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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
August 17 , 2006
(202) 289-8928
Aspen Working Dinners Address Key Policy Issues
Focus on Privacy and Security, Communications, and Intellectual Property

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation has finalized the agenda for the 12th annual Aspen Summit, "Global Competition, Convergence & Culture." The Summit, scheduled for August 20th to 22nd, offers three informal working dinners on privacy and security, telecommunications and intellectual property. A list of all working dinner panelists is available on the PFF website.

The dinner "Privacy & Security: To Regulate or Not to Regulate - That is the Question?" will be hosted by Dan Caprio, incoming PFF President, and is part of PFF’s ongoing program of study in privacy and security policy issues. Panelists will react to recent Congressional hearings and pending legislation on consumer privacy and data security, and discuss the choices facing policymakers who must address consumer concerns without impeding the free flow of information necessary in today's economy. Discussants represent a broad range of viewpoints across the public and private sectors, and include include FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz; Neil Patel, assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Richard Cheney; and Andy Black, deputy staff director of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Outgoing PFF President Ray Gifford will moderate the dinner "Competition & Convergence in Communications." Participants will address the global nature of today's converging communications landscape and how existing regulatory schemes apply. Invited participants represent numerous public and private sectors involved in communications, including academics, regulators and industry, such as Cisco Systems Senior Managing Director Robert Pepper and Howard Waltzman, Chief Counsel for Telecom and the Internet for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Attendees at the "Triumphs and Troubles: The State of Intellectual Property Worldwide" dinner will discuss global attitudes toward intellectual property and IP’s role in economic growth. Specific topics will include IP's affects on innovation and suggestions for patent and copyright system reform. The dinner will be moderated by Jim DeLong, PFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Property, and will also include academics, regulators and industry officials, such as Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights; and University of Chicago Professor of Law Douglas Lichtman.

Registration for the 2006 PFF Aspen Summit can be performed online. Members of the media will have their registration fees waived and should contact Amy Smorodin for more information 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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