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Leah Belsky

 

Leah Belsky

VP of Strategic Development and Assoc. GC, Kaltura

Leah Belsky is a serial entrepreneur and thought leader who specializes in open systems and application of technology to new domains. She is the VP of Strategic Development and Assoc. GC at Kaltura, a "TechCrunch Top 40" and Intel Capital funded company launching the world's first open source media platform. At Kaltura, Leah drives product and business strategy, interfacing with Fortune 100 companies and educational institutions to define the future of education and media on the web.

Leah began her career in international development and science & technology policy at the World Bank, National Institutes of Health, Madeline Albright Group, and Electronic Frontier Foundation. At the Bank she received the "Innovation Fund Award" and led public-private development and democratization projects in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. She was also a member of Obama's Technology Policy Committee and an early advisor to 'Startl', an edtech incubator and accelerator in NYC.

Leah is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University. At Yale, she was a Knight Law and Media Fellow and studied innovation, community design, and open systems under Yochai Benkler. She also launched Noank Media, a spin-off start-up of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society with Terry Fisher, a leading intellectual property scholar and one of the largest Telcos in China. Leah's work has been published in leading academic journals, and she has presented around the world. She remains a fellow at Yale, a leader of the Open Video Alliance, and advises both start-ups and non-profits focused in education and cultivation of entrepreneurial communities in the US.

Hal Bringman

 

Hal Bringman

Founder and President, NVPR

Hal Bringman is a communications strategist with a demonstrated 15-year track record of using his media expertise to build solid business opportunities around trends detected in their most nascent stages.

He has been a key player in many of technology's most seminal events, including the unleashing of digital distribution in the entertainment industry propelled by the launch of MP3.com and Napster. Beginning in 2000, he followed up this advent by ushering in the rise of mobile technology by launching and shaping the earliest mobile entertainment companies.

He helped to further foster the evolutionary forces in the entertainment industry by launching TV and film related startups that have caused a stir in the corridors of both Hollywood and Washington, DC alike with strategic outreach to both policy makers and the public. Even now, while copyright conglomerates ponder their future, Mr. Bringman continues to help drive the pulse of innovation.

Before the masses became familiar with the terminology or Steve Jobs figured out what an MP3 file was, Bringman launched MP3.com as his company's first client in 1998. He simultaneously introduced digital music to the marketplace by leading the high-profile rise of the company from inception through IPO. According to Credit Suisse, it was their single largest independent Internet IPO raising nearly $400m in a single day. Bringman has been instrumental as a communications / strategy advisor in raising more than $3 billion from various methods including IPO, venture capital, and acquisitions.

Most recently, Mr. Bringman recognized Double Down Interactive's (DDI) massive market potential and joined this venture to help it reach the next level in the already crowded social games space. With his intuitive vision and strategic outreach, Mr. Bringman helped build the startup into the fourth most popular social game on Facebook in only one year, and then he introduced DDI to market-leader, IGT (NYSE: IGT), leading to the acquisition of Double Down Interactive for $500 million in January 2012.

Hal Bringman is the founder and President of NVPR, a digital media consultancy based in Seattle with offices in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires. The firm consults companies with multi-billion dollar market caps, investment banks and select start-ups alike, helping them reach the masses, accelerate business development and ultimately realize successful exit strategies.

The acumen and instincts to successfully drill down and detect trend findings, look deeper at consumer needs, locate any sense of friction and subsequently help to create solutions—all with an entrepreneurial mindset – drives Hal Bringman's work.

Michael Copps

 

Michael Copps

Former FCC Commissioner

Michael J. Copps completed two terms as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission on December 31, 2011. He is the seventh longest-serving Commissione4r in the history of the agency. Commissioners are nominated by the President of the United States and are confirmed by the U. S. Senate.

Dr. Copps served from 1998 until January 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, Assistant Secretary Copps managed a 400-person team working to improve market access and market share for nearly every sector of American industry, including information technologies and telecommunications. He Copps devoted much of his time to building private sector-public sector partnerships to enhance our nation's success in the global economy. From 1993 to 1998, Dr. Copps served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Basic Industries, a component of the Trade Development Unit.

Dr. Copps moved to Washington in 1970 to join the staff of U. S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) and served for over a dozen years as the Senator's Chief of Staff and senior adviser. From 1985 to 1989, Copps served as Director of Government Affairs for a Fortune 500 Company. From 1989 to 1993, he was Senior Vice President for Legislative Affairs for a major national trade association.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Copps received a B.A. from Wofford College and earned a Ph.D. in United States history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught US history at Loyola University in New Orleans from 1967 to 1970.

Commissioner Copps' years at the FCC were highlighted by his strong defense of "the public interest"; outreach to what he calls "non-traditional stakeholders" in the decisions of the Commission—particularly minorities, Native Americans, and the various disabilities communities; and by actions to stem the tide of what he regards as excessive consolidation in the nation's media and telecommunications industries.

Dr. Copps has made clear his intention to continue speaking out on these issues in the years ahead.

Copps is married to the former Elizabeth Catherine Miller of New Orleans. They have five children and six grandchildren, and reside in Alexandria, VA.

Maura Colleton Corbett

 

Maura Corbett

President and Founder, Glen Echo Group

Maura Colleton Corbett brings 20 years of communications, public affairs and coalition building experience to the Glen Echo Group, which provides senior-level strategic counsel to clients faced with complicated issues affecting the high-technology industry including Internet policy, wireless technologies, broadband competition, deployment and applications, and content-related policy issues including privacy, security and copyright. Corbett also has significant experience in energy reform and renewables, particularly related to smart grid deployment. She has represented clients before various levels of government, including the United States Congress, Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications Information Administration, and extensively with members of traditional and online media. In addition, Corbett brings unique and deep-rooted experience in industry coalition building for a number of high-technology matters; most recently, White Spaces, Internet radio, Net Neutrality and copyright reform for the digital age.

Corbett was a former Senior Adviser with MCI WorldCom's Law and Public Policy Group, where she helped develop and advocate Internet public policy positions to policymakers and the press for the company's Internet and data markets, including broadband deployment, implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, wireless broadband technologies, and network liability issues. Previously, she was Vice President for the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), representing competitive telecommunications providers, private networks, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) before the Federal Communications Commission, Capitol Hill, state regulatory agencies and the press.

Corbett received the 2010 Women in Technology Leadership Award, for her demonstration of exemplary leadership skills and exceptional results in community-related work, the first WIT award ever for a woman in the public affairs industry.

She is a frequent speaker on Internet public policy issues and coalition building, and her body of work on high-profile technology issues earned the prestigious Holmes Report "Public Affairs Agency of the Year" in 2008.

Corbett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

Brewster Kahle

 

Brewster Kahle

Digital Librarian, Director and Co-founder, Internet Archive

Brewster has built technologies, companies, and institutions to advance the goal of universal access to all knowledge. He currently oversees the non-profit Internet Archive as founder and Digital Librarian, which is now one of the largest digital archives in the world.

As a digital archivist, Brewster has been active in technology, business, and law.

Keywords: MIT'82, helped start Thinking Machines, founder WAIS Wide Area Information Servers, Internet strategist AOL, co-founded Alexa Internet, sold to Amazon.com, directs Internet Archive.

Details: After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982, he helped start a supercomputer company, Thinking Machines, that built systems for searching large text collections. In 1989, he invented the Internet's first publishing and distributed search system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server). WAIS Inc. created the online presence for many of the world's largest publishers, and was purchased by America Online in 1995. In 1996, Brewster co-founded Alexa Internet, which provides search and discovery services included in more than 90 percent of web browsers, and was purchased by Amazon in 1999.

Brewster has also worked to revise law and policy in light technical advances. He is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a plaintiff in Kahle v. Gonzales (formerly Kahle v. Ashcroft), which challenges recent copyright term extensions.

Brewster is profiled in Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite (HardWired, 1996). He was selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005, the AlwaysOn/Technorati Open Media 100 in 2005, the Upside 100 in 1997, the Micro Times 100 in 1996 and 1997, and the Computer Week 100 in 1995.

Andrew McLaughlin

 

Andrew McLaughlin

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, betaworks
Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School

Andrew McLaughlin is a technology law and policy nerd. He is Executive Director of Civic Commons, a new non-profit that help cities and other governments share and implement low-cost technologies to improve public services, management, accountability, transparency, and citizen engagement. He is also a director of Code for America.

From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin served on President Obama's White House staff as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, focusing on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cybersecurity, online privacy and free speech, federal R&D priorities, spectrum policy, entrepreneurship, and building open technology platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education. Prior to the White House, he served on the Obama/Biden presidential transition team, as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform cluster. From 2004-2009, Andrew was Director of Global Public Policy at Google.

From 1999-2002, Andrew helped launch and manage ICANN, the Internet's technical coordinating organization, serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. From 1998-2005, Andrew was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2002-2003, Andrew taught a course on digital democracy at Harvard Law School while working on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He was a co-founder of CIPESA, a technology policy think-tank and advocacy center based at Makerere University in Uganda. At Google, Andrew co-led Google's Africa strategy, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges.org, an international non-profit organization based in Cape Town.

Andrew holds a B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. After clerking on the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Andrew started his legal career at Jenner & Block in Washington DC, where he focused on appellate and constitutional litigation. He was a member of the legal team that challenged the U.S. government's first Internet censorship law, resulting in the Supreme Court's landmark 1997 Internet free speech ruling in ACLU vs. Reno. From 1997-98, Andrew served as counsel to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. In 2000, Time Magazine named Andrew one of its Digital Dozen. In 2001, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a fellow of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Michael Petricone

 

Michael Petricone

SVP, Government Affairs Consumer Electronics Association

Michael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). In his position, Michael has been responsible for representing the CE industry's position before Congress and the FCC on critical issues such as digital television broadband, driver safety and home recording rights. Mr. Petricone is a frequent speaker on policy issues impacting the consumer electronics industry, and in 2003 Michael was featured by Dealerscope Magazine as one of the technology industry's "Top 40 Under 40". Mr. Petricone received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University. CEA represents more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturers of audio, video, accessories, mobile electronics, communication, information and multimedia products that are sold through consumer channels. CEA also sponsors and manages the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest annual trade event showcasing consumer electronics products.

Kathleen Wallman

 

Kathleen Wallman

President, Wallman Consulting LLC

Ms. Wallman provides expert strategic advice and counsel on complex telecommunications issues. She is a Visiting Research Professor in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University as well as Chief Executive Officer of Wallman Consulting LLC. She serves as a member of the board of directors for Micromuse, Inc, a network reliability software company; The Precursor Group, an independent investment research company; Consumer Energy Council of America Research Foundation, a non-profit research foundation. 

Ms. Wallman was appointed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard to chair the National Coordinating Committee on public safety spectrum, and served as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau at the FCC. She was Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Chief of Staff and Counselor to the National Economic Council in the White House. She was also Deputy Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel. Ms. Wallman was a Partner in the law firm Arnold & Porter and was a Law Clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Judge Pauline Newman of the Federal Circuit.

Kevin Werbach

 

Kevin Werbach

Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, Supernova Group

Kevin Werbach is a leading expert on the business, legal, and social implications of Internet and communications technologies. Werbach is Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  His research addresses strategic and public policy issues at the intersection of law, business, and technology, with a focus on the increasing pervasiveness of networks.  He is the also the founder of Supernova Group, a technology analysis and consulting firm. He organizes the annual Supernova conference, which has been described by John Seely Brown as, "one of the must-attends of the digerati and forward thinkers of the networked age." He served on the Obama Administration's Presidential Transition Team, and was employed as an expert advisor on broadband policy to the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Werbach is the former editor of Release 1.0, a renowned industry publication that provided leading-edge analysis of key technology trends for senior executives. With Esther Dyson, he co-organized the annual PC Forum conference. Previously, he served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC. Called "one of the few policy wonks who really got it" by Wired, he helped develop the United States Government's e-commerce policies, shaped the FCC's approach to Internet issues, and authored Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the implications of the Internet on telecommunications.

A sought-after speaker and commentator, Werbach appears frequently in print and broadcast media including CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Economist. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Slate, and Business 2.0, among other publications, and he has been invited to testify before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and FCC. He is a fellow of the Global Institute for Communications in Japan; a board member of Public Knowledge; an editorial board member of Wharton Digital Press; an advisor to the Just Press Play Project, Knowledge@Wharton, and the SEI Center for Advanced Management; and a member of the editorial boards of Info, The Journal of Information Policy, and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

Werbach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as Publishing Editor of the law review, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He lives with his family in the Philadelphia area.  Werbach can be reached at kevin@werbach.com, and he blogs at http://werblog.com and tweets at @kwerb.

Board of Directors Emeritus Bios

Hal Abelson

 

Hal Abelson

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Harold (Hal) Abelson is Class of 1922 Professor Of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a Fellow of the IEEE. He holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from MIT. In 1992, Abelson was designated as one of MIT's six inaugural MacVicar Faculty Fellows, in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to teaching and undergraduate education. Abelson was recipient in 1992 of the Bose Award (MIT's School of Engineering teaching award). Abelson is also the winner of the 1995 Taylor L. Booth Education Award given by IEEE Computer Society, cited for his continued contributions to the pedagogy and teaching of introductory computer science.

Abelson has a longstanding interest in using computation as a conceptual framework in teaching. He directed the first implementation of Logo for the Apple II, which made the language widely available on personal computers beginning in 1981; and published a widely selling book on Logo in 1982. His book "Turtle Geometry," written with Andrea diSessa in 1981, presented a computational approach to geometry has been cited as "the first step in a revolutionary change in the entire teaching/learning process."

Together with Gerald Sussman, Abelson developed MIT's introductory computer science subject, "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs," a subject organized around the notion that a computer language is primarily a formal medium for expressing ideas about methodology, rather than just a way to get a computer to perform operations. This work, through Abelson and Sussman's popular computer science textbook, videotapes of their lectures, and the availability on personal computers of the Scheme dialect of Lisp (used in teaching the course), has had a world-wide impact on university computer-science education.

Abelson and Sussman also cooperate in codirecting the MIT Project on Mathematics and Computation, a joint project of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, whose goal is to create better computational tools for scientists and engineers. Together with their students, Abelson and Sussman are combining techniques from numerical computing, symbolic algebra, and heuristic programming to develop programs that not only perform massive numerical computations, but that also interpret these computations and "discuss" the results in qualitative terms. Programs such as these could form the basis for intelligent scientific instruments that monitor physical systems based upon high-level behavioral descriptions. More generally, they could lead to a new generation of computational tools that can autonomously explore complex physical systems, and which will play an important part in the future practice of science and engineering. At the same time, these programs incorporate computational formulations of scientific knowledge that can form the foundations of better ways to teach science and engineering.

David Bollier

 

David Bollier

Writer and Activist

David Bollier is an independent strategist, journalist, and consultant specializing in progressive public policy, the impact of digital media on democratic culture, consumer rights and citizen action.

Much of Bollier's recent work has focused on developing a new analysis and language for reclaiming "the commons," the diverse array of publicly owned assets, gift-economies and natural systems that function in tandem with markets. His critique of the topic is set forth in Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (Routledge; www.silenttheft.com).

Bollier is a Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication and has been a public affairs and political advisor to television writer/producer Norman Lear since 1984. He is also co-founder of a new public-interest policy advocacy organization, Public Knowledge, which represents the public's stake in copyright, patent and Internet issues. Bollier consults with a variety of nonprofit organizations and foundations, has served as a rapporteur for the Aspen Institute for many years, and is the author of six books (www.bollier.org.)

Educated at Amherst College (B.A.) and Yale Law School (M.S.L.), Bollier lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Hon. Reed Hundt

 

Reed Hundt

Senior Advisor, McKinsey and Company

Reed E. Hundt is an advisor on information industries to McKinsey and Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. His work with McKinsey has focused on helping senior management and boards address a wide range of strategic and other leadership challenges.

He also serves on the board of directors of three publicly traded companies, Allegiance Telecom, Inc., Expedia, and Intel Corp. He is a special advisor to Blackstone Group, a New York-based private equity firm, and a venture partner at Benchmark Capital, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California, specializing in investments in high-tech companies. He teaches a seminar cross-listed at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, where he serves as a member of the advisory committee.

Hundt served four years as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), from 1993 to 1997. He also helped negotiate the World Trade Organization Telecommunications agreement, opening markets in 69 countries to competition and dropping barriers to foreign investment. He is especially proud of his role in making the largest single national commitment to K-12 education in America's history: the Snowe-Rockefeller program that dedicates more than $2 billion annually to connect all classrooms in the country to the Internet.

Hundt is the author of, "You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics." (Yale University Press, 2000). He has also been Co-Chairman of The Forum on Communications and Society at The Aspen Institute.

Joichi Ito

 

Joichi Ito

Director, MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Laboratory and former CEO of Creative Commons. He is a co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He is on the board of CCC and Tucows. He is a Senior Visiting Researcher of Keio Research Institute at Shonan Fujisawa Campus in Japan. He is the Chairman of Six Apart Japan the weblog software company. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS and Global Voices. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Technorati, Flickr, SocialText, Dopplr, Last.fm, Rupture, Kongregate and other Internet companies. He maintains a weblog where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community. He is the Guild Custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know.

Ito was listed by Time Magazine as a member of the "Cyber-Elite" in 1997. Ito was listed as one of the 50 "Stars of Asia" by BusinessWeek and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 2000. He was selected by the World Economic Forum in 2001 as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow", chosen by Newsweek as a member of the "Leaders of The Pack" in 2005, and listed by Vanity Fair as a member of "The Next Establishment" in 2007. Ito was also named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008.

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