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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
August 14 , 2006
(202) 289-8928
Media Industry Topics Explored in Aspen
Discussion Panel and Keynote Speakers Highlight Changes and Challenges

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation's 12th Annual Aspen Summit will highlight a variety of policy issues facing the media and entertainment industry. In addition to two keynote speeches from leaders in the entertainment industry, this year's event also includes a panel on protecting children from objectionable content in light of converging media platforms.

Adam Thierer, PFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom, will moderate a panel discussion on, "Child Protection and Free Expression in a World of Abundant, Converging Media." Panelists will share ways the industry can help preserve parent's ability to shield their children from objectionable material without reliance on expanded regulation or censorship. Participants will also discuss the traditional public policy discrepancies between competing media services and platforms.

Panelists will include Doug Lowenstein, President of the Entertainment Software Association and Hemanshu Nigam, Senior Vice President of Fox Interactive Media and Chief Security Officer of Both companies have been at the center of regulatory proposals circulating in Congress. Other stakeholder representatives on the panel include Michael Altschul, Senior Vice President & General Counsel at CTIA - The Wireless Association; Rich Lappenbusch, Director of Media Standards Business Strategy & Media Interoperability at Microsoft Corporation; Joe Waz, Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy Counsel at Comcast; and, Jennifer M. Mardosz, Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Qwest Communications.

The Aspen Summit is also featuring addresses by two media executives. Tuesday night's Chairman Dinner speaker will be entertainment industry veteran Sumner Redstone, Executive Chairman and Founder of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation. Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney-ABC Television Group, is scheduled to give a Monday morning keynote. Sweeney will address the changing landscape facing the media industry and the resulting public policy issues.

The 2006 PFF Aspen Summit will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Registration can be performed online. Members of the media wishing to attend will have their registration fee waived and should contact Amy Smorodin at or (202)289-8928.

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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