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Andrew Keen Added to Aspen Forum Agenda

Andrew Keen Added to Aspen Forum Agenda

Author, Entrepreneur to give Closing Luncheon Address

Contact: Amy Smorodin
(202) 828-4405

July 29, 2010 – Andrew Keen, a renowned Internet pioneer and entrepreneur, will be the closing luncheon speaker at the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum, scheduled for August 22nd – August 24th. Keen will offer remarks on “The Creative Economy or a Tragedy of the Creative Commons?” focusing on the importance of intellectual property rights for the Internet and the possible consequences if we lack systems to enforce such rights. He will join other influential industry leaders and policy experts at the event to discuss key issues affecting innovation in the technology and communications sectors.

Keen is the author of Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is killing our culture, which has been published in fifteen different languages and was short-listed for the 2008 Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award. He is an advisor to Arts+Labs, a collaboration between technology and creative communities that works to support the development of innovative content and the safe and reliable networks on which the distribution of that content relies. Keen also hosts a weekly Techcrunch.tv show called “Keen On” where he explores a variety of topics with leading guests ranging from how the Internet is affecting our brains to technology, and innovation. As a pioneering Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He was the executive producer of the new media show “MB5 2000” and worked as an executive at several Silicon Valley based technology start-ups. Andrew is currently writing a second book entitled Digital Vertigo: Anxiety, Loneliness and Inequality in the Social Media Age, which will be published in 2011.

TPI’s Aspen Forum will bring together notable representatives from business, government, and academia in a relaxed, informal setting to discuss and debate the key public policy issues surrounding information and communications technology. Other top leaders from the technology and policy sectors scheduled to speak at the Forum include Paul Otellini of Intel Corporation, Mark McLaughlin of VeriSign, Brad Smith of Intuit, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Greylock Partners, Thomas Tauke of Verizon, and Joe Waz of Comcast. Edward Mueller of Qwest Communications will offer opening remarks at the premier policy event. An updated agenda can be found here.

The Aspen Forum will be held at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, August 22nd – 24th. To register, please visit www.techpolicyinstitute.org/aspen2010. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press can contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/

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