Duo will Focus on Homeland Security & IT at Aspen Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Tom Davis (R-VA) and Jane Harman (D-CA) – two of the foremost technology leaders in Congress – will address The Progress & Freedom Foundation’s upcoming 2002 Aspen Summit. Their joint appearance – “A Special Briefing: The Homeland Security Agenda and the IT Sector” – is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, at 2:15 p.m. (Mountain).
An annual gathering of the digital world’s most prominent business leaders, probing thinkers, and influential policymakers, the Aspen Summit takes place August 18-20 at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. In addition to Davis and Harmon, confirmed participants include Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Peter Chernin, president and COO of the News Corporation, other industry leaders, and key policymakers, including FCC members Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin.
“Having two of the most dynamic technology leaders in Congress at the Aspen Summit is important,” said Jeffrey A. Eisenach, president of The Progress & Freedom Foundation. “Technology is playing a necessary and increasingly important role in our homeland security.” Davis chairs the Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy; Harman is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.
Following its 1995 debut, the annual Aspen Summit became one of the most prominent events of its kind. Speakers have included industry leaders Carly Fiorina, Jerry Levin, Scott McNealy and Ivan Seidenberg; authors Esther Dyson and George Gilder; members of Congress; and senior executive branch officials. Wired News has compared the Aspen Summit to the annual Davos summit in Switzerland and to Renaissance Weekend in South Carolina.
This year’s Summit will focus on the drivers behind the next generation of Internet-driven innovation and growth, including broadband communications, new wireless technologies, rich digital content and innovative digital devices. Registration information, as well as periodic updates on 2002 program and participants can be found at www.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.