 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame and was named one of Barron’s “World’s Best CEOs” and listed among Forbes “Top 10 CEOs” in 2007. In 2001, Charlie was honored as Frost & Sullivan’s “CEO of the Year in the Satellite Industry” and became the first person to win the Rocky Mountain News “Business Person of the Year” for the second time. Instrumental in the fight to allow American consumers access to local channels via satellite, he helped secure the passage of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act in 1999 and was co-founder of the Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association. Charlie received his Bachelor of Science in General Business and Accounting from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Business Administration from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
MAURICE FERRÉ, MD is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at INSIGHTEC, the innovator of incisionless surgery. Dr. Ferré brings over 20 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur in the medical technology industry. Prior to INSIGHTEC, Ferré served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of MAKO Surgical Corporation, a transformational robotic surgical company that he co-founded. The company was acquired by Stryker Corp. for $1.65 billion in 2013. Prior to MAKO, Ferré was Founder, CEO and President of Visualization Technology Inc. (VTI). VTI became the world leader in image-guided surgery with a navigation platform for ENT and was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2002. Dr. Ferré received his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from Boston University in 1992. He was the recipient of the prestigious Ernest & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was awarded BioFlorida’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Dr. Ferré is a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston University and is also active on the boards of The Everglades Foundation and Endeavor Miami.
NEIL FRIED brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors on media and technology law. In January 2020 he launched DigitalFrontiers Advocacy, which works to advance respect for the First Amendment, intellectual property, free markets, and the rule of law as mutually reinforcing pillars of creativity, innovation, and economic growth in a democratic society. Prior to starting DigitalFrontiers Advocacy, he spent close to seven years as SVP for Government and Regulatory Affairs at the Motion Picture Association. Neil joined the MPA in 2013 from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he served nearly a decade as chief counsel on media and technology issues. Before his work on the Hill, Neil represented clients before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission while at the D.C. offices of two law firms: first Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, and then Paul Hastings. Neil helped implement the 1996 Telecommunications Act as an attorney with the FCC from 1996 to 2000. Before coming to the FCC, he was a John S. and James L. Knight Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
AMBASSADOR DAVID GROSS co-chairs the Telecom, Media & Technology Practice at Wiley. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications and Internet policies, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. David draws on more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policymaker, and corporate executive to assist U.S. companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses. He also advises non-U.S. companies, and industry organizations seeking to invest in, monitor, and understand the U.S. and international markets, as well as national governments. David 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 (ITU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as many regional organizations.
SHANE GREENSTEIN is the Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the HBS Digital Initiative. He teaches in the Technology, Operations and Management Unit. Professor Greenstein is also co-director of the program on the economics of digitization at The National Bureau of Economic Research. Encompassing a wide array of questions about computing, communication, and Internet markets, Professor Greenstein’s research extends from economic measurement and analysis to broader issues. His most recent book focuses on the development of the commercial Internet in the United States. He also publishes commentary on his blog, Digitopoly, and his work has been covered by media outlets ranging from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Fast Company and PC World. Professor Greenstein previously taught at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1989 and his BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1983, both in economics.
DR. DOMINIQUE HARRISON is the Director of the Technology Policy Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The program is dedicated to exploring the impact of emerging technologies and developing legislative strategies to improve the lives of Black communities. She focuses on platform accountability, broadband access and adoption, and privacy & algorithmic fairness. Before her current role, Dr. Harrison served as Project Director in the Aspen Digital Program at the Aspen Institute, where she conceived, developed, and led projects at the intersection of media, technology, and public policy. She also served as the primary thought-leader on efforts related to justice, equity, race, and technology. At the Institute, Dr. Harrison developed the Tech X Talent Project, funded by the Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures, that seeks to promote greater equity in the technology workforce. Dr. Harrison earned her B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Technology, Policy and Society from Howard University.
THOMAS HAZLETT is the Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He has previously held faculty positions at George Mason University, the University of California, Davis, and the Wharton School, and served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission. A noted expert in regulatory economics and information markets, his research has appeared in academic forums such as the Journal of Law & Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Columbia Law Review. He has also written for such popular periodicals as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Slate, the N.Y. Times, N.Y. Daily News, Reuters.com, Business Week, The New Republic and the Financial Times. His most recent book, The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone, (Yale, 2017), was featured as one of the top tech books of the year at CES 2018.
JENNIFER HIGHTOWER is senior vice president of law and policy and general counsel at Cox Communications. She oversees Cox’s compliance, legal operations, litigation, regulatory and privacy affairs, and corporate government affairs. She advises on policy and strategic initiatives related to Cox’s lines of business. Prior to her current role, Hightower was vice president of regulatory affairs, overseeing compliance with federal and state rules and regulations, and managing external relationships with other communications providers. Hightower joined Cox in 1997 as legal counsel and later was promoted to assistant general counsel where she oversaw all transactional and operational legal support. Prior to joining Cox, she served in various legal positions at BellSouth Corporation, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. and Drew, Eckl & Farnham. Hightower is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Georgia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.
JANE HORVATH is the Senior Director of Global Privacy at Apple. She has been with the company since September of 2011, and brings more than a decade of information privacy and legal experience to the role. She is responsible for overseeing Apple’s compliance with global privacy laws as well as working internally and externally on developing issues related to privacy. Prior to Apple, Ms. Horvath was Global Privacy Counsel at Google. Before that, Ms. Horvath served as the DOJ’s first Chief Privacy Counsel and Civil Liberties Officer. At the DOJ, she was a member of the High Level Contact Group and leader of the U.S. delegation of experts tasked with exploring common ground between the European Union’s Third Pillar data protection principles and U.S. federal privacy laws. Prior to the DOJ, she also was the General Counsel of Digital City Inc., an America Online, Inc. (AOL) subsidiary, and Assistant General Counsel at AOL, where she helped draft the company’s first privacy policies. Ms. Horvath holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.
KAYE HUSBANDS FEALING is Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, formerly the Chair of the School of Public Policy Georgia Tech. She specializes in science of science and innovation policy, the public value of research expenditures, and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields and workforce. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Husbands Fealing taught at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and she was a study director at the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to the Humphrey School, she was the William Brough professor of economics at Williams College, where she began her teaching career in 1989. She developed and was the inaugural program director for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science of Science and Innovation Policy program and co-chaired the Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group, chartered by the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Policy Council. At NSF, she also served as an Economics Program director. Husbands Fealing was a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development, where she conducted research on NAFTA’s impact on the Mexican and Canadian automotive industries, and research on strategic alliances between aircraft contractors and their subcontractors. Husbands Fealing holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
CHASE KOCH is President of Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT). As President, Chase is focused on helping tech entrepreneurs unlock their full potential by bringing Koch’s market channels, knowledge and network to them, structuring unique capital solutions and embracing a long-term, mutual benefit mindset. KDT’s approach aligns with Koch Industries vision of driving continual transformation and is designed to transform Koch’s existing capabilities, create new capabilities and expand Koch into new technology platforms. KDT is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held companies in the world with $115 billion in revenue and operating in 70 countries. Chase is passionate about removing barriers to opportunity, and also serves as chairman of Stand Together Ventures, a unique network that focuses on developing new, transformative and disruptive solutions that help to break the barriers that stand in the way of unleashing human potential. Previously, Chase was Executive Vice President at Koch Agronomic Services, LLC. He has also held roles in regional management and global supply at Koch Fertilizer Company, in addition to serving as a financial analyst with Koch Equity Development Group. He is a board member of Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation.
GABRIELLE KOHLMEIER is Associate General Counsel for Antitrust and Strategic Affairs at Verizon. Gabrielle is responsible for counseling all of Verizon’s businesses – from Verizon Wireless, Wireline, Enterprise, Fleet Management, to Oath properties including Yahoo! and AOL – on merger, litigation and other competition issues, including on blockchain initiatives, and representing the company before various enforcement agencies, and working on policy strategy. She is also actively involved in Verizon’s women and diversity initiatives, and pro bono programs. Before joining Verizon, Gabrielle practiced at the global law firm Latham & Watkins, where her practice focused on Antitrust and Competition, representing companies across a wide variety of industries in complex class action litigation, mergers, and agency representations. Gabrielle has served on the leadership of the ABA Antitrust Section for eight years. She is Vice Chair of the Unilateral Conduct Committee, leads several mentoring and diversity initiatives within the Section, promotes section initiatives as social media ambassador, and chairs a working group of the Compliance and Ethics Committee on Technology and Compliance. Gabrielle is also an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Gabrielle graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from the George Washington University Law School, and simultaneously completed a graduate degree with concentrations in Technology and International Economics from George Washington University in 2008. She is admitted to the bars of New York and the District of Columbia.
RICK LANE is the founder and CEO of Iggy Ventures, LLC. Iggy Ventures focuses on advising and investing in startups, projects, and public policy initiatives that can have a positive societal impact. Rick served from 2001 – 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for News Corporation/21st Century Fox where he was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Company’s public policy activities with a focus on digital distribution. He also served as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the 21st Century FOX Political Action Committee (FOXPAC). Before joining Fox, Rick was the Director of Congressional Affairs focusing on e-Commerce and Internet public policy issues for the United States Chamber of Commerce. Prior to working at the Chamber, Rick was employed by the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as the Director of Legislative Affairs. While at Weil, he advised and represented clients before Congress on a variety of legislative matters affecting the technology and telecommunications industries. From 1990 to 1993, Rick worked as an Associate Staffer to the House Appropriations Committee where his primary responsibilities involved technology, telecommunications, education, labor and related issues.
THOMAS LENARD is Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Technology Policy Institute. Lenard is the author or coauthor of numerous books 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 PhD in economics from Brown University.
XIAOMENG LU is a senior analyst in Eurasia Group’s geo-technology practice. She focuses on the interactions of emerging technologies with geopolitics, market dynamics, and regulatory norms. She provides in-depth analysis on key policy issues such as cybersecurity, data protection, artificial intelligence, internet governance, 5G, and trade. Before joining Eurasia Group, Xiaomeng was the China practice lead at consulting firm Access Partnership. In this capacity, she helped top financial and cloud service providers of the US enter China’s market amid the trade war between the two countries. She also played a key role in establishing and expanding the company’s first office in Asia, which generated over $1 million in revenue in three years. Previously, Xiaomeng worked as a global policy director at the Information Technology Industry Council, where she conducted successful advocacy campaigns that led to the suspension of onerous regulatory regimes, helping global electronics manufacturers save billions in potential losses. Xiaomeng has a master’s degree in international trade policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Renmin University of China.
LAURA MARTIN is Managing Director, Entertainment, Cable and Media 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 she is a CFA and CMT.
MICHAEL W. MCCONNELL is a Co-Chair on Facebook’s Oversight Board, as well as the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2002 to 2009, he served as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was nominated by President George W. Bush, a Republican, and confirmed by a Democratic Senate by unanimous consent. McConnell has previously held chaired professorships at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah, and visiting professorships at Harvard and NYU. He teaches courses on constitutional law, constitutional history, First Amendment, and interpretive theory. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional law and theory, especially church and state, equal protection, and separation of powers. McConnell has argued fifteen cases in the United States Supreme Court, most recently a 8-1 victory in a Takings Clause case on behalf of California raisin farmers. He served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and D.C. Circuit Chief Judge J. Skelly Wright. He has been Assistant General Counsel of the Office of Management & Budget, Assistant to the Solicitor General of the Department of Justice, and a member of the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board. He is Senior Of Counsel to the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
PREM NATARAJAN is a Vice President in Amazon’s Alexa unit where he leads the Natural Understanding (NU) organization within Alexa AI. NU is a multidisciplinary science and engineering organization that develops, deploys, and maintains state-of-the-art conversational AI technologies including natural language understanding, intelligent dialog systems, entity linking and resolution, and associated worldwide runtime operations. Natarajan joined Amazon from the University of Southern California (USC) where he was Senior Vice Dean of Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering, Executive Director of the Information Sciences Institute, and Research Professor of computer science with distinction. Prior to that, as Executive VP at Raytheon BBN Technologies, he led the speech, language, and multimedia business unit, which included research and development operations, and commercial products for real-time multimedia monitoring, document analysis, and information extraction. During his tenure at USC and at BBN, Natarajan directed R&D efforts in speech recognition, natural language processing, computer vision, and other applications of machine learning. While at USC, he directly led nationally influential DARPA and IARPA sponsored research efforts in biometrics/face recognition, OCR, NLP, media forensics, and forecasting. Most recently, he helped to launch the Fairness in AI (FAI) program – a collaborative effort between NSF and Amazon for funding fairness focused research efforts in US Universities.
JENNIFER G. NEWSTEAD has served as Facebook’s Vice President and General Counsel since June 2019. From January 2018 to April 2019, Ms. Newstead served as the Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State. Ms. Newstead previously was a partner in the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP from July 2006 to January 2018. Earlier in her career, Ms. Newstead served in other senior roles in government, including as General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, and as an Associate White House Counsel. Ms. Newstead previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. Ms. Newstead holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
SARAH OH is a Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. Oh completed her PhD in Economics from George Mason University, and holds a JD from GMU and a BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. She was previously the Operations and Research Director for the Information Economy Project at George Mason School of Law. She has also presented research at the 39th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and has co-authored work published in the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property among other research projects. Her research interests include law and economics, regulatory analysis, and technology policy.
MAUREEN K. OHLHAUSEN is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Antitrust and Competiton Law Practice Group at Baker Botts. She was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012. She served as Acting FTC Chairman from January 2017 until April 2018. Prior to her most recent tenure with the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. Ohlhausen previously served at the Commission for 11 years. From 2004 to 2008, she served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning, where she led the FTC’s Internet Access Task Force, and earlier as Deputy Director of that office. From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters. She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997. Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney. Ohlhausen also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992. Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University in 1991 and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984.
JULIE OWONO is an expert in digital rights and international technology law, and an advocate for Business and Human Rights principles in the technology industry. She is Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières, an organization which defends digital rights and access to the internet. She is also a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a Digital Civil Society Fellow at Stanford University, a member of UNESCO’s Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, a Member of the Expert Committee on Digital Inclusion of the World Benchmarking Alliance, and a Civil Society member of the Global Network Initiative’s Board.
MATT PERAULT is the Director of the Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University and an associate professor of the practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He previously served as a director of public policy at Facebook. He led the company’s global public policy planning efforts on issues such as competition, law enforcement, and human rights and oversaw public policy for WhatsApp, Oculus, and Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University.
NOAH JOSHUA PHILLIPS is a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Phillips unanimously on April 26, 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.
ALAN RAUL is the founder and leader of Sidley’s highly ranked Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy, cybersecurity and digital technology issues. His practice includes global data protection compliance programs, data breaches, crisis management, and internet law. Alan advises companies regarding their cybersecurity preparedness, digital governance and transactional due diligence. Alan’s practice involves litigation, regulatory defense, internal investigations, strategic counseling and policy advocacy. He handles consumer class actions, enforcement matters, and public policy involving the FTC, State Attorneys General, SEC, FCC, Department of Justice, international data protection authorities and other government agencies. Alan provides clients with perspective gained from extensive government service. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Associate Counsel to the President. Alan serves as a member of the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center (affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). He also serves on the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force by appointment of the ABA President, and as a member of the Practising Law Institute’s Privacy Law Advisors Group. He is a member of the governing Board of Directors of the Future of Privacy Forum. Alan is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
DAVID REDL is the founder of Salt Point Strategies. David is an attorney and former government executive with experience in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government in the telecommunications, media, and technology fields. David served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from 2017 to 2019. David also represented the United States in international forums, including leading U.S. efforts before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the International Telecommunication Union. In the legislative branch, David served as Chief Counsel for Communications and Technology on the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. While at Energy and Commerce, David worked extensively on telecommunications, media, and technology laws, including the successful passage of laws authorizing the first-ever spectrum incentive auction, the creation of the First Responder Network Authority, and reauthorization of the satellite television laws. Prior to his government service, David started his career as Director of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA, an international trade association of the wireless communications industry. David received his B.A. in Journalism and his B.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America with a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
GREGORY L. 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). He teaches Economics and Public Policy courses on competition policy and strategy, intellectual property, and writing and rhetoric. Dr. 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 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. Dr. Rosston received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and his A.B. with Honors in Economics from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Rosston has written extensively on the application of economics to telecommunications issues. He has 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. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Stanford Federal Credit Union, as a Board member of the Nepal Youth Foundation and as an Advisory Board member of Sustainable Conservation and the Technology Policy Institute.
SAMM SACKS is a Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America. Her research focuses on emerging information and communication technology (ICT) policies globally, particularly in China. She has worked on Chinese technology policy issues for over a decade, both with the U.S. government and in the private sector. She leads New America’s Data & Great Power Competition project, which looks at the relationship between geopolitics and emerging rules for who harnesses the value of data. She runs New America’s New York China Tech Roundtable series and is a frequent contributor the DigiChina project, publishing translations and analysis of the latest developments in Chinese tech policy. Her reports and commentaries cover issues ranging from the U.S.-China technology relationship, the Chinese government’s technology ambitions, China’s cybersecurity regulatory environment (particularly data issues), and the global expansion of Chinese tech companies. Her research on how China’s data protection system referenced EU’s GDPR is widely cited as pivotal to understanding China’s emerging data regime. A former Fulbright scholar in Beijing, Sacks holds an M.A. from Yale University in international relations and a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese literature.
DR. PAROMA SANYAL is a Senior Consulatant at Brattle. She is an expert on competition, regulation, consumer protection, spectrum policy, and broadband data issues in the telecom industry. Prior to joining Brattle, she was the Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, Dr. Sanyal led the wireless agenda on economic analysis and policy, and widely consulted with the industry and other international regulators on various telecom issues. She worked extensively on the Wireless Competition Report; several high-profile telecom mergers such as AT&T/T Mobile, AT&T/Leap, and AT&T/DirecTV; USF-related issues, such as the Mobility Fund; and on the Fixed and Mobile Measuring Broadband America agenda. She had significant involvement in designing the FCC’s fixed and wireless speed measurement projects, broadband data collections, and data analysis. Dr. Sanyal recieved her Master’s in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, India and Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Irvine.
STEVE SATTERFIELD is a director on Facebook’s Public Policy team. He leads the team within Policy that is responsible for developing and advocating for Facebook’s positions on privacy and data-related regulation. He engages on behalf of the company with policymakers, regulators, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders on privacy and data issues. Steve previously led the policy team responsible for supporting Facebook’s ads product and business organizations. Before coming to Facebook, Steve was a privacy lawyer at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he represented leading technology and media companies. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Brown University and The George Washington University Law School.
IAN SCOTT is Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. He supervises and directs the work and staff of the Commission, and he also chairs Commission meetings and participates in public hearings and consultations. Ian has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors. After working at the Competition Bureau, he joined the CRTC from 1990 to 1994, where he collaborated on the development of a framework for long-distance telephone service competition in Canada. Between 2007 and 2008, as part of the Executive Interchange Program, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman at the CRTC. Before rejoining the CRTC in 2017, Ian held various executive positions in the communications industry, including at Telesat Canada, Telus and Call-Net Enterprises, one of the first companies to offer competition in the Canadian long-distance market. He also provided leadership on broadcasting policy and regulatory issues as an executive at the Canadian Cable Television Association.
CARL SHAPIRO is Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He also is the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy Emeritus at the Haas School of Business. Shapiro had the honor of serving as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 2011-12. For the two years immediately prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; he also held that position during 1995-96. From 1998 to 2008, Shapiro served as Director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research at UC Berkeley. He has been Editor and Co-Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other honors. Shapiro earned his Ph.D. in Economics at M.I.T. in 1981, taught at Princeton University during the 1980s, and has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 1990. Shapiro has published extensively in the areas of industrial organization, competition policy, patents, the economics of innovation, and competitive strategy. His current research interests include competition policy, the economics of innovation, the design and use of patents, housing finance, and energy and environmental economics.
HOWARD SHELANSKI is a Partner in Davis, Polk & Wardwell’s Antitrust & Competiton Practice. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on antitrust and regulation, with high-level experience at the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and in the Executive Branch. He is also a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. From 2013 to 2017, Howard served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Before that, he was Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics. Howard also served as the FCC’s Chief Economist and as a Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
KAREN SILVERMAN is CEO and Founder of The Cantellus Group, a consultancy that supports senior leaders as their organizations implement AI and other frontier technologies that present both new opportunities and new risk oversight and management issues. She works with directors and senior executives on their most complex business issues and transactions. Formerly a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, Karen led the firm’s partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is a member of the WEF Global AI Council and the Fast Company Impact Council and named by the Financial Times as a 2019 Top Ten Innovative Lawyer.
NATHAN SIMINGTON is a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2020. Commissioner Simington brings both private and public-sector experience to the Commission. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA.) In this role, he worked on many aspects of telecommunications policy, including spectrum allocation and planning, broadband access, and the US Government’s role in the Internet. Prior to joining the Commission, he was senior counsel to Brightstar Corp., an international mobile device services company. In this capacity, he led and negotiated telecommunications equipment and services transactions with leading providers in over twenty countries. Prior to joining Brightstar, he worked as an attorney in private practice. Commissioner Simington is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He also holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Lawrence University.
MICHAEL SMITH is the J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Information Technology and Marketing and the Co-Director of IDEA, the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Professor Smith’s research uses economic and statistical techniques to analyze firm and consumer behavior in online markets — specifically markets for digital information and digital media products. He was recently selected as one of the top 100 “emerging engineering leaders in the United States” by the National Academy of Engineering, and he currently serves as a Senior Editor at Information Systems Research. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Professor Smith worked extensively in the telecommunications and information systems industries, first with GTE in their laboratories, telecommunications, and satellite business units and subsequently with Booz Allen and Hamilton as a member of their telecommunications client service team. While with GTE, Professor Smith was awarded a patent for research applying fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence techniques to the design and operation of telecommunications networks.He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and his Masters of Science in Telecommunications Science from the University of Maryland, and received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
AMIE STEPANOVICH is the Executive Director at Silicon Flatirons. She is a nationally recognized expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. Stepanovich previously served as U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel at Access Now in Washington, D.C., where she worked to protect human rights through law and policy involving technologies and their use. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and before the German and Australian Parliaments. She serves as a board member to the Internet Education Foundation and as an advisory board member to the Future of Privacy Forum. In 2014, Stepanovich was named in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Leaders in Law and Policy.
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 Tech Policy Advisor for Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). She advises the Senator on technology and telecommunications issues across all of her committee assignments, including her work as Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security. Previously, Susskind was the Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association, where she lead advocacy efforts on issues such as broadband, privacy, cybersecurity, antitrust and competition, and Section 230. She spent nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission, including as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Brendan Carr. Susskind also served as Chief Counsel to Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and as an FCC Detailee for Senator John Thune (R-SD) on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and her JD from the Antonin Scalia Law School.
EVAN SWARZTRAUBER is a director at Clout Public Affairs, where he advises clients on public affairs strategies with a focus on technology and telecom regulation. Evan most recently served at the Federal Communications Commission as Policy Advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai. In that role, he led public affairs campaigns on all major policy initiatives and managed external affairs with a wide range of stakeholders. Prior to that, he served as Policy Advisor to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, where he led policy on media regulation and workforce development and managed communications and outreach. He also founded and hosted the FCC’s official podcast. Evan received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
KARYN A. TEMPLE is Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the Motion Picture Association. One of the world’s leading authorities on copyright, Ms. Temple will oversee all of the Association’s legal affairs and content protection efforts around the world. Prior to joining the Motion Picture Association, Ms. Temple served more than eight years in the U.S. Copyright Office, most recently as the Register of Copyrights, where she led the 400-person agency and its eight divisions representing law, policy, international affairs, financial operations, registration practice, public records, and outreach and education. In this role, she testified multiple times before both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and oversaw the Office’s policy and legal activities among others. Ms. Temple has served in several prominent volunteer positions in the copyright community, including as an elected Trustee for the Copyright Society of the USA, co-chair of the International Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, steering committee member of the D.C. Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, and Chair of the Copyright Committee of the D.C. Bar’s IP Law Section. Ms. Temple received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and Chairperson of the Columbia Black Law Students’ Association. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.
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, Ms. Tews 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. Ms. 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. Mr. Tramont 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. Mr. Tramont serves on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), advising the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information at NTIA. Appointed under the Bush and Obama Administrations, he also served as the committee’s Co-Chairman from 2008-2010. In addition, Mr. Tramont is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including as President from 2010-11 and has been awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Tramont chairs the Federalist Society’s Telecommunications Practice Group Executive Committee, serves on the International Institute of Communications Canada Board of Directors, and previously served on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. Mr. Tramont currently is an adjunct law professor at The Catholic University of America as part of the Communications Law Institute. Prior to joining Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Mr. Tramont served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Michael Powell. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Tramont managed all aspects of the agency’s operations and directed FCC staff in implementing all components of the agency’s policy portfolio including media, broadband, mobility, and traditional telephone services. Bryan Tramont graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in political science. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.
CRYSTAL TULLY is the Deputy Staff Director at the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. Tully had previously led the Commerce Committee’s communications and technology policy team since September 2017. Prior to her current role, Ms. Tully served as counsel to Chairman Thune and senior advisor to Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. Ms. Tully previously worked in the cable and mobile wireless industries advocating before Congress and Federal agencies. She also served as legislative aide to Senator John E. Sununu (R-NH) and as a law clerk at the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Tully holds a JD from the George Washington University School of Law and a BA from the University of New Hampshire.
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 PhD in economics from Stanford University.
HAL R. VARIAN is the chief economist at Google. Since 2002 he has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. Hal also holds academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. Hal is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007. He received his S.B. degree from MIT and his M.A, in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. Hal has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.
PHIL WEISER is Colorado’s Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Attorney General Weiser is committed to protecting the people of Colorado and building an innovative and collaborative organization that will address a range of statewide challenges, from addressing the opioid epidemic to reforming our criminal justice system to protecting our land, air, and water. Before running for office, Weiser served as the Hatfield Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, where he founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council. Weiser served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation in the Obama Administration’s National Economic Council. He served on President Obama’s Transition Team, overseeing the Federal Trade Commission and previously served in President Bill Clinton’s Department of Justice as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, advising on telecommunications matters. Before his appointment at the Justice Department, Weiser served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.
CAT ZAKRZEWSKI is a technology policy reporter and authors The Technology 202 newsletter. She previously reported for Wall Street Journal Pro Venture Capital. Her work has also been published in TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, USA TODAY and the Chicago Sun-Times.
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