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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
August 11, 2008
(202) 289-8928
Aspen Working Dinners Address Key Policy Issues
Topics Include Online Child Safety and Privacy, the U.S. and China,
Patent Reform and Spectrum Policy

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation has finalized the agenda for the 2008 Aspen Summit, scheduled for August 17th - August 19th. In addition to two full days of keynote speakers and discussion panels, the Summit will offer four informal, off-the-record working dinners on the pertinent topics of spectrum policy, patent reform, child safety and privacy, and the U.S. and China. A list of working dinner presenters is now available on the PFF website.

The dinner "Kids, Media & Marketing: Child Safety and Privacy in a Web 2.0 World," will be hosted by Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom. Panelists will discuss legislative and regulatory proposals that would regulate various types of media content, platforms, or forms of online communication and commerce in response to child safety and privacy concerns.

PFF Senior Fellow & Director Center for Global Innovation, Bret Swanson, will moderate the dinner, "China: A Challenge of Olympic Proportions." Participants will explore the future of the U.S.-China relationship, from trade, investment, and currency policies to intellectual property, tech standards, free speech, and the competition for human capital.

Attendees at the dinner, "Patent Reform: Where We Are, and Where We Might Go" will hear assessments of the current status of patent-reform efforts and will discuss their likely course for the future. The dinner will be moderated by PFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Property, Thomas Sydnor.

Barbara Esbin, PFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Communications and Competition Policy, will moderate the dinner, "Spectrum Policy: White Spaces and Beyond." Participants will address recent events concerning spectrum policy and discuss the use of policy to achieve social goals, such as public safety communications and universal access to broadband.

Click here for the complete Aspen Summit agenda and a list of all working dinner participants.

The 2008 PFF Aspen Summit will be held August 17th - 19th at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Further details can be found on our web site and registration can be performed online. Questions should be directed to Allison Bringardner at or (202)289-8928. Members of the media are always welcome to attend 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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