What's on the agenda for policymakers.



Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:00 to 16:15

The American press has long been an institution seeking to uphold the integrity of our democracy. Past presidential administrations may have criticized the media at times, but the Trump administration has elevated such attacks to unprecedented levels, declaring the press as being an “enemy of the American people.” As President Trump fuels the “fake news” fire and a general distrust of journalists, the power of the press is weakening in some segments of society.


International Association of Privacy Professionals

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:00 to Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:45

What combination of technology, best practices, policies and regulations promotes growth and innovation without sacrificing privacy? Join the IAPP and your peers in privacy and information security at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018 in Austin, Texas to work toward an answer.


Federal Trade Commission

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:00 to Wed, 10/24/2018 - 17:00

The two-day event will examine the role of intellectual property in promoting innovation from academic, economic, and industry perspectives. The sessions also will examine emerging trends in patent quality and litigation, and include the FTC’s first wide-scale exploration of copyright issues. Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will present a keynote address on October 24. 

Oct 23-24 agenda



Federal Trade Commission

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:00 to 17:45

9:00-9:15 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Noah Joshua Phillips Federal Trade Commission

9:15-9:45 am Presentation: Vertical Mergers

  • Steven Salop Georgetown University Law Center

9:45-11:00 am Vertical Mergers (Session 1)



New America

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:00 to 17:00

The National Governors Association (NGA) and New America's Cybersecurity Initiative team up to present a panel to discuss how states and their affiliates are working to use the resources at their disposal to assist local governments in reducing cyber risk.

Cyber threats are targeting every level of government in the United States, from the city level up. Recent events in large cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, and San Francisco, and small cities such as Beatrice, Valdez, and Matanuska-Susitna Borough have highlighted this threat to local governments.


Center for Digital Democracy

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:30 to 15:30

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Ma)—original co-sponsor of COPPA


Followed by two panels addressing COPPA’s impact and future direction, featuring:

The 'Wet Blanket' of 5G Wireless

During Senate Commerce’s field hearing in South Dakota on 5G wireless technology, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken raised what he called “the wet blanket” of the coming wide-scale deployment: “I feel we also need to address ...

Tech policy and the midterm elections

Voters in elections tend to focus on topline policy issues such as the economy and health care, not tech policy, which enjoys considerable bipartisan agreement and offers little opportunity to highlight differences with opponents.

The FCC Decides Rural America Has Too Many Broadband Options, So They Are Taking Away 5G Spectrum To Give To The Big Guys.

The Federal Communications Commission is about to take spectrum away from rural providers.  Public Knowledge sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to change the draft Order altering the rules for the “Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service”

Sen Sullivan Still Blocking FCC Nominations

Despite Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s attempt to resolve Sen. Dan Sullivan’s (R-AK) concerns over the subsidy funding flowing to his sta