2017 will mark the beginning of a new administration in the White House and with this change in leadership will come new legislative priorities. What does this new administration have in store for the technology industry? What issues will become legislative priorities? This panel of experts will discuss what the technology policy community can expect from the next four years.
Jesse Blumenthal, Charles Koch Institute
Norberto Salinas, Intel
Karen Kornbluh, Nielsen
Tiffany Moore, CTA
Technology is enabling more consumers to enjoy more music than ever before, but despite the opportunities offered by innovation, the music economy is limited by the complex, arcane and opaque music licensing system. This panel of experts will discuss how to modernize the music licensing system to ensure artists are compensated and that the system is clear and transparent to the benefit of both musicians and consumers.
Chad Lawson, Musician
Steve Marks, RIAA
Katie Peters, Pandora
Michael Petricone, CTA
Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets may soon become the most popular consumer technology product on the market. However, concerns over privacy and security may stand in the way of this growing phenomenon. AR/VR’s location services, capacity to “constantly” record data, and AR's ability to overlay information on top of physical reality could result in consumer skepticism. This panel will discuss the safety and privacy issues impacting AR/VR and how companies can ensure that user data is not being misappropriated and abused.
James Hairston, Oculus
Michael Hayes, CTA
Anne Hobson, R Street Institute
Tim Hwang, Google
This panel of industry and government officials will discuss the progress made in the development of connected and automated vehicles and why this technology has the potential to dramatically improve safety, sustainability, and accessibility.
Jamie Boone, CTA
Hilary Cain, Toyota
Cathy Chase, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Ram Vasudevan, MCity
Jamie Boone is a Director of Government Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association. She serves as an advocate for the consumer technology industry on Capitol Hill, focusing on policy relating to privacy, transportation, self-driving vehicles and drones. Jamie worked for Congressman Bill Shuster for nearly eight years, where she last served as his deputy chief of staff. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Jesse Blumenthal helps lead the Technology & Innovation work of the Charles Koch Institute, an educational non-profit. The Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation work to foster a national conversation on critical issues that have a strong impact on the advancement of societal well-being. Previously Jesse was the director of client strategy at Engage, a DC-based digital agency where he led policy projects and public affairs campaigns for think tanks, advocacy organizations, trade associations, and corporate clients. Before that he was the public affairs manager at the American Enterprise Institute, connecting AEI scholars’ research to an active news cycle. At AEI, he spearheaded several major initiatives, including media coverage of the 2012 Presidential Debate co-hosted by AEI, the Heritage Foundation, and CNN.
Hilary is the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy for Toyota. In this position, Hilary handles policy issues relating to connected and automated vehicle technology, including artificial intelligence, data privacy, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and spectrum. Prior to joining Toyota, Hilary was on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. She served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation with jurisdiction over matters relating to competitiveness, technology, standards, and innovation. Previously, as a Counsel to the Committee, she handled parliamentary, procedural, and jurisdictional matters and participated in the development and implementation of legislative strategy. Before joining the Committee staff, Hilary served as Legislative Director and Ways and Means Counsel for individual Members of Congress.
Cathy Chase has worked for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) for 12 years. During this time she has held senior management positions in the organization directing and overseeing all aspects of Advocates’ federal and state program activities. She has developed strategies, organized diverse coalitions and led successful lobbying campaigns in state legislatures and Congress. Previously she was employed by a political consulting firm involved in national Senate campaigns and several non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. including Sasha Bruce Youthworks and Street Law. Additionally, she was a law clerk for Van Ness Feldman LLP and a legislative assistant for the New Jersey Assembly. She holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from Rutgers College. Most recently, she was selected as a member of the 2016 class of the Women’s Executive Leadership Program of the Impact Center.
James Hairston is on the Oculus Public Policy team where he leads the company's global policy work on VR. James was previously a Policy Advisor at the Small Business Administration where he served on the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, James was a member of the economic policy team at the Center for American Progress. James holds a JD from Stanford and a BA from Harvard.
Anne Hobson is a technology policy fellow with the R Street Institute, specializing in free-market approaches to emerging technology. Before joining R Street, Anne was a policy associate at Facebook. She is an alumna of the Mercatus Center's MA Fellowship at George Mason University, where she worked with the technology policy program. Anne graduated with a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and has a master’s degree in applied economics from George Mason University.
Tim is part of the public policy team at Google, where he focuses on issues at the intersection of law, regulation, and emerging technologies. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the company’s global policy work surrounding artificial intelligence and virtual reality. He has worked previously with Data & Society, the Mozilla Foundation, Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is Executive Vice President of External Affairs and holds responsibility for leading Nielsen’s global efforts in key areas, including privacy strategy, public policy, and corporate social responsibility.
Previously, Karen was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Under her leadership, the U.S. convened government, technology, and business leaders to develop the first global Internet Policymaking Principles. She led efforts to open access to the OECD’s data and to strengthen its anticorruption efforts. She worked with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to launch both the Gender Initiative and the Middle East-North Africa Women's Business Forum.
Karen served as policy director for President Barack Obama when he served in the Senate. In the Clinton Administration, she was deputy chief of staff at the Treasury Department and director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission. Earlier, Karen was a management consultant at Telesis and an economic forecaster at Townsend-Greenspan & Company.
Karen founded the New America Foundation's Work and Family Program and is a senior fellow for Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Karen has written extensively about technology policy, women, and family policy for The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Washington Post. New York Times columnist David Brooks cited her Democracy article “Families Valued,” focused on “juggler families” as one of the best magazine articles of 2006.
Steven Marks is Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Marks oversees industry-wide digital business initiatives focusing on growing the digital music marketplace and developing new revenue streams for the industry. Marks is responsible for the organization’s business affairs, legal, litigation and technology departments. Marks led the creation of the license for Internet radio and other services now administered by SoundExchange and serves as Chair of SoundExchange’s Licensing Committee and on its Board of Directors. Marks has also led efforts to establish historic agreements with music publishers, songwriters, digital music services, and mobile phone companies that set new royalty rates for cutting-edge digital music models to expand consumer access to legitimate music.
Ms. Tiffany M. Moore serves as Vice President of Congressional Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association. In this role, Tiffany leads CTA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on a host of issues including communications and technology policy, patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform and international trade. Tiffany also oversees CTA’s political action committee, CTAPAC. Before joining CTA, Tiffany served as Principal of Moore Consulting and strategic consultant with TwinLogic Strategies. In these roles, Tiffany advised corporations, trade associations, and coalitions on how to influence technology and innovation policy before Congress and the Administration. A proud native of Detroit, Michigan, Tiffany earned her M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and her B.A. from Western Michigan University.
Katie Peters is the head of Government Relations for Pandora Media and the Internet radio company’s lead advocate on music licensing issues for Congress and the Administration. Katie works to ensure Pandora’s 79 million monthly listeners have access to the music they love. She received her BA from Pepperdine University, MA from the Naval War College, and JD from The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Katie started her career on Capitol Hill with a California Member of the Appropriations Committee. After leaving the Hill, Katie spent 10 years with Motorola, turned Motorola Mobility, and subsequently purchased by Google. Katie joined the Pandora team in September 2014 and lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Michael Petricone is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In his position, Petricone is responsible for representing the consumer technology industry’s position before Congress on critical issues such as Internet freedom, intellectual property, wireless spectrum, and high-skilled immigration. He is a frequent speaker on policy issues impacting the innovation industry. He has been frequently listed as one of DC’s top technology lobbyists. Petricone received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University.
Norberto Salinas, Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations, Intel Corporation - Norberto is the Senior Counsel and Director of Government Relations at the Intel Corporation in Washington, D.C. where he handles immigration, labor and employment, and diversity and inclusion public policy. Prior to Intel, Norberto served as the Senior Democratic Counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary where he worked on numerous issues including intellectual property, technology, the Internet, sports law, the Federal budget, state taxation affecting interstate commerce and other matters.
Ram is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan with appointments in the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of Michigan's Robotics Program. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and an Honors Degree in Physics in May 2006, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2009, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in December 2012, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Locomotion Group at MIT from 2012 till 2014 before joining the University of Michigan in 2015. His group works on developing algorithms to model and predict human behavior around automated systems in order to improve the performance of such systems.