The annual Tech Policy Summit brings together a diverse group of thought leaders and policy experts from across the country, including industry executives, entrepreneurs, legal experts, consumer advocates and government officials.

Sessions are unscripted and conversational, and all participants - whether on stage or not - are invited to share their ideas and be part of the dialogue.

This 7th edition of Tech Policy Summit will take place April 10-11, 2014 at the Silverado Resort in Napa. Registration is now open and the preliminary schedule of events is available here. You can also learn more about the speakers at the last conference here.


<span>anderson</span>Harvey Anderson

andersonHarvey Anderson

VP of Business Affairs and General Counsel, Mozilla

Harvey is the vice president of business affairs and general counsel at Mozilla. In this role, Harvey leads the business affairs, policy and legal teams. Harvey joined Mozilla in 2008 as the organization’s first in-house counsel. Harvey has counseled Internet, technology, and software clients in complex commercial transactions, as well as financial, corporate, litigation, and intellectual property matters for the past 20 years.

Prior to Mozilla, Harvey served as SVP corporate affairs and general counsel for Seven Networks, where he managed the company’s legal and corporate affairs activities. He also served as COO and general counsel for Flywheel Communications, Inc. and Medscape (MSCP) where he led the company’s filing and registration activities resulting in a successful IPO and the launch of one of the first web consumer personal health records.

Harvey has a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Marquette University, and is a member of the United States patent bar.

<span>arrison</span> Sonia Arrison

arrison Sonia Arrison

Author and Technology Analyst

Sonia is a bestselling author and technology analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for more than a decade. Her book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, is a national bestseller and has been featured in top media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox News, CBS, and the Today Show.

As a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, she is focused on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society. She is a senior fellow at the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute and a columnist for TechNewsWorld. Formerly director of the technology studies department at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) in San Francisco, she is author of three books, numerous policy studies, and was also host of a radio show called "digital dialogue" on the Voice America network.

Often asked for advice on technology issues, Sonia has given testimony and served as an expert witness for various government committees such as the Congressional Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce and the California Commission on Internet Political Practices.

<span>attwood</span> Dorothy Attwood

attwood Dorothy Attwood

Senior Vice President Global Public Policy The Walt Disney Company

Dorothy Attwood was named Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy for The Walt Disney Company in September 2010. Attwood is responsible for the development of Disney’s strategic international, federal and local public policy initiatives.

Prior to joining Disney, Attwood was Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer for AT&T, where she lead AT&T’s public policy strategy across all AT&T lines of business, including wireless, Internet, video and wireline services. As Chief Privacy Officer, Attwood had oversight responsibility for the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policies governing the privacy of customer information.

Prior to joining AT&T in November of 2002, Attwood spent six years at the Federal Communications Commission in a variety of senior policy-making positions. Attwood was the Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman William Kennard on all common carrier, enforcement and consumer matters, and served as chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau under both Chairman Kennard and Chairman Michael Powell. She also served as chief of the Enforcement Division of the Common Carrier Bureau.

Before joining the FCC, Attwood was a partner in the Philadelphia law firm Cozen & O'Conner, specializing in commercial litigation. She clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Attwood received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master’s Degree from The Wharton School and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Attwood resides in Los Angeles, California and has two children currently attending college.

<span>burnett</span> Matthew Burnett

burnett Matthew Burnett

Co-founder, Maker’s Row

Matthew is a Detroit native whose grandfather inspired his interest in manufacturing, as he was a watchmaker by trade. Matthew received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. He began his professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY and Diesel.

After working in the watch industry, he decided to start his own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Though previously designing and overseeing production for big brands, he found that manufacturing as an independent brand overseas would be a much different experience. Extended turnaround periods, language barriers, and continuous manufacturing errors brought the Steel Cake Watch line to a close.

In 2010, he decided to start a line of leather goods called The Brooklyn Bakery using domestic manufacturers in order to maintain control over the quality of production and form closer relationships with the suppliers and contractors. In 2011, he partnered with Tanya Menendez on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. After pairing with him on the accessories brand, Tanya suggested that they develop a resource that would assist designers in finding American manufacturers. With his background in manufacturing and her experience with operations, they began to develop the blueprint for what is today, Maker’s Row.

You can follow him on Twitter at @makermatthew.

<span>cameron</span> Nigel Cameron

cameron Nigel Cameron

President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET)

Nigel is an inter-disciplinary scholar, facilitator and communicator who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic and initiated projects at the interface of science, technology, values, business and policy. A graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities and the Edinburgh Business School, he is currently president and CEO of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), Washington's first nonpartisan think tank focused on the long-term policy impacts of emerging technologies.

Before founding C-PET, he served as a research professor and associate dan of the College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he also directed an institute on biotechnology policy and established the first U.S. university-based center on nanotechnology and its social implications, chairing its annual conferences for policymakers in D.C. and initiating the Chicago Nano Forum for city business, law and technology leaders.

He has served on the advisory boards of Nanotechnology Law and Business, the Converging Technologies Bar Association, and the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, and represented the United States on delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO, UN Human Rights Council as Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health.

He edited Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century (2007); other books include The New Medicine: Life and Death after Hippocrates (1991).

<span>downes</span> Larry Downes

downes Larry Downes

Author, The Laws of Disruption

Larry is an Internet analyst and consultant on developing business strategies in the digital age. He is a senior adjunct fellow with TechFreedom, a non-partisan technology policy think tank. His recent book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age, explores the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.

Larry is the author of the Business Week and New York Times business best-seller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology. He writes regularly for Forbes and CNET News.com. He has previously held faculty positions with the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of California—Berkeley.

<span>fonseca</span> Natalie Fonseca

fonseca Natalie Fonseca

Privacy Identity Innovation, Co-founder and Executive Producer

Natalie is the founder of SageScape LLC and the co-founder and executive producer of the Tech Policy Summit and Privacy Identity Innovation conferences. She’s one of the few people on the West Coast who wakes up early just to watch Congressional hearings on C-SPAN.

In addition to producing her own conferences, she has helped clients on dozens of events ranging from large developer conferences for eBay/PayPal to exclusive gatherings like The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference. She’s also managed a variety of editorial and marketing projects in the media and tech industries.

Prior to starting SageScape in 2003, she worked in marketing for a tech startup. Before that, she was the director of marketing and events for a nonprofit trade association. Natalie began her career in Silicon Valley in the late 1990’s and was a writer at Upside magazine before joining a user experience evaluation startup named Vividence.

She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of California at Los Angeles with a specialization in Chicano Studies.

You can follow her on Twitter at @TechPolicy.

<span>gagnier</span> Christina Gagnier

gagnier Christina Gagnier

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Christina Gagnier leads the Intellectual Property, Internet & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP. She consults technology firms on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as network neutrality. Her primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Previously, she served as the chief information officer of Mobilize.org, directing the organization’s strategic communications, online interface and research programs.

Christina has customized Gagnier Margossian LLP’s technology practice to broadly serve the needs of startups. Working with artists, Web TV writers and producers, Internet companies and mobile application developers, she provides digital strategy advising to clients who are often times navigating uncharted legal territory.

Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

<span>goralnick</span> Jared Goralnick

goralnick Jared Goralnick

Jared Goralnick is Founder and CEO of AwayFind.com, a web application that addresses email interruptions. In 2010 he sold his technology productivity training company, SET Consulting, that worked with organizations like NTT, HP, NIST, and the FBI. He is also the EVP of the Information Overload Research Group, a Founder of Inbox Love and Ignite DC, and a Mentor at Founder Institute and 500 Startups. You can find Jared blogging/tweeting online at Technotheory.com/@technotheory, and he’s also written for sites like Lifehacker and WebWorkerDaily. He received a software engineering degree at 17 and Bachelor’s in Philosophy with honors from University of Maryland at 20. When he’s not addressing (or suffering from) information overload on his blog or at conferences, he’s a big fan of photography, swing and blues dance. He divides his time between San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Washington, DC.

<span>mawakana</span> Tekedra Mawakana

mawakana Tekedra Mawakana

Deputy General Counsel and VP, Global Public Policy, Yahoo!

Tekedra is deputy general counsel and vice president, global public policy for Yahoo!, where she develops and directs the global public policy strategy and team, with responsibility for global government affairs. Tekedra and her team will work closely with lawmakers and regulators around the world on key issues including privacy, intellectual property, business and human rights, high-skilled immigration reform and cybersecurity.

Tekedra previously served as senior vice president of public policy and deputy general counsel at AOL. Before joining AOL in 2001, she worked as senior corporate counsel at Startec Global Communications Company. She began her career as an associate in the telecommunications and intellectual property groups at law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in the Washington, D.C. office.

She received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and holds a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Trinity College.

<span>mcgeary</span> Michael McGeary

mcgeary Michael McGeary

Co-founder and Director, Engine Advocacy

Michael is the co-founder and director of Engine Advocacy, a working group of people in the entrepreneurial sector, based in San Francisco, working to connect those leaders with government to effect change on issues important to high-growth entrepreneurial tech businesses.

Michael also serves as a Strategist with Hattery Labs, a San Francisco-based seed-stage venture fund and creative consultancy, working on high-level social and brand strategy.

Previously, he worked with Silicon Valley startup TuneIn as their social brand ambassador and evangelist, as well as stints with two Presidential campaigns, and work with a leading California law firm specializing in political compliance and disclosure.

A Gloucester, Massachusetts native, he holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Tufts University, and resides with his wife, Sarah, in San Francisco.

<span>menendez</span> Tanya Menendez

menendez Tanya Menendez

Co-founder, Maker’s Row

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya studied technology and its socioeconomic impacts on rural economies at the University of California at San Diego. Conducting a number of studies on financial technology advancements in Oaxaca, Mexico, she co-authored “The Economics of Migration”, published by the University of California. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Google Strategy and Integration group advising on internal system operations.

In 2011, Tanya partnered with Matthew Burnett on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. While at The Brooklyn Bakery, she came up with the idea to create a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers. Combining her experience in operations and automation with Matthew’s experience in global manufacturing, they started Maker’s Row.

You can follow her on Twitter at @makertanya.

<span>pegoraro</span> Rob Pegoraro

pegoraro Rob Pegoraro

Rob tries to make sense of tech hardware, software, services, policy and politics through reporting, reviewing and analysis. He worked from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist and now writes for a variety of online and print outlets, including USA Today, Discovery News and the Consumer Electronics Association. He may be the only person to have contributed to both Boing Boing and Reader's Digest.

<span>quinn</span> Michelle Quinn

quinn Michelle Quinn

Business Columnist, San Jose Mercury News

Michelle is a business columnist at the San Jose Mercury News.

Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.

A native of Delaware, she attended the University of Delaware and graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She was also a 2002-03 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

<span>shapiro</span> Gary Shapiro

shapiro Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent's largest annual tradeshow, the International CES.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers' battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry's highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 'mastermind' for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro leads a staff of 140 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. He has received annual recognition from The Hill since 2006 as a "top lobbyist" in Washington. Also, Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington, D.C. CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort). Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

<span>swisher</span> Kara Swisher

swisher Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column BoomTown originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also 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 has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called Home Economics. With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.

Previously, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also 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.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

<span>thierer</span> Adam Thierer

thierer Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Adam is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University with the technology policy program. His primary research interests are technology, media, Internet and free speech policy issues, with a particular focus on online child safety and digital privacy policy issues.

Adam has spent almost two decades in the public policy research community. He previously served as president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and researcher at the Adam Smith Institute in London.

He is the author or editor of seven books on diverse topics such as media regulation and child safety issues, mass media regulation, Internet governance and jurisdiction, intellectual property, regulation of network industries, and the role of federalism within high-technology markets.

He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science at Indiana University and his master’s degree in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland.

You can follow him on Twitter at @AdamThierer.

<span>wade</span> Gene Wade

wade Gene Wade

Founder & CEO, UniversityNow

Gene is the founder and CEO of UniversityNow, a social venture that operates two online, self-paced universities serving working adults: Patten University and New Charter University. In addition to providing each student with a personalized learning experience using a combination of committed faculty and adaptive learning software, tuition at both schools is affordable “out of pocket”. As a result, no student has to borrow to afford college.

Prior to founding UniversityNow, Gene was co-founder and CEO of Platform Learning, a tutoring company that served tens of thousands of low-income students throughout the United States. He was also co-founder and CEO of LearnNow, a school management company that managed urban charter schools and public schools. Prior to becoming an education entrepreneur, he was a corporate bankruptcy attorney.

He earned an MBA from The Wharton School, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College.

<span>wildstrom</span> Steve Wildstrom

wildstrom Steve Wildstrom

Tech.pinions, Co-founder and Contributor

Steve is a founder and regular contributor to Tech.pinions, a web site of technology industry analysis and opinion. He also writes regularly for Cisco Newsroom and others and consults for major technology companies. He wrote BusinessWeek’s Technology & You column from its creation in 1994 until BusinessWeek’s acquisition by Bloomberg in December, 2009. The goal of the column, which appeared weekly in print at at BusinessWeek.com, was to help readers understand and use personal technology to enhance their jobs and their lives.

Before starting Technology & You, Steve 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 is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Steve also has deep interests in education and the arts. He is a founding board member and secretary of the Children’s Chorus of Washington. He also was co-chair of the parents’ network of the Center for Excellence in Education. He served as a member of local arrangements committee and as the volunteer publicity director for the International Math Olympiad 2001.

A native of Detroit, Steve is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife Susan, a mathematics teacher, in Kensington, Maryland. They have two children, Jonathan, a software engineer in Yorktown Heights, NY, and D. Jacob (Jake), a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville.

You can follow him on Twitter at @swildstrom.

Previous Speakers

Over the years, more than 200 influential and outspoken speakers representing a variety of disciplines and viewpoints have tackled timely, often controversial, topics at Tech Policy Summit. Sessions have been hosted by journalists like Steve Wildstrom, Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, Steven Levy, Karen Tumulty, Declan McCullagh, Kai Ryssdal, Larry Magid and Sarah Lai Stirland, among others.


Previous speakers include:

  • Judith Estrin, CEO of JLABS
  • Dr. Prith Banerjee, SVP of Research at HP
  • David Hornik, Partner at August Capital
  • Chris Kelly, Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook
  • Reid Hoffman, CEO, LinkedIn
  • Mitch Kapor, Chairman, Xmarks
  • Kim Polese, CEO, SpikeSource
  • Marc Stanley, Director, TIP, NIST
  • Link Hoewing, AVP, Internet & Technology, Verizon
  • Craig Newmark, Founder, craigslist.org
  • Chris Sacca, Founder, Lowercase Capital
  • Rachelle Chong, Commissioner, CPUC
  • Congressman Howard Berman
  • Robert Scoble, Managing Director, Building43
  • Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CEA
  • Tim O'Reilly, CEO, O'Reilly Media
  • Carl Malamud, CEO, Public.Resource.Org
  • Bill Schrier, CTO, City of Seattle
  • Mark Lemley, Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Fran Maier, President, TRUSTe
  • Chris Hoofnagle, Director, Information Privacy Programs, BCLT
  • Robert McDowell, Commissioner, FCC
  • Paul Jacobs, CEO, Qualcomm
  • Richard Lynch, CTO, Verizon
  • Gregg Spiridellis, CEO, JibJab
  • Joe Waz, (Former) VP, Comcast
  • Doug Van Houweling, President and CEO, Internet2
  • Hemanshu Nigam, (Former) Chief Security Officer, MySpace
  • Deborah Majoras, (Former) Chair, FTC
  • Zahavah Levine, Chief Counsel, YouTube
  • Jim Davis, CIO, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Ellen Miller, Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation