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Programme

 

TUESDAY 4 December 2018

08:15 Registration and networking

09:00 Welcome
Andrew Haire, Vice President, International Institute of Communications
 
09:10 Welcome keynote
Thomas M Dailey, Vice President and General Counsel - International and Chief Corporate Strategy Counsel, Verizon International

SESSION ONE: POLICY & REGULATORY PRIORITIES - digital transformation, innovation, consumer protection, privacy, data flows, cyber security and more

Chair:
Kathleen Q Abernathy, Special Counsel, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
 

09.30    Industry keynote
Julie Brill, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Privacy and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

Julie addressed the need to advance a culture of trust while fostering innovation and inclusive growth both globally and locally. For the benefits of the digital transformation to be realized and sustained, it is essential that people are empowered, that emerging technologies respect human values, and that policy frameworks be holistic and forward-looking. Issues discussed included artificial intelligence, privacy, data flow, and the role of international organizations.

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09.50    US Government – national and international objectives and priorities
Ambassador Robert L Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Abigail Slater, Special Assistant to the President for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy, White House National Economic Council
Diane Rinaldo, Deputy Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
 
10.50    Break

11.10    Regulatory priorities for 2019
Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

11:50    Panel discussion
•    Industry and civil society explore the benefits and tensions between data privacy and data-driven innovation.
•    Examining confilict/cooperation between the telecommunications and technology (Silicon Valley) sectors regarding major policy initiatives.

Speakers include:
Justin Castillo, Head of Legal and Data Protection Officer, BT Americas
Len Cali, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T
Alastair Mactaggart, Board Chair, Californians for Consumer Privacy

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13.00    Lunch

 

session two: Key readouts from recent international fora: The ITU Plenipotentiary / IGF / G20 / OECD Going Digital


Chair:
Ambassador David A Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

14.00    Keynote
Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)

14.20    Panel discussion

•    Outcomes, impact, responses - in the overall context of the current geopolitics
•    The ecosystem of multilateral organizations, their roles, and how they should work together and leverage other orgs/resources to address global issues in digital transformation
•    What do governments/regulators look for in these multilateral organizations? How can business best participate?

Speakers include
Will Hudson, Senior Advisor for International Policy, Google Inc.
Christopher E Wilson, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Amazon
Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Government Relations and Policy, Verizon Communications
Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy & Internet, Telefonica S.A
Stephen Bereaux, Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, Bahamas

15.50    Break

 

16:15 SESSION three: 5G reality check - what’s real/not real for 5G in the US and how might that translate internationally?

Chair:
Howard J Symons, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Speakers include:
Brian Hendricks, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Americas Region, Nokia
Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Program, New America's Open Technology Institute

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Nina Cummins, Senior Advisor for Legal Affairs, Telecoms Regulatory Authority in the Middle East

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Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC & CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission

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17:45 End of day one

WEDNESDAY 5 December 2018

08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcome
       

SESSION 4: trusts, facts and democracy

Chair:
Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Director General, International Institute of Communications

09.10    Latest data from Pew Research Center
Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center

09.30    Panel discussion: 

•    Industry convergence and new technologies offer TMT organisations the chance to evolve and transform, but also present new challenges around building and maintaining trust and integrity, whilst remaining competitive and agile. How is this being addressed and with what results?
•    Freedom of speech/expression, fake news and election hacking in the age of artificial intelligence – policy, regulatory and ethical considerations

Speakers include:
Prof. Jim Dratwa, Head of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies Office, European Commission
Mark MacCarthy, SVP Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association
Katie Watson, Policy Advisor, North America, Internet Society

10:40    Break

11.00    FTC keynote
Noah Joshua Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

 

11:20 SESSION 5: Online platform responsibilities, intermediary liability and regulation

Chair:
Terrell McSweeny, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
 
Speakers include:
Evan Engstrom, Executive Director, Engine
Nicolas Curien, Commissioner, Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), France
Yih-Choung Teh, Group Director, Strategy and Research, Ofcom, UK

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Nicole Karlebach, Global Head, Business & Human Rights, Oath
Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice
Rebecca MacKinnon, Project Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America

13.15    Lunch

 

14:00 session 6: Industry structure for the digital age


Chair:
Andy Haire, Vice President, International Institute of Communications
 
Speakers include
Mark MacCarthy, SVP Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association
Dr Robert Pepper, Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook
Barry C. Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Initiative
Nicolas Curien, Commissioner, Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), France

15:30 Closing remarks

15:40 End of Telecommunications & Media Forum DC 2018

 

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