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INET Washington DC

29 April 2010

Venue: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

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Internet 2020: The Next Billion Users

The Internet Society, in collaboration with the Greater Washington DC Chapter is holding a regional conference in Washington, DC on Thursday, 29 April 2010. The conference, part of the Internet Society's INET series, will be focused on connecting the unconnected with the theme of INTERNET 2020 – The next billion users.

Today, more than a billion people use the Internet on a regular basis. Within ten years, that number could double—or triple—as smartphones, netbooks, and other devices become more affordable and new networks connect underserved communities. This conference will explore the most exciting new Internet applications in countries around the world, feature leading Internet visionaries helping to shape the future of the Internet, and debate what can—or must—be done to “connect the next billion” and ensure that the Internet continues to be a platform for innovation.

INET Washington DC will bring together regional and international policy and technical experts, government, network operators, the private sector and the user community. The conference will explore the technologies that will connect the next billion users, discuss how to instill trust in the new technology, and explore how users are using the technology. We will also include technology and policy “slams” to encourage participants to think creatively together about the best technologies and policies that will change the way the Internet develops in the coming years. Finally, INET Washington DC will provide a launching pad for our DC Chapter activities for months to come.

Registration is free, however, seating is limited and pre-registration by 16 April is required. Morning/afternoon refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Draft Agenda

8:15-9:00 Registration and Networking
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks

Jon McNerney, Chief Operating Officer, Internet Society

9:15-10:30 Main Panel: Posing the Problem - How can new technologies “connect the unconnected”?

Moderator: Amy Schatz, The Wall Street Journal


10:30-10:50 Networking Break
10:50-12:15 Parallel Session 1: Moving the bits - what are the technologies that can be used to reach the unconnected? Which technologies are working and where? What are the challenges?

Moderator: Mindel de la Torre, Federal Communications Commission


Parallel Session 2: Trusting the bits - How do we ensure that the infrastructure of the Internet is secure, reliable, and trusted? What are the technologies, processes, standards and business practices that will address user fears about security and identity theft?

Moderator: Brian Cute, Afilias


Parallel Session 3: Using the bits - How do we provide Internet users with valuable and useful content and applications in their own language? Social media is enabling “everyone to be a publisher” - and a broadcaster. This session will explore this trend and what it means for Internet users in underserved communities.

Software and Content: Using the Bits

Moderator: Karen Rose, Internet Society


12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Keynote Address:

Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce

2:15-3:15 Parallel Session 1: Technology Slam - Participants will have three minutes to present an exciting new product or service that is changing the way the Internet is being used. Judges will select the best three speakers, who will be given three more minutes to answer audience questions about their presentation. Then the audience will choose the winning presentation

Moderator: Michael Nelson, Georgetown University

Parallel Session 2: Policy Slam - Participants get three minutes to present a government policy or business practice that could accelerate the growth of the Internet and new Internet applications. Judges will select the best three speakers, who will be given three more minutes to answer audience questions about their presentation. Then the audience will choose the winning presentation.

Moderator: Hannah Miller, Media and Democracy Coalition

3:15-3:40 Networking Break
3:40-4:20 Featured Discussion

Moderator: Michael Nelson, Georgetown University

Speakers: Romain Murenzi, Visiting Professor, University of Maryland and former Minister of Science, Technology and Scientific Research, Government of Rwanda.

Reed Hundt, co-Chairman, Coalition for the Green Bank and the principal of REH Advisors; Chairman of the FCC (1993-1997).

4:20-4:40 Executive Address

Dr. James Galvin, Afilias, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Technical Standards.

4:45-5:15 Wrap-up Session
5:15-6:30 Reception

DC INET Speakers

Robert Atkinson

Dr. Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the State New Economy Index series and the book, The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005). He has an extensive background in technology policy, has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation and is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers.

Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. Previously he served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders. Prior to that, he was Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. While at OTA, he directed The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America, a seminal report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on America’s urban areas.

He is a board member or advisory council member of the Alliance for Public Technology, Internet Education Foundation, NetChoice Coalition, the Pacific Institute for Workforce Innovation, and the University of Oregon Institute for Policy Research and Innovation. He is also chair of the Congressionally-created National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. He also serves on the advisory panel to Americans for Computer Privacy. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

Stewart Baker

Stewart Baker, a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of Skating on Stilts – Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism, a forthcoming book on the security challenges posed by technology.

From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Baker was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. As Assistant Secretary, he set cybersecurity policy, including inward investment reviews focused on network security. He also led several successful negotiations with European governments over travel data, privacy and visa waiver.

From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Baker was General Counsel of the National Security Agency, where he led NSA and interagency efforts to reform commercial encryption and computer security law and policy. His book on these topics, The Limits of Trust: Cryptography, Governments and Electronic Commerce, analyzes encryption and authentication laws in dozens of countries.

Steven Blumenthal

Steven Blumenthal leads the design of O3b’s customer-site satellite ground station equipment. He is also responsible for the deployment of the O3b’s gateways worldwide.

Prior to joining O3b, Mr. Blumenthal worked for BridgePort Networks as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Before BridgePort, he served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer at Genuity, where his group designed and built one of the first and largest VoIP networks. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager of Global Network Infrastructure at GTE.

Blumenthal began his career with Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), where he was responsible for early DARPA Internet research projects in packet satellite communications. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Steve served as an advisor on Internet Security to the US Congress and the President’s Special Advisor on Cyberspace Security. Blumenthal holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. He has also completed the MIT Sloan School of Management's Greater Boston Executive Program.

Donald C. Brittingham

Don Brittingham is Vice President, Wireless Public Policy for Verizon Communications. He has public policy planning responsibilities for a variety of telecommunications policy areas that affect Verizon and its affiliates including wireless, spectrum, and emergency communications. Brittingham has more than 25 years of telecommunications experience, and a broad policy and technical background in wireless and other technology areas.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and is experienced in transmission engineering, network engineering, and radio spectrum management. He also has a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland.

Brian Cute

Brian Cute is Vice President, Discovery Services for Afilias and has over 12 years experience in the Internet and communications industry. Currently he is responsible for Afilias Discovery Services providing secure and selective visibility services to global supply chain participants. Mr. Cute has been active in Internet of Things technology, policy and market development since 2005.

His work in the Domain Name System includes registrar and registry experience leading initiatives on Wait List Service, private domain registrations, the elimination of BulkWHOIS, the .net RFP, the .com contract approval as well as representing the private sector in the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society. He has been active in the Domain Name System since 2003 having served as Director of Policy for Network Solutions and Vice President Government Relations at VeriSign prior to joining Afilias.

Cute began his career in the communications industry as a lawyer representing competitive telecommunication service providers and subsequently serving as Senior Counsel at Teleglobe Communications advising country managers on the expansion of Teleglobe's submarine cable, satellite and terrestrial network in Europe and Asia.

Valerie D’Costa

Valerie D'Costa is infoDev's Program Manager - Information for Development. She has had a distinguished career in private legal practice and in government service prior to this position. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws degree from University College, University of London.

Ms. D’Costa has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to the ICT4D agenda and leads infoDev's efforts to advance the role that ICTs can play in fighting poverty and empowering people. She most recently served as Director of the International Division at the Info-Communication Development Authority of Singapore - the government agency charged with the development, promotion and regulation of Singapore's ICT sector. There, Ms. D'Costa was responsible for the formulation of the Singapore Government's policies on international ICT issues and oversees bilateral relations with other countries on ICT issues.

Mindel De La Torre

Since October 2009, Mindel De La Torre has been Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In that role, she leads the FCC’s efforts internationally – both on a bilateral and multilateral basis. She oversees the International Bureau’s functions with regard to licensing of international and domestic satellites, international long distance, international broadcast stations, and submarine cables. Ms. De La Torre was previously at the FCC between 1994-1998 as Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Division of the International Bureau.

Before returning to the FCC, she was president of the Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG), a consulting firm in the Washington DC area. Her work at TMG included advising businesses, international organizations, and regulators on issues relevant to liberalization and commercialization of the telecommunications sector. Ms. De La Torre also worked at the Department of Commerce – for over four years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and for three years in the General Counsel’s office.

Ms. De La Torre has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Texas. She is a member of the Texas bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Having lived overseas most of her life, she speaks fluent Portuguese, French, and Spanish and is proficient in Italian.

Tad Deriso

Tad Deriso is the President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) with offices in Richmond and South Boston, Virginia. Over the past 20 years, Tad has helped rural, underserved communities and telecommunications companies with planning and coordinating broadband telecommunications networks. He has developed technology-based economic development strategies as well as performance based management structures and viable operational business models.

In 2003, Deriso helped form MBC, a not-for-profit organization that has built an advanced open-access fiber optic network in Southern Virginia. Prior to forming MBC, he was a senior consultant with expertise in telecommunications infrastructure design and deployment for rural regions, ICT assessments, middle-mile and last-mile broadband planning, business plan development, and financial modeling for open-access fiber network planning.

Deriso holds a BBA in Management and International Business from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. James Galvin

Dr. James Galvin is Afilias' Director of Strategic Partnerships and Technical Standards. For over 30 years, he has been an active member of the IT, computer science and Internet communities. He currently supports and manages Afilias' relationships within these same societies and communities that direct the founding technical standards upon which Internet applications are developed. In addition, he is involved in improving Afilias' technical leadership in areas such as DNSSEC for which he gained extensive experience while chairing the IETF Working Group on DNS Security for 8 years.

Dr. Galvin has many years of technical consulting experience including infrastructure design and analysis, project management, risk management, and archival documentation at organizations including IETF, ICANN, PIR, Afilias, Navy Research Labs, Sun Microsystems, Drummond Group, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. He has held positions at CommerceNet, Trusted Information Systems and is the Founder and Principal at eList eXpress an email list management service provider.

Galvin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Moravian College with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and Information Systems from The University of Delaware where he also earned his Doctorate with a dissertation entitled, "Distributed Cryptographic Key Management System."

John Horrigan

John Horrigan is the Consumer Research Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission. As Consumer Research Director of the National Broadband Plan, he was responsible for developing the research agenda for the Plan’s “Inclusion” section. He is also author of the Plan’s first working paper, “Broadband Adoption and Use in America.”

Prior to joining the FCC in July 2009, Mr. Horrigan was Associate Director, Research, with the Pew Internet & American Life Project, where he produced more than 40 research reports on the impacts of broadband and wireless technology on Americans’ lives. Horrigan also chairs the board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference.

He earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Economics and Government from the University of Virginia.

Reed E. Hundt

Reed Hundt was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1993-97. He is currently the CEO of the non-profit Coalition for Green Capital, as well as the Principal of REH Advisors. He was a member of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team (2008-09) where he was the economic agency review group head. Hundt is a consultant to Skadden, Arps, and from 1998-2009, he served as a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. He was Co-Chairman of the Forum on Communications and Society at the Aspen Institute (1998-2006). From 1982-1993 he was a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, a national and international law firm and was an associate in Los Angeles and Washington offices (1975-1982).

Hundt is on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, is an advisor to Infinera and a member of the board of Telegent Systems and Vanu, Inc., both private companies. He has been Principal at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997. He serves as a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and California bars (former).

His books include In China’s Shadow:The Crisis of American Entrepreneurshipand You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics.

Hundt graduated from Yale College (1969) with a B.A. in History magna cum laude and with honors with exceptional distinction in history. He graduated from J.D. Yale Law School (1974) and is a member of the executive board of the Yale Law Journal.

Ken Klingenstein

Dr. Ken Klingenstein is Director of the Internet2 Middleware and Security areas. In his Internet2 middleware role, he is responsible for fostering the development and dissemination of middleware interoperability and best practices, through partnership efforts of leaders among campus IT architects, corporations, and government agencies. This activity has created some notable results, including Shibboleth, SAML and federated identity. In his Internet2 security role, Klingenstein is helping campus network security leadership to develop approaches to both immediate issues such as network authentication and new security tools, as well as developing longer-term agendas that couple increased security with research network goals of performance and transparency.

Previously, he was the Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Colorado Boulder campus, for fourteen years. Klingenstein has been active in national and regional networking for many years, serving in leadership positions in too many organizations.

Dr. Klingenstein received his Ph.D. in Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brian T. McCloskey

Brian T. McCloskey is the Curriculum Director of the USTTI; a Washington, DC based non-profit training partnership between senior government officials and leaders of the U.S. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and broadcast industries. The goal of this collaborative effort is to share the United States' technological and managerial advances with women and men who regulate and maintain the IT, communications and broadcast infrastructures throughout the developing world. In his role as Curriculum Director, Mr. McCloskey is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program, including the development and implementation of each year's training curriculum and expanding relationships with current and new partners. A native of Colorado, Mr. McCloskey received a B.A. in Psychology from Drake University and currently resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and son.

Jon McNerney

Jon McNerney is the Chief Operating Officer of the Internet Society. He brings more than 15 years of international general management and business development experience, and a significant background in organizational relationship and team building. Immediately prior to joining ISOC, McNerney worked for the Geneva office of Talisma Corporation. There he was the Vice President and General Manager of International Operations in which he led their European management team and oversaw operations, administration, sales, support, professional services, and marketing. He has also held positions with Lotus Development Corporation, Control Data Corporation, and NewsEdge Corporation, among others.

McNerney has demonstrated experience and success in building strong relationships and successful teams, and in growing organizations. He is motivated, enthusiastic, a great team builder, and has a very good balance of flexibility, creativity, and urgency. He is based in Geneva, Switzerland

Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller, the National Field Director for the Media and Democracy Coalition, is an advocate for media policies that serve the public interest. A former newspaper reporter and campaign manager, Miller has worked with organizations and governments in states and tribal lands to develop policies and proposals that lend the power of the Internet to all. In 2009-2010, Miller worked on several BTOP proposals to solve the digital divide, including the proposals of the City of Philadelphia/Free Library of Philadelphia, her hometown; campaigned for the open Internet, the preservation of Florida public access, and the expansion of community radio; aided in research on connectivity on Native American lands; documented media justice work all over the country; pushed for the rights of municipalities and states to operate their own publicly-owned Internet networks, and assisted projects to rethink journalism and public broadcasting.

Moustafa Mourad

Moustafa Mourad is the Interim President of One Economy Corporation. As such, he oversees all of One Economy's operations and will run the Program and Community Impact Departments. He will continue to work closely with Chairman of the Board Rey Ramsey on all matters of strategic importance.

Mr. Mourad has been with One Economy since 2005. Before becoming interim president, Moustafa was the President of One Global Economy, One Economy's international division. Under Mr. Mourad's leadership, One Global Economy helped provide broadband internet access and relevant content in 11 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Previously, he was the principal of Mourad, Warnke & Associates, an international community development consulting firm with projects in Oman, South Africa and Honduras among others. Mr. Mourad was also the Director of Planning, Design, and Development at the Enterprise Foundation, the second largest national community development intermediary in the United States. He also created the foundation's "Asset-Building Taskforce", a multi-disciplinary team whose members' experiences range from community organizing to micro-enterprise development and housing construction.

Prior to his tenure at Enterprise, Mourad held positions as Senior Planner with the City of Boston, and City Planner for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also consulted for USAID, the Ford Foundation as well as the governments of Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Sudan on a number of development issues.

Romain Murenzi

Romain Murenzi is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Institute of Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Visiting within the Physics Department at Howard University since August 2009.

Professor Murenzi was Chairman of the Physics Department at Clark Atlanta University from 1999 to 2001. He was also Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research from August 2001 to March 2006. In addition, Murenzi was Minister in President's Office in Charge of Science, Technology, and Scientific Research from March 2006 to July 2009. This included information communication technologies (ICT).

Murenzi serves on the Council of Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) as Vice-President for Africa, the Advisory Board of Scientists Without Borders, board member of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa, member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Science Program, and board member of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI).

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson is currently Visiting Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. Since January 2008, he has been doing research and teaching courses on the future of the Internet and technology trends as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.

Professor Nelson has been heavily involved with the Internet Society for more than ten years. He was co-chair of the INET 2002 conference in Washington DC and the INET 2004 conference in Barcelona. From 2004 until 2006, he was ISOC’s Vice President for Policy, a volunteer position. He served on the ISOC Board’s Nomination Committee from 2006 until 2009. In 2009, he was elected Interim President of the Washington DC area chapter-in-formation and currently serves on its governing Council.

Nelson is a Trustee of the International Institute of Communication, a member of the Board of, and until April, 2008, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet2 university research consortium. Until February, he is the outgoing chairman ofthe Information, Computing, and Communications Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, 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. Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Nelson has a B.S. in geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT.

Karen O'Donoghue

Karen O'Donoghue joined the Internet Society in July 2009 as Research Analyst for Networks and Trust.

In this role, she supports and assists the Director of Trust and Identity Initiatives by providing research and analysis to further the team's assessment of strategic options, advocacy, and key relationships with internal and external collaborators. She is also active in coordinating the formulation of outreach strategies and identifying partners and relationships that can help promote the deployment of trust-enabling network technologies.

O'Donoghue has a long history of participation in the IETF, IEEE, and other standards bodies, as well as serving as a volunteer for both the InteropNet team and the IETF network operations team. She's also had a distinguished career working for the US Navy as Group Leader of the Networks, focused on the development and application of commercial network standards and technologies to Navy systems. She is based in Virginia, USA.

Jon Peha

Dr. Jon Peha is the Chief Technologist of the Federal Communications Commission. Before coming to the FCC, he was a Full Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Associate Director of the university's Center for Wireless & Broadband Networking. He was Chief Technical Officer of three high-tech start-ups and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft.

Peha addressed telecom and e-commerce issues while on legislative staff in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the Senate. While at USAID, he helped launch and lead a U.S. Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure. His research spans technical and policy issues of communications networks, including spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, secure Internet payment systems, dissemination of copyrighted material, e-commerce, network modeling and simulation, and cybersecurity.

Dr. Peha holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford, and a B.Sc. from Brown.

Karen Rose

Karen Rose is Director, Access and Development Initiatives at the Internet Society. Her work focuses on expanding Internet infrastructure, access, and related capacities in emerging economies.

Ms. Rose began her career in public policy working on Internet and e-commerce issues at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. She later joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce where her work focused on the coordination of Internet naming and addressing functions, including the domain name system, ENUM, and IPv6. She received the Department's Gold Medal award and several additional honors for her work on the privatization of Internet domain name system management.

In 2002, she left government to join an Internet start-up in Sydney, Australia where her responsibilities included corporate strategy and product development. Just prior to joining ISOC, Karen was an independent ICT consultant based in Cairo, Egypt and Sydney, Australia. She has been an active participant in Internet discussions in various international governmental and non-governmental organizations including the ITU, OECD, and ICANN.

Rose holds a BA in media from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), an MA in Telecommunications Science, Management and Policy from Northwestern University (USA), and an MBA from the University of Auckland (NZ). She is based in Reston, U.S.

Dan Salcedo, Founder and CEO

Dr. Salcedo is the Founder and CEO of and He founded this pioneering non-profit organization guiding small and medium enterprises in 44 countries all over the world to participate in e-commerce. OpenEntry established partnerships with IBM, eBay, Oracle, and UNESCO and received the 2004 Global IT Excellence Award for Digital Opportunity from the World Information Technology and Services Alliance. The UNDP documented CatGen’s role in generating 4000 jobs for women artisans and young IT professionals in Nepal.

From 1992-1996 Dr. Salcedo was Senior Program Associate, Science and Human Rights Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science. This organization Initiated and managed a range of science and human rights projects for Latin America. From 1989-1992, Salcedo was the Country Director for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. He was responsible for the supervision of all aspects of a program with 180 Volunteers and 40 office and training staff.

Since 1977, he has focused much of his work on the needs of the indigenous people in Central and South America working for their health, nutrition and human rights.

Dr. Salcedo obtained his B.A. Economics, University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. Operations Research, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Schatz

Amy Schatz is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal who covers Politics and Campaign Financing as well as the Federal Communications Commission. She also contributes to the blog Digits. She is especially interested in Internet politics.

Schatz previously covered transportation. Prior to joining paper in 2004, she reported on Dell and the technology industry at the Austin (TX) American-Statesman from January 2003 to March 2004. She also reported on personal finance, health care, banking and the economy. Before joining the Statesman in 1999, she worked as a reporter at the St. Petersburg (FL) Times from 1996 to 1999. Prior to that, she worked as a news assistant at The Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C.

Kenneth J. Silva

Ken Silva has been First Chief Security Officer of VeriSign Inc. since April 18, 2005. Mr. Silva has been an employee of VeriSign Inc. since June 2000. Mr. Silva has more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications and security industries. Before being named Chief Scientific Officer, he was Vice President, Networking and Information Security for VeriSign. Prior to joining Verisign Inc., Mr. Silva served 10 years at the U.S. National Security Agency, most recently as an executive technical director. He has held a variety of other key leadership positions, he has taught courses at the National Cryptologic School and he served 10 years in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Silva serves on the board of directors for the Information Technology, Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) and is the Chairman of the Internet Security Alliance. He served as a Member of Technical Advisory Board of Trust Digital Llc. He also advises and participates in a number of national and international committees for organizations, including the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), the White House ISP Security Panel, the ICANN DNS Security Panel, the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

Lawrence E. Strickling

On June 25, 2009, the United States Senate confirmed Lawrence E. Strickling as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce. In this role, Strickling serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the executive branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on communications and information policies, managing the Federal use of electromagnetic spectrum, performing cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, formulating and advocating for U.S. positions on international communications and information technology policy matters, and administering infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants.

Mr. Strickling is a technology policy expert with more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors. As Policy Coordinator for Obama for America, Strickling oversaw two dozen domestic policy committees and was responsible for technology and telecommunications issues. Prior to joining the campaign, Strickling was Chief Regulatory and Chief Compliance Officer at Broadwing Communications for three years. His private sector experience also includes serving in senior roles at Allegiance Telecom and CoreExpress, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors of Network Plus.

In government, Strickling served at the Federal Communications Commission as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau from 1998 to 2000. Prior to that, Strickling was Associate General Counsel and Chief of the FCC's Competition Division. During his tenure at the FCC, Strickling developed and enforced rules to foster competition and protect consumers in the telecommunications marketplace. Prior to joining the FCC, Strickling was Vice President, Public Policy at Ameritech. Before Ameritech, he was a litigation partner at the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.

Strickling earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in economics. Prior to his appointment, he served on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre, and on the Board of Directors of Music of the Baroque in Chicago.

Harry Wingo

Harry Wingo is a Policy Counsel in Google's Washington, DC office. In his present role he focuses on cybersecurity, cloud computing and energy policy for Google. Prior to joining Google he was Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Current Group, a smart grid company. Mr. Wingo has also been Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee, a Special Counsel in the General Counsel's Office of the Federal Communications Commission, a communications law associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, as well as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable James Robertson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Wingo has been involved in policy discussions concerning cloud computing and the reform of cybersecurity policy. He holds a JD from the Yale Law School and a BS in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy. Before starting a career in technology law and policy, he was a Navy SEAL officer for 6 years