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Monday, January 29

8:00am EST

Registration, Coffee, and Continental Breakfast
Monday January 29, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am EST

9:00am EST

Opening Remarks
Monday January 29, 2018 9:00am - 9:05am EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

9:15am EST

Keynote Address from Senator Amy Klobuchar
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Hon. Amy Klobuchar

Senator, U.S. Senate
Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Amy has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 9:15am - 9:35am EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

9:40am EST

Keynote Address from Assistant Secretary of Commerce David Redl
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Hon. David Redl

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, NTIA
David J. Redl was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in November 2017. He serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

10:05am EST

Keynote Address from Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke
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Elaine Duke

Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Elaine Duke is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She previously served as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security from July 31, 2017 to December 6, 2017.Prior to her appointment, Deputy Secretary Duke was the principal of Elaine Duke & Associates... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 10:05am - 10:20am EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

10:24am EST

Introduction of Amy Webb and Rob Pegoraro
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Rebecca Arbogast

Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast
Rebecca Arbogast serves as Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy for Comcast Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for the development and coordination of the company’s public policy efforts across the corporation. Prior to joining Comcast in 2011, Rebecca served... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 10:24am - 10:25am EST

10:25am EST

Fireside Chat with Futurist Amy Webb and Rob Pegoraro
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Rob Pegoraro

Contributing Editor, PCMag
Rob Pegoraro tries to make sense of computers, gadgets, the Internet, apps, and other things that beep or blink. He covers tech policy at Yahoo Finance, writes a tech-help column for USAToday.com, offers telecom and gadget guidance at Wirecutter and has contributed to such sites... Read More →
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Professor Amy Webb

Futurist and Author, Future Today Institute
Amy Webb a futurist, author and professor. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading future forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base. Now in its second decade, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 10:25am - 10:45am EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

10:45am EST

Coffee Break
Monday January 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:00am EST

11:00am EST

Algorithmic Applesauce: Teaching Machines to Reason
Recent reports on Artificial Intelligence from the World Economic Forum and the AI Now Institute have reiterated a need for policymaker engagement and thoughtful examination of the impact of AI on society. As algorithmic decision making continues to grow more central to our lives, pervading fields such as policing, hiring, and entertainment, it has brought us into previously uncharted policy territory. These algorithms, however, are treated as "black boxes", where decisions are made through mathematical heuristics rather than linear logic. With the discovery of biases inherent to the machine learning process, how can companies, consumers, and government ensure that these technologies are used for good? Join us as we discuss the impact of these algorithms, the push for algorithmic fairness, and the attempt to build transparent algorithms that can explain their reasoning.

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Michaela Ross

Tech and Telecom Reporter, Bloomberg Law
Michaela Ross covers tech and telecom policy for Bloomberg BNA in Washington D.C. She has an M.A. in business and economics journalism from the City University of New York and previously reported for Bloomberg L.P. Follow Michaela on Twitter at @michaelarossa... Read More →

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Professor James Bessen

Director, Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University School of Law
James Bessen, Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research Initiative at Boston University School of Law, is an economist and Lecturer who studies technology and innovation policy. He has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company.Bessen has done research on whether patents promote innovation, why innovators share new knowledge... Read More →
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Charles Duan

Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Tech & Innovation Policy, R Street Institute
Charles Duan is a senior fellow and associate director of tech & innovation policy at the R Street Institute, where he focuses his research on intellectual property issues.Before joining R Street in January 2018, Charles was the director of the patent reform project at Public Knowledge... Read More →
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Nick Sinai

Venture Partner, Insight Venture Partners
Nick Sinai is a venture partner at Insight Venture Partners. Nick works with existing portfolio companies in the data and software sectors, and identifies new opportunities for investment in these sectors. Nick also advises portfolio companies on policy, regulatory, and government... Read More →
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Michele Viterise

Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative John Delaney
Michele Viterise manages the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus staff work for Congressman Delaney, where she serves as a Legislative Assistant. She recently helped introduce the FUTURE of AI Act (H.R. 4625), first-of-its-kind bipartisan legislation that would create a policy... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 802

11:00am EST

Internet Governance: Are We In A Post Multi-Stakeholder World?
It will have been one year into the Trump Administration and it is time to take stock of the complex set of International arrangements that the Administration is dealing with. A new set of stages for these issues are fast approaching. World governments and international groups are jockeying for greater control over Internet functions and content. Confabs like the ITU 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) are just one of the many venues that will reveal the struggles for Internet domination. Complex trade deals and national regulations such as the NAFTA and the imminent European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will strain intergovernmental cooperation. Cyber security initiatives and law enforcement cross-border access to citizen data will test the sovereignty of nations. 2018 may be the most significant year in terms of Internet governance since the dawn of the Internet.

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Shane Tews

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Internet governance and cyber security program of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane runs Logan Circle Strategies working with her clients... Read More →

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Steve DelBianco

President & CEO, NetChoice
As President and CEO, Steve works with NetChoice members to set and execute the NetChoice agenda.Steve has become a well-known expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation. He’s provided expert testimony in 25 Congressional hearings and many more... Read More →
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Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Founding Director, DiploFoundation
Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Dr Kurbalija has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of... Read More →
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Hon. Robert Strayer

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Department of State
Robert L. Strayer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy.Before joining the State Department, Mr. Strayer was the general counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of Senator Bob Corker... Read More →
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Lawrence Strickling

Larry Strickling was most recently the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, from 2009-2017. NTIA is the principal advisor to the President on telecommunications... Read More →
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Sally Shipman Wentworth

Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society
Sally Shipman Wentworth joined the Internet Society in May 2009 and is currently the Vice President of Global Policy Development.  She leads the organization’s public policy activities, guiding the development of public policies that support the global, open Internet and the principles... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 806/807

11:00am EST

Is the Internet Disrupting Democracy?
Every day we’re learning more about nation-state attempts to tamper with democratic elections in the U.S., in Germany, in Africa and across the globe. Trust is the bedrock of any well-functioning democracy. Yet revelations over the last several months show that nation-states are using the Internet to undermine that trust. Our panel will look at what we know about how the Internet is being used to disrupt democratic elections and what can be done about it.

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Miranda Bogen

Policy Analyst, Upturn
Miranda Bogen is a Policy Analyst at Upturn, where she focuses on the social implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and the effect of technology platforms on civil and human rights. She has coauthored reports on data ethics, governing automated decisions, and... Read More →

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Katie Harbath

Global Politics and Government Outreach Director, Facebook
Katie Harbath is the global lead for politics and government engagement at Facebook, where she focuses on political outreach. Prior to Facebook, Katie was the Chief Digital Strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She previously led digital strategy in positions... Read More →
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Dr. Candice Hoke

Founding Director, Cleveland-Marshall Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection
Professor Hoke is widely recognized national authority on laws governing election technologies (including voting devices and voter registration databases), election management, and on federal regulatory programs reflecting federalism values. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, where... Read More →
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Sanja Kelly

Director, Freedom on the Net, Freedom on the Net
Sanja Kelly is the director for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s assessment of global internet freedom.In that capacity, she oversees all research, writing, and administrative operations for the project, and manages a team of over 70 international analysts. She has authored and... Read More →
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Hon. Ellen Weintraub

Vice-Chair (Incoming), Federal Election Commission
Ellen L. Weintraub took office as a Member of the United States Federal Election Commission (FEC) on December 9, 2002.  After an initial recess appointment, her nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on March 18, 2003.  Commissioner Weintraub has... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 704

11:59am EST

Introduction of Hon. Bob Goodlatte and Zello CEO Bill Moore
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Jerry Berman

Chair, Internet Education Foundation

Monday January 29, 2018 11:59am - 12:00pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

12:00pm EST

Fireside Chat with Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Bill Moore, CEO of Zello
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Hon. Bob Goodlatte

Co-Chairman, Congressional Internet Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives
Bob Goodlatte proudly represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.As the Sixth District’s representative, Bob has worked diligently to protect the freedoms and civil liberties enshrined in the United States Constitution... Read More →
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Bill Moore

CEO, Zello

Monday January 29, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

12:30pm EST

Networking Lunch
Monday January 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST

1:00pm EST

Fireside Chat with Representative Greg Walden and Robert McDowell
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden represents the people of Oregon's Second Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon. Walden, 60, is a lifelong Oregonian whose ancestors came to Oregon by wagon train in 1845. 
He and his wife Mylene celebrated 35 years of marriage in August 2017, and make their home in Hood River where they’ve been small business owners since 1986.  Their son, Anthony graduated from Hood River Valley High School and Wake Forest University.  His parents are graduates of the University of Oregon.
Walden and his wife spent more than two decades as radio station owners in the Gorge.  He’s also a licensed amateur radio operator (W7EQI).  He put that small business and technology experience to work as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  In this role, he worked to pass legislation to grow American jobs by expanding access to wireless broadband, spur new U.S. technology and innovation, and protect the Internet from government control.
His work in support of Oregon’s rural farm and ranch economy has earned him local and national recognition.  He’s helped write and pass bipartisan legislation to expedite treatment of fire-prone forests, and continues to work across the aisle to find natural resource solutions. The House has also passed bipartisan legislation Walden has championed to fix broken federal forest policy to restore forest health and put people back to work in the woods, as well as legislation (now law) to bring more water and power to Central Oregon for job creation. 
Walden’s experience as a former member of the Hood River Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and as a former member of the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation Board have helped in his work to improve access to affordable health care, especially in rural communities.  His successful efforts have earned him national and local awards. 
Walden has also worked hard to ensure that Oregon service members and veterans receive the benefits they have earned through years of brave service. 
In November 2014, Walden’s House Republican colleagues unanimously reelected him to serve as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
In December 2016, Walden was selected as Chairman of the full Committee on Energy & Commerce.

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Hon. Robert McDowell

Partner, Cooley LLP
Rob McDowell advises telecommunications, media and technology clients on their most significant regulatory, legal and business matters. As a former commissioner of the Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC) and a highly regarded industry leader, Rob has been at the forefront of the... Read More →
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Hon. Greg Walden

Chairman, Energy & Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
Greg Walden represents the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon. Walden is a lifelong Oregonian whose ancestors came to Oregon by wagon train in 1845.Walden graduated from the University of Oregon with... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

1:35pm EST

Internet Policy in Digital Trade and International Compliance
More and more Internet policy is finding its way into international trade deals. This development reflects the realization by governments, companies, and activists that rules governing digital data now exert a larger impact on GDP growth than the centuries-old trade in goods. The Trump Administration is in negotiations on several fronts to revise existing trade deals including NAFTA. Items new to the negotiating table include algorithm integrity, micro-advertising, and intermediary liability protections. Other familiar trade issues include privacy and intellectual property rules. Join our panel of experts while they ponder the the creation of Internet policy by international trade.

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Steven Overly

Technology Reporter, POLITICO

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Damien Levie

Minister Counselor, EU Delegation to the United States
Damien Levie heads the Trade and Agriculture Section of the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC.Before coming to Washington, he was a member of the Cabinet (personal office) of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht from 2009 to 2012. He subsequently headed the USA and Canada... Read More →
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Matthew Schruers

Vice President, Law & Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
Matthew Schruers is Vice President for Law & Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association on domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, competition, and trade.  He is also an adjunct... Read More →
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Robb Tanner

Director for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce, USTR
Robert Tanner is the Director for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Among his responsibilities at USTR, he is the lead negotiator for the Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce chapters of the Transatlantic... Read More →

George York

Senior Vice President, RIAA
George York is a Senior Vice President for International Policy at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  George is responsible for trade, including digital trade, international intellectual property rights policy, and other international policy engagement in bilateral... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
Room 802

1:35pm EST

The Fragmentation of Communications Policy
The policy framework guiding communications policy has never been more fragmented and uncertain. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to undo its "Open Internet" reclassification of Internet services under Title II. Last spring President Trump signed legislation from Capitol Hill which effectively repealed the FCC's recent Internet privacy rules. At the same time many states are looking to pass their own Internet rules -- particularly on privacy. The Federal Trade Commission has been making moves to exert more jurisdiction over open Internet principles and communications privacy but it's authority is in question pending review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. All the while, both Houses of Congress are weighing their options and searching for political will to rewrite rules of the road for Internet services. We'll discuss these issues and more at State of the Net.

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Tara Jeffries

Tech and Telecom Reporter, Bloomberg Law
Tara Jeffries covers telecom and tech policy for Bloomberg Law in Washington. She has covered the legal and regulatory implications for the telecom and tech industries on issues ranging from taxation to mergers and acquisitions. Tara has appeared on Bloomberg Radio and C-SPAN’s... Read More →

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Larry Irving, Esq.

co-founder, The Mobile Alliance
Larry Irving is the President and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. From September, 2009 to July, 2011, Mr. Irving... Read More →
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Dr. Roslyn Layton

Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Roslyn Layton is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on evidence-based policy for information, communications, and digital technology industries. Using empirical methods, she assesses regulations and policies for digitally connected domains such... Read More →
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Jon Leibowitz

Partner, Antitrust, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Mr. Leibowitz is a partner in Davis Polk’s Washington DC and New York offices. His practice focuses on the complex antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as government and private antitrust investigations and litigation. He also provides counsel in the developing... Read More →
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Chris Lewis

Vice President, Public Knowledge
Christopher Lewis is Vice President at Public Knowledge and leads the organization's advocacy on Capitol Hill and other government agencies. Prior to joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris served at the Federal Communications Commission as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative... Read More →
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Hon. Chip Pickering

Chip Pickering has been CEO of INCOMPAS since January 2014. During that time, INCOMPAS has achieved significant growth with leading internet, backbone, business broadband, wireless, and international companies. Under his leadership, INCOMPAS has led numerous public policy campaigns... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

1:35pm EST

The Wizards' Brew of Cyber Security: Beyond Money and Mischief
During a recent Homeland Security Committee hearing Chairman Ron Johnson asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to describe a sort wizards' brew” of cyber security threats. Wray painted a picture of "a blurring between different kinds of threats," from nation state actors working with hackers-for-hire enlisting troll farms and autonomous bots. That’s all on top of increases in traditional economic cyber schemes from ransomware to Equifax, and everything in between. The motivations for the myriad high profile hacks recently are mostly varied and in some cases unknown. Worse, the tools and capabilities used in these attacks are vastly more sophisticated, some of which are NSA tools released into the wild. And soon some techniques may take the form of artificial intelligence attacks. The problem has become so complex and urgent that Microsoft President Brad Smith has called for a “Digital Geneva Convention” to start grapple with these issues. Our expert panel will explore dig deep into the Wizards' Brew to better illuminate the new threat matrices and what’s being done to counter them.

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Tim Starks

Cybersecurity Reporter, POLITICO
Tim Starks has written about cybersecurity since 2003, when he began at Congressional Quarterly as a homeland security reporter. While at CQ Roll Call, he mainly covered intelligence, but he also had stretches as a foreign policy reporter and defense reporter. In 2009, he won the... Read More →

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Valerie Abend

Managing Director, Financial Services Security Practice, North America, Accenture
Valerie Abend is a recognized leader with over two decades of experience spearheading financial services sector-wide and enterprise-wide security and resilience programs. As Accenture's leader for both the North America Financial Services Cybersecurity and Global Cyber Regulatory... Read More →
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Kathryn Condello

Director of National Security and Emergency Preparedness, CenturyLink
Kathryn Condello represents CenturyLink at the Federal level in all policy, planning and operationalissues related to National Security, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Response, Critical InfrastructureProtection, and Continuity of Operations. In this role, Ms Condello:Is the CenturyLink... Read More →
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Dr. Betsy Cooper

Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
Betsy Cooper is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.  Betsy comes to UC Berkeley from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy... Read More →
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Jeanette Manfra

National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security
Jeanette Manfra serves as the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). She is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supports its mission of strengthening... Read More →
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Evelyn Remaley

Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy Analysis and Development, NTIA
Ms. Remaley serves as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy Analysis and Development at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, Ms. Remaley leads a team of experts providing senior policy support to the Secretary... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
Room 704

2:30pm EST

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin: Authentication in a Post-Equifax World
The massive Equifax breach in September 2017 reminded us yet again that traditional authentication credentials such as social security numbers should have been left back in the last century. The Internet has made data ubiquitous and transactions instantaneous, and our antediluvian authentication methods fail time and again to protect data, assets and transactions. Yet, blockchain technology has quietly been growing as a versatile ledger for all sorts of authenticated transactions beyond currency. Realtors are using blockchain to streamline real estate listings. Human resource companies are exploring blockchain technology to provide efficient access to employee benefits. Internet platforms are exploring blockchain to reduce advertising fraud and to keep out fake news bots and trolls. The applications are endless. Our panel will explore whether blockchain may be the answer to our public policy prayers in a post Equifax world.

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Jason Kaplan

General Counsel & Director of Policy, Blockchain for Change
Lead all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters related to the company's business of leveraging blockchain technology to enable financial inclusion for low income and homeless individuals.

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James Cross

Director of Corporate Strategy, Workday
James Cross is director of strategy at Workday, where he explores the future of business, work, and emerging technologies, to guide the company’s strategic direction.James has spent over a decade at the intersection of people, business and technology.  He started his career as... Read More →
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Hilary Swab Gawrilow

Legislative Director and Counsel, Office of Representative Jared Polis
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Justin Herman

Emerging Citizen Technology Lead, Emerging Citizen Technology Lead General Services Administration (GSA)
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Mercina Tillemann

Chief Operating Officer, Global Blockchain Business Council
Mercina Tillemann-Dick currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Global BlockchainBusiness Council (GBBC). Experienced in strategic planning and communications, she has spenther career translating complex ideas for broad audiences in the public and private sectors.Tillemann-Dick... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

2:30pm EST

Internet Speech: Truth, Trust, Transparency, & Tribalism
In December 2016 a North Carolina man, Edgar Welch, drove 350 miles from his home to a neighborhood pizza place in Washington, DC with his AR-15 assault rifle to “self-investigate” a bogus election-related Internet story involving the democratic presidential candidate. Traditional media had discredited the fake news story countless times. Welch was arrested after firing shots in the pizza place. Mercifully, no one was injured.  Internet policy veterans have seen a lot develop in the space in the last 25 years. They’ve been shocked, disgusted, and often perplexed by the information circulated online. Yet many have taken solace in the belief that the antidote to bad or bogus speech is even more speech by more trusted speakers. We believed that more speech would inexorably lead to a hegemony of trusted, credible, and truthful content on the Internet.  We’ve heard from many Internet policy veterans that the pizza shooting catalyzed some soul searching about what the Internet had become and whether even more speech would level the equation. Since then we’ve learned more and more about the information that was flowing virally around the Internet during the election. What sources of information and which speakers can be trusted? We have had to create a new lexicon to understand the state of speech on the Net: Fake news, troll-farms, disinformation, nation-state sponsored advertising, post-fact society, data injection attacks, narrative-laundering, networked propaganda, to name a few.
Now the rush to find solutions has begun, and it’s not yet clear whether solutions will be easy to come by. Pizza place shooter Edgar Welch was stark illustration that fake news can manifest itself directly as mortal danger in the nation’s capital. But the fact that Welch went to “self-investigate” veracity of the false story is even more disturbing. He didn’t fully trust the erroneous conspiracy story, evidenced by his later admission that the “Intel wasn’t 100%.” Yet, he also did not trust traditional media stories debunking the story.
We’ve reached a crisis of trust in our society’s sources of information just as the lines between traditional media and Internet media have all but vanished. Recent congressional hearings have revealed that determined actors can further erode trust in information and institutions.
At the same time, more powerful platforms designed to help us sort through information may have inadvertently empowered us to view only information that we prefer or that reinforces our own biases. A sort of societal tribalism is emerging, leading to increased polarization.
Solutions to these problems are far more complex than most are willing to believe. As prominent researcher danah boyd rightly pointed out in a blog piece, “[Edgar Welch] was doing was something that we’ve taught people to do — question the information they’re receiving and find out the truth for themselves.”
Our panel will explore these questions and what we can do about it.

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Tiffany Li

Resident Fellow, Information Society Project at Yale Law School
Tiffany C. Li is an attorney and Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. She is an expert on privacy, intellectual property, and law and policy at the forefront of new technological innovations.Li leads the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries... Read More →

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Ambassador Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow for Digital Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is senior fellow for digital policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Kornbluh was executive vice president of Nielsen, responsible for global public policy, privacy strategy, and corporate social responsibility. Kornbluh served as U.S. ambassador... Read More →
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Mike Masnick

President and CEO, Techdirt
Mike is the visionary behind Floor64, building up the core idea into reality and recruiting the management team. In addition to providing the strategic direction for the company, Mike oversees all editorial aspects of the Floor64’s public and customer sites. Mike’s insight into... Read More →
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Dr. Whitney Phillips

Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and Writing, Mercer University
Whitney Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and Writing at Mercer University, and holds a PhD in English with a folklore structured emphasis (digital culture focus). She is the author of This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online... Read More →
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Dr. John Samples

Vice President; Director of Center for Representative Government, CATO Institute
John Samples is a vice president at the Cato Institute. He founded and directs Cato’s Center for Representative Government, which studies the First Amendment, government institutional failure, and public opinion. He is the author of The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST
Room 704

2:30pm EST

Wireless: We Need a New Generation to Connect The Internet of (Every)Things
We are on the cusp of a generational shift --- in wireless networks. New generations takeover from the old ones -- because they have to. The next generation of wireless Internet -- dubbed 5G -- is coming fast because radically new technology is required to connect us faster and better. From augmented reality to autonomous cars, we are facing a new era of connectivity. Also, 5G is needed to connect the so-called Internet of Things and, basically, the Internet of Everything. Chances are your recent holiday shopping spree will help catapult us to where each American home will have 50 connected devices (an estimate by Gartner for the year 2020). But the future will require some creative engineering, bold policy decisions, and all of us working in the same direction. Our panel will look at the near future of 5G wireless -- if we make it happen.

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Paul Kirby

Senior Editor, TR Daily
Paul Kirby is a senior editor at TR Daily. He has been a reporter for nearly 30 years. For nearly 20 years, he has focused his coverage on wireless telecommunications policy, closely following regulatory and legal developments amid the rapid evolution of the telecom and technology... Read More →

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Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
Julius Knapp has been with the FCC for 43 years and has served as the Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) since 2006. OET is the Commission’s primary resource for engineering expertise and provides technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners and... Read More →
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Karen Charles Peterson

Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable
Karen Charles Peterson is Commissioner of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable, where she serves as the principle communications regulator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In addition to her duties at the Department, Commissioner Charles Peterson is an active board... Read More →
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Peter Rysavy

President, Rysavy Research
Peter Rysavy is the president of Rysavy Research LLC, a consulting firm that has specialized in wireless technology since 1993. Projects include analysis of spectrum requirements for mobile broadband, reports on the evolution of wireless technology, evaluation of wireless technology... Read More →
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Crystal Tully

Policy Director & Counsel for Communications and Technology, US Senate
Crystal Tully serves as Policy Director & Counsel for communications and technology to Chairman John Thune (R-SD) of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. Prior to her current role, Ms. Tully served as counsel to Chairman Thune and senior advisor to Chairman... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST
Room 802

3:25pm EST

Coffee Break
Monday January 29, 2018 3:25pm - 3:55pm EST

4:00pm EST

Keynote Address from FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
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Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Jessica Rosenworcel returned as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission on August 11, 2017 after being nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.Previously, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as an FCC Commissioner from May 11, 2012... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:25pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

4:30pm EST

Fireside Chat with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Kim Hart
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Kim Hart

Technology Editor, Axios
Kim Hart is Technology Editor at Axios, overseeing coverage of the intersection of business, technology and policy. Before joining Axios, Kim was press secretary to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Prior to the FCC, Kim was Corporate Communications Director... Read More →
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Hon. Rod Rosenstein

Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Rod J. Rosenstein was sworn in as the 37th Deputy Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 2017, by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Mr. Rosenstein graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, in 1986. He earned... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)

5:00pm EST

Reception and Happy Hour
Monday January 29, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
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