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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
May 1 , 2006
(202) 289-8928

Panelists Announced for May 10th
Security Summit

Panels to Explore Roles of Consumers, Public and Private Sector in Security

WASHINGTON D.C. – With pertinent legislation moving out of Committee earlier this spring, there continues to be an ongoing debate on roles of the public and private sector concerning data security. Recognizing the importance of clarifying the responsibilities of all parties affected by data security, panelists have been finalized for "Securing the Internet: The Role of Consumers, Industry and Government," an event hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Four discussion panels, each focused on a particular stakeholder in data and information security, will be comprised of representatives from government, industry the academic community, and public interest groups.

"Securing the Internet: The Role of Consumers, Industry and Government" will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill from 8:30am - 5:30pm. The complete agenda can be found on the PFF website. Lunch will be served and a reception concludes the event. Those interested in attending can register here. Questions concerning the event should be directed to Eileen Goulding at or 202-289-8928. Media enquiries should be directed to Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or

The agenda can be found below and is available online.

8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction
Raymond Gifford, President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

8:45 am

Opening Keynote Address
Deborah Majoras, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

9:30 am

Orson Swindle, Distinguished Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation; Chairman of Information Security Projects for The Center for Information Policy Leadership, Hunton & Williams LLP

9:45 am

Defining Security Issues: Their Nature and Magnitude

Orson Swindle, The Progress & Freedom Foundation; Hunton & Williams LLP (Moderator)
Martin Abrams, Executive Director, Center for Information Policy Leadership
Richard DeMillo, Dean, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Bruce Kobayashi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute
Ken Silva, Chief Security Officer, VeriSign, Inc.

11:30 am

Protecting Consumers: Who is Responsible?

Thomas Lenard, Vice President for Research, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
Robert Cresanti, Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, Department of Commerce
Gerard Lewis, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Steve Ruwe, Executive Vice President of Operations and Risk Management, Visa USA Inc.

12:30 pm

Luncheon Keynote Address
The Honorable George Allen, U.S. Senate (Invited)

2:30 pm

The Role of Industry: Does Investing in Security Pay?

Patrick Ross, Senior Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
Adam Golodner, Director of Global Security & Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
Avivah Litan, Vice President & Research Director, Gartner Research
Stuart Pratt, President and CEO, Consumer Data Industry Association (invited)
Paul Rubin , Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Law and Economics, Emory University, and Adjunct Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Frank Torres, Director of Consumer Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

4:00 pm

The Role of Government: What Can it Do?

Daniel Caprio, Executive Vice President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation (Moderator)
Jerry Berman, President, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
David Cavicke, General Counsel, House Commerce Committee; Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Peter Ferguson, Director of Electronic Commerce Policy, Electronic Commerce Branch of Industry Canada
William Kovacic, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Kenneth Nahigian, Chief Majority Counsel, The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

5:30 pm


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