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Tech Policy Summit 2008 Sponsors 

Thank you to the following companies and organizations for taking an active role in supporting the 2008 Tech Policy Summit and our mission of creating an open forum for discussion and collaboration.

Platinum Sponsors

In 2007, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)  celebrated its 25th anniversary. Just as the information technology (IT) industry it serves has grown, CompTIA has also enjoyed remarkable growth over the past 25 years. The organization was founded by representatives of five micro-computer dealerships working together to find better ways to do business. 

Today, CompTIA has more than 22,000 member companies in over 100 countries around the world; and serves as the voice of the world's $1 trillion-plus IT industry. CompTIA is committed to advancing the long-term success and growth of the IT industry by helping organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their investments in technology; and by helping individuals to obtain the skills and credentials they need for productive careers in IT.
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HP focues on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers -- from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended October 31, 2007.

More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

Silver Sponsors

Cisco Systems Inc. is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco's Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of these networks. Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of IP-based networking technologies.

Cisco has been at the heart of many historic changes in technology, and that continues to be true today. Now, at a time when the technology industry is going through a period of dramatic change, Cisco is the market leader in multiple areas, such as routing and switching, unified communications, wireless and security. The company helped catalyze the industry's move toward IP and, now that is fully underway, the company is at the center of fundamental changes in the way the world communicates. Learn more at

For more than 20 years, Dell has revolutionized the industry to make computing accessible to customers around the globe, including businesses, institutional organizations and individual customers. Because of Dell's direct model -- and the industry's response to it --information technology is more powerful, easier to use and more affordable, giving customers the opportunity to take advantage of powerful new tools to improve their businesses and personal lives.

Dell has demonstrated this effect time and again as it enters new, standardized product categories, such as network servers, workstations, mobility products, printers and other electronic accessories. Nearly one out of every five standards-based computer systems sold in the world today is a Dell. This global reach indicates our direct approach is relevant across product lines, regions and customer segments. Learn more at

Inkling Incorporated is a Chicago-based company that helps organizations and individuals tap into the collective wisdom of their employees, peers and customers with its Inkling Markets software. This prediction market platform improves forecasting processes, predicts key corporate metrics, identifies promising future innovations, and forges new communication and collaboration channels for its customers.

Inkling Markets is leveraged by industry-leading corporations, startups, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and government entities. Information about Inkling's services and free trials of a private, secure marketplace can be found at

Bronze Sponsors

With corporate locations in Sunnyvale, California, Austin, Texas and Markham, Ontario, and global operations and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets.

AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide.

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Guidewire Group is a global market intelligence firm focusing exclusively on early stage IT companies and the markets they create and challenge.  Guidewire analysts meet throughout the year with hundreds of innovative companies – from early-stage startups to established technology leaders – to understand the impact these companies and their innovations will have on the markets they serve.

This broad view of the technology landscape, combined with years of experience and a deep respect for entrepreneurs and early adopters, informs Guidewire Group’s insights. Learn more at

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

Participation within ICANN is free and open to all. Learn more at

TRUSTe helps consumers and businesses identify trustworthy online organizations through its Web Privacy Seal, Email Privacy Seal and Trusted Download Programs. An independent, nonprofit organization celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2007, TRUSTe certifies more than 2,400 Web sites, including the major Internet portals and leading brands such as AOL, eBay, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft and Oracle.

TRUSTe resolves thousands of individual privacy disputes every year. To learn more about Internet privacy, visit

Verizon Communications Inc., a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide.

Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.

Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. Learn more at

VoterWatch is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that allows you to easily and conveniently search videos of Congress to find out what's going on about the issues that matter most to you and your community. And then, you can easily blog or email just those parts with your friends, audience, and membership at the click of a button.

You can search for specific issues and jump directly to points in the video about that topic, or you can select specific representatives or senators and jump directly to points in the video where that person is speaking. You can also do a combination of the two searches specifying both the person and topic and jump directly to what that person said about that specific topic.

VoterWatch puts information in your hands and allows you to share it with others whether you are a concerned citizen, a blogger or journalist, or a member of an organization fighting for change and accountability in government. Learn more at

Public Relations Sponsor

As the exclusive public relations sponsor for the 2008 Tech Policy Summit, FD Dittus Communications offers strategic guidance and assistance in marketing and press outreach. One of the nation's premiere  public affairs firms,  FD Dittus serves national and international clients, with its primary focus on public affairs. FD Dittus works daily with the journalists who cover the issues, the policy-makers who oversee industry and the thought leaders who influence the outcomes.

The firm is best known for delivering legislative and regulatory victories for clients on some of the most controversial issues facing the business community, ranging from obesity, terrorism insurance and media ownership to seatbelt safety, homeland security and trade relations with China.

Based on its continual growth, experienced staff and reputation for delivering award-winning campaigns, FD Dittus was honored among its peers as the 2003 Public Affairs Agency of the Year. Learn more at

Media Sponsors

AlwaysOn ignited the open-media revolution in early 2003 by being the first media brand to launch a global blog network . In 2004, AlwaysOn continued to lead the media industry in innovation by introducing a social network where members can connect and engage. AlwaysOn is also revolutionizing the media business by applying its open-media principles to its executive event series (Venture Summit West, Stanford Summit, OnHollywood, OnMedia, GoingGreen, and BRiM - The Broadband Rights Marketplace,) and quarterly print “blogozine.”

These venues empower its members to post and share their ideas and meet each other online. As our loyal readers know, AlwaysOn is committed to a free-market, merit-driven approach to reporting and event programming. No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction with its readers and event participants. Learn more at

Ars Technica – the name is Latin-derived for the “art of technology “ – specializes in original news and reviews, analysis of technology trends, and expert advice on topics ranging from the most fundamental aspects of technology to the main ways technology is helping us enjoy our world. Ars works for the reader who not only needs to keep up on technology, but is passionate about it.

The team at Ars takes great pride in its unique combination of technical savvy and wide-ranging interest in the human arts and sciences. They’re at home on Linux, Mac and Windows; they know both the home and the enterprise; they understand law and politics; and they specialize in bringing readers the right answer, the first time. It’s no wonder that Ars has become a “go-to” destination for those who need to sift the wheat from the chaff. Learn more at is an award-winning site covering the business of digital media written by professional journalists for executives who need to stay on top of news in the online, technology, content, and application sectors.  We cover company news (particularly M&A), offer analysis and commentary, report on funding and executive moves, and often break stories ahead of more traditional news sources. 

If your job requires you to be current and knowledgeable about the business of digital media or you are just interested in it, why not join those “in the know” and sign up to receive free daily newsletters?  Additionally, our site is constantly updated with all the latest news and offers additional content such as Job Postings, archived stories, and reader comments. Learn more at

Wired Digital consists of and Reddit. is the real-time version of Wired magazine, delivering daily exclusive, original reporting at the point where technology intersects with business, entertainment, politics, culture, science and art. Five million unique readers per month and more than 200 posts, including seven to 10 unique stories per day, make the go-to site for thoughtful, comprehensive coverage of technology news.

Reddit is the website where people determine what's really news. With 1.9 million unique users and more than 41 million page views per month, readers around the world contribute to and vote on what they think is the most important and interesting information of the day. Wired Digital is a division of CondéNet, the internet unit of Condé Nast Publications. Learn more at

Research Sponsors

The University of Southern California's Center for Communication Law and Policy (CCLP) undertakes and supports rigorous academic research on issues related to communications law and regulation, and technology policy. The Center is affiliated with the USC Gould School of Law and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. The communications sector has undergone a fundamental revolution in the last few years. In particular, we have seen the digital revolution in communications technology and the widespread adoption of both wireless technologies and the internet. These profound changes in the underlying nature of communications technology have had profound social and economic consequences.

The mission of the CCLP is to examine the role communications law and regulations and technology policy have in this process. The goal of the Center is provide research that will both help assess the impact of particular rules and policies, as well as to suggest policy reform. Learn more at

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank committed to articulating and advancing a pro-productivity, pro-innovation and pro-technology public policy agenda internationally, in Washington, D.C. and the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring American prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity and digital economy issues.

The mission of ITIF is to help policymakers at the federal and state levels to better understand the nature of the new innovation economy and the type of public policies needed to drive innovation, productivity and broad-based prosperity for all Americans.

ITIF publishes policy reports, holds forums and policy debates, advises elected officials and their staff, and is an active resource for the media. It develops new and creative policy proposals to advance innovation, analyzes existing policy issues through the lens of advancing innovation and prosperity, and opposes policies that hinder digital transformation and innovation. Learn more at

Established in 1999, the New America Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy institute dedicated to supporting a new generation of public intellectuals and public policy thinkers. New America's mission is to produce solutions-oriented research and writing on our nation's most difficult policy challenges.

Through its Wireless Future Program, New America has been working to expand access to an unlicensed spectrum "commons." New America believes that access to high-quality unlicensed, citizen-access spectrum will enable local governments and NGOs to cost effectively deploy community-based wireless broadband networks, helping to advance a future of universal, affordable and pervasive broadband connectivity. Learn more at

The Entertainment and Media Management Institute, with a 25-year heritage at UCLA Anderson School of Management, explores the increasingly complex world of entertainment and media management through graduate education, top-caliber research and community engagement.

The Institute focuses on the accelerating change and uncertainty in the entertainment and media industries, both in our Southern California home and around the world. It brings together distinguished professionals, students and researchers to embrace new ideas on how companies and executives can manage and thrive in the face of transforming business models. Learn more at