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Monday, February 28
 

9:30am EST

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Monday February 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:00am EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

10:00am EST

Fireside Chat featuring Rep. Michael McCaul, with Andrew Howell
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Howell

Andrew Howell

Partner, Monument Advocacy
avatar for Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives


Monday February 28, 2022 10:00am - 10:25am EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

10:35am EST

Hope Springs Eternal? Assessing the State of U.S.-EU Digital Cooperation
Washington and Brussels are attempting to “raise the level of ambition” in the transatlantic relationship, including through a newly launched Trade & Technology Council. The agenda for digital cooperation is a challenging one: negotiate a new Privacy Shield, set rules for artificial intelligence, and form a common front against digital authoritarians. A key question is whether this push from Washington and Brussels will overcome the barriers that have plagued U.S.-EU digital policy and yield meaningful results--or will it succumb to the challenges that have humbled previous attempts at transatlantic economic cooperation? This panel will assess the state of U.S.-EU digital affairs and consider whether the hope for a more ambitious relationship aligns with the realities of trade and diplomacy.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alina Polyakova

Dr. Alina Polyakova

Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), President and CEO
avatar for Sean Heather

Sean Heather

Senior Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
avatar for Jens- Henrik Jeppesen

Jens- Henrik Jeppesen

Director, Public Policy- Europe, Middle East & Africa, Workday
avatar for Alex Greenstein

Alex Greenstein

Director, Privacy Shield, U.S Department of Commerce


Monday February 28, 2022 10:35am - 11:30am EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

10:35am EST

Kids, Cashless Apps, & COPPA: Who's Protecting Kids' Fintech Privacy?
The pandemic dramatically accelerated the use of cashless apps among American kids. During COVID parents discovered the anxiety-reducing benefits of their kids' smartphones. Kids could now order a Postmates snack during remote school or pay for a Panera muffin with a swipe of their phones — all with fintech enabled apps. Reports have detailed just how much personal data the market-leading debit card apps collect on children – everything from purchase history to GPS location – and how that data is used to micro-target advertisements. Who's protecting kids' fintech transactions? Probably not COPPA. And the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley law was written at a time when holding a credit card was practically proof of adulthood. Congress wrote GLB for adults making financial transactions, not for kids. This panel will discuss what role policymakers and fintech companies should have to protect a child’s financial data in a cashless society.

Moderators
avatar for Cristiano Lima

Cristiano Lima

Reporter, The Washington Post

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Susskind

Jamie Susskind

Tech Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senate
avatar for Jessica Rich

Jessica Rich

Of Counsel, Kelley Dyre & Warren LLP.
avatar for Rick Lane

Rick Lane

Chief Executive Officer, Iggy Ventures
avatar for Syd Terry

Syd Terry

Chief of Staff, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. House of Representatives


Monday February 28, 2022 10:35am - 11:30am EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

10:35am EST

The 21st Century Digital Economy and the American Workforce: Immersive Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Challenges
As the United States endeavors to strengthen its position as a global leader, lawmakers and policymakers are thinking through ways in which we can stay ahead of the curve to ensure that the U.S. economy is well-positioned. Paramount to this objective is preparing the American workforce for what is to come. Immersive technologies including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (XR), will be at the forefront of our economic evolution, impacting all sectors from healthcare and manufacturing to infrastructure development and climate change. This panel will discuss the vision for the digital economy of the 21st century, the implications of the next major computing platform, the challenges of ubiquitous XR adoption, and the outlook for competition and cooperation among technology industry stakeholders as they carve out their respective roles.

Moderators
avatar for Gopal Ratnam

Gopal Ratnam

Senior Staff Writer, CQ Roll Call

Speakers
avatar for Angela Hanks

Angela Hanks

Acting Assistant Secretary/Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
avatar for Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives
avatar for Kristina Francis

Kristina Francis

JFF Labs, Executive Director, Jobs for the Future
avatar for Joan O'Hara

Joan O'Hara

VP for Public Policy, XR Association
avatar for Arturo Gonzalez

Arturo Gonzalez

Director and Global Head of Policy Advocacy & Research, Meta Platforms


Monday February 28, 2022 10:35am - 11:30am EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

11:35am EST

Once In A Generation Broadband Boost. Can Government Overcome The Hurdles and Close The Gap?
The pandemic forced America to realize what State of the Net has been urging for 18 years — the Internet is really, really important. In recent months, Congress has passed once in a generation legislation designed to make sure that all Americans can benefit from broadband Internet. The Infrastructure Law provides funding for broadband access initiatives. Several other laws provide significant funds for broadband affordability. Multiple federal and state government agencies will need to do some heavy lifting to make it all work. It is a massive undertaking and the clock is literally ticking. And there are lots of hurdles. Our panel will explore what it will take to close the gap.

Moderators
avatar for Amy Schatz

Amy Schatz

Vice President, Glen Echo Group, LLC.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Wender

Joseph Wender

Director, Capital Projects Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury
avatar for Kathryn de Witt

Kathryn de Witt

Project Director, Broadband Access Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
avatar for Paul Garnett

Paul Garnett

Founder & CEO, The Vernonburg Group
avatar for Russ Hanser

Russ Hanser

Director of Communications, Policy Initiatives, NTIA


Monday February 28, 2022 11:35am - 12:30pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

11:35am EST

The Fragmenting of Internet Governance In An Increasingly Authoritarian World
Last summer China and Russia made an alliance for Internet governance. In December the Biden Administration announced its intention to work with allies and partners on the “Alliance for the Future of the Internet.” As the geopolitical battle for Internet control heats up, can democracies and civil society successfully push back against the efforts of authoritarian governments to fragment the global internet?

Moderators
avatar for Issie Lapowsky

Issie Lapowsky

Chief Correspondant, Protocol

Speakers
avatar for Peter Harrell

Peter Harrell

Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, The White House
avatar for Emma Llanso

Emma Llanso

Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
avatar for Ivana Stradner

Ivana Stradner

Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
avatar for Jason Pielemeier

Jason Pielemeier

Deputy Director, Global Network Initiative


Monday February 28, 2022 11:35am - 12:30pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

11:35am EST

Web3, Metaverse, The Decentralized Web: Is The New Internet Coming?
Many experts believe that the Internet is evolving into something fundamentally new, different, and decentralized. Regardless of the appellations — Metaverse, Web3, blockchain, the Decentralized Web — this shift in architecture could have massive implications for Internet policy. Our panel of experts will explain what all this means and how policymakers in DC should start getting ready for a new Internet.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Horn

Rachel Horn

Head of Marketing and Communications, Filecoin Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Opsahl

Kurt Opsahl

Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
avatar for Bill Rockwood

Bill Rockwood

Executive Director, Future Forum, U.S. House of Representatives
avatar for Dr. Susan Persky

Dr. Susan Persky

Director, Immersive Simulation Program, Human Genome Institute
avatar for Cleve Mesidor

Cleve Mesidor

Public Policy Advisor, Blockchain Association


Monday February 28, 2022 11:35am - 12:30pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

12:35pm EST

Networking Lunch
Monday February 28, 2022 12:35pm - 1:40pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

1:45pm EST

Keynote with Sen. Ed Markey
Speakers
avatar for Sen. Ed Markey

Sen. Ed Markey

United States Senator, U.S. Senate


Monday February 28, 2022 1:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

2:05pm EST

How Can Access to AI Resources Support Human Rights?
There's a big problem looming with artificial intelligence: only a handful of people have the resources to make or work on the most sophisticated AI. This means we'll lack the input and ingenuity from most of the country, and their interests won't be properly protected -- especially people who are already underrepresented in tech. To begin addressing this, Congress requested and the Biden Administration is working on a blueprint for a National AI Research Resource. The Administration is also crafting an AI Bill of Rights. Recently, a bipartisan, bicameral group in Congress recently sent a letter calling for those efforts to be redoubled and work in tandem. Why is it so critical for a broader group to be able to research, test, and apply AI technology? How does that work in practice, and what are policymakers doing to support those goals? What are startups and others doing to make progress while the federal government works towards these policy goals?

Moderators
avatar for Ben Brody

Ben Brody

Reporter, Protocol

Speakers
avatar for Asad Ramzanali

Asad Ramzanali

Legislative Director, U.S. House of Representatives
avatar for Austin Carson

Austin Carson

Founder & President, SeedAI
avatar for Thomas Dawson

Thomas Dawson

Founder and CEO, Pruve Systems
avatar for Devaki Raj

Devaki Raj

Founder and CEO, CrowdAI


Monday February 28, 2022 2:05pm - 3:00pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

2:05pm EST

What Does The New Biden Antitrust Team Mean For Big Tech?
The Biden Administration has created a new competition policy team in the White House and has issued a competition executive order. The EO instructs almost every department in the Executive Branch to look for ways to foster competition. With new leadership at the Federal Trade Commission and a new antitrust chief at the Department of Justice, what does this mean for Big Tech?

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Slaiman

Charlotte Slaiman

Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge
avatar for Aurelien Portuese

Aurelien Portuese

Director, The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
avatar for Jennifer Huddleston

Jennifer Huddleston

Policy Counsel, NetChoice
avatar for Sumit Sharma

Sumit Sharma

Tech Competition Lead, Consumer Reports
avatar for Leah Nylen

Leah Nylen

Reporter, Politico


Monday February 28, 2022 2:05pm - 3:00pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

2:05pm EST

What's Next for Online Content Moderation?
From advertising and misinformation to public health and human rights, online content moderation will impact many parts of our lives. No consensus on content moderation has yet emerged among government, industry, and civil society stakeholders, and approaches differ from Section 230 (reform) in the US to the Digital Services Act in the EU. How can we strike a balance between protecting speech online, upholding the rights of vulnerable groups, and creating a healthier Internet? Join our panel to learn about what's next for online content moderation.

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Kern

Rebecca Kern

Reporter, Politico

Speakers
avatar for Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Executive Director, Content Policy & Society Labs, Stanford Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society
avatar for Will Duffield

Will Duffield

Policy Analyst, CATO Institute
avatar for Adam Kovacevich

Adam Kovacevich

Founder and CEO, Chamber of Progres
avatar for Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Vice President, Global Advocacy, Wikimedia


Monday February 28, 2022 2:05pm - 3:00pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

3:05pm EST

Keynote with Denice Ross
Speakers
avatar for Denice Ross

Denice Ross

Chief Scientist, The White House


Monday February 28, 2022 3:05pm - 3:20pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

3:30pm EST

Keynote with Rep. Jake Auchincloss
Monday February 28, 2022 3:30pm - 3:45pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

4:15pm EST

Fireside Chat featuring Broderick Johnson, with Michael A. Nutter
Speakers
avatar for Broderick Johnson

Broderick Johnson

Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Executive Vice President, Digital Equity, Comcast
avatar for Michael A. Nutter

Michael A. Nutter

Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia, David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs


Monday February 28, 2022 4:15pm - 4:35pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

4:35pm EST

Fireside Chat featuring Alan Davidson, with Dr. Nicol Turner Lee
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nicole Turner Lee

Dr. Nicole Turner Lee

Senior Fellow, Governance Studies and Director, Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution
avatar for Alan Davidson

Alan Davidson

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator, NTIA


Monday February 28, 2022 4:35pm - 4:55pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

4:55pm EST

Keynote with Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
Speakers
avatar for Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commision


Monday February 28, 2022 4:55pm - 5:10pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

5:15pm EST

Reception and Networking
Monday February 28, 2022 5:15pm - 6:30pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005

6:30pm EST

Internet Law & Policy Foundry Trivia Night (Registration Required)
Separate registration from SOTN is required: General Admission is free. If you'd like to play, tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE.

Join the brightest minds in Internet Law and Policy in a head to head battle for the Foundry's Trivia Night — and bragging rights are at stake. Join the amazing Foundry fellows and DC's Internet Law Policy community for the annual Foundry Trivia Night. It will be epic ... again.

Questions will range from serious to absurd, all focusing on the wonderful world of Internet governance, privacy, free speech, intellectual property law, and cutting edge technology. As always, the evening will be emceed by renowned cyberlaw quiz master Kurt Opsahl, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who presides over EFF's famed Cyberlaw Pub Trivia.

You don't need a team. You don't need a table. You don't even need to play. Just come, mingle, and watch the mayhem. All attendees receive wine, beer, water, soft drinks and a nourish spread of charcuterie and artisanal cheese. 


Speakers
avatar for Kurt Opsahl

Kurt Opsahl

Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation


Monday February 28, 2022 6:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005