Meet with Leading Experts
Tech Policy Summit '09 will feature influential thought leaders from the public and private sectors, including prominent industry executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, academics, legal experts and consumer advocates.
The speakers aren't the only experts who will be participating though -- the attendee roster at the annual Summit also features a who's who of tech policy leaders.
In addition, each year, prominent journalists from media outlets participate by moderating on stage interviews and roundtable discussions. Previous session hosts have included Steve Wildstrom of BusinessWeek, Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace, Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal, Kara Swisher of AllThingsD, Declan McCullagh of News.com, Andrew Noyes of Congress Daily, Steven Levy of Newsweek, Karen Tumulty of TIME magazine, among others.
Details on the 2009 program will be announced later this year. In the interim, you can learn more about the experts who spoke at the 2008 Summit below. We also invite you to check out the speaker roster from our inaugural Summit in Silicon Valley.
Steve Wildstrom (Emcee and Session Host)
"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.
National Managing Partner,
Phil Asmundson is vice chairman and national managing partner for Deloitte LLP's Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT). The TMT practice focuses on the business needs of these rapidly changing markets and brings together functional specialists addressing industry challenges.
Since 1982, he has been working with TMT clients in areas such as accounting and auditing, control process design, mergers and acquisitions, performance enhancement and strategy development and evaluation. He has worked with all segments of the communications industry, including local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, optic networks, wireless and satellite.
Mr. Asmundson is an active speaker and author on industry trends, challenges and opportunities. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business. He is based in Wilton, Connecticut.
See bio on the Advisors page.
President & CEO,
Jim Balcom is the president and CEO of PolyFuel, a leading developer of hydrocarbon membrane technology for portable and automotive fuel cell applications. He joined PolyFuel in September 2002 from Chrysalix Energy Partners, the fuel cell venture capital firm, where he was Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Previously, Mr. Balcom worked at Ballard Power Systems in senior fuel cell development engineering and fuel cell manufacturing management positions. After leaving Ballard, he spent four years with a technology start-up as vice president of engineering and manufacturing, developing and commercializing a flat panel speaker technology licensed from the University of British Columbia. He ultimately became president of the company and negotiated its sale to one of the audio industry’s larger players in 2001.
He has a systems design engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and an MBA from Harvard.
SVP of Research,
Prith Banerjee is senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs, the company's central research organization. In these roles, he helps to chart technical strategies for the company, and he heads HP Labs, which has seven locations worldwide. Most recently, Mr. Banerjee was dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he led an organization of about 115 faculty in six engineering departments, 1,550 undergraduate and 900 graduate students, and $21 million in annual research funding. He also is the founder, chairman and chief scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products and services in electronic design automation.
He received a bachelor of technology in electronics and electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a master of science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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 has been 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.
CTIA - The Wireless Association
See bio on the Advisors page.
Richard Brandt (Session Host)
Author and Contributor, Technology Review
Richard L. Brandt has over 20 years' experience writing about science, technology and business. He is currently writing a book on Google's culture and is a contributor to Technology Review magazine and smallcapinvestor.com. He was co-author of "Capital Instincts: Life as an Entrepreneur, Financier and Athlete."
Previously, he was editor in chief and technology columnist for Upside magazine, and was a longtime correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine. Mr. Brandt has also written for L'Express, Science magazine and Working Woman.
His awards include a National Magazine Award, a Knight Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a speaker on programs for BBC, CNN and NPR.
President and CEO,
A successful entrepreneur, Shawn Broderick has spent over a dozen years building Internet companies focused on community, security and privacy. In 2005, he recognized the need for a company to create a reputation layer for the Internet and founded TrustPlus. He has over 20 years experience in technology firms and cut his teeth hacking TRS-80s in the 1980s.
In 1996, he founded Genetic Anomalies, the first company to commercialize virtual property on the Internet which went on to sell tens of millions of pieces of virtual property. He has also held positions at THQ Inc., international strategy consultancy Monitor Company and Feld Technologies.
Mr. Broderick is an early-stage angel investor in various tech startups, and currently serves as an advisor or director to xLr8d Brands, RideOnTime and TradeVine. He has previously served as advisor or director to Red 5 Studios, CoreStreet, iFactory, DIgitalShares, Voxx, Govedo and Troba. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Brandeis University.
Entrepreneur in Residence,
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Steve Brown is an entrepreneur in residence at MDV, pursuing opportunities to apply Internet technologies and services to empower consumers and encourage healthier lifestyles. He has 18 years of experience developing and leading innovative businesses in healthcare and technology, with specific expertise in networked systems and media designed to measure and modify behavior.
Prior to MDV, Mr. Brown was the CEO of Health Hero Network, where he led the development and commercialization of the Health Buddy system, the leading home health monitoring platform for chronic care used by the Veterans Administration, McKesson and other major healthcare institutions. Previously, he conducted NIH-funded research in behavior modification media and led a business that developed multi-player role-playing video games designed to improve health behavior in children.
He has played a leadership role in industry organizations to help change government policies and open markets for chronic care improvement and remote health services. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Stanford University, and his innovations have resulted in over 50 patents and numerous industry awards.
VP, Wireless Future Program,
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 bachelor's degree in economics and government.
Rachelle Chong (Session Host)
California Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Rachelle Chong was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Schwarzenegger in January 2006. She has been a career communications regulatory attorney, practicing both before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well as the CPUC with the law firms of Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi and Graham & James.
In May 1994, President Clinton nominated Commissioner Chong to the FCC. She distinguished herself as an advocate of simple, pragmatic regulation, competitive communications markets and First Amendment rights. The FCC implemented the historic Telecommunications Act of 1996 during her tenure.
In November 1997. Commissioner Chong returned to private practice as a partner with Coudert Brothers, representing Internet and communications clients. In 2000, she became general counsel and vice president, government affairs for BroadBand Office. In August 2001, she became an entrepreneur, operating a retail shop and ecommerce site for five years. She is proud to be the first Asian American to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC and CPUC.
Roger Cochetti (Session Host)
Group Director, U.S. Public Policy,
Roger Cochetti is group director of U.S. public policy for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) where he is responsible for guiding the association's U.S. federal and state public policy in the interest of CompTIA's members.
Previously, he served as senior vice president and chief policy officer of VeriSign, acting as the company's primary liaison with governments at all levels. Earlier, Mr. Cochetti directed global Internet and e-commerce related regulatory activities for IBM Corporation and held a variety of executive positions with COMSAT Corporation and the U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency.
Mr. Cochetti has served as a founding board member of several organizations, including TRUSTe, the Internet Law & Policy Forum, the Internet Content Rating Association and the Internet Education Foundation.
VP, Worldwide Government Relations,
Tod Cohen serves as vice president and deputy general counsel of worldwide government relations for eBay Inc. Cohen is responsible for global public policy for eBay and PayPal and manages their government relations' offices in San Jose, Washington, D.C., Brussels, Bern, Berlin, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and London. In 2000, he was eBay's first full-time public policy employee in Washington, D.C. and now leads the eBay government relations efforts out of corporate headquarters in San Jose.
Piper Cole (Session Host)
Aspiring author & former VP of Global Public Policy,
See bio on the Advisors page.
Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs,
University of California at San Diego
Peter Cowhey is the UC San Diego associate vice chancellor of international affairs, and dean and Qualcomm professor of communications and technology policy at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). He is an internationally recognized expert in telecommunications and information policy and markets who is also a leader in building cooperative international arrangements for the management of security and economics issues.
Professor Cowhey joined UC San Diego's faculty in 1976 and became dean of IR/PS in 2002. From 1985 to 1986, he served as a member of the international planning group of AT&T International. After that, he served as a member of the international telecom advisory board of A.T. Kearney.
In 1994, he took leave from UC San Diego to join the Federal Communications Commission as the Commission's senior counselor for international economic and competition policy. Later, he became chief of the International Bureau of the FCC and he led the Commission's work in the WTO negotiations on basic telecommunications services and new competition rules for international telecom services, including the Internet. He holds a bachelor's degree in foreign services from Georgetown University, and a master's and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Yale Law School
See bio on the Advisors page.
Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO,
A professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Jim Davis is the associate vice chancellor information technology and the chief information officer for the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In his associate vice chancellor position, Mr. Davis has broad responsibility for university-wide technology planning and implementation oversight. He both facilitates the campus IT planning, policy setting, prioritization and decision-making processes and coordinates IT deployment campus wide.
Mr. Davis is also responsible for UCLA's involvement in IT initiatives within the University of California system. He's a member of the UC's Information Leadership Technology Council, the council of CIOs from the campuses, government labs and medical centers. Additionally, he is chair of the board of directors of CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), the non-profit corporation responsible for network connectivity and services to all higher education and K-12 institutions in the state.
Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Jon W. Dudas serves as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 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 Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Mr. Dudas advises the President of the United States, the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration about intellectual property matters. As Director of the USPTO, he administers the laws of granting patents and trademarks and the day-to-day management of the $1.8 billion agency and its more than 8,900 employees.
Prior to joining the Bush administration, Mr. Dudas served six years as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, and staff director and deputy general counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. Before his employment with the House of Representatives, Under Secretary Dudas practiced law in the Chicago firm of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg. Mr. Dudas holds a bachelor of science in finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois and a law degree from the University of Chicago, with honors.
Sr. Manager, Global Media Operations
John Earnhardt is senior manager of global media operations in the public relations department at Cisco Systems. He manages the PR team's media operations strategy, corporate op-ed program, broadcast media strategy, executive media training and is the "chief blogger" for the company.
Previously, he managed communications and media relations in Cisco's global policy and government affairs department. He also managed Cisco's PAC. He joined Cisco in 1999 as PR manager in the office of the president.
Prior to Cisco, he was the director of media relations for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. He previously worked for Senator Joe Biden, the Senate Judiciary Committee and for the Presidential Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. In 1996, he worked for Vice President Al Gore doing press advance on the Clinton/Gore Presidential campaign.
President and CEO,
Center for Democracy and Technology
Leslie Harris joined the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) in the fall of 2005 and became executive director at the beginning of 2006. In 2007, she was elected president and CEO of CDT. Ms. Harris has over two decades of experience as a civil liberties lawyer, lobbyist, and public policy strategist. Her areas of expertise include free expression, privacy and intellectual property.
Prior to joining CDT, Ms. Harris was founder and president of Leslie Harris Associates (LHA), a public interest public policy and strategic services firm which represented both corporate and nonprofit clients before Congress and the Executive Branch on a broad range of Internet and technology-related issues, including intellectual property, online privacy, telecommunications and spectrum. During that time, she was involved in the enactment of many landmark pieces of legislation including the "E-Rate" amendment to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the 2002 Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, which updated copyright law for digital distance learning.
Ms. Harris is a recognized expert on Internet and technology policy, and she writes and speaks frequently on these subjects. She received her law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and her bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
SVP of Government Relations,
Information Technology Industry Council
Ralph Hellmann has served as senior vice president of government relations with the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) since 2001. According to The Hill newspaper, "under his helm, the lobbying team at [ITI] has earned a reputation as a smart and aggressive advocate on Capitol Hill for the high-tech cause."
Mr. Hellmann joined ITI after spending over six years with Congressional leadership, where he bridged party lines working with both the Clinton and Bush Administrations to enact several groundbreaking pieces of legislation. He played a leading role on the internal Whip Operation for House Republican Leadership in passing Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
While serving as House Leadership Policy Director for the House Majority Whip, he led the efforts for passage of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law and the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Mr. Hellmann also served as top policy advisor to Speaker Dennis Hastert for three years, where he was instrumental in enacting the 2000 Community Renewal anti-poverty law, the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, and the 2001 Bush tax cuts.
A Florida native, he has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Florida and lives with his wife Suzanne and their three young children in Alexandria, VA.
Co-chair, Compete America
VP of Government and Public Affairs, Oracle
Robert Hoffman serves as vice president of government and public affairs for Oracle. As a member of Oracle's executive team, he oversees the development and implementation of Oracle's public policy agenda, which includes patent reform, visa reform and international trade. Mr. Hoffman is also co-chair of Compete America, a coalition of industry and trade associations dedicated to improving the U.S. visa system for highly skilled professionals.
Prior to joining Oracle, he served as a policy advisor for four United States Senators and the Governor of California. He developed extensive subject matter expertise in the following policy areas: national security, telecommunications and immigration.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and received his master's in public policy, with honors, from the University of Maryland.
President & CEO,
Vance Ikezoye co-founded Audible Magic in 1999. He has over twenty years of experience in high technology sales, marketing, and technical support, including thirteen years at Hewlett-Packard Company. At HP, he was involved in both the computer systems and medical products businesses.
After HP, Mr. Ikezoye joined Trade Reporting and Data Exchange Incorporated, a VC-funded information company startup, where he served for five years in the positions of vice president of sales, marketing, international, and business development. During that time, he developed distribution channels in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia.
He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.
Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP)
Joan Irvine has served as CEO of the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) since 2002, and has worked in business technology and association management for over 25 years for companies including Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and System Development Corporation.
She advocates on behalf of ASACP in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, and participates in the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography and the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.
She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a member of the American Society of Association Executives, which named ASACP to their "Associations Advance America" Honor Roll for its "Restricted to Adults" (RTA) Web site labeling project.
Internet Innovation Alliance
Bio is forthcoming.
Dr. Paul E. Jacobs
Dr. Paul Jacobs is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated and is also a member of the company's board of directors. Dr. Jacobs has been the primary driver of Qualcomm's focus on enabling wireless data. He has held numerous engineering and management positions since joining the company full time in 1990.
His early work focused on the speech compression techniques that became CDMA's initial differentiating consumer feature. In 1995, he was appointed to run the handset and integrated circuits division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products (QCP) and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, respectively.
Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs in QCP include the first Palm OS-based smartphone, the company's initiatives to include global positioning system capabilities in cellphones and the initial work on the BREW environment. He was also an early proponent of embedding TCP/IP in CDMA phones, he first conceived of deploying voice over Internet protocol as the basis for push-to-talk capabilities for CDMA networks and he developed many of the technical concepts and business strategy for the MediaFLO system.
Dr. Jacobs holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science & Technology,
University of California at Berkeley
Thomas Kalil is currently the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science & Technology at UC Berkeley. He develops major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems and biology. Mr. Kalil serves as the chair of the Global Health Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Nanomix.
Previously, Mr. Kalil served as the deputy assistant to President Clinton for technology and economic policy, and the deputy director of the White House National Economic Council (NEC). He was the NEC's point person on a wide range of science, technology and innovation policy issues, such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Prior to joining the White House, he was a trade specialist at the Washington offices of Dewey Ballantine, where he represented the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Ken Kay has been a major voice in education throughout his illustrious career. In addition to his role as CEO and co-founder of e-Luminate Group, Mr. Kay serves as president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an organization of both public and private sectors working with stakeholders to reach consensus on how 21st century skills should be incorporated into K-12 curriculum.
Mr. Kay served as executive director for the CEO Forum from 1996 to 2001, facilitating dialouge between leaders in the business, government and education fields. His work with that group produced the StaR Chart (School Technology & Readiness Guide), which is used by schools across the country to make better use of technology in the classroom.
He has also served as the founding executive director of the Computer Systems Policy Project, co-founder and principal of Infotech Strategies, principal of Podesta Associates Inc., and spent nearly ten years as a partner of the law firm Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. He also spent more than 8 years on Capitol Hill in numerous roles.
Cult of the Amateur
Andrew Keen is a Silicon Valley author, broadcaster and entrepreneur. Author of the provocative book Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is killing our culture, Mr. Keen has appeared on the Colbert Report, .McNeil-Lehrer Newsnight Show, The Today Show, Fox News, CNN International, NPR's Weekend Edition, BBC Newsnight and many other television and radio shows in America and overseas.
He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the London Independent, The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes and other publications, and has been featured in numerous publications including TIME magazine, The New York Times, US News and World Report, BusinessWeek and Wired.
He is also a pioneering Silicon Valley media entrepreneur, having founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a well known first generation Internet music company. Educated at the universities of London and California, he now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two children.
Chief Privacy Officer and VP of Corporate Affairs,
Brian Knapp oversees data privacy and security matters, regulatory and policy efforts, corporate development and legal affairs at Loopt. He is on the board of directors of the Family Online Safety Institute and participates on the advisory committee to Cyber Safe California by the California Office of Privacy Protection.
Loopt also works with several leading privacy and security organizations including the Center for Democracy and Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation, National Network to End Domestic Violence, ConnectSafely.org, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and Ponemon Institute.
Mr. Knapp brings to Loopt almost 15 years of experience in business development, privacy and intellectual property, and legal affairs. He was previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with a focus on data privacy and intellectual property technology transactions. Prior to law school, he held senior positions in business development and marketing with such companies as Dun & Bradstreet, BarnesandNoble.com and AllBusiness.com.
Director of Internet Strategy,
Bio is forthcoming.
Sarah Lai Stirland (Session Host)
Bio is forthcoming.
JD Lasica (Session Host)
See bio on the Advisors page.
Zahavah Levine is chief counsel for YouTube. She oversees partnership agreements with record labels, music publishers, networks, movie studios and other organizations interested in forging content relationships with the largest video entertainment service on the Internet. She also directs policies focused on protecting the rights of copyright holders.
Prior to YouTube, she was associate general counsel and director of music licensing for RealNetworks, and was responsible for the music licensing for all of Real's products and services. She joined Real as part of its acquisition of Listen.com where she served as the sole in-house counsel and was responsible for all aspects of Listen's legal affairs.
Before joining Listen, Ms. Levine was a senior associate at Bingham McCutchen. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable David R. Thompson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Charles A. Legge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
She received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley and her bachelor's degree in history from Brown University.
Doug Lichtman (Session Host)
UCLA School of Law
Doug Lichtman focuses his teaching and research on topics relating to law and technology. His areas of specialty include patent and copyright law; telecommunications regulation; and information strategy and economics.
Professor Lichtman joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law in 2007 after a tenured teaching career at the University of Chicago. His work has been featured in numerous journals, including the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Business Review.
He co-authored Telecommunications Law and Policy, a textbook that investigates the federal regulatory regime applicable to broadcast television, cable television, radio, telephony and the Internet. He also regularly writes in the popular press, with recent pieces appearing in the Los Angeles Times and the policy magazine Regulation.
EVP and CTO,
Richard Lynch is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Verizon Communications. In this role, he is responsible for technology direction and network planning for all Verizon business units.
Prior to assuming his current position in July 2007, Mr. Lynch had been the executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless since its formation in 2000, and before that, had held the same position at Bell Atlantic Mobile since 1990. In those positions, he was responsible for network technology, selection and planning as well as network operations.
Mr. Lynch is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has served on the executive board of the CDMA Development Group (CDG) and as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts0 where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering. He has also completed post graduate work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.
Larry Magid (Session Host)
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, The San Francisco Chronicle, 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 on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Public Radio International's Sound Money program, and has written for Fortune, ForbesASAP, Family Circle, PC Magazine and many other publications.
He founded SafeKids.com, SafeTeens.com and BlogSafety.com, and is the author of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's popular booklets, Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway.
Declan McCullagh (Session Host)
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 magazine, Time Digital Daily and The Netly News, as well as correspondent for HotWired. His articles have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorks Times Magazine and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and he has also appeared on National Public Radio'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.
Federal Communications Commission
Robert McDowell was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 6, 2006, for the remainder of the term expiring on June 30, 2009. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on May 26, 2006 and was sworn in as FCC Commissioner on June 1, 2006.
Commissioner McDowell brings to the FCC approximately 16 years of private sector experience in the communications industry. Immediately prior to joining the FCC, Commissioner McDowell was senior vice president and assistant general counsel for COMPTEL, where he had responsibilities involving advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and executive agencies. Prior to joining COMPTEL in February 1999, McDowell served as the executive vice president and general counsel of America's Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA), which merged with COMPTEL at that time.
McDowell was graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1985. After serving as chief legislative aide to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, he attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Upon his graduation from law school, he joined the Washington, D.C. office of Arter & Hadden, a national law firm based in Cleveland.
California Office of Privacy Protection
Joanne McNabb is Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection. Created by legislation and opened in 2001, the first-in-the-Nation office is a resource and advocate on identity theft and other privacy issues. In addition to providing information and education for consumers, the Office also publishes privacy practice recommendations for business and other organizations.
Ms. McNabb is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and is co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professional's Government Working Group. She also serves on the Privacy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Before starting the Office of Privacy Protection, she had over 20 years of experience in public affairs and marketing, in both the public and private sectors, including five years with an international marketing company in France. She attended Occidental College and holds a master's degree in Medieval literature from the University of California, Davis.
Chairman and CTO,
Milo Medin is founder, chief technology officer (CTO) and chairman of M2Z Networks' board of directors. Together with his partner John Muleta, Mr. Medin founded M2Z Networks in 2005. Prior to founding M2Z Networks, Mr. Medin was co-founder and CTO of @Home Networks, which pioneered the deployment of a nationwide cable modem services. As CTO of @Home, Mr. Medin designed the broadband service architecture and helped revolutionize broadband access by working with cable carriers and equipment manufacturers to establish the technology standards for the industry.
Previously, Mr. Medin was a Project Manager at the NASA Ames Research Center. He began his technology career at Science Applications, Inc. where he programmed supercomputers for defense program activities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, under contract to the Defense Nuclear Agency.
Renowned as an expert in network and communications technologies, Mr. Medin has participated in two National Academy of Sciences panels on telecommunications technology and policy. His expertise is frequently sought by government and State committees. In November 2006, Mr. Medin was named to California’s Broadband Task Force by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
New America Foundation
Sascha Meinrath is Research Director of the Wireless Future Program at the New America Foundation. An expert on community wireless networks and municipal broadband, Mr. Meinrath also coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of open source wireless integrators, researchers, implementers and companies dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies. He is a regular contributor to MuniWireless.com, the leading source for municipal wireless news and information, and to Government Technology’s Digital Communities.
From 2004 to 2006, he was a policy analyst for Free Press in Washington, D.C. In 2006, he was elected Vice President of CTCNet, a U.S.-based network of more than 1,000 organizations committed to improving the educational, economic, cultural, and political life of their communities through technology. Mr. Meinrath has also worked with the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and is the President of the Acorn Active Media Foundation, which engages in open source software, website, and technical development in support of the Global Justice Movement. He is the founder of the Ethos Group and a co-founder of the CUWiN Foundation.
A graduate of Yale University, he holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Telecommunications Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he is completing his Ph.D. on community empowerment and the impact and interaction of participatory media, wireless communications, and emergent technologies.
Co-founder and Executive Director,
The Sunlight Foundation
Ellen Miller is the co-founder and executive director of The Sunlight Foundation. Prior to assuming this position in January 2006, she served as deputy director of Campaign for America's Future, where she directed its Project for an Accountable Congress. She is the founder of two prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics -- the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign -- and a nationally recognized expert on campaign finance and ethics issues.
She is a well-recognized public speaker, commentator and writer on these issues. She has written frequently for TomPaine.com, The Hill, The America Prospect and The Nation. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of public interest advocacy, grass roots activism and journalism. In addition to her more than two decades of work on the issue of money in politics, Ms. Miller was the publisher of TomPaine.com and a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill.
Lesa Mitchell is a vice president with the Kauffman Foundation, which she joined in 2003. Ms. Mitchell is responsible for leading the Foundation’s initiatives to advance innovations. She has been responsible for the Foundation’s frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market. Under Ms.Mitchell’s leadership, the Foundation is identifying critical research opportunities, defining and codifying alternative pathways and identifying new models to foster innovation.
Prior to joining Kauffman, her professional background included consulting for global pharmaceutical clients such as Takeda and Eli Lilly. She spent twenty years of her career in global executive roles at Aventis and Quintiles.Ashwin Navin is the president and co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc. He hails from Yahoo! where he was an influential member of the company's Corporate Development group. He possesses extensive experience in structuring and negotiating acquisitions, partnerships and alliances in the tech industry.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and volunteers time on various regional boards.
Co-founder and President,
While at Yahoo!, he was responsible for M&A, divestitures and company strategy in the U.S. and key global markets such as India and Korea. Before Yahoo!, he worked with Wall Street powerhouses Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and research analyst.
Mr. Navin earned a dual bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna in government and economics.
Craig Newmark is a senior Web-oriented software engineer, with around twenty-five years of experience (including 18 years at IBM), and has become a leader in online community by virtue of running craigslist.org. He's compiled extensive experience evangelizing, leading and building, including work at Bank of America and Charles Schwab.
In 1995, he started craigslist, which serves as a non-commercial community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums. Using a common sense, down-to-earth approach, craigslist strives to make the Internet more personal and authentic, while advocating social responsibility through the promotion of small, non-profit organizations.
His community activities include being on the advisory boards of Climate Theatre and Haight-Ashbury Food Program, as well as supporting local writers through Grotto Nights. He has been featured in the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Business Week, TIME magazine, and Esquire magazine.
Chief Security Officer,
MySpace/Fox Interactive Media
Hemanshu Nigam is chief security officer for New Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media (FIM) where he oversees all safety, education, privacy and law enforcement programs for MySpace and other FIM 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 and 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.
Andrew Noyes (Session Host)
Andrew Noyes covers intellectual property policy, litigation, cyber security, privacy and civil liberties issues for National Journal's Congress Daily. He was previously a writer for Technology Daily; associate managing editor for Washington Internet Daily; and associate editor for Communications Daily.
Before covering the high-tech and communications 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. 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 and member of the adjunct faculty at American University where he received a master's degree in journalism and public affairs and a bachelor's degree in public communication.
Dr. Rachel O'Connell
Chief Safety Officer,
Dr. Rachel O'Connell is a forensic psychologist who serves as chief safety officer for Bebo. At Bebo, she leads a safety team of three; she is supported by a safety engineer and an abuse management team who work together to develop appropriate responses.
Prior to joining Bebo, Dr. O'Connell was a key contributor to policy development with respect to Internet-related issues in the U.K., both in her previous role as the director of the cyberspace research unit at the University of Central Lancashire and chairing the Public Awareness Group of the Home Secretary's Internet Task Force on Child Protection. At the latter, she facilitated a partnership approach across the mobile and fixed Internet industry, child welfare organizations, government, parent and teachers' organizations to develop a number of Internet safety education programs.
During her twelve years of researching into how end-users use new and emerging technologies, she also coordinated pan-European, Web-based projects funded by the European Commission to address Internet safety related issues.
SVP and General Counsel,
Michael O'Neill is senior vice president and general counsel, and has worldwide oversight for Lenovo's legal, corporate governance, security and government relations activities. Prior to joining Lenovo, Mr. O'Neill was a partner at Howrey LLP, where he led the firm's international business and opened its Brussels office.
Mr. O'Neill worked at Honeywell for 16 years in variety of roles, culminating as vice president and general counsel for Transportation and Power Systems. Before that, he served as vice president and general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier roles included serving as vice president and associate general counsel for Corporate and Human Resources and assistant general for Government Business and Technology Centers. In addition to his legal roles, he served as vice president of Global Contract Management for 10 years. Prior to joining Honeywell, he served as in-house counsel at Westinghouse at the Defense & Electronics Center.
Mr. O'Neill holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Belmont Abbey College, both a law degree and an MBA from the University of Baltimore, and a master's degree in government contracting from George Washington University. He also has served on various boards, most recently that of TRW International.
Senior Managing Director,
Robert Pepper is the senior managing director, global advanced technology policy for Cisco Systems. He leads a team driving Cisco's global agenda for advanced technology policy in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless, security and privacy.
He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the Federal Communications Commission where he served as chief of the office of plans and policy and chief of policy development beginning in 1989.
At the FCC, he focused on issues cutting across traditional industry and institutional boundaries as a result of new technologies and convergence, and led teams implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, and developing policies promoting the development of the Internet.
Before joining the FCC, he was director of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy. He government service also included Acting Associate Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and initiating a program on computers, communications and information policy at the National Science Foundation. He received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Founder and Editor in Chief,
Tony Perkins is a pioneering media entrepreneur and a prominent opinion leader in the technology business and investment editorial world. He founded Red Herring in 1993 and his two current ventures, the AlwaysOn Network and the GoingOn community management platform, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
In 1999, Mr. Perkins co-wrote "The Internet Bubble," a book that fore-warned the dot-com bust. His public activities include serving on President George W. Bush's Information Technology Advisory Council.
He also co-founded and chaired Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum, The Churchill Club in Palo Alto, California. Prior to launching Red Herring and AlwaysOn, he was founder and CEO of Upside Publishing and vice president of business development at Silicon Valley Bank.
SVP of Government Affairs,
Consumer Electronics Association
Michael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) where he is responsible for representing the industry's position on critical issues such as digital television broadband, privacy, home recording rights and trade. CEA represents more than 1,000 U.S. manufacturers of audio, video, accessories, mobile electronics, communication, information and multimedia products that are sold through consumer channels.
Mr. Petricone is a frequent speaker on policy issues impacting the consumer electronics industry, and in 2003 he was featured by Dealerscope Magazine as one of the technology industry's "Top 40 Under 40."
He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University.
SVP & Chief Privacy Officer,
As AOL's chief privacy officer and senior vice president for consumer advocacy, Jules Polonetsky is responsible for ensuring that AOL's users can trust the company with their information and for educating employees about best practices for advertising, content and product development. Mr. Polonetsky previously served for four years as vice president, integrity assurance at AOL.
Previously, he was chief privacy officer and special counsel at DoubleClick. In that role, he worked with DoubleClick clients to institute and police their privacy policies and managed compliance with data protection requirements for DoubleClick subsidiaries worldwide. Prior to that, he served as the NYC Consumer Affairs Commissioner for Mayor Rudolph Guiliani. Mr. Polonetsky also served as an elected member of the New York State Assembly from 1994 to 1997.
He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Yeshiva University and is admitted to the Bars of New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Virginia (Corporate Counsel). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.Andrew Rasiej
Personal Democracy Forum and techPresident
Andrew Rasiej, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum and techPresident, has served as an advisor to members of Congress and political candidates on the use of information technology for campaign and policy purposes since 1999. Among those he has worked with are Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle and Congressman Dick Gephardt.
Mr. Rasiej is also the founder and chairman of MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education), an educational nonprofit organization started in 1997 focused on providing technology support to public schools. Mr. Rasiej has served on the 2001 New York City Board of Education's task force on technology and has spearheaded several other innovative projects that support efforts to bridge the digital divide in public education.
In addition, he is a co-founder of a Beirut-based news service that translates opinion pieces from newspapers in all 22 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab media Diaspora and makes them available to English-speaking governments, corporations, media and educational institutions.
Vice President and Managing Director, Global Risk, Compliance and Security
J.R. Reagan is the senior executive responsible for the strategy and direction of solutions and services for the BearingPoint Public Sector Security Group. He has over 20 years of federal, intelligence and commercial sector experience managing enterprise security, technology, fraud & risk management initiatives.
Prior to joining BearingPoint in 2004, Mr. Reagan held a number of technology and executive positions with American Management Systems (AMS), Averstar (Titan Corporation), First Union National Bank, and the Department of Defense. Within the Federal and Defense arena, Mr. Reagan has security operations and program management experience with the NSA, DIA, FBI, NASA, DISA, DARPA, JCS, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Army.
Mr. Reagan holds a master's of science degree in management information systems and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. He is a graduate of the NSA National Cryptologic School; the Advanced Korean Language Studies Program at Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea); the Graduate School of Banking Technology & Operations (Vanderbilt University); the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives (Harvard Law School); and the New Market Growth Innovation Workshop (Harvard Business School).
EVP of External Affairs,
One Economy Corporation
Alec Ross serves as executive vice president for external affairs and is a co-founder of One Economy Corporation. Under his leadership, One Economy has established groundbreaking programs and corporate partnerships with top-of-market private sector, governmental and nonprofit organizations across sectors including the telecommunications, financial services and education fields to help achieve One Economy's mission.
Alec Ross serves as executive vice president for external affairs and is a co-founder of One Economy Corporation. Under his leadership, One Economy has established groundbreaking programs and corporate partnerships with top-of-market private sector, governmental and nonprofit organizations across sectors including the telecommunications, financial services and education fields to help achieve One Economy's mission. He also stewards One Economy's public policy initiatives, which include federal and local leadership in lawmaking and regulatory issues regarding technology and telecommunications in low-income communities.
A 1994 graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Ross taught for two years in inner city Baltimore through Teach For America and was featured in a three-part series in the Baltimore Sun. He sits on the board of several organizations including The Green School, 1000 Friends of Maryland, One Global Economy and the Aspen Institute’s MicroMentor Project.
Bio is forthcoming.
Office of Science and Technology Policy
On May 18, 2007, the President appointed Richard M. Russell the United States Ambassador to the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WRC is convened every three to four years under the auspices of the United Nation's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review and revise the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
Ambassador Russell continues to serve as associate director and deputy director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in that capacity in August of 2002.
Until June of 2007, Ambassador Russell also served as senior director for technology and telecommunications for the National Economic Council. In that capacity, he coordinated technology and telecommunications policy for the White House. Ambassador Russell began his tenure in the Bush Administration in 2001 as OSTP's Chief of Staff. He also worked on the Presidential Transition Teams for the Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation and OSTP.
Kai Ryssdal (Session Host)