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CONTACT: Mike Wendy
April 23, 2010
(202) 289-8928
PFF Announces Summer Events Calendar
Eight Policy Events in DC to Replace Sundance Summit

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Progress & Freedom Foundation is announcing a series of eight upcoming policy events today, taking the place of its previously scheduled Sundance Summit. Beginning this month, the events will run through the summer in the nation's capital. By moving these events closer to home in this manner, the think tank will be better positioned to speak to legislators, policymakers, and tech policy press before Washington turns its attention to the midterm elections.

The series of events will include several breakfast and luncheon panel presentations and two half-day conferences. Covering such areas as communications and competition policy, digital property, digital media freedom and Internet freedom, the events will include:

  • Tuesday, April 27: "Cable, Broadcast & the First Amendment: Will the Supreme Court End Must-Carry?" — A panel of experts will debate the future of "must carry" rules in the wake of a new challenge to their constitutionality by Cablevision, and what this decision could mean for other media. (RSVP here)
  • Friday, May 7: "What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?" — A discussion with key industry stakeholders about the future of the Telecom Act in the wake of the Comcast v. FCC decision and the looming battle over Title II reclassification of broadband. (RSVP here)
  • Thursday, May 20: "Can Government Help Save the Press?" — This conference will discuss the FCC's new "Future of Media" proceeding and debate what role government should play in subsidizing the press or bailing out failing media enterprises. (RSVP here)
  • Monday, June 7: "The Future of Speech on the Borderless Internet" — A panel of leading cyberlawyers will discuss trans-national regulation and litigation of defamation, hate speech, indecency and political dissent. (RSVP here)
  • Monday, June 21: "Sports Programming & the Challenges of Digital Piracy" — A discussion of the challenges that digital piracy, including unauthorized streaming, poses to professional and collegiate sports that have traditionally earned revenues from telecasts of games, bouts, etc.
  • Tuesday, July 13: "PFF Summit on the Future of Advertising" — This conference will focus on Washington's new war on advertising and data collection. It will include a range of stakeholders from related industries and policymakers who are guiding current debates in this arena.
  • Late July: "How Do We Want Copyright Owners to Enforce Their Rights on the Internet?" — A debate over the future of copyright enforcement.
  • Early August: "Has the Internet Changed Economics?" — A panel of leading economists and writers about economics will discuss the theory and practice of economics in the digital realm.

Several of these events will draw on topics to be discussed in PFF's soon-to-be announced book project: The Next Digital Decade: Essays about the Internet's Future, a collection of the best writing on key questions about cyberlaw, policy, economics and philosophy. That book will be launched in the fall with a day-long summit.

"With our ambitious series of upcoming events, we're essentially bringing our annual conference eastward, and spreading it out over the summer," said PFF President Adam Thierer. "This shift allows us to do much more of that education about technological change and make our work more accessible to everyone in the Washington policy community. This is a pivotal moment for technology policy and free speech, with debates about issues like net neutrality, privacy, and media regulation approaching a crossroads."

For more information, please contact Mike Wendy at or 202-969-2957.

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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