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CONTACT: David Fish
July 9, 2004
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FTC Nominee to Discuss Internet Policy
Joined by State Department, Symantec & Markle Foundation Experts

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Bush's nominee to chair the Federal Trade Commission, Deborah P. Majoras, will share her views on the future of the Internet at The Progress & Freedom Foundation's tenth annual Aspen Summit in August. Majoras will be joined by U.S. State Department, corporate and foundation experts on a panel entitled "Governing the Internet: Mandates, Markets & Consumer Protection."

The Monday, August 23 panel - part of a three-day conference on the future of the Internet - begins at 11:00 a.m. (mountain). Featured participants also include Ambassador David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the State Department, John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp., and Zoë Baird, president of the Markle Foundation. Thomas M. Lenard, senior fellow and vice president for research at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, will moderate. FTC Chairman Timothy Muris delivered a major address on Internet 'spam' at the Summit last year.

"The tenth annual Aspen Summit will feature insights and predictions of some of the world's most compelling communications and technology leaders on a topic that concerns everyone - the future of the Internet," said Progress & Freedom Foundation President Raymond L. Gifford. "This is the event of the year for anyone interested in the current state and future of the digital economy."

Conference dates are August 22-24. Topics on the agenda include security, governance, digital content distribution, layers integration, the 'end-to-end' principle, openness, spam, CALEA, protocols, etc.

Past Summit speakers have included industry leaders Jeff Bezos, Carly Fiorina, Peter Chernin and Ivan Seidenberg; authors Lawrence Lessig, George Gilder and Esther Dyson; as well as leading policymakers and academics. Last year's highlights included a discussion with FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Wired News has compared the Aspen Summit to the annual Davos event in Switzerland and the Renaissance Weekend at Hilton Head.

Further details about the 2004 Aspen Summit will be announced soon. Registration can be accomplished here. Rooms at the St. Regis can be booked here.

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



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