‘State of the Net’ speaker list published

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working to educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues, will hold its sixth annual State of the Net Conference. The conference is announcing several new names to its agenda including former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer; White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin; White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra; Special Advisor for Technology to Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney Roberta Katz; Ambassador Philip Verveer; and professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School Susan Crawford, who will moderate a one-on-one debate on the economic impact of net neutrality on innovation and investment.

The 2010 conference will feature several senior government officials and leaders, including a keynote discussion on the future of broadband with Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. The conversation with Mr. Roberts will be moderated by Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal. The luncheon keynote speaker will including incoming White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt in his first public remarks. The conference will also feature remarks by Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and sessions on the top-tier technology policy issues including broadband deployment, antitrust, cybersecurity, copyright strikes, e-Gov, privacy and cloud computing to name a few.

The conference will also feature a panel, “Cyberwar: Is Congress Preparing for the Common Defense?,” looking at how Congress should be approaching and addressing the cyber security situation as well as preparing for the possibility of cyberwar. The panel includes Shane Harris, Correspondent, National Journal; Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology; Jim Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and moderator Lance J. Hoffman, Director, Cyberspace Security Policy and Research Institute, The George Washington University. More information about the conference and the full agenda can be found at http://www.netcaucus.org/conference/2010/.

What: 6th Annual State of the Net Conference

When: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW


The State of the Net Conference is the largest information technology policy conference in the United States, attracting over 550 attendees in 2009. As a leader in technology policy, this year’s conference will address policy issues that will challenge the Obama Administration and policymakers in the second session of the 111th Congress. The 2010 State of the Net Conference will follow the 13th Annual Kickoff Reception & Technology Exhibition on the evening of January 26 from 5 to 7 pm in the U.S. Senate Office Complex.

About the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee:

Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is a diverse group of public interest, non-profit and industry groups working to educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues. The group seeks to promote the growth and advancement of the Internet and provide a bicameral, bipartisan forum for Internet concerns to be raised while promoting the education of internet-related issues. More information can be found at http://www.netcaucus.org.