Tuesday, January 26

11:00am EST

Welcome and Introductions
Tuesday January 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:05am EST

11:05am EST

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo Keynote on COVID-19 Infodemic
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Anna G. Eshoo

U.S. Representative (D-CA 18th District), Congress

Tuesday January 26, 2021 11:05am - 11:15am EST

11:15am EST

When Words Can Kill: The COVID-19 Infodemic's Impact IRL
With COVID-19 vaccination efforts underway nationwide, there is an urgent need to tackle increasingly widespread misinformation about its safety, efficacy and deployment. The Internet and social media should not become major vectors for mis-information dissemination.This panel will survey public service members, practitioners, and scholars across tech, government and academia to unpack how the incoming Biden administration is shoring up efforts to address this dangerous trend, and tackle best practices for public/private sector collaboration combat this existential threat to public health.

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Davey Alba

Technology Reporter, New York Times

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Dr. Ana Santos Rutschman, S.J.D.

Advisor, Biden Campaign COVID-19 Innovation Committee
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Renee DiResta

Technical Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory
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Dr. Joan Donovan

Research Director, Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Polic
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Dr. Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown School of Public Health

Tuesday January 26, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

Lunch Break
Tuesday January 26, 2021 12:00pm - 12:55pm EST

1:00pm EST

The Solar Winds of Cybersecurity: Biden and the 117th Congress Need A Unified Strategy
In the wake of the SolarWinds hack and a radically different cyber threat environment, questions arise around how the Biden administration will approach cybersecurity. Will its strategy offer a major departure from Obama’s arguably inconsistent approach or can we expect to see more of the same? Further, what role will a new Congress play? This discussion will center on some of the recent cyber appointments, offer predictions about threat priorities, and outline if and how there could be more cross-sectoral collaboration to arm up against growing cyberattacks. 

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Shane Tews

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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Morgan Wright

Chief Security Advisor, SentinelOne
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Tatyana Bolton

Policy Director, Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats, R Street
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Kemba Walden

Digital Security Unit Attorney, Microsoft
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Robert Mayer

Cybersecurity & Innovation Senior Vice President, USTelecom

Tuesday January 26, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST

1:55pm EST

Revising Section 230: What Proposals are on the Table?
In DC, Section 230 debates have ping-ponged between the binary choice of repealing the statute or leaving it as is. Invariably, congressional hearings around the statute veered off into unrelated debates about bias, antitrust, privacy, and beyond. Congress almost repealed the statute outright near the end of the session. For its lack of substantive debate, many proposals have been put forth to revise 230 – addressing certain classes of content like non-consensual porn, predicating 230 immunity on adhering to best practices or good samaritan-ship, suggesting a notice-and-takedown process, establishing better complaint-resolution mechanisms, creating a specialized digital agency to deal with these issues, and the list goes on. This panel will explore what’s on the table, what is likely to advance, what challenges Members face in the possible amending of Section 230, and whether it may be best to leave the provision as is. 

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Alan Davidson

Senior Advisor, Mozilla

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Genevieve Lakier

Assistant Professor of Law & Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar, University of Chicago Law School
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Olivier Sylvain

Professor & Academic Director, Fordham University, Center on Law & Information Policy
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Ellen P. Goodman

Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
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Eric Goldman

Associate Dean of Research & High Tech Law Institute Co-Director, Santa Clara University School of Law

Tuesday January 26, 2021 1:55pm - 2:50pm EST

2:55pm EST

Charlotte Willner Fireside Chat featuring Neil Potts, Facebook
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Neil Potts

Public Policy Director | Trust and Safety Policy, Facebook

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Charlotte Willner

Founding Executive Director, Trust & Safety Professional Association (TSPA)

Tuesday January 26, 2021 2:55pm - 3:25pm EST

3:30pm EST

Stretch Break
Tuesday January 26, 2021 3:30pm - 3:40pm EST

3:45pm EST

Civic & Gov Tech 3.0 Under Biden Featuring Matthew Lira & Nick Sinai
Using the Internet to make government more responsive and accountable to its citizens remains a stubbornly bipartisan issue. While other aspects of Internet policy have become politicized, "civic tech" is having a decade of policy support from both sides of the aisle. From the US Digital Service, 18F, the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program, and the House Modernization Committee, making government less dysfunctional and more cost effective through technology is a bright spot for Internet policy wonks. Just recently Congress passed the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act, which President Trump signed. And there seems to be a lot of well-meaning folks eager to enlist in the Biden Administration's civic tech corps. Join us as a bipartisan group of experts discuss why such enthusiasm exists for civic tech across the aisle and what lies in store for the Biden Administration.

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Nick Sinai

Senior Advisor, Insight Partners
Nick Sinai is a Senior Advisor at Insight Partners. Nick works with existing portfolio companies in the data and software sectors, and identifies new opportunities for investment in these sectors. Nick also advises portfolio companies on policy, regulatory, and government markets... Read More →
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Matt Lira

Former Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives, White House Office of American Innovation

Tuesday January 26, 2021 3:45pm - 4:05pm EST

4:10pm EST

Rep. Kelly Armstrong Keynote
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Rep. Kelly Armstrong

Representative (R-ND At-large District), Congress

Tuesday January 26, 2021 4:10pm - 4:30pm EST

4:40pm EST

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Keynote
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Representative (R-WA 5th District), Congress

Tuesday January 26, 2021 4:40pm - 5:00pm EST

5:10pm EST

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Keynote Introduced by Rebecca Arbogast
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Rebecca Arbogast

Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Comcast Corporation

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Geoffrey Starks

Commissioner, FCC

Tuesday January 26, 2021 5:10pm - 5:30pm EST
Wednesday, January 27

11:00am EST

Welcome and Introductions
Wednesday January 27, 2021 11:00am - 11:05am EST

11:05am EST

Resiliency & Network Performance: When A Low Impact, High Impact Event Happens
Internet architects designed the network to withstand nuclear war, a “low probability, high impact" event. While never tested by cataclysmic war, the pandemic has presented the most widespread "low probability, high impact" test of the Internet to date. According to many studies Internet traffic surged during COVID, fueled by work and school at home, gaming, and, most significantly, video streaming. Cloudflare observed that it's "hard to imagine another utility coping" with a similar surge. Our panel will explore how the Internet is handling the pandemic Internet surge and what lessons can be learned from this network test.

Here are the papers mentioned in this morning's chat:
- Characterizing Service Provider Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States Paper
- John Graham Cumming, Cloudflare

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Tim Lordan

Curator, State of the Net, Internet Education Foundation
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Nick Feamster

Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Data and Computing, University of Chicago
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Matt Tooley

VP of Broadband Technology, NCTA

Wednesday January 27, 2021 11:05am - 11:35am EST

11:35am EST

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Communities of Color, Tribal Communities & Students Nationwide
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Tim Lordan

Curator, State of the Net, Internet Education Foundation
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Matthew Rantanen

Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association
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Maurita Coley

President and CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
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Evan Marwell

Founder and CEO, EducationSuperHighway

Wednesday January 27, 2021 11:35am - 12:05pm EST

12:05pm EST

Michael K. Powell Fireside Chat with Clint Odom
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Clint Odom

Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, National Urban League

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Michael K. Powell

President & CEO, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
Michael K. Powell is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nominated by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He served as a member of the FCC for eight years during which time he was designated its chair by President George W. Bush... Read More →

Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:05pm - 12:30pm EST

12:30pm EST

Lunch Break
Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:30pm - 1:25pm EST

1:30pm EST

You Thought 2020 Was Tough For Content Moderation? Welcome To 2021
The enormous challenges of moderating content and enabling free expression on the Internet became even more challenging in 2020. Internet companies, government officials, and leading experts dealt with election and voter misinformation at enormous scale. Just as the New Year rang in the new decade, the pandemic made content moderation a life and death challenge for everyone. Those challenges piled on top of the existing challenges everyone has already been working to address. Early in 2021 content moderation experts all felt a sickening feeling as an angry mob stormed the Capitol Building to overturn an election. Our panel of experts will discuss the efforts to manage content and expression online and where we are now. 

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Tiffany Li

Professor & Fellow, BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic & Yale ISP

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Steve DelBianco

President and CEO, NetChoice
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Jamal Greene

Dwight Professor of Law & Oversight Board Co-Chair, Columbia
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Nora Benavidez

U.S. Free Expression Programs Director, PEN America
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Joan Barata

Intermediary Liability Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet & Society

Wednesday January 27, 2021 1:30pm - 2:25pm EST

2:25pm EST

Rep. Katko Fireside Chat
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Shane Tews

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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Rep. John Katko

U.S. Representative (R-NY 24th District), Congress

Wednesday January 27, 2021 2:25pm - 2:40pm EST

2:45pm EST

The New Geopolitics Of The Internet: How Will The Biden State Department Navigate Them?
Increasingly sovereign governments are seeking to exert more control over Internet technologies. Long ago the Internet enmeshed the terrestrial globe with little respect for national borders. Now governments are trying to exert control over Internet companies at all levels of the stack. Intermediary liability laws like the European DSA are becoming more common and the Trump Administration has sought to ban certain smartphone apps in the U.S. Governments are increasingly wary of Internet infrastructure technologies manufactured in foreign countries. Social media companies are now under enormous pressure regarding their users' speech. The few existing intergovernmental agreements on Internet policy such as the USMCA's Section 230 language and the EU-US's Privacy Shield are under enormous strain. Our panel will try to make sense of the new geopolitical challenge.  

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Jim Prendergast

President, The Galway Strategy Group
Jim provides business strategy and public affairs counsel to corporate clients. As part of his work he is an active participant the policy making process of ICANN as well as in the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum which discusses and debates various internet governance issues... Read More →

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Dr. Josephine Wolff

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Josephine Wolff joined the faculty of The Fletcher School of Tufts University as an assistant professor of cybersecurity policy in 2019. Her research interests include international Internet governance, cyber-insurance, security responsibilities and liability of online intermediaries... Read More →
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Daniel Sepulveda

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador, U.S. Department of State
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Rob Strayer

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications Policy, U.S. Department of State
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Bruce Mehlman

Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce

Wednesday January 27, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST

3:55pm EST

Tech Competition: What Can Biden Learn From The Last Tech-ade Under Obama and Trump?

Regardless of your position on competition policy, the last decade witnessed enormous growth in Internet platforms spanning both the Obama and Trump Administrations. The COVID-induced recession may have exacerbated existing concentrations in the Internet marketplace. The Biden Administration pledges to "build back better." Competition policy is an important part of the economic recovery for working Americans. This panel will look at competition during the Obama and Trump administrations and what lessons, if any, the new Biden competition policy officials can learn from their approaches to competition in the Internet marketplace. 

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Leah Nylen

Technology Reporter, POLITICO

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Jennifer Huddleston

Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, American Action Forum
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Sarah Miller

Executive Director, American Economic Liberties Project
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Ashley Baker

Director of Public Policy, Committee for Justice
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Charlotte Slaiman

Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge

Wednesday January 27, 2021 3:55pm - 4:45pm EST

4:50pm EST

Senator Amy Klobuchar Keynote Introduced by Amie Stepanovich
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Amie Stepanovich

Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship


Wednesday January 27, 2021 4:50pm - 5:15pm EST

5:15pm EST

Networking Happy Hour
Wednesday January 27, 2021 5:15pm - 6:30pm EST
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