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2014 is lining up to be an eventful year in tech policy. The DC Circuit Court handed down its decision on net neutrality this week, and we can expect movement on the rewriting of the 1996 Communications Act and the upcoming spectrum auctions. On Friday morning, visiting fellows from AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy (CICT) laid out their expectations for the year to come. Richard Bennett argued that the Federal Communications Commission is unlikely to appeal the net neutrality decision, or work to reclassify Internet providers under Title II of the Communications Act. Bret Swanson predicted mergers and acquisitions in communications markets.
Roslyn Layton said that despite empirical evidence to the contrary, people will continue to make faulty claims that the US is falling behind in broadband. Regarding National Security Agency reform, Claude Barfield stated that the president is likely to send the issue to Congress, but that American high-tech companies will continue to face major challenges in foreign markets. Addressing intellectual property, Jeff Eisenach said he foresaw a bill akin to the Innovation Act moving through the Senate. Lastly, Gus Hurwitz argued that data security will likely become increasingly important to the general public.
In advance of the event, CICT polled the public on their predictions for tech policy issues in 2014 onwards. Please see results from the polls below.
2014 is lining up to be a remarkable year in the world of technology policy; a decision in the FCC v. Verizon net neutrality case is expected early in the year, patent troll legislation is making its way through Congress, the FCC is designing rules for the upcoming spectrum auctions, and the NSA revelations and related debate over privacy and security will no doubt continue.
Join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy as we ask our visiting fellows to look into the crystal ball and make predictions for 2014.
Take our poll to let us know your predictions for tech policy in 2014. Results will be announced at the event.
If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page and join @AEItech on Twitter with #TechPolicy2014. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
Registration and Breakfast
Panel I: Projections for telecommunications policy
Richard Bennett, AEI
Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bret Swanson, Entropy Economics LLC
Jeffrey Eisenach, AEI
Panel II: Projections for intellectual property, privacy, and cybersecurity
Claude Barfield, AEI
Gus Hurwitz, University of Nebraska College of Law
James K. Glassman, AEI
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Claude Barfield is a resident scholar at AEI who researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. He is a former consultant to the Office of the US Trade Representative. His many books include “Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization” (AEI Press, 2001), in which he identifies challenges to the WTO and to the future of trade liberalization.
Richard Bennett has a 30-year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) task group that devised the original Ethernet over twisted pair standard, and has contributed to WiFi standards for 15 years. He was active in the Open Society Foundations; the instigator of RFC 1001; and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab. He has worked for leading applied-research labs, where portions of his work were underwritten by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Bennett also holds four networking patents and is a member of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group. He speaks frequently at network industry gatherings and policy conferences in the US and abroad, and has appeared before Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearings, been cited in FCC submissions, and testified before the California State Legislature and the US Congress. Bennett has published articles and book chapters in the academic and tech press, major newspapers, IEEE Spectrum, and has appeared on radio and television. Additionally, he was appointed to a two-year term on the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority’s Regulatory and Economist Panel. Bennett’s written work on wireless networks and the Internet’s structure and regulation forms a central part of the broadband policy debate, framing often emotional issues on a dispassionate and technically sound basis.
Jeffrey Eisenach is a visiting scholar at AEI. Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. At AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a senior vice president at NERA Economic Consulting and an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches Regulated Industries. He writes on a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He has also taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at AEI, where he works on Internet and communications policy in the new AEI Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Glassman rejoined AEI in August after having served as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, during which time he led America’s public diplomacy outreach and inaugurated the use of new Internet technology in these efforts, an approach he christened “public diplomacy 2.0.” He was also chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all US government nonmilitary international broadcasting. Most recently, Glassman was instrumental in the creation of the George W. Bush Institute, where he remains the founding executive director. Before his government service, Glassman was a senior fellow at AEI, where he specialized in economics and technology and founded The American, AEI’s magazine. In addition to his government service, Glassman was a former president of The Atlantic, publisher of The New Republic, executive vice president of US News & World Report, and editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call.
Gus Hurwitz, a visiting fellow at AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he teaches telecommunications law, cyber law, law and economics, and other regulation-related subjects. His research builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology. He was previously the inaugural research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, and before that was a visiting assistant professor at George Mason University Law School. He previously spent several years as a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section. Hurwitz has a background in technology and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. During this time, his work was recognized with professional awards from organizations such as the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In addition, he held an Internet2 Land Speed world record with the Guinness Book of World Records. Hurwitz is a co-blogger at Truth on the Market.
Roslyn Layton studies Internet economics at the Center for Communication, Media, and Information Technologies (CMI) at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. The mission of CMI, a cross-disciplinary center within the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University, is to explore and develop the potential of new converging communication, media, and information technologies and associated platforms, and to offer competences and expertise to companies and public institutions. Layton has a background in the information technology (IT) industry, having worked with a variety of companies offering digital-marketing software, web analytics platforms, disruptive technologies, outsourcing, health care and biotechnology IT, and web development services. She wrote key performance indicators for “Search Engine Marketing” (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and managed a digital advertising agency. She has been employed in California, India, Holland, and Denmark. Layton has been active in the start-up, nonprofit, and educational sectors, advising entrepreneurs, mentoring students, and providing business expertise. She has served in various leadership roles for educational, health, and community organizations.
Bret Swanson is president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He advises investors and technology companies, focusing on the Internet ecosystem and the broadband networks and applications that drive it. Swanson is also a scholar at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where, since 2005, his research has centered on economic growth and policies that encourage it. For eight years Swanson advised technology investors as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report and later was a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation. Swanson began his career as an aide to former senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and was then an economic analyst for former representative Jack Kemp (R-NY) at Empower America.