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CONTACT: Patrick Ross or Amy Smorodin
August 19, 2005
(202) 289-8928
Industry and Policy Leaders Gather in Aspen
PFF's Aspen Summit Commences This Sunday, August 21st

WASHINGTON D.C. - Final preparations have begun for the Progress & Freedom Foundation's 11th Annual Aspen Summit, which begins this Sunday, August 21st. In an effort to provide people who are unable to attend with up to the minute news, PFF will be releasing information on keynote speeches and panel discussions throughout the conference. Additionally, watch the PFF and IPcentral blogs for Aspen updates and commentary from PFF staff and fellows.

Sunday, August 21 
6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m. Opening Remarks
  • Jonathan Schwartz, President, Sun Microsystems
Monday, August 22  
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • George A. Keyworth, Chairman, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
8:45 a.m. Opening Address: The Place for Property and Commons in the Digital Sphere
  • Raymond L. Gifford, President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
9:15 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: Reforming Communications Law
  • Randolph J. May, Director of Communications Policy Studies, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
  • Jeffrey Citron, Chairman & CEO, Vonage
  • Kyle McSlarrow, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Forrest Miller, President, SBC Communications
10:45 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group
11:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: Copyright: The Global Stage After Grokster
  • James V. DeLong, Director, Center for the Study of Digital Property Rights, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
  • Chris Israel, Coordinator of Intellectual Property Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ambassador David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy, U.S. Department of State
  • Shane Robison, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard
  • Pamela Samuelson, Professor, University of California at Berkeley, School of Information Management and Systems SIMS & School of Law
12:30 p.m.


  • Honorable Haley Barbour, Governor, State of Mississippi


Luncheon Address

  • Steve Bennett, President & Chief Executive Officer, Intuit
6:00 p.m. Informal Reception
7:00 p.m.

Informal Working Dinners

  • Reform of Telecommunications Law
    • Jonathan Askin,
    • Roger Cochetti, CompTIA
    • Stacey Dansky, U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
    • Kyle Dixon, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
    • Link Hoewing, Verizon Communications
    • Susan Kennedy, California Public Utilities Commission
    • Michael Platt, Office of Representative Marsha Blackburn
    • Jim Speta, Northwestern University School of Law
    • Michael Sullivan, Office of Senator John Ensign
    • Steven Teplitz, Time Warner, Inc.
    • Howard Waltzman, U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce
    • Howard Woolley, Verizon Wireless
  • The DTV Transition: Is This the Year Congress Acts?
    • Dale Hatfield, University of Colorado
    • Jane Mago, National Association of Broadcasters
    • Mike O’Rielly, Office of Senator John Sununu
    • Peter Pitsch, Intel Corporation
    • Adam Thierer, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
    • Phil Weiser, University of Colorado School of Law
  • The Patent Reform Choo Choo Keeps Chugging
    • Rich Beutel, U.S. House Committee on Small Business
    • Jim DeLong, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
    • Charles Eldering, Technology, Patents & Licensing, Inc.
    • Dan Horowitz, U.S. House Committee on Small Business
    • Laurie May, National Academy of Public Administration
    • Morgan Reed, Association for Competitive Technology
  • The Meaning of Grokster: Legislation, Litigation, Markets or Mayhap?
    • Jim Burger, Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC
    • Braden Cox, Competitive Enterprise Institute
    • Sarah Deutsch, Verizon Communications
    • Sampak Garg, U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
    • Mitch Glazier, Recording Industry Association of America
    • Scott LaGanga, Americans for Tax Reform
    • Solveig Singleton, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
    • Tom Sydnor, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
    • Ryan Triplette, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Data Security in a Digital Society
    • Lisa Anderson, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    • Dan Caprio, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Shannon Kellogg, RSA Security Inc.
    • Kent Lassman, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
    • Paul Martino, Alston & Bird, LLP
    • Ken Nahigian, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee
    • Lee Peeler, Federal Trade Commission  
    • Paul Rubin, Emory University
    • David Sohn, Center for Democracy & Technology
    • Orson Swindle
Tuesday, August 23  
8:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Doing Good While Doing Well: The Telecommunications Catalyst in Economic Transformation
  • William A. Owens, Vice Chairman & CEO, Nortel
9:15 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: Property Rights in the Air:  Approaches to Spectrum Reform
  • Thomas M. Lenard, Vice President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
  • Michael Gallagher, Commerce Department Assistant Secretary and Director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Thomas J. Sugrue, Vice President of Government Affairs,
  • Kevin Werbach, Professor, Wharton School of Business , University of Pennsylvania
  • Lawrence J. White, Arthur E. Imperatore Professor of Economics Department of Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business New York University
10:30 a.m.

Plenary Address

  • Honorable Marsha Blackburn, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (R-TN)
11:00 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Is Media Convergence Leading to Regulatory Convergence? Old Threats and New Media

  • Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow & Director of the Center for Media Freedom, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
  • Robert Corn-Revere, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • John Landgraf, President & General Manager, FX Networks
  • David Stapf, President, Paramount Network Television
12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: The Capitalism of Ideas: Patents and the Structure of Innovation
  • Solveig Singleton, Senior Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
  • Q. Todd Dickinson, Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, General Electric Company
  • John Duffy, Professor, George Washington University
  • Marshall Phelps, Vice President for IP & Licensing, Microsoft Corporation
  • William C. Rooklidge, President, American Intellectual Property Law Association; Partner, Howrey, LLP
1:00 p.m. Luncheon Address
  • Nathan Myhrvold, CEO, Intellectual Ventures
6:00 p.m.

Chairman's Reception

7:00 p.m.

Chairman's Dinner & Address

  • Tom Perkins, Co-founder and Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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