Special Thanks to the 2008 Advisory Board
We appreciate the support and guidance of the following advisors who are helping to make Tech Policy Summit a success.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Robert Atkinson is President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the book, "The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth." He has an extensive background in technology policy, has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policymakers, and is a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
Before joining ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and director of PPI's Technology & New Economy Project. Previous to that, Dr. Atkinson served as executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders and corporate and labor leaders. He also served as project director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). While at OTA, he directed "The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America," a seminal report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on America's urban areas.
CTIA - The Wireless Association
As vice president, policy for CTIA - The Wireless Assocation, Carolyn Brandon supports the development of public policy positions on a wide range of issues facing the United States commercial wireless industry. A key part of her responsibilities is working with member companies to ensure the industry is strategically and effectively positioning itself on issues such as the appropriate role for government in a competitive industry, the issues flowing from convergence and state efforts to regulate wireless and consumer protection mandates.
Brandon joined CTIA in 2004 and came from the Washington, DC telecommunications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP where she was a partner for several years representing wireless communication providers in proceedings and transactions before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public utility commissions, U.S. bankruptcy courts and the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. Prior to joining the firm, Brandon clerked for the FCC's Office of Plans & Policy, Common Carrier Bureau and the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.
Brandon graduated from the University of Scranton, and received a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America.
Aspiring author and former VP of Global Public Policy,
Piper Cole currently helps companies to realize the power and importance of influencing government policy and to design a cost-effective program to do this as an aspect of corporate strategy. She is writing a book entitled "Be Here or Be Screwed: The Guide to Effective Corporate Public Policy."
She is the former Vice President, Global Public Policy of Sun Microsystems, Inc., and was responsible to Sun's Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the development and execution of Sun's Public Policy Agenda and led Sun's Public Policy Department. Ms. Cole led the team that negotiated the computer industry's Model Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Energy, chaired a multi-company team in negotiating the reform of the export controls on encryption technology, and was on the board and the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council and on the board of AEA. She also chaired the Public Policy Expert Group of the Liberty Alliance and co-chaired the Public Policy Council of TechNet.
Prior to founding the Global Public Policy Department at Sun, Ms. Cole was chief legal counsel for Sun's World Wide Operations, responsible for negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for the company in the areas of inventory procurement, technology development, and licensing. She also established and monitored Sun's confidentiality agreement policies.
Prior to joining Sun, Ms. Cole was corporate counsel for ComputerLand Corporation and MicroAge Computer Stores, Inc., and prior to that she was in private practice with a San Francisco law firm.
Ms. Cole received a J.D. from University of California, HastingsCollege of the Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from United States International University. She is on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, was the first woman president of Lawyer Friends of Wine of San Francisco, and is a co-founder and Commandeur of the Sous-Commanderie de Silicon Valley of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Yale Law School
Susan Crawford is currently a visiting professor at Yale Law School, teaching cyberlaw and telecommunications law. Ms. Crawford received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy.
Ms. Crawford’s practice was focused on internet law and policy issues, including governance, privacy, intellectual property, advertising, and defamation. She represented major online companies, startups, and joint ventures, and worked particularly closely with companies doing business in the domain name world. From 1996-1998, she taught copyright as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center, and she speaks frequently about online legal issues.
Ms. Crawford writes about telecommunications policy and internet governance issues. She is also a member of the Board of ICANN and a member of the advisory boards of Public Knowledge, SquareTrade, Renovation in Music Education, Voxiva, and other groups.
National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly
James Fallows is The Atlantic Monthly's National Correspondent, and has worked for the magazine for more than twenty years. His previous books include “Breaking the news: How the Media Undermine American Democracy,” “Looking at the Sun,” “More Like Us” and “National Defense,” which won the American Book Award for non-fiction. His article about the consequences of victory in Iraq, “The Fifty First State?,” won the 2003 National Magazine Award.
Mr. Fallows has been an editor for the Washington Monthly and Texas Monthly magazines, and a columnist for the Industry Standard. He writes frequently for Slate and the New York Review of Books and has served as chairman of the board of the New America Foundation. He has worked on a software design team at Microsoft and as chief speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter.
VP, Global Policy & Govt. Affairs,
Laura K. Ipsen is Vice President of Global Policy and 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 for Public Policy
Robert Kramer is vice president for public policy at CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association. Mr. Kramer manages the international and domestic public policy operations for the world's largest information technology association, with over 22,000 corporate and institutional members in more than 100 countries.
He directs and coordinates all of CompTIA's lobbying, policy-related public relations and international policy conferences and events. His unit advocates IT industry policy positions before Congress, the Administration, the EU Commission, senior policymakers in over 50 countries, as well as multilateral organizations such as IBRD, ADB, UN, OECD and the WTO.
Mr. Kramer is a board member of the e-Skills Industry Leadership Board, an advisory body to the European Commission on technology workforce issues. He is also a representative on the USTR's Industry Trade Advisory Committee on services trade (ITAC 10). He has been a representative on the U.S. trade advisory group for Electronic Commerce (IFAC 4), as well as the Electronic Commerce Advisory Group for the Free Trade Agreement in the Americas.
Prior to CompTIA, he was vice president and manager of international government relations at Bank of America. He holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University and Catholic University in international politics, economics and history.
JD Lasica is one of the world's leading authorities on social media and the revolution in user-created media. A writer, strategist, blogger and consultant, he is the co-founder and head of Ourmedia.org, president of the Social Media Group and a partner in Outhink, a company that enables social media and distributed video production.
His book about the personal media revolution is called "Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation" (Wiley & Sons, May 2005). Author Lawrence Lessig said of "Darknet": "There are few who see the future clearly, and even fewer who can explain what they see. This brilliant, beautifully written book sees, and explains."
Lasica was an editor at the Sacramento Bee for 11 years, has written articles about technology and culture for major publications, and headed up editorial teams at three startups. He is an original member of the AlwaysOn Open Media 100. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a frequent speaker and panelist at technology and media conferences.
Co-Founder & CEO,
Mike Sigal is Co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group. Mike brings to Guidewire Group a 20-year record of building innovative technology-based businesses for existing and emerging global companies. Previously, he ran a strategic advisory and interim management consulting firm, with clients such as the Daily Mail General Trust, Fresher Information Corp, IDG, Office Depot, Pacific Bell, Philips Electronics, Synoptics and the U.S. Postal Service.
He has lived and worked in Europe, providing marketing and business development services to technology companies as they developed their trans-Atlantic strategies. As director of DASAR, producer of the annual European Technology Roundtable Exposition (ETRE) conferences, Sigal built communities which fostered relationships among technology industry executives and investors.
An entrepreneur at heart, Sigal has founded a number of technology ventures, including FM Waves and WiFinder. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Thompson Strategic Consulting
Mozelle Thompson served as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from December 17, 1997 until August 31, 2004. He was one of five Commissioners, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to enforce federal antitrust and consumer protection laws.
During his tenure at the FTC, Commissioner Thompson worked in all areas of agency responsibility, but had notable leadership roles in the areas of international consumer protection; high technology; media and communications; online privacy and financial services, intellectual property and competition, and newly deregulated industries, such as energy. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in these fields.
Commissoner Thompson is the founder of Thompson Strategic Consulting where he provides strategic policy and business advice to corporations and individuals.
USC Center for Communication Law & Policy
Professor Wilkie is the Executive Director of the Center for Communication Law and Policy and a Senior Fellow at USCAnnenbergCenter for Communication. His research focuses on game theory, its application to regulation and policy design, and the economics of the communications industries. His most recent research is on the wholesale telecommunications market and the concept diversity in media markets.
Prior to joining USC, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology and a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research. He was also a faculty member of ColumbiaUniversity and the University of Rochester.
He served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission from July 2002 to December 2003, reporting to Chairman Michael Powell. The major proceedings during his tenure include: the Triennial Review of wireline competition policy; the Biennial Review of media ownership regulations; the regulatory framework for broadband; the creation of secondary markets for spectrum licenses; the EchoStar/Hughes (DirecTV) merger transaction; the ATT Broadband/Comcast merger; and News Corp's acquisition of a controlling interest in Hughes (DirecTV).