The IIC returned to Washington DC for our annual Telecommunications and Media Forum (TMF) in December 2019. We took some of the themes discussed during Communications Policy & Regulation Week in London this October across the Atlantic, bringing together leaders of technology and communications businesses and regulatory bodies to discuss the policy and regulatory roadmaps for the Americas and the rest of the world.
Forum presentations are on the record but subsequent discussions take place under the Chatham House Rule. This enables participants to speak freely and share their views in a neutral and collegiate environment.
The Winter TMF in Washington was the last event of the IIC’s ‘50 years’ celebrations, bringing the key themes of the Communications Week to North America. Participants were greeted with a welcome keynote by Kathy Grillo, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon International, who highlighted the link between the FCC’s drive towards faster and simpler policy and the USA’s global lead in 5G deployment.
Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.
Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.
Most recently, Mr Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency’s jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm’s appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.
Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Bryan S Ware serves as the Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, and Resilience Policy. Mr Ware is responsible for leading DHS policy development in support of department-wide efforts to reduce national risks with a focus on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, federal network security, countering cyber-crime, and improving the security and resilience of the global cyber ecosystem, as well as national resilience initiatives that enhance Federal, State and local government and community preparedness and response capabilities. Mr Ware and his team also engage across the Department and with other stakeholders to identify and understand the impact of evolving risks and emerging technologies on homeland security efforts, and to ensure that the Department takes a coordinated whole-of-DHS approach to mitigate identified national risks.
Mr Ware is an entrepreneur, founding an artificial intelligence company in 1998 which he led as CEO through multiple rounds of Venture Capital investment until it was acquired in 2013 by Haystax. After serving as CTO of Haystax for several years during which he helped the company acquire leading cloud technology and cybersecurity companies, Mr Ware took over as CEO of Haystax in 2016 until its acquisition in 2018. Mr Ware started his professional career at leading Defense contractors working on advanced technology programs like the Star Wars program, early UAV payloads, and counterterrorism technologies.
Mr Ware has been issued multiple patents in artificial intelligence and mobile technology.
He holds a degree in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Kathleen Grillo leads Verizon’s public policy and government affairs team. She is responsible for the company’s public policy positions on a wide range of issues, including 5G deployment, spectrum, privacy, and internet governance. She represents the company before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, and state governments.Ms Grillo’s passion is creating a workplace that values, accepts and inspires employees. She has led several efforts at Verizon and in the communications and technology industries aimed at supporting, mentoring, and developing women leaders.
Before joining Verizon, Ms Grillo was in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. She was a law clerk to Judge Harold H. Greene of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Dr Lynne E Parker is Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, she is the White House lead for AI policy, and engages with numerous stakeholders to accelerate advances in AI for economic growth, improved quality of life, and national security. Dr Parker helped lead the development of President Trump’s Executive Order establishing the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which bolsters research, governance, and education and workforce training around AI. She is now overseeing the implementation of this Initiative and many other related AI actions.
Prior to joining OSTP, Dr Parker was Interim Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), and Professor in UTK’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Dr Parker previously served as National Science Foundation’s Division Director for Information and Intelligent Systems, where she oversaw NSF’s investments in AI. Prior to joining UTK, she worked as a Distinguished R&D Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Dr Parker is a world-leading expert on distributed and intelligent robot systems, human-robot interaction, and artificial intelligence with over 140 peer-reviewed papers on these and related subjects. She has taught many graduate and undergraduate courses on AI, machine learning, robotics, algorithms, and related topics.
Dr Parker received her PhD in computer science from MIT, and received the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She is a Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
First sworn into the House of Representatives on 13 November 13 2012, Ms DelBene brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader.
Ms DelBene takes on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the First District and is a leader on issues of technology, health and agriculture.
Ms DelBene n currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is at the forefront of debate on taxes, healthcare and retirement security. There, Ms DelBene is working to ensure all Americans have meaningful access to affordable, quality healthcare. She serves on the Select Revenue Measures, Trade, and Oversight Subcommittees.
In the 116th Congress, Rep. Ms DelBene was appointed to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of Congress. The committee was created to find ways to improve and modernise the way Congress operates.
Ms DelBene also serves as Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, and co-chair of the Women’s High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Dairy Caucus and Aluminum Caucus.
Before being elected to Congress, Ms DelBene served as Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. During her tenure, Ms DelBene proposed reforms to cut red tape for small businesses. She also enacted an innovative tax amnesty program that generated $345 million to help close the state’s budget gap, while easing the burden on small businesses.
Ms DelBene’s mix of real world experience in the private and public sector gives her a deep understanding of how to build successful businesses, create jobs, implement real fiscal accountability and adopt policies that provide individuals with access to opportunity.
Some of Ms DelBene’s accomplishment include:
• Fighting to secure emergency funding for Skagit Valley to immediately rebuild the I-5 bridge after it collapsed in May 2013.
• Passing legislation to ensure National Guard members retain health coverage when responding to state emergencies, such as the SR 530 landslide in Oso.
• Serving as the only Washington member on the bipartisan Farm Bill conference committee, which successfully negotiated a 5-year Farm Bill.
• Securing $200 million to expand job-training opportunities, including $22 million for Washington.
• Reining in the NSA to restore American’s privacy rights.
• Passing legislation to allow state, local and tribal governments, like Washington, to implement community-based substance use diversion programs to help address the opioid epidemic.
• Defending women’s access to healthcare and their right to choose.
In her earlier career as an executive and entrepreneur, she helped to start drugstore.com as its Vice President of Marketing and Store Development, and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington. Ms DelBene also spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as Corporate Vice President of the company’s mobile communications business.
Ms DelBene earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Alan Davidson is Vice President of Global Policy, Trust and Security for Mozilla. He is responsible for leading Mozilla’s public policy work promoting an open Internet and a healthy web around the world. He also supervises a trust and security team promoting innovative privacy and security features that put people in control of their online lives.
Prior to Mozilla, Mr Davidson was a Senior Program Fellow with New America in Washington DC, and a Mozilla Fellow. Until early 2017 he served as the first Director of Digital Economy at the US Department of Commerce, where he led the Department’s efforts on Internet and digital economy policy.
Earlier, Mr Davidson opened Google’s public policy office in Washington DC. and scaled its policy team in the US. He led the company’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America for seven years. He has also held a number of public interest leadership roles, serving as Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute and early in his career as Associate Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Mr Davidson holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science and a Master’s degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and a member of the DC Bar.
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman of the Barbados Broadcasting Authority and Director of National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados, is also an independent media and human development consultant. She led a coalition of 112 Media Houses in 24 Caribbean countries for 12 years and trained over 2000 Caribbean broadcasters. She served on the Executive Board of the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) and was elected for 2 terms as Chairman of the Global Steering Committee for the World AIDS Campaign. She was also Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy covering the Caribbean and Officer-In-Charge and Student Coordinator at the University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), now the Open Campus.
Dr Leacock has a wide-ranging professional background including in executive management in corporate communications, media, needs assessment, training, human resource development and leadership, as well broadcast media including production and presentation as TV News Anchor, and as General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.
She holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Technology, Concordia University, Canada and BA (Double First Class Honours) in English and Education and the Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed with distinction) from Stirling University, UK. Her training also includes Diplomas in Human Resource Management, Facility Management, Arts Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
A former national athlete, gymnast, dancer and actress, Dr Leacock is trained in sign language, is a volunteer with Special Olympics and Barbados Council for the Disabled.
Amy Alvarez, Assistant Vice President, International External & Regulatory Affairs, leads the coordination of AT&T’s policy positions and advocacy before multilateral institutions, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
She also is responsible for representing AT&T’s international telecommunications and Internet policy interests before the Federal Communications Commission International Bureau and managing AT&T’s engagement with the US Department of State.
A firm believer in the empowerment of women through technology, Ms Alvarez represented AT&T on the GSMA mWomen Working Group and leads the company’s engagement with TechGirls, an international exchange program for high school students from the Middle East and North Africa. She also serves on the International Advisory Council of the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women “Peace through Business” program.
Ms Alvarez began her career as a congressional aide to US Representative Edward J Markey.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.
Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave, Director of Regulatory Fora, is an independent advisor on regulatory policy and research, working across the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors. Formerly the IIC’s Director General from February 2009-March 2020, her interest in developments in the communications industry is evident from her experience, both regulatory and business-facing, initially with media content development, and now with emerging technologies that make up the converging digital ecosystem.
An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and serving as an Expert with the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), Andrea has published widely on media policy in an international context. She has a keen interest in communications and digital literacy and has acted as an Expert in for both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as working in an advisory capacity for international organisations.
Ann LaFrance is a partner in the New York office of Squire Patton Boggs, where she co-chairs the global Data Privacy and Cyber Security Practice and is a senior member of the Firm’s international communications law practice. Until September 2019, Ms LaFrance was a partner in the Firm’s London office, where she worked extensively on EU telecommunications, internet, data privacy and cyber security matters for more than two decades. Her experience covers a broad range of issues affecting the provision of digital services in the EU, the United States and emerging markets in the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Ms LaFrance began her career with the Firm in Washington, DC., where she advised clients on a variety of telecommunications and transborder data flow issues. From 1996-2004, she worked in-house as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (now Verizon), based in Brussels and London. Since her return to private practice in 2004, Ms LaFrance has advised a broad range of tech, telecoms and multinational clients across a multiplicity of sectors on EU and international regulatory compliance, commercial negotiations and public advocacy initiatives involving the digital economy. She also served as the Firm’s first Data Protection Officer in the European Union.
Ms LaFrance is a member of the IIC Board.
Professor Antonio García Zaballos is Lead Specialist on telecommunications in Institutions for Development and also leader of the broadband initiative. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector where he has worked for various companies.
Additionally, Professor García Zaballos is member of the steering committee at the IEEE on connectivity and the Internet for All Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He has an extensive experience in the telecom sector where has been working in different positions of responsibility.
At Deloitte Spain he led the practice of regulation and strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean, and previously he was the Head of the Cabinet for Economic Studies of Regulation in Telefónica of Spain, and also was Deputy Director of Economic Analysis and Markets at the Spanish Telecom Regulator (CMT). Professor García Zaballos has provided advisory services to Regulators, Telecom Operators and Governments in countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Dominican Rep., Paraguay, Polonia, and the Czech Rep.
Professor García Zaballos holds a PhD in Economics from the University Carlos III of Madrid and is an associated professor of applied finance to Telecommunications at the Instituto de Empresa Business School. He is author of several publications on economic and regulatory aspects of telecommunications.
Brian Hendricks is Head of Policy and Public Affairs for Nokia in the Americas Region, responsible for regulatory and legislative developments impacting technology, innovation, and deployment, including: spectrum allocation, infrastructure policy, privacy, and emerging policy on technologies critical to connected healthcare, intelligent transportation, and SmartCities. Mr Hendricks has nearly two decades of regulatory and legislative experience dealing with technology policy issues in the private sector, as a senior congressional staffer, and as an enforcement lawyer with Federal Communications Commission.
Prior to joining Nokia, Mr Hendricks served as Staff Director to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where he also served as General Counsel. He was the Committee’s lead legal and policy advisor in the areas of commerce, science, space, telecommunications, and emerging technology. Earlier in his career, Mr Hendricks served in the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining the FCC, he spent six years in a variety of management positions with Ameritech and SBC Communications.
Mr Hendricks is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary where he also earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree specialising in regulatory policy. He is an adjunct professor in the law school and graduate Public Policy program at William and Mary. He is a past Visiting Lecturer at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.
Camilla Bustani is Director, international at Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, where she oversees Ofcom’s programme of international engagement and activities in Europe and beyond. She has been actively engaged in the work of European and regional regulatory networks (including BEREC, ERGA and EPRA), and was involved in several EU legislative negotiations in the sectors Ofcom regulates. Ms Bustani has participated in a number of regulatory debates in communications sectors over the last 15 years, most recently around online regulation and the interaction between the different regulatory regimes that might be implicated. She has written on regulatory reform in developing countries and on the impact of institutional design on forms of regulatory cooperation.
Prior to joining Ofcom in 2006, Ms Bustani worked as a lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP in London for 8 years.
She obtained her bachelors’ degree from Harvard University, a masters’ degree from SIPA at Columbia University, and a law degree from Oxford University.
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis. Mr Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and Internet access. He also serves as the Policy Director for Next Century Cities within his role at ILSR.
On a day-to-day basis, Mr Mitchell runs MuniNetworks.org, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government policies to improve Internet access. Their interactive community broadband network map tracks more than 500 such networks. He also hosts podcasts, including Community Broadband Bits and Building Local Power.
In 2019, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice gave Mitchell its “Indispensable” Award and the Blandin Foundation of Minnesota presented him with a “Courageous Leadership” award.
Mr Mitchell tweets @communitynets and photo credit is Glenn Ricart.
Christopher Mondini is Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN coordinates the addressing systems, such as the Domain Name System, that allow the Internet to expand rapidly as a globally unified network.
Mr Mondini leads ICANN’s outreach efforts to the business sector worldwide. His work with ICANN is focused on broadening participation among a variety of Internet stakeholders, while improving the quality of their experience.
From the halls of Washington to the start-ups of Silicon Valley, he has dedicated his career to bridging communications gaps that occur among diverse sectors — public, private and non-profit – and across international borders.
Mr Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world’s largest corporate corruption cases, while working with NGOs on ways to mitigate corruption risks. He also led grant-making teams for the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization addressing economic development challenges.
He speaks and writes frequently on topics such as Internet governance, technology policy and the digital divide
Mr Mondini holds degrees from Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Clete Johnson provides advice and advocacy to clients navigating the complex terrain at the intersection of technology and security. Having served in a wide variety of national security and cybersecurity leadership roles on Capitol Hill, in the national security and intelligence communities, in the regulatory arena, and in the Executive Branch, Mr Johnson focuses in particular on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of government-industry collaboration.
Mr Johnson was Secretary Penny Pritzker’s Senior Adviser for Cybersecurity and Technology at the US Department of Commerce, where he coordinated the Department’s cybersecurity initiatives and the Department’s support for the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He was also the Department’s representative for National Security Council staff deliberations on cybersecurity, encryption, and other policy issues at the intersection of technology and security.
Previously, Mr Johnson was appointed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler as the FCC’s first Chief Counsel for Cybersecurity. In this position, he helped develop the FCC’s cybersecurity mission, focusing on creating new legal mechanisms for government collaboration with private sector stakeholders to improve the security and reliability of communications infrastructure. He was also the primary drafter of the charter for the Cybersecurity Forum for Independent and Executive Branch Regulators, a coordinating body of regulatory agencies which is presently chaired by the FCC.
Prior to his time at the FCC, Mr Johnson was Senator John D Rockefeller IV’s designated counsel on the Senate Intelligence Committee and counsel for defense, foreign policy, and international trade. In these roles, he was a leading staffer on bipartisan Senate cybersecurity initiatives and the primary staff drafter of the legislation that codified the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s collaborative process to work with industry to develop and update the widely-praised Cybersecurity Framework.
Before his government service, Mr Johnson worked for a major Washington-based law firm, where he practiced in the areas of international trade, defense, and security. Earlier, he served as an Army officer.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and he received a master of science degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, where he graduated cum laude, cross-enrolled at MIT for service as Executive Officer of its Army ROTC Paul Revere Battalion.
Craig Moffett has been elected to Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-American Research Team in the US Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite sectors on eighteen separate occasions, including nine separate appearances as the #1 analyst in America in either US Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite. He has also been rated the #1 analyst in the US Telecommunications sector by Bloomberg Markets, and he has consistently ranked #1 in Research Quality in Greenwich Research’s annual survey in both Telecommunications and U.S. Cable and Satellite sectors.
Prior to founding MoffettNathanson, Mr Moffett spent more than ten years at Sanford Bernstein & Co., LLC as a senior research analyst. In 2011 he became the first analyst in the firm’s history to be ranked #1 in two sectors simultaneously by Institutional Investor.
He was previously the President and founder of the e-commerce business at Sotheby’s Holdings, the venerable auction house. In 1999, he led Sothebys.com to what was then the highest first year sales of any consumer website ever launched.
Mr Moffett over eleven years at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Partner and Vice President specialising in telecommunications. He was the leader of BCG’s global Telecommunications practice from 1996 to 1999. While at BCG, he led client initiatives in the US local, long distance, and wireless sectors, in both consumer and commercial services, and advised companies outside the US in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His relationship with a US RBOC spanned more than a decade, and he was the author of more than 20 articles about the telecommunications industry during the 1990s. He published analyses and forecasts of the overcapacity and pending collapse of the US long distance business as early as 1998.
Mr Moffett graduated from Harvard Business School with Honors in 1989. He received a BA from Brown University phi beta kappa in 1984.
Danielle Coffey is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 news media outlets worldwide. Danielle leads the organization’s advocacy and strategy towards a digital future for journalism, which includes building better partnerships with tech platforms and urging for a more favorable legislative and regulatory environment for the digital distribution of news content.
Before joining the News Media Alliance, Ms Coffey was Vice President and General Counsel for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) where she led advocacy efforts for member companies on issues that affected the internet ecosystem, broadband deployment, content regulation and international trade. She was responsible for informing and educating government representatives about member companies’ technologies and advocated for policies that facilitate innovation.
Ms Coffey earned her JD from the Catholic University Law School, with a specialisation in Communications Law and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.
Darrell M West is the Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. He holds the Douglas Dillon Chair in Governance Studies. Previously, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His current research focuses on American politics, technology policy, and artificial intelligence.
Mr West is the author of 24 books including Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era (Brookings, 2019), The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation (Brookings, 2018); Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century (Brookings, 2016), Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings, 2014), Digital Schools (Brookings, 2012), The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation (Brookings, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2013), among others.
Mr West is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and he has delivered nearly 150 lectures in a dozen different countries, including China, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Bahrain, and the United States, and has been quoted in leading newspapers, radio stations, and national television networks around the world.
Ambassador David Gross co-chairs Wiley’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice. He is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications and Internet policies, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. Noted as bringing “innovation and vision to the rapidly changing TMT industry” by Who’s Who Legal and as one of the “Top 30 Telecommunications lawyers in the world” by Euromoney, Ambassador Gross draws on more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policymaker, and corporate executive to assist US companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses. He also advises non-US companies, and industry organizations seeking to invest in, monitor, and understand the US and international markets, as well as national governments. Ambassador Gross advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, Internet, and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as many regional organisations.
Diane Rinaldo was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce on April 20, 2018. She serves as the Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.
Focusing on cybersecurity and technology policy, Ms Rinaldo has extensive experience in government and the private sector throughout her career. She staffed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she was the lead committee staffer on Congress’ landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. She also served as the oversight and budget monitor for the National Security Agency and the defense network systems, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers as his top technology policy staffer.
Recognised for her work on cybersecurity, Ms Rinaldo was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum’s 2016 Influencer of the Year award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine and an Executive Certificate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for cyber studies.
Eli Noam is Professor of Economics & Finance at the Columbia Business School, and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy & Business Responsibility. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research centre focusing on management and policy issues in communications, internet and media.
Professor Noam has published 37 books and over 350 articles. Recent books include: Who Owns the World’s Media (2016 Oxford); two textbooks on media and digital management (2018 Palgrave, with 1.7 and 1.9 million free downloads in 2020); Media and Digital Management (Palgrave); and two forthcoming books on streaming video as the next generation of TV, one on technology and business, the other on content and regulation (Elgar 2020.)
His Public Service roles include, Commissioner for Public Services of New York State; White House appointment to President’s IT Advisory Committee; Advisory boards for governments of Ireland, Sweden, and New York.
Professor Noam received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Munich and Marseilles Aix-la-Provence.
Evelyn Remaley serves as Associate Administrator for Policy Analysis and Development at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, US Department of Commerce. In this role, Ms Remaley leads a team of experts providing senior policy support to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on issues impacting the Internet and digital economy. In addition, Ms Remaley leads the Department’s Cybersecurity Policy efforts. Ms Remaley has focused NTIA’s policy team to position it to meet the demands of the dynamic Internet and cyber policy landscape. Her portfolio includes work on the full scope of today’s critical digital policy issues including cybersecurity, supply chain risk management, privacy, the free flow of information, encryption, and the Internet of things. Her team focuses on pursuing policies that bolster the digital economy, while protecting citizens, and works to expand the policy conversation beyond Washington, DC to reach a full spectrum of Internet ecosystem players.
Prior to her work within the federal government, Ms Remaley led a Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Team at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA. Here she oversaw efforts and provided subject matter expertise supporting a wide range of cyber policy and governance projects for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Prior to her time at Booz Allen, Ms. Remaley worked for a leading Internet service provider in its Internet Privacy and Security Federal Practice and spent time deploying the Internet across communities through her work with public libraries.
Ms Remaley holds a B.S. degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
Fiona Alexander currently serves as also both Distinguished Policy Strategist in Residence in the School of International Service and Distinguished Fellow at the Internet Governance Lab at American University.
Prior to this, she served for close to 20 years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the US Department of Commerce where she was Associate Administrator for International Affairs. At NTIA, she managed the US government’s relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and is NTIA’s sole Presidential Rank Award winner for her leadership in the privatisation of the Internet’s domain name system. FMs Alexander was also the convener and co-leader of the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force which developed policy, norms and tools for issues related to commercial data privacy, online copyright protection, cybersecurity, and the global free flow of information.
Ms Alexander has represented the United States at a variety of fora, including the UN World Summit on the Information Society, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ICANN. During her tenure, the US led the development of Internet policy making principles and joined the only international agreement on Artificial Intelligence at the OECD, won the election of the first woman in the 153 year history of the ITU, and managed the collaborative implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the authoritative root of the Internet domain name system. Ms Alexander has served as a member of the High-level Advisory Group for the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group.
Prior to her government service, Ms Alexander was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where she worked on wireless and public safety issues.
Ms Alexander has a BA in International Studies from Old Dominion University and an MA in International Relations from American University. She was an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy with the New Zealand Fulbright Program.
Dr Giulia McHenry joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Associate Chief to the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis (OSP) in September 2018. Most recently, she was Chief Economist at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). She is an expert in the economics of the Internet, telecommunications, and media. She has advised and written reports on a range of issues including broadband policy, adoption, and access; the digital economy; and the economics of spectrum and spectrum management. She was particularly focused on incentives to improve spectrum efficiency and effectiveness of federal agencies, methods for defining and measuring the digital economy, and digital adoption and connectivity. Prior to joining NTIA, Dr. McHenry was a Senior Associate at The Brattle Group, where she focused on telecommunication matters, prepared expert reports and co-authored papers related to spectrum management and valuation, broadband deployment, regulatory proceedings, Universal Service Fund, and competition policy.
Dr McHenry received her PhD in economics from the University of Maryland in 2009. She specialised in microeconomics, both applied and empirical methods, focusing on network theory and industrial organisation. Her dissertation addressed issues related to social networking and entrepreneurship success.
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Jason Pielemeier works with GNI’s diverse corporate, non-governmental, academic, and investor members to develop policy positions and engage with policy makers globally to enhance protections for free expression and privacy in the information and communication technology sector. Previously, he was a Special Advisor at the US Department of State, where he led the Internet Freedom, Business and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
Mr Pielemeier has a law degree from Yale and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Policy program.
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Markus Heyder is the Vice President and Senior Policy Counselor of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a preeminent global privacy and security policy think tank located in Washington, DC, London and Brussels. Mr Heyder has extensive experience in global data privacy, information security and consumer protection law and policy. At CIPL he focuses on law and policy issues in the areas of global data flows and cross-border transfer mechanisms, accountable information management in the context of big data, the IoT and other modern information uses, how to enable both privacy protection and innovation, the risk-based approach to privacy, and many other issues.
Prior to joining CIPL, Mr Heyder served for over 10 years as Counsel for International Consumer Protection in the Office of International Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and nearly two years in the FTC’s Division of Marketing Practices. Immediately prior to joining the FTC, Mr Heyder was associated with Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) in Chicago, where he focused on consumer financial services law and financial privacy law.
Michael Daum is a Director of Technology Policy in Microsoft’s Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group in Redmond, Washington. Mr Daum’s primary responsibilities revolves around domestic and international spectrum policy and related issues that underpins connectivity to the cloud and to user equipment. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Mr Daum served as a Senior Policy Advisor to US Senator Maria Cantwell in her Washington DC office for almost a decade. Mr Daum staffed the Senator on Information and Communications Technology policy issues, other issues of interest to the tech community (high skills immigration, patent reform, capital formation, etc.), and on aviation policy.
Mr Daum began his career as an engineer designing, building, and testing laser and electro-optic systems. After receiving an MBA in the early 1990s, he decided to change course and became a project manager at the US Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards of Technology Advanced Technology Program. Subsequently, Mr Daum was loaned to work successively in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the White House National Economic Council on issues where technology intersects policy.
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Dr Rob Rubinovitz is the Vice President, Research and Economic Analysis for NCTA – The Internet & Television Association where he is responsible for analysing and conducting economic research in support of legislative and regulatory issues of importance to NCTA. Prior to joining NCTA, he served as the Deputy Chief Economist at the US Department of Commerce, where he led the research efforts of the Department’s Office of the Chief Economist.
Before his work at the Department of Commerce, Dr Rubinovitz worked for many years as an economist at the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and then as an economic consultant. In those positions, he primarily analysed economic competition issues in industries such as broadcast, cable and satellite television and radio, as well as financial services, retail and healthcare. He also successfully testified as an economic expert.
Dr Rubinovitz has published articles on cable television deregulation and the treatment of fixed cost savings in merger analysis. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Economics and History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr Strayer was named by the President, as an Ambassador, to lead the 90-plus person US delegation to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2018, and served as vice-chair of the conference. He managed the successful election of first US citizen to an ITU senior management position in more than two decades. The United States also achieved successful, pro-innovation results on resolutions related to cybersecurity and emerging technologies.
Before joining the State Department, Mr Strayer was the general counsel for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). In that position, he oversaw the drafting and passage of the committee’s legislation and advised the Chairman on policy matters, including cyber security, sanctions, and digital economic policy. During 2015, Mr Strayer taught a seminar on cyber security law as an adjunct law professor at the George Mason University law school.
From 2011 to 2012, Mr Strayer was the director of the homeland security project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was led by 9/11 Commission co-chairs former Governor Tom Kean and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. During that time, he initiated and directed a task force on cyber security that published a report on eliminating cyber security information sharing impediments.
From 2005 to 2011, Mr Strayer served as a counsel and, subsequently, Republican deputy staff director on the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, he managed the development of cyber security policy and the drafting of cyber security legislation. In addition, he was a counsel on the committee’s special investigation of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, reviewing communications failures following the hurricane.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr Strayer practiced telecommunications law at WilmerHale. Prior to the law firm, he clerked for then-Chief Judge Lanier Anderson on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and served as the Si Karas fellow in the Solicitor’s Office of the Ohio Attorney General.
Mr Strayer received a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Order of the Coif, and he earned his BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Denison University.
Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works primarily on cybersecurity, technology and innovation policy, and internet governance issues. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies, where she focuses on information and communication technology and cybersecurity policy issues including privacy, data protection, 5G next generation networking, the Internet of Things, internet governance, and digital economic policy.
Ms Tews is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Internet Education Foundation, which governs outside work for the Congressional Internet Caucus, and a member of the Board of Directors of TechFreedom. She has previously served as co-chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA, and on the boards of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Information Technology Industry Council, and the Global Women’s Innovation Network.
Previously, Ms Tews managed internet security and digital commerce issues as Vice President of Global Policy for Verisign Inc. She began her career in the George H W Bush White House as a Deputy Associate Director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, and later moved to Capitol Hill as a Legislative Director for a Member of Congress.
Steven Harroun was appointed Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer at the CRTC in November 2016. He is responsible for the enforcement of the Unsolicited Telecommunication Rules, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, and the Voter Contact Registry.
Mr Harroun joined Canada’s converged communications regulator in 2002 and has developed his expertise in the both broadcasting and telecommunications environments through various positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, from 2012 – 2016, as Director General, Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy, Mr Harroun led the development and implementation of key communication policies through his leadership of the Social and Consumer Policy, Network Technology and Strategic Policy and International Affairs teams at the CRTC.
08.15 Registration and networking
Andy Haire, Vice President, International Institute of Communications
09.10 Welcome keynote
Kathleen Grillo, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon Communications
Ambassador David A. Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Robert L Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Diane Rinaldo, Acting Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce
Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor, Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Ambassador David A. Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Fiona Alexander, Distinguished Policy Strategist in Residence, School of International Service; Distinguished Fellow, Internet Governance Lab, American University
Amy L Alvarez, Assistant Vice President, International External & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
Jared Carlson, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, North America, Ericsson (USA)
Michael Daum, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft Corporation
Nicolas Fetchko, Head of International Government Affairs and Trade Policy, Verizon Communications
Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
Ann LaFrance, Partner and Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice; Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; Vice President, International Institute of Communications
Janice Kopec, Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Markus Heyder, Vice President and Senior Policy Counselor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership
Shane Tews, President, Logan Circle Strategies; Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Danielle Coffey, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, News Media Alliance
Dr Lynne E Parker, Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States; Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
Dr Carolyn Nguyen, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft Corporation
Darrell M West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, the Brookings Institution
Danielle Coffey, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, News Media Alliance
17.15 End of day one followed immediately by drinks reception
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, U.S. House of Representatives
Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Director General, International Institute of Communications
Professor Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Professor of Finance and Economics and Garrett Professor of Public Policy, Columbia Business School
Craig Moffett, Partner and Senior Research Analyst, MoffettNathanson
Jason Pielemeier, Policy Director, Global Network Initiative
Jiore Craig, Vice President, Digital Practice, Greenberg Quinlan Rossner (GQR)
Camilla Bustani, Director, International, Ofcom, UK
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority
Clete D Johnson, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Bryan S. Ware, Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy, US Department of Homeland Security
Brian Hendricks, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs, Americas Region, Nokia
Alan Davidson, Vice President of Global Policy, Trust, and Security, Mozilla
Evelyn Remaley, Associate Administrator, Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce (NTIA)
Steven Harroun, Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer and Executive Director, Compliance & Enforcement Branch, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Christopher Mondini, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN
Professor Antonio García Zaballos, Telecommunications Lead Specialist – Leader of the Broadband Program, Institutions for Development (IFD), Connectivity Markets and Finance (CMF), Inter-American Development Bank
Je Myung Ryu, Senior Digital Development Specialist, The World Bank
Christopher Mitchell, Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Dr Rob Rubinovitz, Vice President, Research and Economic Analysis, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar Corporation
Dr Giulia McHenry, Acting Chief, Office of Economics and Analytics, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
15.30 Closing remarks
15.40 End of Telecommunications & Media Forum DC 2019
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