Aspen Forum 2010


Innovation and Critical Policy Choices: Is the United States Losing its Edge?

August 22-24, 2010

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Innovation and technological change are crucial to the nation’s long-run economic health and ability to improve standards of living, as well as to our ability to address national challenges in energy, the environment, health care and other priority areas. The United States has long been a leader in innovation, but there is growing concern that the U.S. is losing its edge. Discussions at TPI’s Aspen Forum explored the state of innovation in the U.S. and how public policy concerning such topics as broadband, competition, intellectual property and data security can create a favorable environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Sunday, August 22

  • 6:00 Opening Reception
    Welcoming Remarks
    Edward Mueller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qwest Communications

Monday, August 23

  • 8:30 Opening Keynote
    Carly Fiorina, Chair, Board of Directors, Technology Policy Institute
    Prepared Remarks
  • 9:00 Keynote Address
    Thomas Tauke, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon

  • 9:45 Panel: Whither Broadband Policy? The FCC, Congress, and the Courts
    Meredith Baker, Commissioner, Federal Communication Commission
    Shane Greenstein, the Elinor and Wendell Hobbs Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    Fernando Laguarda, Vice President of External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner Cable
    Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow, Aspen Institute and Former Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission
    Walter McCormick, President and Chief Executive Officer, United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) Tom Sugrue, Vice President of Government Affairs, T-Mobile
    Scott Wallsten, Vice President of Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)
  • 11:00 Break
  • 11:15 Panel: The Internet and the Media – After the First Wave, What’s Next?
    Lance Kavanaugh, Senior Product Counsel, YouTube
    Peter Menell, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley and Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
    Cary Sherman, President, Recording Industry Association of America
    Sam Tarantino, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Grooveshark
    Joel Waldfogel, Frederick R. Kappel Chair in Applied Economics, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
    Stan Liebowitz, Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Dallas (moderator)
  • 12:30 Luncheon Address
    Reid Hoffman, Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Partners

  • 2:00-3:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

    Wireless and Spectrum
    Carlos Blanco, Director, International Office, Telefonica
    Dale Hatfield, Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
    Darrin Mylet, Advisor, Adaptrum
    Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel and Executive Director, Communications Policy, Intel Corporation
    Tom Sugrue, Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile
    Charla Rath, Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon Wireless
    Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

    Privacy Online: Where Do We Go From Here?
    James Assey, Executive Vice President, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
    Pablo Chavez, Managing Policy Counsel and Leader, Federal Public Policy Team, Google
    Steve DelBianco, Executive Director, NetChoice
    Paul Rubin, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute and Professor of Economics and Law, Emory University
    Alan Raul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
    Daniel Sepulveda, Senior Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator John Kerry
    Daniel Weitzner, Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
    Ginsu Yoon, Founder, Bynamite
    Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

    Smart Grid
    Kathryn C. Brown, Senior Vice President for Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
    Jeffrey Campbell, Senior Director, Technology and Trade Policy of Global Policy and Government Affairs, Cisco Systems Inc.
    Sherman Elliott, <Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
    Glenn Manishin, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
    Patrick J. McCormick III, Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
    Nick Sinai, Energy and Environment Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission
    Raymond Gifford, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and Director, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

  • 6:00 Reception
  • 7:00 Dinner Keynote
    Paul Otellini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intel Corporation Prepared Remarks

Tuesday, August 24

  • 8:30 Panel: Antitrust and Competition in High-Tech Industries
    Tim Bresnahan, Landau Professor of Technology and the Economy, Stanford University
    Doug Melamed, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Intel Corporation
    Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
    Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law and Communication and Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)
  • 9:30 Keynote
    Brad Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intuit

  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Panel: Views from Wall Street and Silicon Valley: The Effects of Policy On Investment
    Rebecca Arbogast, Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus
    Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LinkedIn
    Chris Marangi, Associate Portfolio Manager, Gamco Investors, Inc.
    Laura Martin, Senior Analyst, Entertainment, Cable and Media, Needham & Company LLC
    Scott Wallsten, Vice President of Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)
  • 11:30 Discussion: Serving the Underserved: What’s the Best Way to Do It?
    Rey Ramsey, Chairman, OneEcomony and President and Chief Executive Officer, TechNet
    Joe Waz, Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel, Comcast Corporation
    Phoebe Yang, Senior Advisor on Broadband to the Chairman and Former General Counsel of the Omibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission (moderator)
  • 12:15 Keynote
    Andrew Keen, Author and Advisor to Arts+Labs
  • August 22, 2010 - August 24, 2010
    6:00 pm - 2:00 pm



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