Media Access Project brings DC to Silicon Valley: May 12 and June 12

Media Access Project ( is putting together a series of conferences in Northern California to bring together public policy experts and tech industry leaders to draft policy recommendations for the next President of the United States. The first event is on May 12, 2008 and the second on June 12, 2008, both at the eBay campus in San Jose, CA.

MAP is a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization that for 35 years has been dedicated to promoting the public’s First Amendment right to access a diverse marketplace of ideas in the electronic mass media. MAP believes that the 2008 presidential election will present a special opportunity for the public, industry and policy makers to reflect on the important unresolved media, technology and telecom issues that will have a substantial impact on the future of innovation in America.

May 12 Forum (San Jose, CA)

The May 12 Forum is entitled The Future of Content & Control and will be held at eBay Headquarters in the Town Hall, at 2161 North First Street, San Jose, California 95131. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited so please RSVP by Tuesday May 6 with Brooke Rae-Hunter at brooke[at] or 202.454.5686.

Agenda for the May 12 forum:

10:00 AM Welcoming Remarks – Tod Cohen, VP and Deputy General Counsel for Government Relations, eBay

10:05 AM Welcoming Remarks – Albert Kramer, Chair, MAP Board of Directors

10:15 AM Panel 1: The Changing Nature of “Content” — The Challenge of Making Policy for Dynamic Technologies.

This discussion will focus on how decisions that the government makes about who controls distribution, content and ownership will be critical in determining the course of innovation in the United States.

Patrick Ross, Executive Director, Copyright Alliance
Mike Godwin, General Counsel, Wikipedia
Jule L. Sigal, Senior Policy Counsel/Copyright & Trademark, Microsoft
Andrew Jay Schwartzman, President, Media Access Project (Moderator)

11:45 AM Lunch

12:45 PM Panel 2: Whose Pipe is it – The End of “End to End?”
This panel will examine the concept of the Internet as a “closed pipe” and whether that concept is challenged by new technologies and network management demands.

Mark Lemley, Professor, Stanford Law School
Jason Devitt, Co-Founder and CEO, Skydeck
Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President, Regulatory Planning & Policy, AT&T
Blake Krikorian, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, Slingbox
Harold Feld, V.P., Media Access Project, (Moderator)

For full agenda, go to the Media Access Project website.

June 12 forum (San Jose, CA)

The second Innovation ’08 Forum – Open Access and the New Net Neutrality & Wireless Policy After the 700 MHz Auction — will be held on June 12, 2008 also at the eBay HQ.

Agenda for the June 12 forum

10:00-10:05 Welcoming Remarks – Tod Cohen, VP and Deputy General Counsel for Government Relations, eBay

10:05-10:15 Welcoming Remarks

Who is MAP?
What is “Innovation – ‘08”
Why is it important to Silicon Valley and America?

Panel 1: 10:15 – 11:45 AM

What Does Net Neutrality Mean Now?
Comcast’s interruption of P2P transmissions has generated debate about the need and wisdom of deploying advanced net management technologies. Can and will the private sector address this problem without government mandates? Historically, the debate about Net Neutrality has focused on who can access information distribution channels, and under what circumstances. Comcast’s recent interruption brings up new questions, explored here by some of the leading experts in the field.

George Ou, former network engineer
Ronald B. Yokubaitis, Chairman and CEO, Data Foundry
Others to be confirmed
Moderator: Parul Desai

10:15 – 10:35 Panel Introduction and Speaker Remarks
10:35 – 11:30 Moderator questions and panel discussion
11:30 – 11:45 Audience questions and answers.

LUNCH 11:45 – 12:45 PM

Panel 2: 12:45 – 2:30 PM

Spectrum Policy After the 700 MHz Auction

The FCC’s recently concluded 700 MHz auction has been praised, criticized, and puzzled over. Auction veterans will discuss what happened, why it happened, and what will happen next.

Coleman Bazelon, Principal, The Brattle Group
Gregory L. Rosston, Professor, Stanford
Gregory Rose, Economist, Gregory Rose & Associates
Carolyn Brandon, CTIA
Moderator: Harold Feld

12:45 – 1:05 Panel Introduction and Speaker Remarks
1:05 – 2:00 Moderator questions and panel discussion
2:00 – 2:30 Audience questions and answers.

For further information, or to RSVP, please contact Brooke Rae-Hunter at 202-454-5686 or brooke[at]