The Digital Broadband Migration: First Principles for a Twenty First Century Innovation Policy

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The conditions that produced the late twentieth century and early twenty first century boom around the Internet and information technology merit careful examination and analysis. The platform technologies related to computing and networking owe their roots to investments by government supported and private sector-supported research and development from organizations like DARPA, Bell Labs, and Xerox PARC. In a world where “M&A is the new R&D,” it remains to be seen how the innovation model of the future will evolve.

The role of established firms vis a vis new upstarts in driving technological progress remains a topic of ongoing conversation, often focusing on Joseph Schumpeter’s theory of creative destruction and Clayton Christensen’s portrait of disruptive innovation. The implications of such theories for regulatory policy and intellectual property protection in spurring (or hindering) innovation continue to be developed. In practice, for example, policymakers must determine whether law and regulation should provide clearer up-front guidance through rules or more after-the-fact flexibility through standards.

In this 15th anniversary year of Silicon Flatirons, we will address the first principles for innovation policy, evaluating a set of important policy questions. These questions will include: (1) What are the Sources of Innovation? (2) What are the Preconditions for a Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem? (3) What is the Role of Interoperation and Interconnection in Network Industries? (4) What is the Role of Competition Policy With Respect to Innovation? And (5) What Does a Jurisprudence of Innovation Look Like (e.g., what institutional approaches and legal regimes are most effective)? To address these questions, we will bring together an impressive group of policymakers, academics, industry executives, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders.


02/08/15 9:00am - 9:15am
  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
02/08/15 9:15am - 10:30am
Mapping the Technological Frontier and the Sources of Innovation
  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • kc claffy
    Founder and Director, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis
  • Ashkan Soltani
    Independent Researcher & Technologist, Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House & Former Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission
  • Jack Waters
    Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications
  • David Clark
    Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
02/08/15 10:30am - 10:45am

02/08/15 10:45am - 12:00pm
Preconditions for A Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Karen Kornbluh
    Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Nielsen; Senior Fellow for Digital Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Donald Gips
    Venture Partner, Columbia Capital
  • Chip Pickering
    Chief Executive Officer, Comptel
  • Rebecca Arbogast
    Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast Corporation
02/08/15 12:00pm - 1:15pm

02/08/15 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Interoperability and Interconnection in the Network Industries
  • Michele C. Farquhar — Moderator
    Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • David Clark — Presenter
    Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Christopher Yoo — Presenter
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jon Nuechterlein — Presenter
    General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
  • Leonard Cali — Commenter
    Senior Vice President - Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Sharon Gillett — Commenter
    Principal Networking Policy Strategist, Microsoft Research
  • Michael D. Gallagher — Commenter
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Software Association
02/08/15 2:45pm - 3:00pm

02/08/15 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Competition Policy
  • Jeff Blattner — Moderator
    Senior Fellow, Telecommunications and Platforms Initiative, Silicon Flatirons
  • Fiona M. Scott Morton — Presenter
    Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management
  • Maureen Ohlhausen — Presenter
    Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Jonathan Sallet — Presenter
    General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
  • Stephen F. Williams — Commenter
    Senior United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Gene Kimmelman — Commenter
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Knowledge
02/08/15 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Reception (Please note: per university policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.)

02/09/15 9:00am - 9:15am
  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
02/09/15 9:15am - 10:00am
Fireside Chat:
  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Edith Ramirez
    Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission
02/09/15 10:00am - 10:15am

02/09/15 10:15am - 11:45am
Jurisprudence for Innovation
  • Anna Gomez — Moderator
    Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Mark Cooper — Presenter
    Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Nathan Cortez — Presenter
    Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor of Law
  • Raymond Gifford — Presenter
    Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Howard Shelanski — Commenter
    Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Randy Milch — Commenter
    Executive Vice President, Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO, Verizon Communications Inc.
02/09/15 11:45am - 12:30pm
Closing Address
  • Tom Wheeler
    Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
02/09/15 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch Reception

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