Phil Weiser

Professor of Law and
Executive Director
Silicon Flatirons Center,
University of Colorado

Dorothy Attwood
Sr. Vice President

Kathryn Brown
Sr. Vice President

Charlie Ergen

Brad Feld
Foundry Group

Julius Genachowski
Managing Director
Rock Creek Ventures

Don Gips
Group Vice President
Level 3

Ellen Goodman
Professor and Of
Rutgers University
School of Law - Camden
and Covington & Burling

Larissa Herda
TW Telecom, Inc.

Reed Hundt
Former Chairman

Larry Irving
President & CEO
Irving Technology

Michael Katz
Former Chief Economist

Bill Kennard
Former Chairman

Jack Krumholtz
Director of Federal
Government Affairs

Rep. Zoe Lofgren
State of California

Andrew McLaughlin
Director of Global
Public Policy
Google, Inc.

Charles Phillips

Pieter Poll
Chief Technology

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
State of West Viginia

Don Rosenberg
General Cousel

Joe Samuel
Sr. Vice President
First Data

John Seely Brown
Deloitte Center for
Edge Innovation

David Thompson
Group President,
Information Technology
and Services
Symantec Corporation

2008 Technology Roundtable

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
9:00 am 11:30 am

Ricketson Theatre
Denver Performing Arts Complex

Moderator: Phil Weiser
Government 2.0: Kathryn Brown, Julius Genachowski, Don Gips, Ellen Goodman, Reed Hundt, Andrew McLaughlin, Joe Samuel

Promoting the Next Wave of Innovation: Charlie Ergen, Brad Feld, Bill Kennard, Charles Phillips, Don Rosenberg, John Seely Brown, David Thompson

Internet Policy in a New Era: Dorothy Attwood, Larissa Herda, Larry Irving, Michael Katz, Jack Krumholtz, Pieter Poll

Closing Comments: Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Technology Roundtable Video

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Original Overview:

The 2008 Technology Roundtable is designed as a discussion among ten to fifteen participants. Phil Weiser, University of Colorado professor of law and telecommunications and executive director of the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program, will lead the Technology Roundtable, encouraging a dynamic, substantive interchange among the participants. Seated in a venue with a capacity for 200 persons, the audience for the Technology Roundtable will include individuals with a particular interest in the subject of technology.

Roundtable Focus

The global economy is in the midst of a massive transformation akin to the transition from the agricultural age to the industrial age. Workers are now increasingly in service professions, often with the ability (and sometimes the requirement) to work from anywhere (or everywhere). In this environment, companies also are free to locate anywhere across the globe. As a result, American companies increasingly face challenges from China and India as readily as from across the US.

While in theory entrepreneurs can start companies anywhere, in practice they do so where there are desirable places to live, where educated employees are available, and where state-of-the-art infrastructure exists, especially wired broadband and wireless connections. In fact, access to broadband connectivity is now a prerequisite to participate not only in the economic, civic, and cultural benefits arising from Internet access, but increasingly to access affordable and effective educational options and health care services, as well.

In this context, policymakers from government, business, academia, and not-for-profit organizations, might well ask:

  1. Does the US provide a fertile ground for technological development and entrepreneurship?
  2. Does the US provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in the information age? In particular, should the US adopt a broadband policy, and if so, what should it look like?
  3. What can the US do to reform patent and copyright laws in order to promote technology innovation and creativity?
  4. How can the US support graduate school training and basic research in order to compete globally on the science and technology landscape?

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