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TPI Aspen Forum Videos Now Available

August 20, 2014 - Videos of the panels and keynotes at the 2014 Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum are now available.

TPI Aspen Forum Kicks Off Next Weekend

August 8, 2014 - The 2014 Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum begins next Sunday, August 17 and runs through August 19. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) will give opening remarks at this year's Forum and is expected to discuss the government's role in furthering progress in the technology sector. Prominent economist Tim Bresnahan from Stanford University will give a keynote address on entrepreneurship and economic growth and the featured Monday night dinner speaker will be David Cohen, Executive Vice President at Comcast. The event will also feature a special luncheon conversation with the authors of the landmark book "Information Rules," Carl Shapiro of the University of California, Berkeley and Hal Varian, Chief Economist of Google.

Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

August 6, 2014 - The Technology Policy Institute has confirmed presenters for the 2014 Aspen Forum breakout sessions. The three informal, off-the-record breakout sessions will cover the pertinent topics of net neutrality, innovation and patents, and spectrum sharing. The Aspen Forum is scheduled for August 17 - 19 and registration can still be performed online.

White House Privacy Reports Challenge Privacy Bill of Rights

August 5, 2014 - The recent White House big data reports are inconsistent with the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights proposed by the White House in 2012, states Technology Policy Institute President Thomas Lenard in comments filed with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The reports, by a group led by Counselor John Podesta (the Big Data Report) and a complementary report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST Report), suggest privacy policy should focus on specific harmful uses of information, as opposed to policies limiting collection and use as described in the Privacy Bill of Rights

Can the AT&T-DirecTV Merger End the Universal Service High-Cost Fund?

August 4, 2014 - The fate of the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger will be decided largely on the basis of antitrust principles: What are the effects of the merger on competition and consumers, and do improved efficiencies outweigh any likely anticompetitive harms? One indirect benefit of the merger that has so far received no attention is the possibility that the merger might make it possible to do away with the Universal Service Fund's Connect America Fund (nee High Cost Fund).

Aspen Forum 2014