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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
June 20, 2008
(202) 289-8928
New Discussion Panel at 2008 Aspen Summit
Luncheon Panel on Online Advertising and Privacy Added to Agenda

WASHINGTON D.C. - The 2008 Aspen Summit agenda is set to offer a multitude of thought provoking panels covering a variety of issues pertinent to the communications and information industries. Just added to the agenda is the luncheon discussion panel, "Online Advertising, Behavioral Marketing & Privacy." The panel, featuring industry representatives and privacy experts, will explore current controversies relating to targeted online marketing techniques and privacy concerns. The discussion will be moderated by PFF Visiting Fellow Berin Szoka.

In addition to the advertising luncheon panel, the Summit will feature a luncheon discussion panel on international regulatory issues. Key regulators from around the globe will discuss issues affecting the communications industries. The discussion will be moderated by Ambassador David A. Gross, United States Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State.

Additional discussion panels this year are:

  • "Should We Deputize the Middleman? New Debates about Intermediary Liability," will touch upon a variety of legal dilemmas facing Internet service providers, including child safety issues, copyright infringement liability, and privacy issues. The panel will be moderated by Senior Fellow Adam Thierer.
  • "Copyright Enforcement Online: Can We Do Better?" will be moderated by Senior Fellow Tom Sydnor. Participants will discuss the effectiveness of current tools methods for enforcing copyrights in the digital world and will offer their opinions on the way forward.
  • "Next Generation Network Policy," led by PFF Senior Fellow Barbara Esbin, will provide an overview of what's next in communications networks and the best policies to spur deployment and innovation.
  • "The Innovation Imperative: Engage or Retreat?," which will examine the U.S. position within the global economy, will be moderated by Senior Fellow Bret Swanson. Participants will debate whether our current trade, immigration, and tax policies will encourage further growth and innovation.

Topics for the popular Working Dinners include patent reform, spectrum policy, online child safety and the emerging economic power of China. More details will be announced in upcoming weeks.

The 2008 PFF Aspen Summit will be held August 17th - 19th at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Further details, including a preliminary agenda, can be found on our web site. Registration can be performed online, and a discounted rate is available through June 30th. Questions should be directed to Jane Creel at or (202)289-8928. Members of the media are always welcome to attend and should contact Amy Smorodin at or (202)289-8928. Details regarding the Aspen Summit, including the keynote speakers, will be announced in upcoming weeks.

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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