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17th January 2018

Governments and the Internet of Things

Chapter event

Hosted at the Verizon Technology and Policy Center

A brief synopsis…

This was an informal roundtable discussion with the aim to understand better how different governments view the Internet of Things, what opportunities they see, and what policies under consideration are needed to address potential challenges, both to market opportunities and industry protections.

Covering everything from Mirai botnets to 5G to the Internet of Toys and much more, the conversation was most lively, as evidenced by the breadth and depth of questions and interventions. This exceptionally interactive meeting resulted in great feedback and a desire to continue the discussion.

The meeting was conducted under the Chatham House Rule which was again reinforced with the honest and candid discussion and comments delivered on this subject, and its warnings about with the future.


Michael R. Nelson (Dr) Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and International Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mike Nelson is a Senior Fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decision makers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Carnegie, he started the global public policy office for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 10 million websites around the world. Dr Nelson has also served as a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group. In addition, Dr Nelson has taught courses and done research on the future of the internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Dr Nelson was director of internet technology and strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s next generation internet strategy. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. In 1993, he joined Vice President Al Gore at the White House and worked with President Bill Clinton’s science adviser on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.


Anderson Heiman Senior Advisor for Technology and Trade, Senator Ron Wyden's office

Bio coming soon

Andrea Glorioso Counsellor (Digital Economy/Cyber), Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.

Bio coming soon

Andrew Haire Principal, AJH Communications

Andrew Haire has been associated with some of the industry’s most successful telecom initiatives and his portfolio includes architecting major policy frameworks in the telecoms, technology, and postal sectors, as well as serving as regulator and ICT policy for 10 years at Singapore’s IDA, soon after its inception in the year 2000.

Previously, his experience included senior management roles with regulatory and public policy portfolios at one of the world’s largest telecom operators and before that, various engineering and management positions at the world’s largest computer company.

Mr Haire holds a degree in engineering in the United States, and attended the advanced management program from Harvard University.

John Godrey SVP, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America

Bio coming soon

Melissa Glidden Tye Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon

Bio coming soon

Event details
17th January 2018
Washington, US
1300 I St NW. Suite 500 East Washington D.C. 20005

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