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Super-Sizing the FTC & What It Means for
the Internet, Media & Advertising

A PFF Hill Luncheon Briefing
Friday, April 16
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Capitol Visitor Center (entrance below ground on east side of Capitol)
Room SVC 208/209 (located on the north or right-hand side of lower level)
E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE
Washington, DC

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See below for photos from the event.

This luncheon discussion will focus on the growing powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and what it will mean for consumers, advertisers, media creators, and the Internet. Financial reform legislation passed by the House and now pending in the Senate would give the FTC sweeping new powers to regulate not just Wall Street, but also unfair or deceptive trade practices across the economy. This could reshape regulation in a wide range of areas, such as privacy, cybersecurity, child safety, child nutrition, etc. The FTC has also asserted expanded authority to regulate "unfair" competition in its lawsuit against Intel. PFF has assembled a group of expert panelists—veteran FTC practitioners, scholars and insiders—to discuss these issues and more.

To see how legislation passed in the House in December 2009 would amend the Federal Trade Commission Act, click here to view a mark-up of the Act.


  • Jack Calfee, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) & author of Fear of Persuasion: A New Perspective on Advertising and Regulation (1998)
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Consumer Protection Law and Competition Law practices, & 11-year FTC veteran
  • Jim Davidson, Chair of the Public Policy group, Polsinelli Shughart PC
  • Stu Ingis, Partner, Venable LLP
  • Berin Szoka (moderator), Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Internet Freedom, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF)

Event questions should be directed to Allison Bringardner at abringardner@pff.org. Media inquiries should be directed to Mike Wendy at mwendy@pff.org.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.

Photos from the event

Panel Jim and Berin Jack Calfee Jim Davidson Maureen Ohlhausen Stu Ingis


The Progress & Freedom Foundation