Regulating Computing and Code

Tags: Technology Policy

Software now structures and enables virtually all communications services, thus raising important challenges for governance. On one level, these challenges relate to the rapidity of technological changes and whether policymakers can act quickly and effectively to advance policy goals. On another level, the global interdependence of many of these services challenges the ability of national regulatory bodies to advance public policy goals. In the case of the emerging 5G wireless standards, the new architecture will rely on software-defined networks and will be developed by international standards bodies, raising questions for how national policy goals—ranging from public safety communications to cybersecurity and competition—will be advanced by national-level bodies.

In the 2018 annual technology policy conference, we will explore the set of governance challenges raised by the dominance of software:

  • the ability to make predictions in today’s technological environment, asking, for example, how such challenges affect antitrust policy
  • the increasing pervasive use of algorithms—from automated vehicles to internet-based services like search, to public policy issues like recommended prison sentences—raises challenges for policymakers
  • whether the massive amounts of data created and analyzed should be stored locally, with some countries seeking to mandate such regulation
  • the fundamental challenge of how to design regulatory institutions that can be effective in today’s technological environment

As per tradition, this conference will bring together a group of leaders from academia, government, and industry.

If you need any accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter, CART, or alternate format versions of printed materials, please contact Susanna Weller at or (303) 492-5442, and we will gladly make any necessary arrangements.


02/11/18 9:00am - 9:15am
  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons
02/11/18 9:15am - 9:45am
Keynote Address
  • Vinton G. Cerf — Keynote
    Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
02/11/18 9:45am - 10:45am
The Triumph of Software and Software-Defined Networks
  • Blake Reid — Moderator
    Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Technology Policy Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
  • kc claffy — Panelist
    Founder and Director, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis
  • Edward W. Felten — Panelist
    Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
  • Matt Larsen — Panelist
    Chief Executive Officer, Vistabeam
  • Jack Waters — Panelist
    Chief Technology Officer and President, Fiber Solutions, Zayo Group, LLC
02/11/18 10:45am - 11:00am

02/11/18 11:00am - 12:30pm
Challenges of Governance
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons
  • Jeffrey Binder — Panelist
    Executive Vice President, President Layer3, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Leonard Cali — Panelist
    Senior Vice President - Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Howard Shelanski — Panelist
    Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Former Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Gigi Sohn — Panelist
    Leadership in Government Fellow, Open Society Foundations; Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy; Fellow, Mozilla
  • Larry Strickling — Panelist
    Former Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
02/11/18 12:30pm - 1:45pm

02/11/18 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Governance and Algorithms
02/11/18 3:15pm - 3:30pm

02/11/18 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Fireside Chat
  • Bryan Tramont — Moderator
    Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Brendan Carr
    Federal Communications Commission — Commissioner, [invitation pending]
02/11/18 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Debate: We Need to Protect Strong National Borders on the Internet?
  • JP de Vries — Moderator
    Director Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, Silicon Flatirons
  • Jennifer Daskal
    Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Paul Ohm
    Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Georgetown University Law Center
02/11/18 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please note: Per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.

02/12/18 8:30am - 10:00am
Policy and Predictions in An Era of Rapid Technological Change
  • Kristelia García — Moderator
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Content Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
  • Babette E. Boliek — Presenter
    Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University
  • Martin Cave — Presenter
    Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School, UK
  • Tim Wu — Presenter
    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Christopher Yoo — Presenter
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stephen F. Williams — Commenter
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • David Young — Commenter
    Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon
02/12/18 10:00am - 10:15am

02/12/18 10:15am - 11:45am
Designing Twenty First Century Regulatory Institutions
  • Ari Q. Fitzgerald — Moderator
    Partner and Leader, Communications , Hogan Lovells
  • William E. Kovacic — Presenter
    Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, The George Washington University Law School; Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School
  • Adam Thierer — Presenter
    Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Rebecca Arbogast — Commenter
    Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast Corporation
  • Gene Kimmelman — Commenter
    President, Chief Executive Officer, Public Knowledge
02/12/18 11:45am - 12:30pm
Fireside Chat
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons
  • Jeff Storey
    President, Chief Operating Officer, CenturyLink
02/12/18 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch Reception

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