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Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

Topics Include Antitrust, Spectrum, Intellectual Property, and Online Drug Advertising

Contact: Amy Smorodin
(202) 828-4405

August 2, 2011 – The Technology Policy Institute has confirmed presenters for the 2011 Aspen Forum breakout sessions. The four informal, off-the-record breakout sessions will cover the pertinent topics of spectrum policy, intellectual property, antitrust, and online drug advertising. A complete list of breakout session presenters is now available on the TPI website. The Aspen Forum is scheduled for August 21 – 23.

The session, “Antitrust and Competition in High-Tech Industries: Theory and Practice,” will be hosted by TPI President and Senior Fellow, Thomas Lenard. Panelists and participants will examine the complex issues involved in applying antitrust to the technology sectors and evaluate current enforcement policies.

TPI Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research, Scott Wallsten, will moderate the session, “Spectrum Policy: What Happens after Incentive Auctions?” Participants will discuss the next steps for Congress and the FCC in order to move spectrum policy forward. Specifically, panelists will address such issues as whether Congress and the FCC should focus on secondary markets or continue to find ways of freeing up spectrum currently locked into particular uses.

Attendees at the session, “Protecting IP in the Internet Ecosystem: Roles and Responsibilities,” will hear assessments of recent actions by industry and Congress to counter online piracy. Participants will discuss the PROTECT IP Act and the recently announced voluntary agreement between Internet service providers and content producers to curb online copyright infringement. The session will be moderated by Stan Liebowitz, Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Arlene Holen, TPI Senior Fellow, will moderate the session, “The Internet, Social Media and Drug Advertising.” The workshop will address issues surrounding pharmaceutical companies’ use of the Internet and social media in their marketing. Participants will discuss the costs and benefits of direct-to-consumer advertising and calls to restrict some types of online drug advertising due to privacy and other concerns.

Click here for the complete Aspen Forum agenda.

Registration for the Aspen Forum can be performed on the TPI website. 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 non-profit 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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