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Welcome & Opening Remarks

Tim Lordan – Internet Education Foundation

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Representative Anna G. Eshoo commemorates Bob Goodlatte

Representative Anna G. Eshoo
Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives gifts Caucus Founder Representative Bob Goodlatte with a commemorative baseball bat.

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Keynote with Representative David Cicilline

Representative David Cicilline – Chairman, House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee

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Keynote with Representative Mike Doyle

Representative Mike Doyle – Chairman, Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

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Keynote with Representative Bob Latta

Representative Bob Latta – Ranking Member, Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

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Keynote Address with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr – Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

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Keynote with Michael Kratsios

Michael Kratsios – Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, The White House

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Keynote Address with Representative Suzan DelBene

Representative Suzan DelBene – Washington’s 1st Congressional District Representative, U.S. Congress

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Fireside Chat with FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Alexei Alexis

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter – Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Alexei Alexis, e-commerce/privacy reporter for Bloomberg BNA

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Fireside Chat with Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and Ted Johnson

Makan Delrahim – Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Division, The U.S. Department of Justice

Ted Johnson – Senior Editor, Variety

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Fireside Chat with Representative Jim Langevin and Corey Thomas

Representative Jim Langevin – Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District Representative, U.S. Congress

Corey E. Thomas – President & Chief Executive Officer, Rapid 7

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Artificial Intelligence

Policymakers continue to express alarm at the rate at which tech firms are incorporating AI into all facets of business, infrastructure, and government. While calls to slow down innovation are rarely effective, policymakers and policy experts are acknowledging the need for a careful examination of the impact of algorithms on all aspects of society and business.

Moderator: Daniel Weitzner – Principal Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Deirdre Mulligan – Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

Alex Rosenblat – Researcher/Technical Writer, Data & Society

Dr. Nicol Turner Lee – Governance Studies Fellow, Brookings Institution

Mina Hanna – Chair, AI and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee, IEEE

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Pressure Cooker: What does GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act Mean For Washington?

** Missing first 12 minutes **

California and the European Union have both passed extensive data privacy laws in the past year. Together, the two laws will apply to a huge swath of data both in the United States and abroad — will they prove effective in protecting sensitive consumer data, or will they be an excessive burden on companies, both large and small, which capture user data? Are these laws even enforceable, or will federal legislation and even international norms need to be standardized to protect user data in the digital age?

Moderator: Nancy Scola – Senior Technology Reporter, Politico


Neil Chilson – Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation, Charles Koch Institute

Jordan Crenshaw – Assistant Policy Counsel, C_TEC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mary Stone Ross – Proponent and co-author, California Consumer Privacy Act

Lee Tien – Senior Staff Attorney and Adams Chair for Internet Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Cloudy with a Chance of Legislation: The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Privacy Policy

Globally, Europe’s privacy law has come into effect and the Commerce Department recently concluded the latest Privacy Shield annual review. While other states mull options, California has passed their own state law governing data privacy. At the federal level, NTIA is reviewing comments they received on the path forward on privacy and NIST is developing their own privacy framework while a number of Congressional offices and committees focus on legislation in the 116th congress. This is all on the backdrop of a tech industry that is replete with differing business models.

Maureen K. Ohlhausen– Practice Group Chair – Antitrust & Competition Law, Partner, Baker Botts LLP

Chris Calabrese – Vice President for Policy, Center for Democracy & Technology

Jason Albert – Deputy General Counsel, Workday

Elizabeth Banker – Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Internet Association

Terrell McSweeny – Partner, Covington

Moderator: Angelique Carson – Editor, The Privacy Advisor, International Association of Privacy Professionals

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From Lunchpails to Laptops and Beyond: Preparing America’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Jobs

On November 26, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that it was cutting 15,000 jobs by saying “we will transform our global workforce to ensure we have the right skill sets to win today and in the future.” While GM is able to pivot towards its perceived future, the question remains on how the 15,000 workers will be ready for a similar shift.

With multiple stakeholders in the process, including governments, educational institutions, employers, and of course the workers themselves, adapting to the new economy will require incorporating multiple perspectives and opinions.


David Hyman – President, Center for Technology & Workforce Solutions


Kenneth DeGraff – Senior policy advisor to the Speaker of the House, The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives

Shawn DuBravac – President, Avrio Institute

Liz Shuler – Secretary Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Carol Eggert – Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast

Tiffany Shackelford – Chief Strategic Officer, National Governors Association

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Online Expression: Balancing Moderation And Amplification and The Role of Government

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. 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. Our panel will explore these questions and what we can do about it.


Tim Lordan – Executive Director, Internet Education Foundation

Carl Szabo – Vice President and General Counsel, NetChoice

Daphne Keller – Director of Intermediary Liability, Stanford Law School

Henry Fernandez – CEO and Senior Fellow, Fernandez Advisors and Center for American Progress

Abigail Slater – Special Assistant to the President for Tech,Telecom, and Cyber Policy, The White House

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Nations Divided: Expression And Our Political Discourse

We’ve learned a lot 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 16 months show that actors are trying to use the Internet to undermine that trust. Is it the Internet’s fault? Our panel will look at what we know about how whether the Internet is being used to disrupt democratic elections and what can be done about it.

Moderator: Liz Woolery – Deputy Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy


Ellery Roberts Biddle – Advocacy Director, Global Voices

Graham Brookie – Director and Managing Editor, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council

Robert Faris – Research Director at the Berkman Klein Center and co-author of the book Network Propaganda

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Internet Policy Literacy: What Level of Expertise Do Decision-Makers Need?

Digital privacy, disinformation campaigns, drones, AI, and antitrust are only a few of the pressing technology policy issues of our time. Lately, there’s been a lot of talk on social media in Washington. We wanted to ask a group of experts what level of knowledge on any issue, especially on technology, is required for Members of Congress and policymakers in Washington to make sound decisions in the best interests of their constituents. What types of access to information do they need? Can we put forth a formula for sound decision-making on Internet policy issues?


Tim Lordan – Executive Director, Internet Education Foundation


Will Rinehart – Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, American Action Forum

Daniel Schuman – Policy Director, Demand Progress

Stacey Hutchinson – Principal, Monument Advocacy

Lorelei Kelly – Senior Fellow and Director, Resilient Democracy

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Internet Governance: Sovereignty or A New Geopolitical Order?

Once upon a time “Internet governance” discussions were limited to technical matters such as root zones and domain name functions, and multi-stakeholder processes prevailed. Yet the last five years have laid bare the awesome power of the Internet as a global force for good and for mischief. Starting with the Snowden revelations in 2014 through accusations of election meddling in 2016, a jarring series of events have forced governments and Internet stakeholders worldwide to reassess the appropriate processes for Internet governance. Now Internet issues such as AI, automation, cyber-weapons, deep-fakes, privacy, disinformation, cybersecurity, and human rights are fraying the existing agreements for governing the Internet. Recently, French President Macron issued a “Paris Call” to fill what he sees a void in Internet governance. At the same time the United Nations is racing to adopt its own governance rules. In this high stakes, geopolitical game of chess, what will prevail?


Shane Tews – President, Logan Circle Strategies


Drew Mitnick – Policy Counsel, Access Now

Peter Fatelnig – Minister-Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Laura DeNardis – Professor, Scholar, Author, American University

Steve DelBianco – President & CEO, NetChoice

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Cybersecurity: What’s The Next Move?

The past few years have seen both more and more dangerous cyberattacks, and the U.S. government is beginning to respond to emerging cyber threats. For instance, the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security released a report to strengthen systems against botnet attacks last May. 2018 also saw an updated release of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, which will be coming up on its 5th Anniversary this year. Is it time to celebrate that anniversary or do we need something more? At the same time supply chain attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent. Our panel will discuss the current cybersecurity environment, how agencies can improve cybersecurity in government and in the private sector, and the effectiveness of guidance such as the botnet report and NIST framework.


Jeff Stone – Associate Editor, CyberScoop


Norma Krayem – Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight

Evelyn L. Remaley – Deputy Associate Administrator, OPAD, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Nathaniel Gleicher – Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook

Megan Stifel – Cybersecurity Policy Director, Public Knowledge

Moira Bergin – Director of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security

Chris Boyer – Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy, AT&T

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