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Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy 2020

January 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Next Century Cities’ second annual Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy Conference took place on January 23, 2020, in Washington, DC, from 9:30am to 4:00pm ET. 

Local officials, policymakers, advocates, and other thought leaders from across the country gathered to discuss some of the most significant technology and telecommunications policy issues of our time. The goal of the event was to facilitate challenging conversations, find common ground, and determine action steps. 

An agenda is available here.

Find a recording of the event here.



9:30am Breakfast

9:55am Welcome

10:00am Introduction to Next Century Cities by Member Municipalities
     Rondella Hawkins, City of Austin, Texas
     Joseph Webster, Montgomery County, Maryland

10:10am The Digital Divide, Then and Now
     Larry Irving, Irving Information Group

10:15am NCC’s Broadband Advocate Video, Part I of II

10:20am Morning Keynote by FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks 

10:45am Panel Discussion: Broadband Access Versus Broadband Subscriptions — The Difference and Why It Matters
Imagine trying to navigate a digital society without any access to technology. Routine tasks like registering for insurance or applying for a loan are severely limited. Economic mobility and remote learning opportunities may remain unattainable. How do we reach communities that are still struggling to provide residents with broadband? What barriers prevent those populations from subscribing and how can we support digital participation?
     Moderator – Alejandro Roark, Executive Director, Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership
     Joshua Edmonds, Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit, Michigan
     Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
     Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
     Tom Struble, Technology & Innovation Manager, R Street Institute

11:30am How Smart Cities Can Be More Accessible for People With Disabilities
     James Thurston, Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology

11:40am Tech Talk: How Access to Technology Impacts Outcomes for Students
     Roopal Kondepudi, Student, University of Southern California
     Oscar Lopez, Student, University of Texas, Austin 

12:10pm Panel: Creating Accurate and Reliable Broadband Deployment Data
There is bipartisan agreement that the Federal Communications Commission’s data collection needs measurable improvements. The data sets help support what many already know – rural and hard to reach areas largely remain unserved. Researchers have uncovered additional evidence of the millions in underserved urban communities who share similar frustrations. Still, the agency struggles to count and identify which households remain disconnected. What specific information should the agency collect to improve the utility of its broadband deployment reporting? Are there additional protocols that would help ensure accuracy?
     Moderator – Kathryn de Wit, Broadband Research Initiative Manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
     Yosef Getachew, Director of Media & Democracy Program, Common Cause
     Sascha Meinrath, Founder & Director, X-Lab
     Candeleria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio, Texas
     Lai Yi Ohlsen, Project Director, Measurement-Lab 

12:50pm NCC Member Impact Story
     Aldona Valicenti, Chief Information Officer, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Kentucky

1:00pm Lunch Break

1:20pm Expanding Broadband Connectivity for African-American Communities in the Rural South
     Francine E. Alkisswani, Ph.D., Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Minority Broadband Initiative, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

1:30pm Rural Broadband Video

1:40pm Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

2:05pm Panel: We’re on our own for infrastructure. We have to do it ourselves.
As millions of Americans remain disconnected and invisible on the FCC data sets, community networks may be the only option to bring broadband to unserved and underserved populations. Many have defied the odds and found a way to build sustainable networks. Find out how other communities can replicate their success in addition to how the FCC’s spectrum policies can help support those efforts.
     Moderator – Cat Blake, Senior Program Manager, Next Century Cities
     Claude Aiken, President & CEO, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
     Michael Calbrese, Director Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute
     Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon, Idaho
     Stacy Richardson, Chief of Staff for Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga, and incoming Director of Urban Innovation, National League of Cities
     Mariel Triggs, CEO, MuralNet
     Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss, Havasupai Councilwoman and lead advocate for the tribe’s telecommunications project

2:55pm NCC’s Broadband Advocacy Video, Part II of II 

3:00pm Current State of Privacy Regulation and the Issues Facing Policymakers
     Benjamin Rossen, Senior Attorney, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission

3:10pm Panel: Platform Regulations – Where Should Congress Start?
Algorithmic bias. Disinformation campaigns. Unauthorized data sharing. These are only a few of the issues driving bipartisan agreement on platform regulation. Ongoing concerns about how tech platforms, internet of things devices, and even smart city applications rely on continuous data collection loom at various levels of government. As Congress grapples with how to regulate tech platforms that have unlimited resources and expertise, public interest advocates and industry stakeholders will discuss how government can protect innovation while addressing new societal harms.
     Co-Moderators – John Breyault, National Consumers League, and David Redl, Salt Point Strategies
     K.J. Bagchi, Senior Counsel, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
     Jeremy Greenberg, Policy Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum
     Jennifer Huddleston, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
     Tom Lenard, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Technology Policy Institute
     Laura Moy, Executive Director, Georgetown’s Center on Privacy & Technology
     Sean Perryman, Director of Social Impact Policy and Counsel, Internet Association 

4:00pm Closing Remarks


Rondella Hawkins | City of Austin, Texas
Rondella Hawkins has more than 28 years of experience in public service in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility and telecommunications rights-of-way agreements and project management over the City’s wireless small cell permitting program.   She serves as the city’s single point of contact for the Google Fiber and AT&T Fiber projects.   She is responsible for implementing the city’s Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan, ensuring that all Austin residents have the information technology capacity needed for civic and cultural participation, employment and access to essential services.

She oversees the administration of the public access television management contract and coordinates with other Austin educational and government tv channels. Her office provides staff support to the City Council-appointed Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission.  Her office administers the City’s Credit Access Business (CAB) program which includes the registration and oversight of CABs that provide payday loans and/or auto title loans to consumers.

She is actively engaged on legislative and policy issues related to broadband communications, maintaining local rights-of-way authority, and digital inclusion. She serves on the advisory board for Next Century Cities. She serves as President of the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) and has previously served in a variety of TATOA board positions. Rondella is a former Board member of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) and was selected as NATOA’s 2010 Member of the Year and she received the NATOA Life Member award in 2014. Rondella enjoys music and recreational scuba-diving.

Larry Irving, President & CEO | Irving Information Group
Larry Irving, CEO of the Irving Group, a technology consulting firm,  produced the first empirical study proving the existence of the “Digital Divide.” This groundbreaking research sparked global interest in digital equity issues and continues to be widely cited today.

As  assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) during the Clinton Administration, Irving helped establish some of the earliest and most foundational U.S. domestic and international Internet policies

Irving is a graduate of Northwestern University, and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees, and Stanford Law School. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Education Networks of America. In September, 2019, Irving was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his work identifying and advocating solutions to the “Digital Divide.” He is the first African American elected to the Internet Hall of Fame.


Alejandro Roark, Executive Director | Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership 
Alejandro Roark serves as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership, HTTP, a national non-profit that convenes an intersectional coalition of national Latino organizations committed to promoting access, adoption, and the full utilization of technology and telecommunications resources by the Hispanic/Latino/a community in the United States. HTTP works at the intersection of ethics, technology, and public policy to educate, advocate, and serve as a national voice for Hispanics/Latinos in technology and telecommunications policy.


Joshua Edmonds, Director of Digital Inclusion | City of Detroit
Joshua Edmonds is the Director of Digital Inclusion for the City of Detroit. In his role, Joshua is responsible for creating a sustainable digital inclusion strategy to help bridge Detroit’s vast digital divide. Joshua’s work intersects with public policy, telecommunications and community engagement. Prior to his role at the City of Detroit, Joshua served as a Digital Innovation Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. During his tenure at The Cleveland Foundation, he leveraged philanthropic and corporate funding to help bridge Cleveland, Ohio’s digital divide. Joshua also has experience working on President Obama’s ConnectHome initiative within the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. His work with HUD received national recognition. 


Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow | Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
Jonathan Sallet authored Benton’s report, “Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s”, which was released in October, 2019. That report offers a national agenda for broadband policy over the next decade with recommendations that will be updated and re-released in October, 2020. Previously, Mr. Sallet served as general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, deputy assistant attorney general for litigation in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as head of the office of policy & strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the law review, and he was a law clerk to Associate Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. of the United States Supreme Court.


Angela Siefer, Executive Director | National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Angela Siefer is the Executive Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Angela has been working in the field we now call digital inclusion since 1997. From physically set up computer labs in underserved areas and managing local digital inclusion programs to assisting with the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Adoption Toolkit and testifying before a U.S. Senate Sub-Committee, Angela develops national strategies and solutions from the ground up. In 2015, Angela helped found the National Digital Inclusion Alliance,  a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. Government Technology Magazine named Angela one of their Top 25 Doers, Dreams, and Drivers of 2019


Tom Struble, Manager, Technology & Innovation | R Street Institute
Tom Struble is the Manager of Technology and Innovation policy at the R Street Institute, where he leads R Street’s work on telecom, antitrust and consumer privacy issues. Previously, Mr. Struble worked as policy counsel for TechFreedom, a law clerk for the Competitive Carriers Association and for the mobility division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and an intern with the office of then-U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). He is an active member of both the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association, and represents R Street on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.


James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development | G3ict
James Thurston is an international technology policy leader. As G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, he leads the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact. He has experience applying both technology and public policy to important social and economic challenges, ranging from promoting the inclusion and human rights of people with disabilities worldwide to using technology to increase the competitiveness of aging U.S. industrial centers. He has broad policy and management experience in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, state, and international levels of government.


Roopal Kondepudi
Roopal Kondepudi is a Trustee Scholar and a Viterbi Fellow at the University of Southern California. She is a junior studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She first learned about the digital divide when doing research for her Girl Scouts Gold Award in high school. Since then, she’s developed a curriculum that she taught at underprivileged schools in India, Indonesia, and to domestic helpers in Singapore. Now, she’s taking advantage of the versatility of her major to work on projects that are in the cross-section of tech and environmentalism. 


Oscar A. Lopez III
Oscar Armando Lopez III, a Laredo, Texas native, is a Policy Fellow at Next Century Cities. Previously, Oscar served as a 2019 Google Public Policy Fellow where he worked with Public Knowledge and the National Hispanic Media Coalition on issues concerning broadband access, data privacy, and the future of artificial intelligence.

Oscar is currently a Sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin where he serves as the Deputy Advocacy Director of Student Government and holds a seat on the Student Services Budget Committee.


Kathryn de Wit, Manager, Broadband Research Initiative | Pew Charitable Trusts
Kathryn de Wit manages Pew’s broadband research initiative, which examines efforts to connect millions of Americans to high-speed, reliable internet. In addition to assessing how states are approaching this challenge, de Wit’s work also includes addressing research gaps and bringing together stakeholders for data-driven discussions about how to close the connectivity gap. 

Before joining Pew, de Wit was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she focused on telecommunications issues. Before her work at Booz Allen Hamilton, she was a senior fellow with the Heinz Endowments. 

De Wit holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and sociology from Penn State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.


Yosef Getachew, Director, Media & Democracy Program | Common Cause
Yosef Getachew serves as the Media & Democracy Program Director. Prior to joining Common Cause, Yosef served as a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge where he’s worked on a variety of technology and communications issues. His work has focused on broadband privacy, broadband access and affordability, and other consumer issues. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Yosef worked as a law clerk for several technology and communications organizations including the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast, Facebook, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Yosef has also served as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Yosef received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. In law school, he was an Articles Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal. Yosef was born and raised in Washington D.C.


Sascha Meinrath, Founder & Director | X-Lab
Sascha Meinrath is the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State University and the Director of X-Lab, a think tank focusing on the intersection of vanguard technologies and public policy. Professor Meinrath is a renowned technology policy expert and is internationally recognized for his work over the past two decades as a community internet pioneer, social entrepreneur, and public intellectual. Prior to founding X-Lab, Meinrath was Vice-President of the New America Foundation, where he founded the Open Technology Institute in 2008 and built it into one of the largest public interest tech policy organizations in Washington, DC. 


Candeleria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator | City of San Antonio
Candelaria Mendoza’s passion for enhancing the quality of life for her community has led to a successful career in public service. As the youngest daughter of a migrant farmworker family, she understands first-hand the many challenges that community members encounter on a daily basis as well as the important role public servants can play. Her position in Smart Cities marries her passion with her perspective as she gets the amazing opportunity to focus on creatively solving community challenges by collaborating with many organizations to create a connected, inclusive and resilient San Antonio.


Lai Yi Ohlsen, Project Director | Measurement-Lab
Lai Yi Ohlsen is a tech worker and artist, and the new Project Director of Measurement Lab, one of Code for Science Society’s sponsored projects. Previously, she worked to defend and promote human rights online with eQualitie as Technical Programs Manager.



Aldona Valicenti, Chief Information Officer | Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Kentucky
Aldona Valicenti was reappointed by Mayor Linda Gorton as Commissioner/CIO in January, 2019. She is collaborating with the Mayor’s Office on RethinkLex, an initiative for reengineering city operations and services. She is Lexington’s first CIO, was the first appointed CIO for Kentucky and president of NASCIO during her tenure.

Valicenti was VP of consulting services at CGI and VP of business development for Oracle Corp.

She co-sponsored the Gig for Lex project, a high-speed broadband initiative for the city, and now oversees the build-out, making Lexington one of the largest gig cities.

Valicenti holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and has received numerous awards, including recognition as “public official of the year” by Governing magazine. 

She has testified in Congress for state technology issues and advised states and governors on the CIO role.


Francine E. Alkisswani, Ph.D., Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Minority Broadband Initiative | National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Dr. Alkisswani leads the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Minority Broadband Initiative (MBI) working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as force multipliers for economic growth and rural prosperity, to ensure all Americans can participate in the digital economy. Since being at NTIA, she has been committed to advocating for and providing technical assistance in support of digital inclusion for vulnerable populations and broadband access for HBCUs and their communities.


Claude Aiken, President and CEO | WISPA
Claude Aiken is the President & CEO of WISPA, the association representing thousands of fixed wireless providers dedicated to closing the digital divide. He currently serves on the FCC’s BDAC, the Department of Commerce’s CSMAC.

He was named a Rising Star in the wireless industry by FierceWireless in 2018.

Claude joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission. While there, he served as a trusted advisor to Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn. He held senior leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well key staff attorney roles throughout the Commission.


Michael Calabrese, Director Wireless Future Project | New America
Michael Calabrese directs the Wireless Future Project at New America’s Open Technology Institute.  He advocates policies to promote ubiquitous, fast and affordable wireless broadband connectivity, including mobile market competition and  the reallocation of more prime spectrum for unlicensed access, next generation Wi-Fi, and dynamic spectrum sharing.

Calabrese has served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He served previously as Vice President of New America (2003-2010), General Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, director of domestic policy at the Center for National Policy, and as a counsel at the national AFL-CIO.   


Bruce Patterson, Technology Director | City of Ammon, Idaho
Bruce Patterson serves as the Technology Director for the City of Ammon, a small residential community with a population of just over 16,000 in the southeast corner of Idaho.  Bruce is responsible for the ‘Ammon model’ which makes use of an opt-in local improvement district to fund the fiber optic capital improvement.  The model separates the services from the infrastructure all the way to the home where subscribers self-provision their services.  Today 1 gigabit Internet is available in Ammon today for $26.50 a month with no contracts or data caps and the City has no debt associated with these improvements.


Stacy Richardson, Chief of Staff for Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga, and incoming Director of Urban Innovation, National League of Cities
Stacy Richardson currently serves as chief of staff to Mayor Andy Berke in the City of Chattanooga. Stacy has overseen the creation of a number of efforts including the creation of the Innovation District. Previous to her time in public service, she worked for a research organization called the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies and managed political campaigns. Stacy has been invited to participate in the Harvard Young American Leaders program and the Bloomberg Harvard Leadership Initiative. Stacy graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and holds a Masters degree from the University of Southern California.


Mariel Triggs, CEO | MuralNet
Mariel is the CEO of MuralNet, coordinating deployments, partnerships, and policy advocacy efforts. She has taken part in every aspect of builds from applying for licenses and funding to staging and mounting equipment. As an engineer, educator, and researcher, she has pushed innovation in STEM classrooms through project-based service learning for over a decade. Her work with online math curriculum proved how vital access to Internet resources us for content as well as mindsets. Because of this, Mariel strives to make the Internet accessible for all students. Before her work in education, she designed and tested medical devices to treat strokes, recyclable replacements for polyurethane, and more efficient methods of producing photo-chemicals at scale.

Mariel earned two degrees in engineering at UC Berkeley and a Master’s at Stanford in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education.


Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss, Council Member | Havasupai Tribe
Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss is the Tribal Council lead on telecommunications for the Supai community located on the floor of the Grand Canyon. Their self deployed network using Educational Broadband System (EBS) Spectrum has received national attention and brought her to the FCC successfully lobbying for a permanent license, and tribal priority windows for Indian country. The councilwoman has testified before a congressional sub-committee on the topic of ‘ Building opportunity in rural America through affordable reliable high-speed broadband’ as the only tribal voice in the hearing. 

Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss is the youngest member of the Havasupai Tribal Council. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the school of communications at Northern Arizona University.


K.J. Bagchi, Senior Counsel | Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
K.J. is the Senior Counsel for Telecommunications, Technology, and Media at Advancing Justice | AAJC.

K.J. has broad experience providing counsel and policy advice for elected members at the local, state and federal levels. He worked as Legislative Counsel at the D.C. City Council and for former Congressman Mike Honda. He has drafted legislation in a variety of areas including juvenile justice, immigration, and consumer protection. Through various roles, K.J. has developed programs, trainings, and conversations to embolden and empower the AAPI community in civic participation.

K.J. holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California Davis and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland.


Ben Rossen, Senior Attorney | Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Ben Rossen is a Senior Attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection where he represents the Commission in privacy and data security matters. At the FTC, Ben has worked on some of the Commission’s highest profile data security and privacy investigations, including settlements with Equifax, Uber and PayPal’s Venmo. In 2019, Ben served on detail with the majority staff of the Energy & Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advised the Committee on comprehensive privacy legislation and other issues relating to privacy, data security, and oversight of the FTC. Ben also speaks regularly on policy issues related to privacy and artificial intelligence, and was a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Big Data Task Force and an accompanying report on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and predictive analytics. Before joining the Commission, Ben co-founded a tech start-up, clerked for the Hon. Carol Bagley Amon in the Eastern District of New York, and was a litigator in private practice.


John Breyault, Vice President of Public Policy Telecommunications and Fraud | National Consumers League
John Breyault is a nationally-recognized consumer advocate with more than 15 years of experience championing the rights of consumers and the underserved. At the National Consumers League, he advocates for stronger consumer protections before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to telecommunications, fraud, data security, privacy, aviation, live event ticketing, video gaming and other consumer concerns. In addition, John manages NCL’s Fraud.org and #DataInsecurity Project campaigns. John has testified multiple times before Congress and federal agencies and is a regular contributor to national press outlets including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.


David Redl, President | Salt Point Strategies
David Redl is the President of Salt Point Strategies, a strategic advising firm focused on the technology and telecom sectors.

Mr. Redl previously served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. During his tenure, Mr. Redl led U.S. efforts to ensure American leadership in 5G, to bring broadband to more rural Americans, and to promote a free, open, and secure Internet around the world.

In the legislative branch, Mr. Redl served as Chief Counsel for Communications and Technology on the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. While at Energy and Commerce, Mr. Redl worked extensively on telecommunications, media, and technology laws, including the successful passage of laws authorizing the first-ever spectrum incentive auction, the creation of the First Responder Network Authority, and reauthorization of the satellite television laws.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Redl started his career as Director of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA, an international trade association of the wireless communications industry.



Jeremy Greenberg, Policy Fellow |  Future of Privacy
Jeremy Greenberg is a Policy Fellow with Future of Privacy Forum where he is focusing on a variety of issues surrounding emerging technology. Prior to joining FPF, Jeremy served as a law clerk for the Office of Senator Markey where he worked on a diverse set of privacy and telecommunications issues. 

Jeremy is a 2018 graduate from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, he was a member of the Georgetown Law Technology Review where he published several articles related to privacy, cybersecurity, and telecommunications law and policy. 


Jennifer Huddleston, Research Fellow | Mercatus Center
Jennifer Huddleston is a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the intersection of emerging technology and law and covers topics including data privacy, liability issues for online platforms and emerging technologies, transportation innovation, and the benefits of technology and innovation. Her work has appeared in Colorado Technology Law Journal, The Journal of Internet Law, Business Insider, Slate, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, The Hill, and U.S. News and World Report. Jennifer has a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and a BA in political science at Wellesley College. 


Tom Lenard, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus | Technology Policy Institute
Thomas Lenard is Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Technology Policy Institute. Lenard is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles on telecommunications, electricity, antitrust, privacy, e-commerce and other regulatory issues. His publications include Net Neutrality or Net Neutering: Should Broadband Internet Services Be Regulated?; The Digital Economy Fact Book; Privacy and the Commercial Use of Personal Information; Competition, Innovation and the Microsoft Monopoly: Antitrust in the Digital Marketplace; and Deregulating Electricity: The Federal Role. Before joining the Technology Policy Institute, Lenard was acting president, senior vice president for research and senior fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. He has served in senior economics positions at the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Trade Commission and the Council on Wage and Price Stability, and was a member of the economics faculty at the University of California, Davis. He is a past president and chairman of the board of the National Economists Club. Lenard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a PhD in economics from Brown University.


Laura Moy, Associate Professor | Georgetown University Law Center
Laura Moy is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she directs the Communications & Technology Law Clinic and is also associate director of the Center on Privacy & Technology. She has written, spoken, and advocated before federal agencies and Congress on a broad range of technology policy issues. Her current work focuses on consumer privacy and policy issues at the intersection of privacy and the criminal legal system. Professor Moy completed her JD at NYU School of Law and her LLM at Georgetown as part of the law school’s clinical teaching fellowship program.


Sean Perryman, Director of Social Impact Policy and Counsel | Internet Association
Sean Perryman is the Director of Social Impact Policy and Counsel at Internet Association. He is responsible for leading IA’s policy efforts around artificial intelligence (AI), diversity, inclusion, and immigration-related policies at the local, state, and federal level.

Prior to joining IA, Sean served as Counsel on the House Oversight Committee, Democratic staff where he conducted investigations and advised on technology policy including AI, cybersecurity, and privacy issues. Before working on the Oversight Committee, Sean practiced civil litigation both in Texas and D.C.

Sean is passionate about issues of equity and inclusion. He serves on the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.

Sean earned his B.A. from City University of New York- Baruch College. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.


Thank You

We extend our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors. This event would not be possible without their support. Sponsorship information is available here.

Next Century Cities thanks the following member municipalities for their participation:

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Next Century Cities’ work is made possible because of the vision and leadership at local levels of government as well as ongoing support from organizations like the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation. Many thanks to Google, our host sponsor for this event.


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