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Monday, January 23

8:00am EST

Registration and Coffee
Monday January 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

9:00am EST

Welcoming Remarks
Monday January 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:05am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

9:05am EST

A Fireside Chat Between Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Lior Div, CEO of Cybereason
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Lior Div

Co-Founder and CEO, Cybereason
Lior Div, CEO and Co-Founder of Cybereason, is an expert in the fields of hacking operations, forensics, reverse engineering, malware analysis, cryptography & evasion. Previously, Lior served in unit 8200 of the Israeli Intelligence Corps as a commander of a cyber security team, where... Read More →
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Representative Bob Goodlatte

Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, United States 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 →

Monday January 23, 2017 9:05am - 9:25am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

9:35am EST

Keynote Conversation with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
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Julie Samuels

Executive Director, Tech:NYC
Julie Samuels is Executive Director of Tech:NYC. Before that she was Executive Director at Engine, a nation-wide nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and advocacy, where she remains a member of the Board. She is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for... Read More →

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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. First sworn into the House of Representatives on November 13... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 9:35am - 9:55am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

10:00am EST

Keynote Conversation with FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen
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Alex Byers

Technology Reporter, Politico
Alex Byers is a technology reporter for POLITICO Pro. He was previously a senior Web producer at POLITICO, where he helped run POLITICO's Twitter and Facebook accounts. Before joining the Web team, he graduated from The George Washington University, where he served as the 2009-10... Read More →

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Maureen Ohlhausen

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Maureen K. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 10:00am - 10:20am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

10:20am EST

Coffee Break
Monday January 23, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

10:50am EST

Innovation.Gov: The Future of Better, Faster, Cheaper Government
The importance of innovation in government has become a bi-partisan consensus. Connecting government officals and their departments with top talent from the US technology sector has become paramount to keep track with the rapid pace of private sector developments. Most recently, congress sought to solidfiy already existing programs such as the Presidential Innovation Fellowship, with the TALENT Act of 2017 seeking to codify the provisions that established it. But beyond soldifying the policies of previous adminstrations, what is the future of technological innovation in government? Will we be seeing more and deeper ties with the private sector or a more government driven approach? Join us at our Panel "Innovation.gov: The Future of Better, Faster, Cheaper Government" at State of the Net 2017

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Ginny Hunt

Director of Platforms, U.S. Digital Service
Ginny Hunt is a founding member of the U.S. Digital Service, a White House office established to transform how the government delivers programs and services. Previously, Ginny was a Principal for Strategy and Civic Innovation at Google, where she co-founded Google’s Public Sector... Read More →

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Matt Lira

Senior Advisor, Office of the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Matt Lira is a Republican strategist serving as Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Previously, Matt was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. Matt has served as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee... 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 →

Monday January 23, 2017 10:50am - 11:20am EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

11:30am EST

Keynote Conversation with Senator Brian Schatz
Senator Schatz is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet within the powerful U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.  

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Margaret Harding McGill

Technology Reporter, Politico
Margaret Harding McGill is a technology reporter for POLITICO Pro. She previously wrote about telecom for Law360 in Washington, D.C. She moved to D.C. from Pittsburgh, Pa., where she spent five years covering the Pittsburgh police and other Western Pennsylvania law enforcement... Read More →

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Senator Brian Schatz

United States Senator, United States Senate
Senator Brian Schatz has dedicated his career to public service as a strong advocate for Hawai‘i’s middle-class families, a clean energy economy, seniors, our veterans, and Native Hawaiians.  As Hawai‘i’s senior United States Senator, Brian serves on three Senate Committees... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

Digital Trade Under Trump: What's The Deal for Exporting Innovation?

The 2016 election revealed a high level of discomfort among many Americans when it comes to elaborate international trade deals negotiated by past and present American presidents. The road ahead for many international agreements is uncertain and the traditional consensus around open global trade has frayed. At the same time, America has a massive trade surplus when it comes to digital trade, leading the world in Internet-based innovation and manufacturing businesses. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) increasingly rely on the Internet and cross-border data flows to access foreign markets. How does America maintain its digital trade strength, in a world where international economic relations are strained and precarious and other countries are increasingly restricting digital trade? Will we see a turn away from free cross-border data flows to more tightly regulated arrangements? What will be the impact on America's greatest export — innovation?

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Timothy Brightbill

Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Tim represents clients on all aspects of international trade law and policy including import trade remedies (such as antidumping law, countervailing duty law, and safeguards investigations), global trade policy and trade negotiations, renewable energy and climate change policy, customs... Read More →

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Dr. Susan Aaronson

Research Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University
Susan Ariel Aaronson teaches and writes about globalization; business and human rights, trade and human rights; and corruption. Her current research on trade policy, internet governance, and internet freedom, is funded by several US foundations She has written 5 books on trade and... Read More →
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Dr. Claude Barfield

Resident Scholar, AEI
Claude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. His many books... Read More →
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Commissioner Meredith M. Broadbent

Commissioner, United States International Trade Commission
Meredith M. Broadbent, a Republican of Virginia, was nominated to the USITC by President Barack Obama on November 8, 2011, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 2, 2012. She was sworn in as a member of the Commission on September 10, 2012, for a term expiring on June 16, 2017... Read More →
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Ari Giovenco

Director of Trade and International Policy, Internet Association
Ari Giovenco is the Director of Trade and International Policy at The Internet Association. Giovenco most recently served as Senior Director for Congressional Affairs in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).  Prior to USTR, Giovenco worked on Capitol Hill for... Read More →
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Susan Lund

Economist & Partner, McKinsey & Company
Susan Lund is an economist with deep expertise in global financial markets, economic growth, and labor markets. She is currently a Partner of McKinsey & Company at the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm's economic research arm. In that position, she leads research projects as well... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

12:00pm EST

Securing the Future of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things — the connection of systems, devices, and services to information networks — is evolving exponentially. From vehicles to pacemakers, ordinary objects are empowered with extraordinary potential through embedded and interconnected sensors. There is enormous economic and societal benefits to be gained from the communication of vast quantities of data and the ability to remotely control and automate systems. Recent events, however, have shown the IoT ecosystem to contain serious vulnerabilities. October’s botnet attack directed thousands of insecure IoT devices to attack parts of the nervous system of the Internet’s infrastructure. Every day, more and more, we’re integrating IoT into every nook and cranny of our physical world. What are industry and policy leaders doing to address this new reality ? Do we need a national IoT plan? Do we need a global IoT plan? Please join our panel of experts for a discussion on the rewards and risks of IoT and a closer look at emerging best-practices being implemented today.

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Nanette Byrnes

Sr. Editor and Writer on Business, Innovation and Disruption, MIT Technology Review

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Daniel Caprio

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group
Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s... Read More →
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Dr. Nick Feamster

Professor of Computer Science and Acting Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
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Jason Livingood

Vice President - Technology Policy & Standards, Comcast
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Steve Olshansky

Trust & Identity Program Lead, The Internet Society
Steve Olshansky is Trust & Identity Program Lead at the Internet Society, based in Colorado, United States. Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2014, Steve was Director, Federated Technologies for Internet2. He was with Internet2 for 12 years, managing a variety of projects... Read More →
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Dr. Ron Ross

Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current areas of specialization include information security and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

12:00pm EST

Surveillance Reform: What’s Next For Government Powers

We will look into how the new Trump Administration will work with Congress to address America’s government surveillance apparatus and its impact on security, privacy and commerce nationally and internationally. Did the Obama Administration do too much or too little in this area? How will Congress and President Trump’s Justice Department deal with the renewal or retirement of key provisions of surveillance section 702? What will happen to ECPA including cross-border data warrants for law enforcement? Should the new Congress explore establishing more comprehensive surveillance and law enforcement access framework in the years to come?

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Dr. Jennifer Daskal

Associate Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law
Jennifer Daskal is an Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the fields of criminal, national security, and constitutional law. She is on academic leave from 2016-2017, and has received an Open Society Institute... Read More →

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Elisebeth B. Collins

Board Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Elisebeth Collins is currently serving her second term as a Board Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Previously, Ms. Collins was an attorney at the law firms of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP and Freeborn & Peters, LLP. Prior to that, she served as... Read More →
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Adam Klein

Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Adam Klein is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  His research centers on the intersection of national security policy and law, including government surveillance in the digital age, counterterrorism, and rules governing the use of military force.  As a former... Read More →
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Morgan Marquis-Boire

Director of Security, First Look Media
Morgan Marquis-Boire is a New Zealand born security researcher, and journalist. He is the Director of Security for First Look Media and a contributing writer for The Intercept. Prior to this, he worked at Google. Marquis-Boire is a Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab, University... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

1:00pm EST

Networking Lunch
Monday January 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

2:10pm EST

Cyber Security Under Trump: Stopping The Hacks

From the recently announced Yahoo data breaches, the DDoS botnet attack on Dyn, the devastating Sony Picture hack in 2014 and the seemingly daily revelations of confidential Clinton Campaign staff emails, the danger and influence posed by cyber attacks has never been more disconcerting. As President Trump takes office how will his Administration, together with a Republican-controlled Congress, address the seemingly rampant hacking and intrusions that happen with unsettling regularity?

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Eric Engleman

Technology Editor, Politico
Eric Engleman is the technology editor for POLITICO Pro. He previously served as deputy technology editor for Pro and as a tech policy reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington. Prior to that, Engleman was a reporter for the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, where he covered... Read More →

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Austin Carson

Legislative Director, Congressman Michael McCaul
Austin Carson is a specialist in technology policy with a focus on creating and executing legislative strategies and the coalition work, political / policy analysis, and messaging involved.
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Dr. Jim Lewis

Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies
James Andrew Lewis is a senior vice president and program director at CSIS, where he writes on technology, security, and innovation. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service... Read More →
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Bruce P. Mehlman

Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, Executive Director for the Technology CEO Council
Bruce Mehlman has been a leader in our nation’s capital for nearly two decades, helping Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups understand, anticipate and navigate the public policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace. A founding partner of his... Read More →
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Shane Tews

Vice Chair, Internet Education Foundation
Shane Tews is Vice Chair or the Internet Education Foundation and a consultant at Vrge Strategies. Previously, Shane served as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Shane works with clients to create and manage coordinated public policy approaches to Information... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 2:10pm - 3:10pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

2:10pm EST

Strategies For Encouraging Ethical Digital Citizenship

Today's youth - tomorrow's voters, workers, and leaders - have never known a world without consistent Internet access. The creators and creatives of today need the skills to discern and critically consider sources of information online and how their usage thereof informs their behavior. But how does this generation learn the skills and rules of the road it needs to navigate cyberspace in a safe, responsible, and informed manner: From the digital immigrants that have come before them or from the digital natives that surround them? Are current efforts in teaching enough, or do we need to create new, comprehensive approaches to digital citizenship and media literacy?

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Tom Galvin

Partner and Founder, Vrge
Tom Galvin brings 25 years of experience at the highest levels of the political, media and technology arenas to Vrge.As a political reporter he covered the White House and national political campaigns; as a corporate strategist he positioned Cisco and Verisign during times of great... Read More →

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Jerry Berman

Founder, CDT; President and Chair, Internet Education Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology
Jerry Berman is the founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). CDT is a Washington, DC based Internet public policy organization founded in December of 1994. CDT plays a leading role in free speech, privacy, Internet Governance and architecture issues affecting democracy... Read More →
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Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Professor and Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media... Read More →
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David Sohn

Lead Legal Advisor, iKeepSafe
David Sohn is the lead legal advisor on iKeepSafe's recently launched copyright curriculum for middle and high school students. Formerly,  David served as the Center for Democracy and Technology’s General Counsel and Director of the Open Internet Project. Prior to joining CDT... Read More →
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Dr. Brendesha Tynes

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, USC Rossier School of Education
Dr. Brendesha Tynes is an associate professor of Education and Psychology at the USC Rossier School of Education. Her research focuses on youth experiences with digital media, and how they are associated with academic and socio-emotional outcomes. She is also interested in equity... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 2:10pm - 3:10pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

2:10pm EST

The Future of Work: Capturing The American Dream In An Internet-Enabled Economy

Internet-enabled technologies continue to disrupt markets and industries at a breathtaking clip. Corporations are increasingly seeing exponential increases in productivity from Internet-enabled automation and the Internet of Things. That disruption is pushing the American workforce to a place where it needs to be more and more technologically adroit. With artificial intelligence, autonomous cars, virtual reality, 3D/advanced manufacturing, and robotics, the skills required of the American labor market bears little resemblance to what was needed just a generation ago. Those trends will only continue and the Internet connects everyone and everything. Jobs are literally being transformed. Fortunately, the strength of America has always been its workers and their ability to adapt to challenges and innovation. While one might meet this impending shift with trepidation, we believe it presents an amazing opportunity for America to lead the world into the economic future. Our panel will explore how policymakers, NGOs, and industry leaders can help the American labor force capture the opportunities presented by these changes and fill the workforce needs of the 21st century American economy.

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Josh Mendelsohn

Managing Partner, Hangar
Josh’s career has been largely focused on helping startups and nonprofits scale to support growing customer and user bases. He is a co-founder of Hattery, which prior to a 2013 sale to Google, invested in early-stage startups. While at Hattery, Josh was part of a group of startup... Read More →

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Donna Harris

Cofounder, 1776
Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a major initiative which convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique. Donna is also a Founding Member of the K Street Capital... Read More →
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Rick Lane

Rick Lane most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for 21st Century Fox (News Corporation). Before leaving the company Rick had  been with 21st Century Fox for 16 years.  As Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Rick was responsible for coordinating... Read More →
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Lori Sanders

Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
Lori Sanders is outreach director and senior fellow at the R Street Institute. In this role, she is responsible for R Street’s coalition efforts, as well as providing public outreach and education about public policy issues to regulators, lawmakers and their staff. Lori came to... Read More →
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Kristin Sharp

Executive Director, Shift Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology
Kristin Sharp is the executive director of New America and Bloomberg's joint initiative, SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology. Prior to launching SHIFT, she had an extensive career in technology, innovation, and national security policy in the U.S. Senate, most... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 2:10pm - 3:10pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

3:10pm EST

Coffee Break
Monday January 23, 2017 3:10pm - 3:30pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

3:30pm EST

Assessing The Legitimacy Of Structures and Processes: An Open Forum On Internet Governance

What is the next chapter of global Internet Governance (IG)? While the first stage of Internet Governance has been decidedly marked by multi-stakeholderism it remains to be seen whether that will continue. Indeed, there are a significant number of IG institutions that are not. There are no indications that proponents of multilateralism are admitting defeat or slowing down their actions. Within such a potentially charged environment, we assess the legitimacy and roles that institutions, stakeholders and issue areas might play in global IG.

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Dr. George Sadowsky

Board Member, ICANN
George Sadowsky studied and taught mathematics at Harvard and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale. He worked as a mathematician and programmer, and headed computing centers at the Brookings Institution, Northwestern University and New York University. At the United Nations... Read More →

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Mark Buell

North America Regional Bureau Director, The Internet Society
Mark Buell is the Regional Bureau Director for North America. In this role, Mark oversees the Internet Society’s engagement activities in Canada and the United States. From 2009 to 2016, Mark held a variety of positions with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA... Read More →
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Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn

Associate Professor, International Communication and Development, American University
Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service at American University. His serves as a core faculty member in the International Communication Program and is affiliated with the International Development Program... Read More →
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Andrea Glorioso

Counselor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA, European Commission
Mr. Andrea Glorioso is the Counsellor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA, in Washington DC. In this role, he acts as the liaison between the EU and US on policy, regulation and research activities related to the Internet and Information and... Read More →
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John Kneuer

President and Founder, JKC Consulting LLC
John Kneuer is the President and Founder of JKC Consulting LLC, and Regulatory Director at the Jarvinian Spectrum Opportunity Fund. He sits on the Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees of Globalstar, Inc. (symbol: GSAT).Prior to starting JKC LLC, Mr. Kneuer served... Read More →
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Dr. Milton Mueller

Professor; Member of IANA Stewardship Coordination Group, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy
Milton Mueller is an internationally prominent scholar specializing in the political economy of information and communication. The author of seven books and scores of journal articles, his work informs not only public policy but also science and technology studies, law, economics... Read More →
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Amb. Miriam Sapiro

Partner & Head of Washington, DC, Office, Finsbury
Miriam Sapiro, a Partner and the head of Finsbury's office in Washington, DC, focuses on public affairs and strategic communications with respect to cross-border transactions, crisis management, litigation and regulatory issues. Miriam has more than 25 years’ experience in government... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

3:30pm EST

Countering Online Radicalization: New Approaches To Fighting Terror Online

President Trump has vowed to defeat ISIS on the battlefield, but defeating extremist groups is a war of ideas as well as arms. The use of propaganda, misinformation, and hateful rhetoric to incite violence and extremism is a familiar facet of modern conflict, what is new is the increasingly influential role of the Internet and social media as a vehicle for this type of speech. Extremist groups are using the Internet and social media to recruit fighters, solicit funds, and radicalize individuals to act as lone wolves. However, a team of key players is emerging across government, social media companies and civil society groups to combat these threats. Join a panel of government and industry leaders for a robust discussion on emerging strategies to deal with the weaponization of the Internet.


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Seamus Hughes

Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism, George Washington University
Seamus Hughes is the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He is a recognized expert on homegrown violent extremism and countering violent extremism (CVE). Hughes previously worked at the National Counterterrorism Center, serving as a lead... Read More →

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Monika Bickert

Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
Monika Bickert is head of global policy management at Facebook. Previously, she served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois and as resident legal advisor at the U.S. embassy in Bangkok. She received her juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
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Mary McCord

Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
Mary B. McCord is the Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Ms. McCord oversees nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the country against international and domestic terrorism... Read More →
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George Selim

Director of the Office for Community Partnerships, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
George Selim is the first Director of the Office for Community Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the office in September 2015 to support innovative locally-based programs to counter violent extremism (CVE) and to build relationships and promote trust with local communities.  In 2016, George... Read More →
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Alexandria Walden

Counsel, Free Expression & Human Rights, Google

Monday January 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

3:30pm EST

Rethinking The Future of Communications Policy

Expectations are that the incoming Trump Administration and Congress will work together to realign regulatory authority in the area of communications policy. After this realignment the communications policy roles for the FCC, the FTC, counties, cities, and states may be quite different from recent memory. Yet, what new policies will come into play? Are agencies such as the FTC and State Attorneys General in a good position to ensure robust consumer protections? How will the FCC and the Administration continue to focus on broadband and 5G deployment — providing needed benefits for the economy, for consumers (rural and urban alike), and for the tech industry. Are there bright spots for new technologies and edge providers? How will expected deregulatory efforts impact different sectors of the Internet ecosystem? Our panel will look at what those changes may look like and what they mean for federal communications policy more generally.

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Lydia Beyoud

Telecommunications Reporter, Bloomberg BNA
Lydia Beyoud is a telecommunications reporter for Bloomberg BNA. She reports on telecommunications issues before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, including net neutrality, corporate mergers, broadband Internet deployment and broadcast media. Lydia graduated... Read More →

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Larry Downes

Project Director, Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy
Larry Downes is an Internet industry analyst and speaker on developing business strategies in an age of constant technological disruption. Downes is author of the New York Times and Business Week business blockbuster, "Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market... Read More →
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Markham Erickson

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Markham Erickson represents clients on all aspects of telecommunications, media, and Internet law.  He regularly represents clients in regulatory complaints, investigations, rulemakings, and proposed mergers before the Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice... Read More →
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Dr. Mark Jamison

Senior Lecturer and Director, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida
Dr. Mark Jamison is the director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida and also serves as its director of Telecommunications Studies. He provides international training and research on business and government policy, focusing... Read More →
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Gigi Sohn

Leadership in Government Fellow, Open Society Foundations
Ms. Sohn is currently the Leadership in Government Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. From 2015 to 2016 she served as Counselor to the Chairman at the FCC. Ms. Sohn served from 2001-2013 as the President and CEO of Public Knowledge and, from 2011-2013 as the Co-Chair of the board... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

4:30pm EST

Keynote with Senator John Thune
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Senator John Thune

United States Senator, United States Senate
John Thune grew up in Murdo, South Dakota. John received his undergraduate degree at Biola University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in 1984. John’s attraction to public service... Read More →

Monday January 23, 2017 4:30pm - 4:50pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

5:00pm EST

Networking Reception and Happy Hour
Join us for a networking reception next Monday evening at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center following the 13th Annual State of the Net conference. Network with wireless Internet stakeholders and leaders following our closing keynote conversation.

Stick around or stop by when you leave the office for cocktails and appetizers by Wolfgang Puck as you take in the great views the Newseum has to offer overlooking the Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Monday January 23, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.