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CONTACT: David Fish
July 26, 2004
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Aspen Summit to Open with HP and Warner Bros. Leading Frank Dialogue on Digital Entertainment Revolution
Aug 22-24 Event Focuses on Future of the Internet

WASHINGTON D.C. - The 10th annual Aspen Summit, sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, will open with two industry leaders - Shane V. Robison, EVP and chief strategy and technology officer of HP, and Darcy Antonellis, EVP for distribution and technology operations at Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc. and SVP for worldwide anti-piracy operations at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Robison and Antonellis will appear together in a discussion format on Sunday, August 22, the first day of the three-day gathering of top Internet and technology leaders in Aspen, Colorado. Their dialogue will cover the broadcast and entertainment industry transformation as it relates to digital content creation, content distribution and content consumption - spanning topics from intellectual property protection to reconciling differences in the IT and content sector to personalization and interactivity. They begin their dialogue at 6:30 pm.

"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," says 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."

Past Aspen Summit speakers include 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 presentations by FTC Chairman Timothy Muris and FCC Chairman Michael Powell and a conversation with former Viacom CEO Mel Karmazin led by acclaimed interviewer Charlie Rose. Leading the Silicon Valley contingent was Sybase CEO and Disney board member John Chen. Wired News has compared the Aspen Summit to the annual Davos event in Switzerland and the Renaissance Weekend at Hilton Head.

Antonellis replaces the previously announced Barry M. Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., on this year's Summit lineup. The agenda includes such topics as security, governance, digital content distribution, layers integration, the 'end-to-end' principle, openness, spam, CALEA and protocols. Registration can be accomplished here. Rooms at the St. Regis, where the Summit takes place, can be booked here.

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.



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