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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
August 2 , 2006
(202) 289-8928
Digital Economy Examined at Aspen Summit
Discussion Panel to Feature Academics, Industry Executives and Economists

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation's 12th Annual Aspen Summit, the premier summer gathering of technology policy experts, is set to commence in under three weeks. In keeping with the tradition of offering insight into pertinent policy issues, the opening panel of the conference, "Global Perspectives on the Digital Economy," will provide an overview on developments in the digital economy and challenges facing businesses in the increasingly competitive global market.

"Technology continues to be an important factor in global economic growth and productivity," explains Thomas M. Lenard, PFF Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President for Research. "The opening discussion panel will gather veteran economists and policy makers to discuss current trends in digital economy. Participants will also debate policy options available to both the public and private sector for encouraging innovation and retaining U.S. leadership in the digital economy." Lenard will serve as moderator for the panel.

Panelists will include: (1) The Honorable Robert Cresanti, Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology and Chief Privacy Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Cresanti leads the department's Technology Administration and is responsible for policies that promote global competitiveness for the U.S. tech industry. (2) Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Chairman of Criterion Economics. He has served as a senior economist at the Federal Trade Commission and in the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan. Eisenach is a co-founder of PFF and currently serves on its Board of Directors. (3) John Rutledge, Chairman of Rutledge Capital and President of the Mundell International University Business School. He is known as one of the principal architects of the Reagan economic plan in the 1980's. Rutledge sits on PFF's Board of Directors and is a frequent speaker on global economic issues. (4) Timothy F. Bresnahan, Professor of Economics, Landau Professor in Technology and the Economy, and Chair of the Department of Economics at Stanford University. Bresnahan has done extensive research on competition in the technology industries.

The discussion panel will also coincide with the release of this year's edition of the Digital Economy Fact Book. The popular resource book, now in its eighth edition, is an extensive compilation of statistics and facts in involving all aspects of the digital economy. Among other topics, the book includes sections on hardware, the Internet, communications, and digital media.

This year's Aspen Summit will continue the tradition of offering high-caliber keynote speakers representing a various sectors of the information economy and technology industry. Government officials scheduled to address attendees include FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras and FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein. Industry executives Art Coviello, Jr., CEO and President of RSA Security, and Richard C. Notebaert, Chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International Inc. will provide insight into the security and telecommunications industry. The media and entertainment industry is also well represented at the conference, which will include a Tuesday keynote address by Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney-ABC Television Group. Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman and Founder of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, will be the featured speaker at the closing Chairman's Dinner.

Further details about the 2006 PFF Aspen Summit, to be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, can be found on our web site. Registration for the event can be performed online. Media, as always, are welcome to attend for free, and should contact Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or

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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