2004 Marks 10th Anniversary of Popular Gathering of Cyberspace Leaders
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Aspen Summit, The Progress & Freedom Foundation's annual gathering of the digital world's most prominent business leaders, probing thinkers and influential policymakers, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. With an agenda and speakers to fit the occasion, the Summit takes place August 22-24 at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. This year's focus is "The Future of the Internet."
Debuting in 1995, the Aspen Summit soon became one of the best and most talked about events of its kind. Speakers have included industry leaders Jeff Bezos, Carly Fiorina and Ivan Seidenberg; authors Lawrence Lessig, George Gilder and Esther Dyson, as well as dozens of leading policymakers and academics. Last year's highlights included an address by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris, comments by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell and a conversation with Viacom CEO Mel Karmazin led by acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist Charlie Rose. Leading the Silicon Valley contingent was Sybase CEO and Disney board member John Chen, who delivered a keynote address.
Wired News has compared the Aspen Summit to the annual Davos event in Switzerland and the Renaissance Weekend at Hilton Head. Many participants view it as a time to reflect and an opportunity to look ahead. Ultimately, Aspen is about impact - the impact of ideas on public policy, on business strategy and on the future of the digital revolution.
"Always interesting, relevant and ahead of the curve, the Aspen Summit has grown up with the Internet," says Foundation President Raymond L. Gifford. "And each has had an impact on the other. This year we will focus on the future of the Internet, examining the policy, legal and economic implications of this constantly changing phenomenon. Each Internet layer will be well-represented by the people who make it work."
Further details about the 2004 Tenth Anniversary Aspen Summit will be announced soon.
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.