Founder and CEO,
Jonathan Abrams is the founder, CEO and Junior Computer Programmer at Socializr, an online service for sharing event and party information with your friends. He is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who created the pioneering social networking service Friendster in 2002.
Previously, Mr. Abrams was the founder and CEO of bookmarking community HotLinks, and worked as a software engineer at companies such as Netscape and Nortel. He was named a "Breakout star of 2003" by Entertainment Weekly, and as one of Advertising Age Magazine’s "Entertainment Marketers of the Year." He has also been honored as one of the world’s top young innovators by the MIT Technology Review, and nominated in the software designer category for the 2004 Wired Rave Awards.
Mr. Abrams is the co-owner of San Francisco's new modern speakeasy Slide, and an investor in Vintage 415’s restaurant Mamacita. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, and has been extensively involved in the silicon valley entrepreneurial community.
Co-founder and CEO,
Jay Adelson is co-founder and CEO of digg, guiding all aspects of the company’s development, growth and management. Under his leadership, digg has grown from just a few thousand users to more than half a million and is now considered one of the top Web 2.0 startups.
Prior to digg, Mr. Adelson founded Equinix, Inc., a leader in the collocation/data center/network infrastructure space. He was also a co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation's highly regarded Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX) and a founding employee of Netcom On-Line Communications, Inc., one of the nation’s first Internet Service Providers.
A well-recognized expert on technology an the Internet, Mr. Adelson has spoken at a variety of industry events and investor conferences. He was also one of the invited guests to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development, as part of an industry panel on "The Private Sector's Role in Keeping America's Cyberspace Secure."
Chief Privacy Officer,
As Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel of RealNetworks, Todd Alberstone is primarily responsible for privacy and consumer law issues and policies and legal, policy and legislative issues concerning digital rights management, intellectual property, communications regulation, spyware and other issues affecting the software and Internet industries.
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President and CEO,
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. Formerly, he was Autodesk's chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing and product development. Autodesk products serve the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, and media and entertainment industries. Earlier roles included chief strategy officer and executive vice president of emerging business, looking broadly across the entire Autodesk organization at strategy and growth opportunities. He also served as chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president of the AECAD group, responsible for the design and development of AutoCAD and AEC products.
When Autodesk spun off its Buzzsaw division as a separate start-up, Mr. Bass left to be its chairman, CEO and president. He returned to Autodesk when Buzzsaw was acquired by the company. Mr. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993.
Mr. Bass serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk and PowerLight. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
Rep. Howard Berman
U.S. House of Representatives
Upon his graduation from law school, Howard Berman began his career in public service with a year's work as a VISTA volunteer. From 1967 until 1973, he practiced law in Los Angeles, specializing in labor relations. In 1973, he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he served until 1982, when he was elected to Congress.
He represents the 28th District of California, which includes parts of the San Fernando Valley, in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, Congressman Berman plays a key role in shaping the copyright, trademark, and patent laws that are of vital importance to the entertainment, biotechnology, broadcasting, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, consumer electronics and information technology industries.
During the 110th Congress, he will be involved in a variety of issues, including intellectual property enforcement, streamlining music licensing, digital piracy, comprehensive patent reform, orphan works utilization, development of distance education, expansion of Internet domain names, Patent and Trademark Office funding, gene patents and the interplay between intellectual property and antitrust laws.
President and CEO,
Phillip Bond was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) in June of 2006. Prior to joining ITAA, he served as SVP of Government Relations for Monster Worldwide, and General Manager of Monster Government Solutions.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Bond was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, served concurrently as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. Mr. Bond joined the Administration from the private sector, where he served as Director of Federal Public Policy for the Hewlett-Packard Company, and previously as SVP for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council.
From 1993 to 1998, he served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn. He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs from 1992 to 1993 for then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. Earlier, he was Chief of Staff and Rules Committee Associate for Congressman Bob McEwen from 1990 to 1992. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.
EVP and CTO,
Mark Bregman is the executive vice president, chief technology officer of Symantec, responsible for the Symantec Research Labs, emerging technologies, architecture and standards and developing the technology strategy for the company. He also guides Symantec’s investments in advanced research and is responsible for the development centers in India and China. In addition, he leads the field technical enablement team.
Mr. Bregman joined Symantec through the company’s merger with VERITAS Software. At VERITAS, he served as chief technology officer, responsible for cross-product integration, advanced product development, merger and acquisition strategy, and the company's engineering development centers in Pune, India and Beijing, China. He also served as VERITAS’ executive vice president in charge of product operations since joining the company in 2002.
Prior to joining VERITAS, Mr. Bregman was CEO of Airmedia, a wireless Internet firm. Previous to that, he spent 16 years at IBM where he led the RS/6000 and Pervasive Computing divisions and held senior management positions in IBM Research and IBM Japan. He was also technical assistant to IBM CEO Lou Gerstner.
Deputy Associate Director,
Dan Byers has been Deputy Associate Director for Technology at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) since July 2006 after previously having served as Deputy Chief of Staff. From 2000-2005, Mr. Byers worked in several positions on Capitol Hill, first as a legislative assistant and American Association for the Advancement of Science/Soil Science Society of America Congressional Fellow in the office of Congressman Nick Smith (R-MI), and later as staff director of the House Science Subcommittee on Research.
As Deputy of OSTP's Technology Division, Byers is responsible for lead support on all technology-related issues associated with OSTP's two primary statutory responsibilities: advising the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on all science and technology-related matters; and leading interagency efforts to develop and to implement sound science and technology policies and budgets. These issues include several multi-billion dollar Federal R&D efforts, including the Networking and Information Technology R&D Program (NITRD), the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) and related energy R&D programs.
VP of Governmental Programs,
Christopher Caine has been IBM’s Vice President, Governmental Programs since 1996. A member of IBM’s senior management team, he has responsibility for a multi-million dollar globally integrated function that comprises approximately 110 public policy professionals across 33 countries.
Mr. Caine previously served as director, human resources and environmental policy for IBM, responsible for public policy issues such as health-care reform, labor, personnel, health and safety, environment and energy. Prior to that, he was manager of federal government relations for IBM and, from 1984 to 1987, he was regional manager of the company's state government relations programs.
Mr. Caine has represented IBM on policy and economic development trends involving government, innovation, global electronic commerce, privacy and new security challenges before a variety of public fora including: the United States Congress; the 2004 National Intelligence Council Conference; and the 2003 World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea. He is a board member of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI); the European-American Business Council; the Washington International Business Council; and the Business-Government Relations Council.
New America Foundation
Michael Calabrese is Vice President and Director of the Wireless Future Program at the New America Foundation, a non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. He oversees the Foundation’s efforts to improve our nation’s management of publicly-owned assets – particularly the public airwaves. New America has advocated open, unlicensed access to an increasing share of the airwaves to facilitate innovation and more affordable and ubiquitous community wireless broadband access.
Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as General Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and as benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO. He is the co-author of three previous books on policy and politics and has published opinion articles in the nation’s leading outlets, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He is a graduate of Stanford Business and Law Schools, where he earned a JD/MBA degree; and a graduate of Harvard College, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Government.
Chairman and CEO,
John Chen has served as chairman, chief executive officer and president of Sybase, Inc. since November 1998. He is recognized as a technology industry leader and corporate turnaround specialist. Under his leadership, Sybase has become a highly profitable company that has grown from a leading enterprise-class database provider to the largest publicly traded software company specializing in data management, data integration and enterprise mobility.
Mr. Chen is actively involved in international relations, and has testified before Congress on U.S.–China trade relations. In December 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as a member of the President’s Export Council, a bi-partisan committee of prominent business leaders, Cabinet Secretaries, and members of the U.S. House and Senate that provides advice and recommendations to the U.S. government on export and international trade policy.
Mr. Chen also serves on the boards of directors for the Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co., and he is a member of the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Committee of 100, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Senior EVP of External
& Legislative Affairs,
James Cicconi is responsible for AT&T's public policy organization. He has served in this capacity since November 2005, following the close of the merger between SBC Communications and AT&T Corp. Previously, Mr. Cicconi served as general counsel and executive vice president of law and government affairs at AT&T Corp. Before joining AT&T in September 1998, he was a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Mr. Cicconi also served in the White House under two presidents, including two years as deputy chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush and four years as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas.
Center for Public Integrity
Drew Clark is Senior Fellow and Project Manager at the Center for Public Integrity, where he heads the center’s telecommunications and media project. The Center is a non-profit publisher of investigative journalism. Mr. Clark’s personal blog is www.drewclark.com, and he also writes a column, “Wired in Washington,”™ about the digital convergence of broadcasting, satellite, cable, wireless, telecommunications and technology. Archives available at www.wiredinwashington.com.
Previously, Mr. Clark was Senior Writer for National Journal Group, reporting on Internet law, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, free speech and telecommunications for Technology Daily. He was also Senior Editor of National Journal's Insider Update: The Telecom Act, devoted to daily coverage of communications policy, and Contributing Editor for Congress Daily. He has covered business, politics, society and law for a variety of newspapers, magazines and Web sites, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Mail and Guardian of Johannesburg, South Africa.
He graduated from Swarthmore College with Honors, and from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, and is the recipient of several journalism awards.
Elizabeth Corcoran is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high tech world for more than 15 years. She joined Forbes as bureau chief of its Silicon Valley office in February 1999. Previously, she had been the lead technology writer for The Washington Post. She has also been a member of the board of editors of Scientific American magazine.
Along with reporting on technology for Forbes, Ms. Corcoran writes a column, “Letter from Silicon Valley” for Forbes.com. She is also a commentator on the "Forbes on Fox" business news show and other television business shows.
Chief IP Officer,
Tim Crean is the Chief Intellectual Property Officer for SAP AG, reporting to SAP’s CEO. Mr. Crean leads a global team of IP professionals handling the public policy, procurement, licensing and litigation of IP matters for SAP. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Owner’s (IPO) Association and is also a member of the Executive Committee for the US group of AIPPI (a Zurich-based IP organization).
Jim Dempsey, an attorney, joined the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) in 1997 and is currently Policy Director. CDT is a non-profit public interest organization, supported by corporations and foundations, working to promote civil liberties and democratic values in the digital age. In recent years, Mr. Dempsey has concentrated on Internet privacy and national security issues, testifying frequently before Congress. He coordinates the Digital Privacy and Security Working Group, a forum for companies, trade associations and public interest organizations. He also leads CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI).
From 1985 to 1994, he was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. Mr. Dempsey currently resides in San Francisco, where he is establishing CDT West, beginning with a dialogue among technologists, business strategists, academics and public interest groups on the issue of revitalizing the Constitutional right to privacy in the face of rapid technology development.
Under Secretary of Commerce
for Intellectual Property and
Jon Dudas serves as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a position to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in March 2004 and appointed in July 2004. Mr. Dudas previously served as acting Under Secretary and Director, and Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director from 2002 to 2004.
As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Mr. Dudas is the lead policy advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, the President of the United States, and Administration agencies on intellectual property matters. As Director of the USPTO, he is responsible for administering the laws relevant to granting patents and trademarks, and the day-to-day management of the agency's $1.7 billion budget and over 8,000 employees.
As head of the world's leading intellectual property office, Mr. Dudas is focused on funding, implementing, and updating the agency's 21st Century Strategic Plan to ensure that the USPTO continues to provide American innovators the patent and trademark systems they need to remain competitive around the world.
Esther Dyson is the Internet’s court jester, a person of no institutional importance who somehow manages to speak the truth and to be heard when and where it matters. An original and provocative thinker, she is about to launch a new monthly column for the New York Times’ Sunday business section. Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Dyson wrote the newsletter Release 1.0 and ran PC Forum. She sold both to CNET Networks in 2004, and left CNET at the end of 2006. She was the founding chairman of ICANN (policy-setter for the DNS) from 1998-2000, and was also chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the 1990s.
In 1997, she wrote her (so far) only book, “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” which appeared in paperback a year later as “Release 2.1.” In 1994, she wrote a seminal essay on intellectual property for WIRED magazine. In both her investments and her nonprofit activities, she has always been concerned with the impact of information (technology) on business and society.
Nicholas Evans is a Vice President within the Office of the CTO at Unisys. Prior to this position, he was Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Enterprise Security Initiatives within Unisys’ Strategic Program Office. In this role, he focused on the strategy and coordination of enterprise security initiatives across Unisys’ holistic security portfolio including people, goods & assets and information systems.
Prior to Unisys, Mr. Evans was Global Lead, Emerging Technology at BearingPoint Inc. In this role he focused on the delivery of emerging technology strategies and solutions, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), wireless/mobility, web services, business process management, real-time infrastructure, and security having strategic enterprise value to BearingPoint clients. Prior to BearingPoint, Mr. Evans was the National Technical Director for E-Business at PricewaterhouseCoopers within their Global Software Solutions Center.
He serves as a board member for the Software Division of the Software & Information Industry Association and chair of their Web Services Initiative, and as an Emerging Technology Advisor for the Information Technology Association of America and chair of their RFID Standards Task Group.
VP, Government Affairs,
Gary Fazzino was named Hewlett-Packard's Vice President of Government and Public Affairs in May 2000. In this capacity, he is responsible for shaping public policies and building relationships worldwide with government officials, community leaders, non-governmental organizations and business partners to advance HP’s interests. Mr. Fazzino has held a number of positions at HP, including Northwest Public Affairs manager, State Government Affairs manager and Director of Federal Public Policy.
Prior to joining HP, he served as Assistant to the City Manager of Palo Alto and Program Manager at the Bay Area Council. From 1996-1998, he served as the first president of the Technology Network, a national public policy and political organization representing the high-technology sector. He has served as Mayor of Palo Alto twice, from 1992-93 and from 1999-2000, and he was elected to the Palo Alto City Council five times.
Mr. Fazzino also served as chairman of the Santa Clara County Transportation Authority from 1992 to 1995. He currently serves on several boards, including the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the Coro Foundation and the Junior Statesmen Foundation.
Asst. Secretary for
Cyber Security & Telecom,
Gregory Garcia was appointed by Secretary Michael Chertoff on September 18, 2006, to be America’s first Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications (CS&T) for the Department of Homeland Security, within the Preparedness Directorate. Mr. Garcia leads the strategic direction of CS&T and oversees both the National Cyber Security Division and the National Communications System.
Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Garcia served as VP for Information Security Programs and Policy with the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) where he managed all programmatic and public policy aspects of information security, with a view to strengthening national cyber readiness among the user and vendor communities. Additionally, he worked with the DHS to co-found the National Cyber Security Partnership.
Previously, Mr. Garcia served on the staff of the House Science Committee where he was responsible for industry outreach and legislative issues related to information technology and cyber security. In particular, he played an active role under the leadership of Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) in the drafting and shepherding of the Cyber Security R&D Act of 2002.
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer,
Motion Picture Association
Center for Internet & Society
Stanford Law School
Silicon Valley Bureau Chief,
Jim Goldman is responsible for coordinating all Silicon Valley and Northern California business and technology news for CNBC, both as an on-air correspondent and producer. Mr. Goldman comes to CNBC after opening TechTV's Silicon Valley Bureau in 2001 and serving as the network's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for two years.
Prior to TechTV, he served as technology correspondent for ABCNews in New York where his reports could be seen on "Good Morning America, "World News Weekend," "World News Now," and "World News This Morning." Mr. Goldman was also a frequent guest on the ABCNews Radio Network.
After graduating from Brown University with a double major, he became the Silicon Valley's first, full-time on-air technology reporter in 1989. He has worked as high-tech business editor for KNTV (now the NBC affiliate of the San Francisco Bay area) and KRON (independent). Mr. Goldman also created and produced the internationally distributed "Silicon Valley Business This Week" for KICU TV, an independent station in San Jose.
Per Hellström leads the European Commission's Antitrust Unit dealing with Information industries, Internet and consumer electronics. This Unit was in charge of the investigation in the landmark antitrust decision in the Microsoft case of March 2004.
Mr. Hellström was previously a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, providing legal advice in the area of mergers and antitrust, as well as representing the Commission before the Community Courts in cases such as Microsoft and GE/Honeywell.
Mr. Hellström has a law degree from the University of Lund in Sweden, and an LLM from the London School of Economics.
Co-Founder and Chairman,
Reid Hoffman is currently Chairman and co-founder of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, he was Executive Vice President of PayPal. At PayPal, he was in charge of all business relationships: business development, corporate development, international, government relations and banking/payments infrastructure.
During his tenure at PayPal, Mr. Hoffman was instrumental to the acquisition by eBay and was responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo. He also has held management roles in large technology companies, including Fujitsu Software Corporation and Apple.
Currently, in addition to LinkedIn, Mr. Hoffman serves on the Board of Directors for SixApart and Mozilla Corporation. He graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in philosophy.
VP, Government Affairs,
Laura K. Ipsen is Vice President of Worldwide Government Affairs for Cisco Systems. Since 1996, she has been responsible for developing Cisco’s public policy agenda and managing government affairs activities worldwide. She is also the co-chair of Cisco’s Eco-Board focusing on Cisco’s initiatives and leadership on environmental issues.
Ms. Ipsen is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Information Technology Industry Council. She also serves on the board of the European American Business Council and the Public Affairs Council, as well as the Technology Board for Pacific Research Institute. She also served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s transition advisory committee for U.S. President George W. Bush in 2000, and is the past President and Chair of the Board of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).
Prior to joining Cisco, Ms. Ipsen worked in government affairs and international trade for Hitachi Data Systems and Acer Corp. She began her career in government affairs and international trade with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
VP, Government Relations,
Karen Knutson is the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) VP, Government Relations, responsible for its U.S. and global public policy programs. Ms. Knutson coordinates BSA’s policy activities in more than 80 countries around the globe where BSA has operations, and with its nine foreign offices. She directs BSA’s strategy and implementation of policy campaigns on issues of critical importance to the high tech industry including intellectual property protection, patent reform, cyber security, trade, electronic commerce and other issues related to Internet policy.
Previous to joining BSA, Ms. Knutson was VP of Government Relations at ML Strategies. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Knutson was Deputy Assistant to Vice President Cheney for Domestic Policy. She served as Deputy Director of the National Energy Policy Development Group where she was instrumental in drafting the President’s National Energy Policy.
Ms. Knutson also served as the Legislative Director to Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and as Appropriations Counsel for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX). Her career in Washington began as a legislative assistant for then Senator and now Governor Frank Murkowski (R-AK).
E. Floyd Kvamme
E. Floyd Kvamme is a Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a high-technology venture capital firm and, presently, serves on five high tech company boards including National Semiconductor, Harmonic, and Power Integrations. Since 2001, Mr. Kvamme has served as Co-Chair of President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, (PCAST).
Mr. Kvamme helped found National in 1967, serving as general manager of Semiconductor Operations. In 1982, he became executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for Apple Computer. He holds a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MSE in semiconductor electronics from Syracuse University.
Professor of Law,
Stanford Law School
Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, and the Director of Stanford’s LLM Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and Internet law, patent law, and antitrust. He is of counsel to the law firm of Keker & Van Nest, where he litigates in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property and computer law.
Mr. Lemley is the author of six books (all in multiple editions) and 80 articles on these and related subjects, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust. He has taught intellectual property law to federal and state judges at numerous Federal Judicial Center and ABA programs, has testified five times before Congress and numerous times before the California legislature, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Modernization Commission on patent, trade secret, antitrust and constitutional law matters, and has filed numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the federal circuit courts of appeals.
Steven Levy is a senior editor and chief technology writer at Newsweek where he writes a regular column “The Technologist.” Author of six books, Mr. Levy is responsible for making “hackers” a household word with “Hackers,” which PC Magazine named the best Sci-Tech book written in the last twenty years and is considered a classic computer history.
His 2001 book “Crypto” won the grand eBook prize at the 2001 Frankfurt Book festival. Most recently, he has written "The Perfect Thing," the definitive book about Apple Computer's iPod. His articles, opinion pieces and reviews have also appeared in a wide range of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and Premiere. He has been a contributor to Wired since its inception.
Mr. Levy is a native of Philadelphia and earned an M.A. in literature at Pennsylvania State University. He lives in New York City.
A syndicated technology columnist and broadcaster for more than two decades, Larry Magid contributes to CBS News, the New York Times and other media outlets. He served for 18 years as a technology columnist for the Los Angeles Times and his columns have also appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CNN.COM and numerous other newspapers and Web sites throughout the world.
His technology reports can now be heard several times a week on CBS Network and CBS affiliates throughout the United States and daily on KCBS in San Francisco and he can be seen occasionally on CBS Evening News and local TV news stations. He has been a commentator National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Public Radio International's Sound Money program, and has written for Fortune, ForbesASAP, Family Circle, PC World, PC Magazine, Upside, Information Week, Modern Maturity, ComputerWorld and numerous other publications.
Deborah Platt Majoras
Deborah Platt Majoras was sworn in on August 16, 2004, as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). She joined the FTC from Jones Day in Washington, DC, where she served as a partner in the firm’s antitrust section.
In 2001, she was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, and she became Principal Deputy in 2002. In 2004, she was named by President Bush to serve on the Antitrust Modernization Commission.
Chairman Majoras’ tenure has been marked by the Commission’s strong efforts to protect consumers from emerging frauds, such as identity theft, spyware and deceptive spam. In May 2006, she was appointed by the President to be Co-Chair of his Identity Theft Task Force. She also has focused on increasing the efficiency and transparency of the merger review process; implementing sound antitrust policy as to intellectual property; increasing efforts to prevent anticompetitive government policies; and strengthening cooperation with consumer and competition agencies around the world. She serves as Co-Chair of the International Competition Network’s Unilateral Conduct Working Group.
Business 2.0 and
Om Malik is a Contributing Editor for Business 2.0 magazine, and a writer at GigaOm, a blog devoted to broadband. He is also Founder of GigaOmniMedia. While he continues to write for Business 2.0, in 2006, Mr. Malik left his full-time role at the magazine where he had been writing telecom and broadband related-stories for the magazine to expand GigaOm.
Previously, he was a senior writer for Red Herring focusing on the telecommunications sector. He was also part of the founding team of Forbes.com where he was a senior editor. Mr. Malik’s first book, “Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist,” was released in May 2003. His writings have also appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Brandweek, and Crain’s New York Business.
EVP, Legal Affairs &
Chief Administrative Officer,
Tom McCoy joined AMD in January 1995, and was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary until 2003. Today, he is Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, and Chief Administrative Officer, and his current leadership responsibilities include Legal, Human Resources, International Policy and Government and Community Affairs, Corporate Secretary, Environmental Health and Safety, and Global Real Estate.
During his tenure at AMD, he has also had leadership responsibility for Corporate Development and for Information Technology. Prior to joining the company, he spent 17 years at O'Melveny & Myers, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the U.S. , where he specialized in business litigation.
Mr. McCoy holds an undergraduate degree in history from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Southern California. He clerked for the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, served on the board of directors of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and co-founded the California General Counsel's Association.
Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent and senior writer for CNET's News.com. An award-winning journalist, Mr. McCullagh writes and speaks frequently about technology, law and politics. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Washington bureau chief for Wired News. Previously, he was a reporter for Time, Time Digital Daily, and The Netly News, as well as a correspondent for HotWired.
Mr. McCullagh’s articles have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and he has also appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, ABC News' Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, Court TV and CNN.
He moderates Politech, a well-known mailing list looking broadly at politics and technology that he founded in 1994, and has been online since 1988. He was the first online reporter to join the National Press Club; he participated in the first White House dot com press pool; and was one of the first online journalists to receive credentials from the press gallery of the U.S. Congress.
Head of Global Public Policy,
Andrew McLaughlin is Head of Global Public Policy and Senior Counsel for Google Inc. Core policy issues for Google include privacy and data protection, censorship and content regulation, intellectual property (copyright, patent, and trademark), communications and media policy, antitrust and competition, spectrum reform and the regulation of communications networks and technologies.
From 1999 to 2002, Mr. McLaughlin worked to launch and manage the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving as ice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. From 2002 to 2003, he taught at Harvard Law while working on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan and South Africa.
He was a co-founder of CIPESA, a technology policy think-tank and advocacy center based at Makerere University in Uganda. Since joining Google, Andrew has continued that work as a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges.org. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
The Wall Street Journal
Walt Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly “Personal Technology” column, which has appeared in The Wall Street Journal every Thursday since 1991. He also writes two other weekly columns: In “Mossberg’s Mailbox,” he answers readers’ questions, while in “The Mossberg Solution,” he compares and contrasts consumer electronic gadgets. In addition, he produces the Journal's executive conference, D: All Things Digital, along with Kara Swisher. He is also a contributing editor of SmartMoney, the Journal’s monthly magazine, and a regular technology commentator for the CNBC network.
Mr. Mossberg was awarded the 1999 Loeb Award for Commentary, the only technology writer to be so honored. For seven years in a row (1995-2001), he was named as the most influential journalist writing about computers in the annual ranking published by Technology Marketing magazine.
Founder and CEO,
Nathan Myhrvold is chief executive officer and founder of Intellectual Ventures, a firm dedicated to funding, creating and monetizing invention. Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Myhrvold spent 14 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was chief technology officer and founder of Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University and worked with Professor Stephen Hawking.
He holds a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics and a master's degree in mathematical economics from Princeton University. He also has a master's degree in geophysics and space physics and a bachelor's degree in mathematics, both from UCLA. Dr. Myhrvold holds nearly 20 patents and has more than 100 patents pending.
He is an avid nature photographer and writer. He co-authored, “The Road Ahead,” with Bill Gates and his writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Time, National Geographic Traveler, Science, Nature, Paleobiology and the Physical Review. His photographs have appeared in the America 24/7 series as well as Sky & Telescope and Nature’s Best Photography.
Chief Security Officer,
Hemanshu Nigam is Chief Security Officer for News Corp.’s Fox Interactive Media (FIM) where he oversees all safety, education, privacy and law enforcement programs for MySpace and other Fox Interactive Media properties.
As a veteran in online security, Mr. Nigam brings more than 15 years of experience in both private industry and law enforcement fields, including serving as a federal prosecutor against Internet child exploitation for the U.S. Department of Justice, an advisor to a Congressional commission on online child safety and an advisor to the White House on cyberstalking.
Previously, Mr. Nigam was Director of Consumer Security Outreach & Child Safe Computing for Microsoft's Security Technology Unit where he was responsible for driving consumer security outreach and child safe computing strategies. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nigam served as vice president of Worldwide Internet Enforcement at the Motion Picture Association of America where he spearheaded a global strategy to combat online motion picture piracy for major Hollywood studios. He also served as deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County from 1990 to 1997.
Eli Noam has been Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia University Business School since 1976. He is also Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research center focusing on strategy, management and policy in communications, mass media and IT.
Previously, Professor Noam served for three years as a Commissioner for Public Services of New York State. In 2003, he was appointed by the White House to the President’s IT Advisory Committee. He is also a regular columnist for the Financial Times online edition. He has published about 400 articles and 27 books, including those relating to Europe: Telecommunications in Europe; Television in Europe; The International Market in Film and Television Programs; Asymmetric Deregulation: The Dynamics of Telecommunications Policies in Europe and the United States; Interconnecting the Network of Networks; Internet Television; and Mass Media over Mobile Networks. His forthcoming books include Media Concentration in the United States.
He received the degrees of BA, MA, Ph.D in Economics and JD from Harvard University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Munich.
Andrew Noyes covers intellectual property policy, litigation, privacy and civil liberties issues for National Journal's Technology Daily. He was previously associate managing editor for Washington Internet Daily and associate editor for Communications Daily. Before covering the high-tech and telecommunications domain, Mr. Noyes served as associate editor for the Washington bureau of a U.K.-based news service, where he wrote about science and research policy on Capitol Hill and within federal agencies. He first covered Washington as a correspondent for States News Service and began his journalism career at The Register-Herald in Beckley, W.Va.
Before pursuing graduate school, Mr. Noyes worked in the Internet news department for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2001. He focused on post-9/11 coverage and U.S./Russia relations. His writing also has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washingtonian, DC Style, Men’s Edge, and other regional and national publications. He is a graduate of American University, where he received a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in public communication.
VP, Global Corp. Affairs,
Pamela Passman leads Microsoft’s Global Corporate Affairs function, within the Department of Law and Corporate Affairs. One of the organization’s missions is to develop corporate positions on public policy issues, such as intellectual property rights, privacy, and internet security and safety. Ms. Passman also leads Microsoft’s cross-company, global corporate citizenship efforts. In 2003, she guided the development of Unlimited Potential – a global community investment program that provides technology-related skills training for disadvantaged youth and adults.
From October 1996 through April 2002, Ms. Passman served in Tokyo as Associate General Counsel responsible for Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs groups in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Peoples’ Republic of China, including Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Passman was with Covington & Burling, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. She also practiced for two years in Japan. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and the Board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute, both based in Washington, D.C.
Comm. Policy Director,
Peter Pitsch is Director of Communications Policy for Intel Corporation. Mr. Pitsch is responsible for the coordination of Intel policy surrounding communications and electronic commerce. Prior to joining Intel, he was the president of Pitsch Communications from 1989 to 1998. He and his firm represented telecommunications’ clients before the FCC and Congress, provided business and regulatory planning and published and lectured on U.S. regulatory policy.
Previously, Mr. Pitsch was chief of staff to the chairman of the FCC from 1987 to 1989. He advised the chairman on all issues before the FCC including access reforms, price caps, major tariffs and broadcasting. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 1973 and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.
School of Information
AnnaLee Saxenian is the dean of U.C. Berkeley's School of Information and a professor in Berkeley's department of city and regional planning. She has made a career of studying regional economies and the conditions under which people, ideas, and geographies combine and connect into hubs of economic activity.
Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy, explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The "brain drain," she argues, has now become "brain circulation"—a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy.
Dr. Saxenian’s prior publications include Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 and Silicon Valley's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs. She holds a PhD in political science from MIT, a master's in regional planning from U.C. Berkeley, and a bachelor's in economics from Williams College.
CEO and President,
Jonathan Schwartz is chief executive officer and president of Sun Microsystems, and a member of Sun's board of directors. He became Sun's CEO in 2006, succeeding the Company's co-founder and current chairman of the board, Scott McNealy. Mr. Schwartz was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2004, and managed all operational functions at Sun - from product development and marketing, to global sales and service. A leader behind many of Sun's open source and standard setting initiatives, Mr. Schwartz has been an outspoken advocate for the network as a utility with more than just value for the computing industry - but as a tool for driving economic, social and political progress.
Prior to his position as COO, he served as Sun's executive vice president for software, its Chief Strategy Officer, and held a variety of leadership positions across product and corporate development. He joined Sun in 1996 after the Company acquired Lighthouse Design, where he was CEO and co-founder. Prior to that, he was with McKinsey & Co.
Chairman and CEO,
Stratton Sclavos is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of VeriSign, the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks. Since joining the company as one of its first employees in July 1995, Mr. Sclavos has helped establish VeriSign as a global corporation relied upon by millions of consumers and businesses every day as they interact on the world's voice and data networks.
Mr. Sclavos has led the company and its 4,000 passionate and committed employees through a decade of robust growth and technological innovation. Over the past few years, Mr. Sclavos has been honored for his entrepreneurial leadership and management success by numerous organizations including Computerworld magazine, Morgan Stanley, Ernst and Young, and Forbes magazine.
He sits on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and is considered an industry thought leader in next-generation networks, cybersecurity and converged telecommunications services. He also sits on the board of directors of several public companies including Intuit, Juniper Networks, and Salesforce.com.
Talal Shamoon joined Intertrust in 1997 and has been CEO since January 2003. He previously served as Executive Vice President for business development at Intertrust and was responsible for technology and business initiatives for the entertainment and media sectors.
Prior to that, Mr. Shamoon was a research scientist, specializing in content protection and management technologies. Before joining Intertrust, he worked as research scientist at NEC Research in Princeton where he was one of the pioneers of spread spectrum media watermarking. He holds a B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
President and CEO,
Rosen Sharma is a serial entrepreneur; he co-founded VxTreme (acquired by Microsoft), Ensim, Teros (acquired by Citrix), Green Border and Teneros before co-founding Solidcore. He currently serves on the board of GreenBorder, Solidcore, and Teneros. Mr. Sharma is a gold medalist from IIT Delhi and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he also served as faculty. He is the current President of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association.
Founder and CEO,
David Sifry is a serial entrepreneur with more than 19 years of software development and industry experience. Before founding Technorati, which is now widely considered the leading portal to the world of citizen-generated media, he was co-founder and CTO of Sputnik, a Wi-Fi gateway company.
Prior to that, Mr. Sifry co-founded Linuxcare, where he served as CTO and VP of Engineering. He also served as a founding member of the board of Linux International and on the technical advisory board of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership for law enforcement.
He can often be found speaking on panels and giving lectures on a variety of technology issues, ranging from wireless spectrum policy and Wi-Fi, to Weblogs and Open Source software. His blog is Sifry’s Alerts (sifry.com/alerts).
President and Co-Founder,
Gigi Sohn is President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge (PK), a nonprofit organization that addresses the public's stake in the convergence of communications policy and intellectual property law. As PK’s chief strategist, fundraiser and public face, Ms. Sohn is frequently quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, as well as in trade and local press.
Ms. Sohn is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, Graduate Studies Program in Australia. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
Previously, she served as a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and as Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm that represents citizens’ rights before the FCC and the courts. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Ms. Sohn to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation gave her its Internet “Pioneer” Award in 2006.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Prior to becoming EFF's Executive Director in 2000, Shari Steele served as EFF's Legal Director for eight years. She is also co-founder of Bridges.org, a nonprofit working to ensure sound technology policy in developing nations. She has spoken widely on civil liberties law in newly emerging technologies, including on the CBS Evening News, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio.
As EFF's Legal Director, she advised the NTIA on hate crimes in telecommunications, the U.S. Sentencing Commission on sentencing guidelines for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the No Electronic Theft Act, and the National Research Council on U.S. encryption policy. She has spoken about Internet law as part of the Smithsonian Institution's lecture series on the Internet, the ABA's TechWorld Conference, the National Law Journal's annual Computer Law Conference, and the National Forum for Women Corporate Counsel.
A graduate of Widener University School of Law, Ms. Steele later served as a teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an LL.M. degree in Advocacy. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Instructional Media from West Chester University.
D: All Things Digital
Along with Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher produces The Wall Street Journal'sD: All Things Digital conference. For many years, she wrote the column, “Boom Town,” which appeared on the front page of the The Journal's Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com.
Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She also writes a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.”
She is the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
EVP of Public Affairs, Policy
Thomas Tauke oversees all internal and external communications, reputation management, philanthropy and issues management for Verizon, and serves as a member of the Corporate Leadership Council. He also leads Verizon’s External Affairs organization, responsible for the development of Verizon’s legislative and regulatory strategy and the company’s policy advocacy at the local, state, federal and international levels.
Previously, Mr. Tauke was a Member of Congress, representing Iowa’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from January 1979 to January 1991. During his congressional service, he was a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also served on the Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor and Small Business Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Aging.
He is also a past Chairman of the United States Telecom Association (USTA) where he is currently on the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee.
Karen Tumulty is TIME's National Political Correspondent based out of Washington DC, where she covers national political developments for the magazine. Since assuming that position in 2001, Ms. Tumulty has written cover stories on topics that range from America's love-or-hate relationship with President George Bush, to the role of religion in the 2004 campaign, to the unlikely ascendancy and dramatic fall of Howard Dean, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for the governorship of California.
Previously, she was the magazine's White House Correspondent. In addition to appearing on Washington Week, Ms. Tumulty also makes frequent appearances on CNN, CNBC and CBS. She joined TIME in October 1994 and covered Congress for two years before moving to the White House, where she was part of the magazine's team covering President Clinton's impeachment.
EVP and CTO,
Padmasree Warrior, Motorola’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, is responsible for the company’s $3.7 billion research and development investment. An engineer at heart with a true knack for business, Ms. Warrior’s charter is to drive innovation, prioritize technology programs and accelerate creative research to commercialization. Her responsibility is to lead Motorola’s global team of 26,000 engineers and direct Motorola Labs, Motorola’s software, emerging early-stage businesses and the corporation’s intellectual property portfolio.
Ms. Warrior is recognized internationally as the thought leader who shaped the industry vision of “seamless mobility” for next generation communications. She is credited with crafting much of Motorola’s strategy around seamless mobility; to deliver easy uninterrupted access to everything people want in a flat and mobile world. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States.
Ms. Warrior received a M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India.
West Coast Editor,
Based in San Francisco, Richard Waters has been responsible for the West Coast coverage of the Financial Times and FT.com, as well as global coverage of the technology industry, since 2002. His appointment is a new one for the FT, reflecting the second phase of a national expansion plan in the US that began with the launch of a dedicated US edition in 1997.
Before moving to the West Coast, Mr. Waters was based in New York for nine years. His various roles there included heading the FT’s coverage of Wall Street, as well as running its New York editorial bureau, a position in which he led its overall coverage of US business and finance. In his most recent job in New York, he was the FT’s first Information Industries Editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media.
A financial journalist by training, Mr. Waters previously worked in London for the FT in a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets coverage, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent.
"Technology & You" Columnist,
Steve Wildstrom created the "Technology & You" column in 1994. The goal of the column, which appears weekly with regular supplements at BusinessWeek Online, is to help readers understand and use personal technology to enhance their jobs and their lives.
Before starting Technology & You, Mr. Wildstrom served as senior news editor in BusinessWeek's Washington bureau and edited the Washington Outlook column. Since joining the magazine in 1972, he has served in variety of capacities, covering politics, economics and labor in Washington and Detroit and was also deeply involved in the computerization of editorial operations in the 1980s.
He also has deep interests in education and the arts. He is a founding board member of the Children's Chorus of Washington, and has served as a member of local arrangements committee and as the volunteer publicity director for the International Math Olympiad 2001.
As a professional software developer and IT executive with more than 15 years of experience, Jonathan Zuck brings an insider's perspective to his role as President of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT).
Since assuming leadership of ACT, Mr. Zuck has provided analysis, commentary and background information on a wide range of technology issues to the media, the public and Congress. He has been called on as a technology expert for the major news networks including CNN, CNBC and ABC, he is a frequent contributor to national and local radio news programs, and is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press.
Prior to coming on board for ACT, Mr. Zuck served as Director of Technical Services at the Spectrum Technology Group in Washington, D.C. In 1988, Mr. Zuck founded and served as President of User Friendly, Inc., a company providing consulting and software development services to local businesses. He also set up U.S. operations for a French software firm where he helped build the company into an $11 million business.