Aspen Forum 2023

AUGUST 20-22, 2022

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Sunday, August 20th
  • 6:00 pm – Opening Remarks
    Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Monday, August 21st
  • 8:00 am – Welcome Remarks
    Scott Wallsten, Senior Fellow & President, Technology Policy Institute

  • 8:10 am – Keynote Address
    Matthew Gentzkow, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

  • 8:40 am – Discussion What are the Major AI Policy Questions?
    Halie Craig, Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
    Danielle Li, Associate Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT
    Katie Shay, Associate General Counsel and Director, Business & Human Rights, Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
    Scott Wallsten, Senior Fellow & President, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

  • 9:30 am – Fireside Chat: AI Separating Hype from Reality
    Oren Etzioni, CEO, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    Shane Greenstein, Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration. Harvard Business School (moderator)
  • 10:15 am – Discussion The Future of Media
    Jean Barnard, Director of Research and Portfolio Manager, Kennedy Capital
    Steven Brody, Fubo
    Laura Martin, Senior Analyst, Needham & Company
    Brian Sullivan, Anchor of “Last Call” & Senior Correspondent, CNBC (moderator)

  • 11:45 am – Discussion A View from Capitol Hill
    Kate O’Connor, Chief Counsel, Communications and Technology Subcommittee, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee (Majority)
    Duncan Rankin, Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee (Minority)
    Brian Sullivan, Anchor of “Last Call” and Senior Correspondent, CNBC (moderator)

  • 11:45 am – Fireside Chat: State Attorneys General
    The Honorable Bridget Hill, Attorney General, State of Wyoming
    The Honorable Phil Weiser, Attorney General, State of Colorado
    Andy Kenney, Public Affairs Reporter, Colorado Public Radio (moderator)

  • 12:30 pm – Courtyard Luncheon Keynote
    Laurent Therivel, CEO, UScellular

  • 1:30 pm Discussion What Does a Revitalized Transatlantic Partnership Mean for Tech Policy?
    Jennifer Bachus, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, U.S. Department of State
    Meredith Broadbent, Senior Adviser, Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Peter Brown, Senior Adviser/First Counsellor on Technology Policy, European Parliament
    Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Vice President, Group Public and Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
    Ambassador David Gross, Partner, Wiley LLP (moderator)

  • 6:00 pm 7:00 pm Cocktail Networking Reception & Tech Hub Experience
  • 7:00 pm 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session Dinner (Chatham House Rules Apply)
    Session I The Spectrum Puzzle: Strategies for Efficient Allocation and
    Pedro Bustamante, Assistant Teaching Professor, Information Networking Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
    Thomas Hazlett, H.H. Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics, Clemson University
    Scott Imhoff, Senior Vice President, Cambium Networks
    Carolyn Kahn, Chief Spectrum Economist, The Mitre Corporation
    Evan Kwerel, Senior Spectrum Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
    Tom Power, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA
    Edgar Rivas, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper
    Becky Tangren, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, NCTA The Internet & Television Association
    Gregory Rosston, Gordon Cain Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (moderator)

  • 7:00 pm 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session Dinner (Chatham House Rules Apply)
    Session II Getting a BEAD on Broadband Funding: Status, Successes,
    Bryan Darr, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Smart Cities, Ookla
    Evan Feinman, Director of Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program, NTIA
    Brandy Reitter, Executive Director, Colorado Broadband Office, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    Christopher Sarabalis, Founder, FluxPhotonics
    Katharine Saunders, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Verizon
    Jay Schwarz, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast
    Tom Tyler, Deputy Director for ConnectLA, Louisiana Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity
    Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

  • 7:00 pm 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session Dinner (Chatham House Rules Apply
    Session III Space Cowboys: Key Outer Space Policy Questions
    Asha Balakrishnan, Assistant Director at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)
    Kalpak Gude, Head of Domestic Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper at Amazon
    Scott Blake Harris, Senior Spectrum Advisor, NTIA
    Peter Davidson, Global Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy, Intelsat
    Vernita Harris, Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs Directorate Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    Sarah Oh Lam, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

  • 7:00 pm 9:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Session Dinner (Chatham House Rules Apply)
    Maroon Bells Session IVDecoding AI: Policy Challenges and Opportunities
    Graham Gilmer, Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Practice Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
    David Hughes, Founder and Chief Strategist, AI:OK
    Victoria Jeffries, Global Head of Competition Policy, Meta
    Nathaniel Lovin, Senior Research Associate and Lead Programmer, Technology Policy Institute
    Ben Sheffner, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Law & Policy, Motion Picture Association
    Lee Tiedrich, Multistakeholder Expert Group, CoChair of IP Committee; CoLead, AI & Climate Committee, Global Partnership on AI and Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Law & Responsible Technology; Executive in Residence; & AI Health and Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Law & Responsible Technology; Executive in Residence; & AI Health, Duke University
    Suzy Wilson, General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights, US Copyright Office
    Shane Tews, President, Logan Circle Strategies (moderator)

Tuesday, August 22nd

  • 9:00 am – Fireside Chat: Trust & Safety
    Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Meta
    David Graff, VicePresident, Global Policy and Standards, Google
    Sarah Oh Lam, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)
  • Discussion Content Moderation: Who FactChecks the FactCheckers?
    Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Health Policy, Stanford University
    Laura Bisesto, Global Head of Policy, Privacy, Compliance and Deputy General Counsel, Nextdoor
    Ashkhen Kazaryan, Senior Fellow, Free Speech & Peace, Stand Together
    Julie Owono, Facebook Oversight Board, Executive Director of the Content Policy & Society Lab and Fellow, Program on Democracy and the Internet, Stanford University
    Jason Willick, Opinion Columnist, The Washington Post (moderator)
  • 10:00 am  Discussion Chips, China, and the New Frontier of Industrial Policy
    Theresa Fallon, Founder and Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies, Brussels
    Xiaomeng Lu, Director of GeoTechnology Practice, Eurasia Group
    Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
    Roger Noll, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Stanford University
    Scott Wallsten, Senior Fellow & President, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)
  • 10:45 am Discussion Whose Data is it?
    Jeffrey Prince, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    Kristian Stout, Director of Innovation Policy, International Center for Law & Economics
    Jamie Susskind, Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senate
    Shane Tews, President, Logan Circle Strategies (moderator)

  • 11:30 am Discussion Antitrust & Competition (Is the Neo-brandeisian Approach Working?)
    Svetlana Gans, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
    John Kwoka, Neal F. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Economics, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University and former Chief Economist of the FTC (20212022)
    Carl Shapiro, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
    Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
    Thomas Lenard, Senior Fellow & President Emeritus, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

  • 12:15 pm Courtyard Luncheon Discussion The Telecom Regulators
    Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Federal Telecommunications Institute, Mexico
    Narda Jones, Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
    Ian Scott, Former Chairperson and CEO, Canadian RadioTelevision and Telecommunications Commission
    Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (moderator)

  • 12:45 pm Discussion How Will Current Policies Affect Future Broadband Investment
    Will Adams, Vice President, Strategic Policy & Planning, TMobile
    Jonathan Chaplin, Managing Partner, New Street Research
    Michelle Connolly, Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department, Duke University
    Janice Hauge, Professor of Economics, University of North Texas
    Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

JENNIFER BACHUS is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy. Previously she served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. Prior to that, she served as Office Director for Central Europe at the U.S. Department of State; Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo; Political-Economic Counselor in Astana, Kazakhstan; and head of the American Presence Post in Toulouse, France. She also served in Vietnam and Jamaica, as well as on a fellowship at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She has an M.A. from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a B.A. from Brown University. She speaks Czech, French, and Russian, and might still manage to mangle a few words of Vietnamese.

ASHA BALAKRISHNAN is an Assistant Director at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center that provides rigorous and objective analysis of science and technology policy issues for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She brings engineering expertise to STPI work in the areas of space policy, program evaluation, and STEM education and workforce training. Recently, she has collaborated with colleagues on a number reports on orbital debris, norms of behavior in space, space situational awareness, space traffic management and small satellite technologies. Prior to her PhD, Dr. Balakrishnan worked as a design engineer in the semiconductor and auto industries. She has previously held an adjunct faculty position in the mechanical engineering department teaching the capstone design course at George Washington University. From 2019 to 2020 she was an ASME Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow on a one year leave of absence from STPI where she worked for the majority staff of the House Science Space and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. Dr. Balakrishnan has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. Both her MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

JEAN BARNARD, CFA®, Director of Research and Portfolio Manager for the Small Cap Growth and SMID Cap Growth strategies for Kennedy Capital Management LLC. Jean also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Barnard is responsible for the coordination and direction of internal research operations. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, most recently 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.

JAY BHATTACHARYA is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. He holds courtesy appointments as Professor in Economics and in Health Research and Policy. He directs the Stanford Center on the Demography of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the economics of health care around the world with a particular emphasis on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr. Bhattacharya’s peer-reviewed research has been published in economics, statistics, legal, medical, public health, and health policy journals. He holds an MD and PhD in economics from Stanford University.

MONIKA BICKERT is Meta’s Vice President for Content Policy. Her global team manages the policies for what types of content can be shared on Meta platforms and how advertisers and others can interact with the site. Monika joined Facebook in 2012 as lead security counsel, advising the company on matters including child safety and data security. She assumed her current role in 2013. Earlier in her career, Monika served as Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S.Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she specialized in Southeast Asian rule of law development and response to child exploitation and human trafficking. She also served as Assistant United States Attorney for 11 years in Washington, DC, and Chicago, prosecuting federal crimes ranging from public corruption to gang-related violence. Monika received a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

LAURA BISESTO is the Global Head of Policy, Privacy, and Regulatory Compliance at Nextdoor. Laura founded the policy role and team at Nextdoor, which includes content policy, product policy, advertising policy, public policy, and global government relations. Laura also
leads a global team of privacy and regulatory compliance professionals. Since joining Nextdoor, Laura has overseen revision of Nextdoor’s Community Guidelines, drafted its first Transparency Report, and led its election taskforce for the 2020 and 2022 US elections. Laura has extensive experience advising technology companies at different stages of growth, including Lyft, Checkr, and Verizon Media, which owned internet brands such as Yahoo, Aol, HuffPost, TechCrunch, and Tumblr, prior to divestiture. She particularly enjoys working in the fast-paced emerging regulatory space. Prior to going into tech, Laura was a criminal prosecutor in San Diego and San Francisco counties where she oversaw hate crime prosecutions, and led the prosecution of domestic violence cases and violent felonies, trying over two dozen jury trials. Laura received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings. After law school, she clerked at the California Supreme Court. Laura is a proud Bruin and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA.”

MEREDITH BROADBENT serves as a senior adviser (non-resident) with the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A former chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission, she was assistant U.S. trade representative for industry, market access, and telecommunications from 2002-2008. In that position, she was responsible for developing U.S. policy that affected trade in industrial goods, telecommunications, and e-commerce. She led the U.S. negotiating team for the Doha Round negotiations to reduce tariff and nontariff barriers on industrial goods. From 2008 to 2010, she was a trade adviser at the Global Business Dialogue. Earlier in her career, Broadbent served as a senior professional staff member with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she drafted and managed major portions of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, legislation to authorize normal trade relations with China, and the Trade Act of 2002, which included trade promotion authority. She was instrumental in the development and House passage of the implementing bills for the North American Free Trade Agreement and Uruguay Round Agreements. Broadbent holds a bachelor’s of arts in history from Middlebury College and a master’s of business administration from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.

STEVEN J. BRODY, Esq., received his LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May 2017. He has invented a patent pending casino table game and published two articles on casino law. Mr. Brody is Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory and Government Affairs at Fubo, the sports-first live TV streaming platform.
Peter F Brown is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Strategy and Innovation Unit of the European Parliament. He recently returned to Brussels after serving as Senior Adviser on Technology Policy in the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Washington DC. He resumed his career as a civil servant in 2018 after a decade in the private sector. Peter’s professional career has been predominantly in the European public service and since 1990 as an official in the European Parliament. In the private sector, he advised several Fortune 50 companies and many national governments and international organisations on technology strategy and governance, in cloud, cyber, IoT, AI, and data. He has been engaged in global standardization policy and IT standards development for more than 25 years.

PEDRO BUSTAMANTE is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Information Networking Institute (INI). Pedro’s research focuses on the study and interplay of the technical, economic, and policy dimensions of telecommunications advancements. Some topics of research include dynamic radioelectric spectrum access, decentralized systems, distributed governance, and the implementation of machine learning for spectrum regulation, policy, and management. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, Pedro was part of the Telecommunications Regulator in his home country Ecuador. During this time, he was part of multiple interdisciplinary working groups to design, create, and develop initiatives to achieve more efficient spectrum management, allocation, and assignment. Pedro is also part of two large interdisciplinary research centers, namely The Center for Governance and Markets (CGM) and Spectrum X. At CGM, Pedro is part of the governance and technology working group, which analyzes dynamic spectrum access and intelligent wireless systems from a policy and governance perspective. At Spectrum X (an NSF Spectrum Innovation Center), Pedro is part of multiple working groups, including wireless technologies development, property rights, telecommunications enforcement, and telecommunication policy.

MICHAEL CALABRESE is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of New America’s Open Technology Institute. He also serves as a senior research fellow affiliated with the Asset Building Program. Mr. Calabrese focuses on developing policies that promote pervasive connectivity, including spectrum policy reform, mobile market competition, wireless broadband deployment, and IT investment and innovation more broadly. Calabrese currently serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He also served as an invited expert on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012. Calabrese also served as vice president (2003-2010) and was instrumental in establishing the organization’s programs in areas including retirement security, health policy, asset building, education, and the Next Social Contract Initiative. Previously, Calabrese served as general counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO. As an attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to spectrum, wireless broadband, and internet policy, as well as on pension policy and retirement security. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and other leading outlets.

JONATHAN CHAPLIN leads the US Communications Services research team. Prior to joining NSR he led the Telecom, Cable & Satellite research teams at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan where he was recognized as a top ranked analyst and stock picker by Institutional Investor, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. When he isn’t analyzing the telecom industry, Jonathan is often disconnected from all networks, in remote parts of the world, climbing mountains.

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. 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 has published in numerous journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Economic Growth, the Review of Industrial Organization, and Current Issues in Economics and Finance. In 2011, Professor Connolly testified before Congress and participated in a White House panel on Spectrum Issues. She has been presenting her work at university seminars and international conferences since 1996. Some of her appearances were at the ACLP Advanced Communications 2009 Summit, where she was a panelist and moderator, at the conference on “Wireless Technologies: Enabling Innovation and Economic Growth”, where she served as a keynote panelist, and at the Martin H. Crego Lecture in Economics, an all college Lecture at Vassar College. In 2013 Professor Connolly was awarded a National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Grant, “Dollars for Hertz: Making Trustworthy Spectrum Sharing Technically and Economically Viable.”

HALIE CRAIG currently oversees all aspects of technology policy for Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, including artificial intelligence, data privacy and security, section 230, content moderation issues, and digital trade. Prior to working for the Commerce Committee, she held various positions on the staff of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), including serving on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and leading Senator Toomey’s work on trade policy. In addition, Halie spent two years on the content policy team at Meta, where she handled algorithm policy for News Feed and recommendations, as well as behavioral abuse policies. Halie earned her B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

BRYAN DARR is the Executive Vice-President of Smart Cities at Ookla, the company behind Speedtest. His focus on telecom infrastructure and the drive to make cities smarter enables Ookla to leverage network intelligence datasets and solutions specifically designed to help cities and the wireless industry more efficiently process permit applications for network densification and 5G growth. Cities are hard at work protecting the public interest and ensuring digital inclusion, while simultaneously working with network providers on the huge amount of 5G and IoT deployments necessary to stay competitive, increase efficiencies and create a smarter city that provides a higher quality of life for all. Bryan has spent most of his professional life in the wireless industry, beginning his career in cellular as a sales representative for Cellular One of Memphis in 1985. After discovering his customers were having difficulty traveling with their phones, he founded Mosaik in 1988 (originally branded as American Roamer) and began developing consumer roaming guides. Soon, Mosaik was researching and designing mobile operator coverage maps enabling them to inform consumers about the footprint of their mobile network. In June 2018, Mosaik was acquired by Ookla, combining the vast Speedtest network performance data with the mapping and coverage expertise of Mosaik. Bryan has served on many industry committees during his career. He currently serves on the Wireless Industry Association’s Innovation and Technology Council and CTIA’s Smart Cities Business & Technology Working Group.

PETER DAVIDSON has served as the Vice President of Global Government Relations and Policy at Intelsat since August of 2020. Prior to that he served as Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, SVP of Government Affairs at Verizon Communications, General Counsel of the U.S. Trade Representative, VP Government Affairs at USWEST and Qwest, General Counsel and Policy Director for the Majority Leader of the U.S House of Representatives, and Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. He is a native Minnesotan, and graduate of Carleton College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

OREN ETZIONI was Chief Executive Officer at AI2 from its inception until Sept. 30th, 2022. He now serves as an advisor & board member for AI2, and a technical director of the AI2 Incubator. He is Professor Emeritus, University of Washington as of October 2020 and a Venture Partner at the Madrona Venture Group since 2000. His awards include AAAI Fellow and Seattle’s Geek of the Year. He has founded several companies including Farecast (acquired by Microsoft). He has written over 200 technical papers, as well as commentary on AI for The New York Times, Wired, and Nature. He helped to pioneer meta-search, online comparison shopping, machine reading, and Open Information Extraction.

Theresa Fallon is the founder and director of the Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS) in Brussels. She is concurrently a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Adjunct Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a member of the CEPS Task Force on AI and Cybersecurity, a member of the Loisach Group on transatlantic relations, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Theresa’s current research is on EU-Asia relations, maritime security, global governance, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and great power competition. She has testified to the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defense as well to the UK House of Lords, and she has briefed Members of the U.S. Congress and other U.S. government institutions. Previously she was a Senior Associate with the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels and a member of the Strategic Advisors Group for the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). From 2003 to 2007 she worked in Beijing as a researcher and consultant. From 1998 to 2003 she was the Moscow representative of PlanEcon, a research and consulting firm, and taught economics in the first MBA program established in Russia at the American Institute of International Business in Moscow. She was educated at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her articles have appeared in American Foreign Policy Interests, The Asan Forum, Business Insider, CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, China Brief, The Diplomat, ISN Security Watch, PlanEcon Energy, RUSI Newsbrief, War on the Rocks and other publications. In addition, she has been featured in international media including ABC (Australia), Agence France Presse, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Channel News Asia, Deutsche Welle, Financial Times, L’Espresso, Newsweek, Science Magazine, Japan Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and The Washington Post. In 2021, she was named EU Influencer of the Year in the field of trade and economics. In 2017, she was listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 20 women to follow on Twitter in the areas of foreign policy and national security. In 2014, she was awarded the Vietnamese Ambassador’s Distinction Award for her contributions to strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union.

EVAN FEINMAN is the director of broadband equity, access, and deployment at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that acts as the president’s chief source of information for the advancement and regulation of the telecommunications industry. Evan previously served as cheif broadband advisor for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, and as executive director of Virginia’s Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. Evan has worked on multiple campaigns at the state and federal level, and at the Commonwealth Institute, a budget and fiscal policy think tannk in Richmond, VA. He recieved his bachelor’s degree fromt he University of Virginia and his law degree from Washington and Lee university School of Law.

SVETLANA GANS is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where she helps clients navigate complex consumer protection (advertising, marketing, privacy, and right to repair) and competition related regulatory proceedings before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, and other enforcement bodies, and provides strategic advice on related public policy issues. Ms. Gans previously served with distinction as Chief of Staff to Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen at the FTC. As the agency chief of staff, Ms. Gans managed and oversaw agency operations, including bureau and office heads reporting to the Chairman, a seven-member office staff, and an agency budget of over $300 million. She also served as the Acting Chairman’s key advisor on consumer protection and competition investigations and litigation, working with a diverse team of attorneys and economists to preserve competition and protect U.S. consumers. She created, executed, and oversaw several strategic initiatives for the agency, including the agency process reform, regulatory reform, and data security transparency initiatives. Previously, Ms. Gans had the unique experience of serving in both litigating bureaus of the FTC: the Bureau of Competition and the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Gans served as the Vice President & Associate General Counsel at NCTA, the Internet & Television Association, where she helped lead the association’s consumer protection and competition policy work.
MATTHEW GENTZKOW is Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He studies applied microeconomics
with a focus on media industries. He received the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association to the American economist under the age of forty who has made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a former co-editor of American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Other awards include the 2016 Calvó-Armengol International Prize, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes for Health, and Sloan Foundation, and a Faculty Excellence Award for teaching. He studied at Harvard University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1997, a master’s degree in 2002, and a PhD in 2004.
Graham Gilmer is a senior leader in Booz Allen’s artificial intelligence practice, focusing on research and client delivery in the areas of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance computing. He leads a team that delivers innovative AI capabilities for defense and intelligence clients. Graham is the primary lead for our work supporting AI initiatives across the Department of Defense (DOD). Booz Allen incorporates advanced algorithmic techniques, automation, machine learning, and quantum information science to provide transformative applications in national security. Graham is central to the effort; he established our partnership with NVIDIA Corporation and set the strategy to bring next-generation computing technology to the federal government. Graham has more than 15 years of experience supporting DOD and other U.S. government agencies. His background includes experience in operations research, portfolio management, and modeling and simulation. Over the course of his career, he has served in delivery oversight and leadership roles for clients across the Air Force, NASA, Navy, Combatant Commands, and Office of the Secretary of Defense, including the Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO). He serves on the Task Force on AI and National Security for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Washington, DC, Regional Council for the Smithsonian Institution. Graham earned a B.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

David Graff is a tested corporate executive with extensive experience managing enterprise risk for public and private companies. He has managed corporate governance for a publicly-traded company, (serving as Chief Legal Officer, corporate secretary, and securities compliance officer), built and led teams focused on digital trust and safety for a global information technology company, prepared companies for liquidity events, spent time as a start-up CEO, and served on the board of directors for an organization with $3bn annual revenue . With a demonstrated ability to thrive in ambiguity, and a proven record of converting risks into business opportunities, David can effectively assist public and private companies experiencing ESG and regulatory challenges, and periods of accelerated growth and evolution. Currently, David serves as Google’s Vice-President, Global Policy and Standards, where he leads a team of policy professionals responsible for writing and implementing content and behavioral policy across all Google products. David grew the team from 6 to 300 global policy professionals , expanded the team’s scope and international footprint, implemented systems and processes for improving cross-functional coordination, and through a “responsible revenue initiative” launched and managed by his team, generated $1b in incremental revenue in 2020, and $3bn incremental revenue in 2021 . In addition, David serves on the board of advisors to CapitalG , Google’s independent growth fund, consulting on investments ( e.g. , Albert , a financial services platform) and advising portfolio companies on issues related to digital fraud and abuse. Prior to Google, David served as the CEO of a technology start-up, Online Intelligence, which provided digital forensics and anti-fraud protection services, and where he closed contracts with clients like Harpo Networks and the Florida Attorney General’s Office. He previously served as Chief Legal Officer for Edison Schools, Inc. formerly the nation’s largest public, for-profit provider of education management services, where he led M&A (including the successful acquisition of an industry peer), managed the company’s IPO (Nasdaq: EDSN) , and served as corporate secretary and securities compliance officer. David also led sales efforts and negotiations on multi-year contracts with state agencies, including a ground-breaking contract with the Philadelphia School District that generated $55mm in revenue, and led a team that refinanced ~$100 million of school construction loans via tax-exempt bonds. At present, David sits on the Board of Visitors for The Georgetown University Law Center . He also serves on the Board and Audit Committee for The Thacher School, a private school in Ojai, California. David’s past board experience includes serving on the Board of Trustees for the Saint Barnabas Medical Center , New Jersey’s oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital (SBMC’s t otal annual revenue exceeds $3bn), and the Board of Trustees for the Ascend Charter School Network ( a network of K-12 public charter schools). David is also a co-founder of Trilogy Films (trilogy-films.com), an award-winning independent film and television production company. Over the past decade, Trilogy has produced several films and television series, including “The Way I See It”, “Good Trouble: The John Lewis Story”, “Trapped”, “The Me You Can’t See”, and “Gideon’s Army”. David earned a Bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Brown University in 1989, and a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. He and his wife, and their two sons, live in Manhattan.

SHANE GREENSTEIN is the Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration. He teaches in the Technology, Operations and Management Unit. He is also the former co-chair of the HBS Digital Initiative and former 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.
Conrad is Vice President for Investor Relations (IR) at Roku since Jan 2020. Prior to Roku, Conrad worked in IR for Yext and Pandora and as a senior IR advisory analyst at the NASDAQ. Conrad brings strong analytical, financial, and communications skills to the job of answering questions about Roku’s vision, strategy and execution. Conrad is on the Board of NIRI (National Investor Relations Institute). He received a BBA in Finance and a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University.

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.

KALPAK GUDE is the Head of Domestic Regulatory Affairs for Project Kuiper at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, Mr. Gude was General Counsel at Swarm Technologies and President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance trade association. He has also had senior roles in the U.S. government at the FCC and U.S. Senate, as well as in industry at OneWeb, Intelsat and PanAmSat.
SCOTT BLAKE HARRIS is the Senior Spectrum Advisor at NTIA. He represents the agency in its efforts to expand the use of spectrum to support the needs of federal agencies, consumers, and the commercial sector. Scott has practiced law in Washington D.C. for forty-six years, and has extensive communications, energy, litigation, and national security law experience. He previously served in government as the General Counsel of the Department of Energy, as the first Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, and as Chief Counsel for Export Administration at the Department of Commerce. While at DOE he also served as Co-Chair of the Broadband Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council. In the private sector, Scott co-founded the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (now HWG) and served as its first Managing Partner and its first Chairman. Scott also served as General Counsel of Neustar, Inc. and as Co-Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he was Chair of the communications practice, and at Williams & Connolly, where began his career in private practice as a litigator. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gerhard A. Gesell upon graduation from law school.

Mrs. Vernita D. Harris is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Director Electromagnetic Spectrum Enterprise Policy & Programs. In this role, she provides executive leadership, strategic guidance, implementation and direction for management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum, develops and coordinates DoD’s spectrum, Internet, and information and telecommunication policy positions with the Department of State, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mrs. Harris serves as the focal point for all matters pertaining to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She leads a team of policy experts that coordinates with other federal agencies, our international partners in support of the Department’s and DoD CIO’s missions, goals and objectives regarding the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum, Internet and information and telecommunications policy goals. Mrs. Harris began her Federal career in 1999 with the Department of Commerce, NTIA’s Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) where she provided strong leadership necessary to solve multiple radio frequency spectrum management issues domestically and internationally. In 2007, Mrs. Harris transitioned to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and subsequently became the Deputy Associate Administrator for overall domestic and international policy strategies affecting Internet policymaking, standards development issues, governance issues, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and the digital economy. Mrs. Harris has led and served on numerous U.S. Delegations to regional and global intergovernmental organizations, including all major UN ITU treaty-making conferences since 2000. Before joining the U.S. Government, Mrs. Harris worked for Iridium, LLC. Mrs. Harris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Minor in Management, from Trinity College, Washington, D.C.

JANICE HAUGE, Associate Professor, Associate Department Chairperson, and Director of Graduate Admissions, in the Department of Economics at the University of North Texas (UNT), is a recognized authority on telecommunications policy research. A recipient of UNT’s President’s Council Teaching Award, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, and strategic behavior.Hauge began teaching at UNT in 2003. She also publishes research focusing on competition policy and regulation, primarily addressing the telecommunications and broadband industries. From 2005 to 2009, she worked as a tutor and project supervisor for the Master’s Program in Telecommunication Regulation and Policy at the University of West Indies. She currently is chairman of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and has served since 2005 as Senior Research Associate at the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida.

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.

Edward Hearst is an experienced attorney, government leader, and Silicon Valley executive, with a distinguished career in law, global business, and public service. He is CEO of the consultancy Hearst Technology and Trade. He is known as an expert on technology, telecommunications, commercial space policy and international trade. Mr. Hearst has extensive experience in global technology companies. Most recently, he was Vice President, Government Relations at space technology company Astra. He was also part of the turn-around team at BlackBerry, where he served Vice President for Government Affairs and Government Business Development. Prior to BlackBerry, Mr. Hearst was Vice President, Global Government Affairs at SAP, and Sybase and Vice President at Commerce One. He also practiced law as an attorney at Jones Day. Mr. Hearst also has extensive government experience. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs (Acting/Preforming the Duties of) and as Senior Advisor in the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s office of Policy and Strategic Planning. Earlier in his career, he served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where his responsibilities included international trade, exports, technology, and telecommunications. He also served as a senior attorney at Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Hearst has served on the boards of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the U.S. Information Technology Office in China (USITO) and the Information Technology Industry Council. Mr. Hearst also served as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies Roundtable on China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Mr. Hearst is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his B.A. and J.D.

BRIDGET HILL grew up in Saratoga, Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where she received both her undergraduate degree in accounting and her law degree. After law school, Bridget served as a staff attorney for Justice Larry L. Lehman and Justice Michael Golden of the Wyoming Supreme Court. Following her time with the court, she joined the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general where she represented various state agencies including the Office of State Lands and Investments, State Loan and Investment Board, and Board of Land Commissioners and several other agencies for seven years. Bridget was working as the Special Projects Attorney in the Attorney General’s Office when she was appointed as Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments by Governor Matthew H. Mead in October of 2013. Bridget was serving as the Director of the Office of State Land and Investments when she was appointed Attorney General by newly elected Governor Mark Gordon

DAVID HUGHES has over 25 years’ experience in online music distribution. He began his career at Sony Corp in Tokyo before moving to Sony Music in New York where, as Vice President of Technology Strategies and Digital Policy, he created and ran the industry’s first online distribution department. In 2006, David joined the RIAA in Washington, DC where for 15 years he represented the major recording companies’ technology interests as CTO. Since April 2021 David has been a strategic business and technology consultant. Clients include the RIAA, SoundExchange, Jaxsta, Song Sleuth, and Switchchord. He is also a founding member of AI:OK, an initiative formed to provide a sustainable and equitable approach to using AI in the music industry. David has contributed to numerous formats and standards including MPEG, DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, ISRC, ISNI and DDEX. He has also been active in the promotion of Hi-Resolution and Immersive music. David has a B.A. Honours in East Asian Studies from the University of Alberta and a Master of Management Science degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Recording Academy and is inventor of over a dozen patents.

SCOTT IMHOFF is the senior vice president of product management for Cambium Networks, Ltd., with global responsibility for the planning, development, and delivery of communications solutions for all markets. He has been with Cambium since its inception in October 2011, where he has served in several capacities. Most recently, Scott was vice president of global partner development, focusing on Cambium’s commercial relationships with radio access network providers, microwave transport manufacturers, and other partners with a trans-regional footprint. Scott brings a diverse technology background to Cambium, having worked in the voice and data security, CRM enterprise software application, and wireless broadband data markets; and has held a variety of roles in those markets, including sales, product management, marketing management, operations, and business development.

VICTORIA JEFFRIES is Global Head of Competition Policy for Meta. She leads Meta’s team of competition policy experts around the world developing policy, strategy, and stakeholder engagement on competition issues and advising the business on the same. She has spent her career working in government and the private sector on public policy, legal, and competition issues in the media and technology space. Victoria earned her JD at Emory University School of Law, and her BA in International Relations at Tufts University.

NARDA JONES serves as Chief of Staff for Chairwoman Rosenworcels leadership team at the Federal Communications Commission, coming from the White House where she was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to that, she was the Senior Technology Policy Advisor for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation and Science. Narda started working in the U.S. Senate for Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington in 2014, after spending over a decade in senior roles in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline and International Bureaus. She also previously worked at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office. In addition, she was part of the inaugural class of the AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship program and spent her fellowship time aiding homeless families secure housing and public benefits in St. Paul, Minnesota. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jones is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Brooklyn Law School.

CAROLYN KAHN serves as Chief Spectrum Economist at The MITRE Corporation, where she works across government, industry, and non-profit organizations to help solve the most difficult spectrum problems for a safer world. She has made groundbreaking technical contributions by applying economic principles to electromagnetic spectrum challenges to help optimize use of this critical national resource. Ms. Kahn’s expertise includes whole-of-nation solutions, electromagnetic spectrum, wireless communications, broadband, 5G/6G, spectrum valuation, spectrum macroeconomics, risk-informed sharing and management, and digital transformation. Her work has informed spectrum and technology modernization decisions at the highest levels of government and international organizations. Additionally, Ms. Kahn has served as a member of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2016, currently co-chairing its 6G Subcommittee and previously co-chairing its Unmanned Aircraft Spectrum Subcommittee. She has been a member of the ATIS Next G Alliance Societal and Economic Needs Working Group and was a facilitator and member of the organizing committee for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Workshop on Federal-Commercial Spectrum Sharing: Models, Applications, and Impacts of Incentives for Sharing. She previously led a seminal economic study on aeronautical mobile telemetry in support of the United Nations World Radio Conference in 2007. Ms. Kahn has co-authored reports as requested by Congress and delivered invited keynote presentations at national and international conferences. Ms. Kahn received the 2019 national Women of Color (WOC) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) award for Outstanding Technical Contribution in Industry. She earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from McGill University, a BA with high honors in Economics and International Studies from Brandeis University, and the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus award from Shawnee High School.

ASHKHEN KAZARYAN is is Senior Fellow, Free Speech & Peace at Stand Together. She manages and develops policy projects on free speech, content moderation, surveillance reform and the intersection of constitutional rights and technology. She leads the development and execution of ST’s strategy to both defend free speech online and to promote a culture of pluralism via innovations in how we gather online. Prior to that she was Content Policy Manager on the Content Regulation team at Meta, covering North and Latin America, and was also its policy lead on Section 230. Before that she was the Director of civil liberties at TechFreedom from July 2016 till November 2020. At TechFreedom she also managed outreach and coalition building for the organization and hosted The Tech Policy Podcast. Ashkhen is regularly featured as an expert commentator in news outlets across television, radio, podcasts, and print and digital publications including CNBC, BBC, FOX DC, Newsy, Politico, Axios, The Information, Protocol, The Washington Examiner and many others. Kazaryan received her Specialist in Law degree summa cum laude from Lomonosov MSU in 2012, Master of Law Degree from Yale Law School in 2016 and is completing her PhD in Law at the Law School of Lomonosov Moscow State University (thesis on Legal Regulation of Art Markets). Kazaryan received her Specialist in Law degree summa cum laude from Lomonosov MSU in 2012, Master of Law Degree from Yale Law School in 2016 and is completing her PhD in Law at the Law School of Lomonosov Moscow State University (thesis on Legal Regulation of Art Markets).
Andrew Kenney has worked as a Public Affairs reporter for Colorado Public Radio since 2019. Andrew previously worked at The Denver Post, Denverite and The (Raleigh) News & Observer, covering towns, cities, states and people. His work today focuses on Colorado’s state legislature and includes topics like housing, unemployment and political demography. Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

WOLFGANG KOPF is Senior Vice President for Group Public and Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), reporting to the CEO.He is also responsible for Competition Law, Media and Spectrum Policy. Wolfgang joined DT in 1995 where he started in internationalbusiness development and M&A. Prior to taking over his current position in 2007, he held various senior positions at DT headquarters as well as in T-Mobile. He was responsible for market entry projects in various European countries, the regulatory part of DT’s US-market entry and the sale of DT`s cable networks.In his current role he has been instrumental for a variety of successful projects at DTGroup like managing spectrum auctions, DT’s broadband vectoring strategy and the regulatory strategy for T-Mobile’s Sprint Merger. Wolfgang studied Arts and Law at the Universities of Mainz, Speyer and London specializing in European and International Law. Prior to DT he worked for an internationalLaw Firm and the European Commission. Wolfgang Kopf is Chairman of the Committee on Competition of the Federation of German Industries (BDI e.V.)anda Member of the Supervisory Board of Telekom Deutschland GmbH, the ZDF (second public TV channel) Television Council, and the Board of Trustees of the International CharlemagnePrize of Aachen.He is also the Co-editor of two German law journals.

JOHN KWOKA teaches and conducts research in the areas of industrial organization, antitrust, and regulatory economics. His emphasis is on the application of economics to current policy issues in various industries. His other teaching interests include courses on the microeconomics of the financial crisis and on sports economics. Kwoka’s recent research has focused on the effectiveness of merger policy in the U.S. Kwoka’s most recent book on this subject Controlling Mergers and Market Power: A Program for Reviving Antitrust in America was just released by CPI Publishing. His earlier book, Mergers, Merger Control, and Remedies in the United States: A Retrospective Analysis was published in 2015 by MIT Press and won the Cohen Award for the Best Antitrust Book. He also co-edits The Antitrust Revolution, the leading casebook on recent antitrust cases. Kwoka has worked at the U.S. antitrust and regulatory agencies and serves as adviser or consultant to them and to those of other countries and international agencies.

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.

DANIELLE LI is an Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests are in economics of innovation and labor economics, with a focus on how organizations evaluate ideas, projects, and people. Danielle’s work has been published in leading academic journals across a range of fields, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, and Management Science. In addition, her work has been regularly featured in media outlets such as the Economist, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. She has previously taught at the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. She holds an AB in mathematics and the history of science from Harvard College and a PhD in economics from MIT.

Jeffrey Lopez currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico, where he advises the senator in his responsibilities as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, and as member of the Senate Commerce Committee. Jeff leads the technology and telecom policy team, convening subcommittee hearings, conducting oversight, and analyzing legislation related to the subcommittee’s jurisdiction including FCC and NTIA. Jeff has worked for Senator Luján since January 2021 and has worked in the Senate for over a decade. He previously served as policy advisor to former Senator Tom Udall.
Jeff negotiated landmark legislative accomplishments in broadband and highway safety through the Senate, House, and to the president’s desk to be signed into law as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, for which he was awarded the 2021 Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence. Jeff has an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University McCourt School. He is also guest faculty for the University of New Mexico’s Harris Internship Program in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and two children.

NATHANIEL LOVIN is a Lead Programmer and Senior Research Analyst at the Technology Policy Institute. He graduated Carleton College in 2019 double majoring in Economics and Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. He was TPI’s Google Policy Fellow in 2018.

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 received her BA from Stanford, her MBA from Harvard Business School, and she holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) as well as a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Since 2009, Martin has been the senior entertainment and internet analyst at Needham & Company, where she publishes research on the largest internet and media stocks in the US. Prior to Needham, Martin was the senior media analyst at Soleil Securities, where she was nationally ranked by Institutional Investor magazine as “Best of the Independent Research Boutiques” for many years, and at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she was nationally ranked by Institutional Investor in 1999, 2000, and 2001 as one of the top cable and entertainment analysts in the US.

CHRISTINE McDANIEL is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center. Her research focuses on international trade, globalization, and intellectual property rights. McDaniel previously worked at Sidley Austin, LLP, a global law firm, where she was a senior economist. She has held several positions in the U.S. government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department and senior trade economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and has worked in the economic offices of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. International Trade Commission. McDaniel spent three years in Australia as deputy chief economist in Australia’s patent office. She has published in the areas of international trade, intellectual property, and empirical trade analysis and modeling. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado, and received her B.A. in Economics and Japanese Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ROGER NOLL is professor of economics emeritus at Stanford University. Noll also is a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the American Antitrust Institute. Prior to joining Stanford, Noll was a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Institute Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. At Stanford, Noll served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Director of the Public Policy Program, and Senior Fellow in the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research where he also was Director of the Program in Regulatory Policy and Director of the Stanford Center for International Development. Noll is the author or co-author of seventeen books and over three hundred articles and reviews. His primary research interests include technology policy; antitrust, regulation and privatization policies in both advanced and developing economies; economic aspects of public law (administrative law, judicial processes, and statutory interpretation); and the economics of sports and entertainment. Noll received a BS with honors in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

KATE O’CONNOR is the Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. O’Connor previously served as the Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where she worked on legislative and communications policy focused on spectrum and broadband issues. She also worked in NTIA’s Office of Congressional Affairs and engaged with Congress, state government officials, and other federal agencies to advance the Administration’s legislative initiatives on broadband and 5G. Prior to joining NTIA, O’Connor worked in the United States Senate. She began her Senate career working in the office of Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and then served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), where she handled issues before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, including telecommunications policy. Ms. O’Connor attended the University of Chicago, and is originally from Chicago, IL.

SARAH OH LAM 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.
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.

TOM POWER has been the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for CTIA since 2015. Mr. Power served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications in the White House Office of Science and Technology from august 2011 until December 2014. Previously, Mr. Power served as Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce from April 2009 through august 2011. From 2000 to 2009 Mr. Power was General Counsel for Fiberlink Communications in Blue Bell, PA. From 1994 until 2000, Mr. Power served at the Federal Communications Commission in several supervisory roles until named Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman William Kennard, where he advised the chairman on broadband, common carrier and mass media matters. Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Power was a telecommunications and litigation partner at Winston & Strawn. He has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

JEFFREY PRINCE is Professor and Chair of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He is also the Harold A. Poling Chair in Strategic Management and Co-Director of the Institute for Business Analytics at Kelley. He recently served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission. His primary focus is on technology markets and telecommunications, having published works on dynamic demand for computers, Internet adoption and usage, the inception of online/offline product competition, and telecom bundling. His research also encompasses topics such as household-level risk aversion, airline quality competition, and regulation in healthcare and real estate markets. His works have appeared in top general interest journals in both economics and management, including the American Economic Review, the International Economic Review, Management Science, and the Academy of Management Journal. He has also published in top journals in industrial organization, including the Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and the International Journal of Industrial Organization. He is currently a co-editor at the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and is on the board of editors at Information Economics and Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

Duncan Rankin serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, a role he has been in since January of 2023. Prior to moving to committee staff, he served as Legislative Assistant for Senator Cruz covering the Commerce Committee portfolio from March of 2019 to January of 2023. Before joining Senator Cruz’s staff, he served as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology from November of 2017 through January of 2019, a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Luther Strange of Alabama from February of 2017 through November of 2017, and Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Louie Gohmert from January 2016 through January of 2017. Duncan is a native of McAllen, TX and comes from long line of South Texans. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station from 2011-2015, during which he spent a semester abroad at the University of Queensland, Australia, wrote for the student newspaper, The Battalion, and interned for Congressman Louie Gohmert.
ALAN RAUL is Partner at Sidley Austin LLP. He is 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 Practicing 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.

BRANDY REITTER joined the Colorado Broadband Office in 2022 and is responsible for providing oversight and management of the office’s programs and state-wide strategy for broadband deployment. Her work includes education, outreach, supporting regional collaborations, fostering relations with partners, and mobilizing resources to improve the access and affordability of high speed internet. She works to assist with policy and legislative development, serves on various broadband boards, and supports the work of the office. Her professional experience includes 15 years in local government management in cities and towns across the State of Colorado. As a former Town Manager, she built broadband programs in rural communities and has leveraged resources to deploy broadband in her communities. Her local government experience includes managing towns in Weld, Chaffee, Saguache and Eagle Counties. She has served in roles in public utilities, economic development, and government operations in the City of Longmont, City and County of Denver and the Government of the District of Columbia. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. In 2020, Brandy won the City Manager of the Year for the State of Colorado by the Colorado City County Managers Association and has been appointed to boards for several civic organizations. Brandy is originally from Colorado and grew up on the Front Range. She moved to the high country 10 years ago and has lived in Summit, Chaffee and Eagle Counties. She calls the Town of Eagle her home and has spent most of her career in rural Colorado. In her free time, Brandy enjoys skiing, camping, running, mountain/dirt biking and rafting the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. She enjoys these activities with her husband Chris and dog Tink.

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.

Chris Sarabalis is the founder and CEO of Flux Photonics. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Applied Physics where he studied photonic integrated circuits, and piezoelectric and acoustic-optic device physics. Chris and the Flux team are extending the reach of photonics circuits, building a new wave of sensors and communication systems. The team is working to change the economics of digital infrastructure in the urban last mile.

Katharine Saunders is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Verizon. She leads Verizon’s team responsible for the development and implementation of regulatory strategy and advocacy to advance Verizon’s nationwide broadband plans, including issues relating to broadband deployment funding, network transition, and transformation issues. She also has extensive experience representing the company in regulatory matters before the FCC, other federal agencies, and in the courts, and in private practice with trial experience in both intellectual property and civil cases. Katharine is active in pro bono, both as an appointed Guardian ad Litem in the D.C. courts, and on several non-profit boards, including as the current President of the Board of Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

JAY SCHWARZ is Vice President – Global Public Policy at Comcast NBCUniversal where he focuses on broadband policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Previously he held roles at the Federal Communications Commission in the Chairman’s office, the Wireline Competition Bureau, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of Strategic Planning. Jay holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh as well as degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

IAN SCOTT has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors. Most recently, Mr. Scott served as the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Mr. Scott was appointed by the Governor-in-Council on July 14, 2017 and led the organization from September 2017 to January 2023. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scott worked at the Competition Bureau in both the Regulated Industries Branch and the Mergers Branch. 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, Mr. Scott 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. Mr. Scott has served on various boards, including Women in Communications and Technology, the International Institute of Communications, Canadian Aerospace Association and Ski Quebec Alpin, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University.

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.

KATIE SHAY is Associate General Counsel and Director of Human Rights at Cisco Systems, Inc. She leads Cisco’s efforts to integrate a human rights perspective into the way that Cisco conducts business, throughout the value chain. Prior to joining Cisco, Katie served as Business and Human Rights Counsel at Yahoo, where she managed human rights programs related to privacy and freedom of expression across the global business. Katie earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in English Literature from Marquette University.

BEN SHEFFNER is Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Law & Policy, at the Motion Picture Association. With dual appointments in the MPA’s Legal and Government Affairs departments, Ben works closely with attorneys and policy advocates internally and at the MPA’s member studios to formulate and implement strategies to create a favorable environment for the industry to thrive, both economically and creatively. Prior to joining the MPA he held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he litigated copyright and other cases for major movie studios, television networks, and record labels. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign’s copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. Ben served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001. Ben serves as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Copyright project and has previously held positions as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA as well as the Los Angeles Copyright Society, and as a participant on the Uniform Law Commission committee that drafted a uniform anti-SLAPP statute. Prior to attending law school, Ben worked as a political reporter in Washington, DC for the Cook Political Report and Roll Call newspaper. Ben received an AB from Harvard College and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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.

ALISON STERNBERG is Senior Vice President for Investor Relations at fuboTV since July 2021, spearheading all interactions with the investment community, including shareholders, hedge funds, analysts, etc. Alison crafts financial communications about FUBO’s investor strategy, initiatives, ventures and performance as it continues to disrupt the pay TV ecosystem. Prior to FUBO, Alison had 25 years of experience in investor relations and financial services. She held investor relations jobs at two other direct to consumer companies- SmileDirectClub (2019-2021) and TrueCar (2013-2019). Before that, Alison held senior roles at Modular Wind Energy (2012-2013), Goldman Sachs (2010-2011, 1996-2005), executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles (2008-2011) and Ares Management (2005-2008). She holds a BA from Columbia University.

KRISTIAN STOUT is Director of Innovation Policy at the International Center for Law & Economics. Kristian is an expert in intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and Internet governance. He has been a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Before practicing law, Kristian worked as a technology entrepreneur and a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. Kristian served on the board of the New Jersey Leadership Program, and was the Chair of the Asset Forfeiture Working Group for the NJ State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has previously served on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee for the Federal Communications Commission. Kristian graduated magna cum laude from the Rutgers University School of law, and served on the editorial board of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy.

BRIAN SULLIVAN is anchor of CNBC’s “Last Call”, which broadcasts from CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He is also Senior National Correspondent for the network, covering some of the nation’s biggest stories. Most recently, Sullivan was anchor of CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange”. Prior to that, he was co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch”. In his 25 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. In his free time, he is an avid race car driver with two SCCA divisional championships.

JAMIE SUSSKIND is the Legislative Director 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.

BECKY TANGREN is a member of NCTA’s legal team as Vice President and Associate General Counsel with a focus on wireless and spectrum policy issues. Tangren previously was with CableLabs, where she served as Director, Technology Policy, analyzing public policy issues of competitive importance to the cable industry. Prior to CableLabs, she spent ten years in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC, holding the positions of Senior Policy Advisor and Legal Advisor to the Office of the Bureau Chief, and Attorney Advisor in the Mobility Division. Tangren also worked as Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association.

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.

LAURENT THERIVEL (“LT”) is the president and chief executive officer of UScellular. UScellular is the fourth largest wireless provider in the U.S. LT is focused on growing UScellular’s business and positioning the company for future success and is highly committed to UScellular’s mission of connecting customers to the people that matter most to them. LT serves on the board of directors of both TDS (UScellular’s parent company) and UScellular. LT joined UScellular as president and CEO in July 2020, bringing over 15 years of experience in the wireless industry, including more than 10 years at AT&T, where he held roles as chief financial officer of AT&T Business Solutions, senior vice president of AT&T Small Business Solutions, and his most recent position as CEO of AT&T Mexico. Prior to his career at AT&T, LT was chief operating officer at IPcelerate, Inc., and he spent time early in his career at Bain & Company, leading several high impact assignments related to operational redesign and cost structure. He also completed 4 ½ years with the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the rank of captain and serving as a telecommunications operations officer in San Diego, Calif., and a communications officer in Southeast Asia. LT is currently a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives Club of Chicago and is on the Board of Directors for CTIA as well as being a member of the nominating committee. He was previously on the Board of Directors for Sky Mexico and The Game Show Network and was a board member and interim COO of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. LT earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

LEE TIEDRICH is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethical Technology with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and has a dual appointment at Duke Law School. Lee is a widely recognised leader in artificial intelligence, data, and emerging technology matters. Lee collaborates with the OECD through the Ethical Tech Practicum she designed and teaches at Duke University. She has been selected to serve in the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) Multistakeholder Expert Group, and she is a co-chair of the GPAI MEG IP committee and the GPAI MEG AI and Climate committee. She also is a co-author of the forthcoming casebook, The Law of Artificial Intelligence (West Academic, 2023). As a partner at the global law firm Covington & Burling LLP, she served as co-chair of the firm’s global and multi-disciplinary AI Initiative and counselled organisations on a broad range of data and technology matters, including policy, governance, intellectual property, regulatory, digital transformation and transactions. A Duke alumna with a degree in electrical engineering and over 30 years of legal experience, Lee has had a long career bridging technology, law, and policy.

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.

THOMAS TYLER is the Deputy Director for Louisiana’s Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity, he has served an instrumental role in standing up key initiatives and lead numerous functions ranging from policy and government relations to strategic planning and grant program administration. Previously, Thomas served both in the public and private sectors, leading Louisiana Economic Development’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive Program, administering and growing one the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive incentive programs for this industry. He assisted companies and startups of all sizes to facilitate statewide investments into workforce development opportunities, leveraging key incentives and public policy instruments to facilitate significant private and public sector investments in Louisiana communities. Additionally, he has served as a consultant and advisor for one of the nation’s leading cybersecurity and technology advisory practices. Thomas is recognized for his invaluable contributions to stakeholders, speaking and providing advisory services to organizations such as the US Department of Commerce, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Governors Association, Fiber Broadband Association, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Telecommunications Industry Association, Smart Cities Council, Mountain Connect, Collision Conference, Business Resource Network, Society of Louisiana CPAs and the Louisiana Bankers Association. Thomas is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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.

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.

Jennifer A. Warren is Vice President, Civil & Regulatory Affairs (C&RA) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the corporation’s U.S. Government civil customer relationships, outside of NASA and NOAA, as well as the corporation’s regulatory team engagement across the Executive Branch, Independent Agencies and Intergovernmental Bodies on Lockheed Martin programs, technologies and systems. The C&RA regulatory portfolio includes spectrum governance, 5G, commercial space, crewed/uncrewed aviation, ocean minerals, and emerging technologies. Ms. Warren serves on Federal Advisory Committees, including as an appointed member of NASA Advisory Council’s Regulatory Policy Committee, and has just completed serving as CoChair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). Ms. Warren holds leadership positions in several professional / trade organizations, including the Boards of the Satellite Industry Association and the U.S. ITU Association. In 1996, Ms. Warren joined Lockheed Martin’s Space & Strategic Missiles Sector, and in 2001 she became part of LM Washington Operations. Prior to Lockheed Martin, she served in several senior roles at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission; before joining the U.S. Government, Ms. Warren worked for the Commission of the European Union – both in Brussels, and in Washington, DC, – with a focus on EU-U.S. trade. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S. in Languages) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and a member of the Illinois State and D.C. Bars, the Federal Communications Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. Her civic activities include Secretary of the City of Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee, the Vice-President of the Board of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and the Foundation of the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA).

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.

JASON WILLICK is an Opinion Columnist at the Washington Post. Jason covers legal issues, political ideas and foreign affairs. Before coming to The Post in 2022, he was an editorial writer and assistant editorial features editor for the Wall Street Journal, and before that a staff writer and associate editor at the American Interest. His writing has also appeared in National Review, National Affairs and Modern Age. Jason received a BA from Stanford University.

SUZY WILSON is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. Wilson is responsible for an extensive portfolio of regulatory, litigation, and policy matters. Before joining the Copyright Office, Wilson had experience working both in-house and in private practice. Most recently, she served as deputy general counsel for The Walt Disney Company, overseeing the company’s intellectual property and interactive and media legal functions, including a wide range of complex copyright issues involved in litigation, policy, and transactional work. Prior to her work at Disney, Wilson was a partner at leading law firms in Los Angeles. For more than a decade, she was a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, focusing on intellectual property litigation and counseling for internet and technology clients. While at the firm, she was recognized as one of the top intellectual property lawyers and one of the top women lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. She earned a JD from Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before attending law school, Wilson worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staff member.

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