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July 25, 2002
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Online Content Leaders to Convene in Aspen
Corporate, Gov't Experts to Debate Role of Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leading experts from recording and software companies, Congress, the Justice Department and major trade associations meet in Aspen, Colorado next month to assess the future of online content. They are among the high-level corporate and government officials taking part in the upcoming Aspen Summit.

Appearing together on this year’s summit agenda are: Chris Cookson, executive vice president and CTO of Warner Brothers; Chris Gorog, chairman, president and CEO of Roxio; U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), ranking member on the House Judiciary committee; John Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice; Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association and Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America. Their panel – “The Market for Online Content: What Government Can Do” – begins at 11:45 am (Mountain) on Tuesday, August 20. Peter Chernin, President of NewsCorp, speaks to the group at 9:00 a.m., and Les Vadasz, executive vice president of Intel, delivers an address at 11:00 am.

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. Previously announced participants include Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of, and key policymakers, including U.S. Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Jane Harman (D-CA) and FCC members Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin.

Following its 1995 debut, the 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 compares the Summit to the annual Davos summit in Switzerland and to the famed Renaissance Weekend. This year’s Summit focuses 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

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