Over the past several years, there have been many discussions regarding how interactive technology can drive change in our nation’s politics – but of perhaps greater importance is how technology can improve the daily functioning of our nation’s government.
The discussion should not be a partisan one – this panel will bring together leading innovators from both parties to engage in a post-partisan discussion about how technology can improve the public’s interactions with their government.
This discussion should be about specifics – we can all agree on the broad principles that technology drives change – but we have all heard that conversation before. This panel will focus on the specific progress that has been made, the specific opportunities that exist in the near future, and the specific challenges that need to be addressed.
As citizens increasingly become on-demand consumers in their daily lives, it is clear that government needs to better utilize interactive technology or it will only be more radically disconnected from the public.
This is not a political conference, which is precisely why it should be where this conversation takes place – how can the innovations from the creative, marketing and interactive communities be applied to improving our nation?
Our government needs to modernize. We need to move forward and debate new ideas, focusing on how we can collectively make our government work smarter, faster and better for all citizens.
Activity on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) this year will directly affect the prospects for ongoing innovation, entrepreneurial investment, universal broadband access, mobile policy, and Internet openness.
Early in the Obama Administration, Congress tasked the FCC with the responsibility of developing a National Broadband Plan (“NBP”) to establish the nation’s goals with respect to broadband service and provide a roadmap for achieving them.
The NBP, delivered to Congress one year ago, contained a series of recommendations to advance universal broadband access and affordability, promote innovation, and create new wireless opportunities.
A principal staff architect of the NBP and a 20 year Capitol Hill veteran, Colin Crowell will discuss the status of the NBP’s implementation, including prospects for obtaining more wireless frequencies for broadband use, reform of the multi-billion dollar universal service program for the Internet era, and current legislative threats to Internet openness and entrepreneurial investment.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property David Kappos is charged with Advising the Secretary of Commerce, and the President of the United States, on all aspects of Intellectual Property policy.
Our nation faces an uncertain economic future. It is clear however, that in order to be successful, America will need to harness the ingenuity, creativity, and innovation of its people—America will need to harness its Intellectual Property.
A sound Intellectual Property system will help support R&D that propels the Green Tech revolution; will allow people to harness the power of digitization and an internet-connected world; and will better ensure the preservation of cultural diversity and drive growth of the creative arts.
Under Secretary Kappos will lay out his vision for the future of the Intellectual Property system and describe its impact on the world’s entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators.
11th–15th March 2011