CES Expands Public Policy Focus
Dec 13, 2012
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CES Expands Public Policy Focus
The Consumer Electronics Association announced an array of panel discussions for the Innovation Policy Summit during the 2013 International CES. CES is Jan. 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Happening near the start of the next U.S. Congressional session, the Innovation Policy Summit includes top government officials, entrepreneurs, and policy experts who will underscore the relationship between technology innovation and public policies while addressing issues impacting American innovators and U.S. competitiveness.

The CES Innovation Policy Summit session panels include the following:

* Strategic Immigration: Bringing the Best and Brightest to America - panel will include tech entrepreneurs Mert Iseri of SwipeSense and Fabien Beckers of Morpheus Medical with a representative from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.
* Fighting the Patent Trolls - panel will include companies that have been victimized by patent trolls as well as Washington policymakers who are helping the tech industry fight back.
* Beyond SOPA: Creating a Pro-innovation, Pro-artist Copyright Policy - a discussion among entrepreneurs and policymakers regarding how to protect intellectual property while maintaining a vibrant Internet and creating opportunities for content creators.
* Premiere of the documentary by Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian and General Manager Erik Martin: "Silicon Prairie: America's New Internet Economy," which captures the 2012 Internet Bus Tour's effort to "campaign for the Internet." Ohanian and Martin will participate in a panel discussion examining public policy and the Internet economy.
* Mobile Impact on Economic Growth and Job Creation - a panel planned in partnership with The Brookings Institution.
* Facing the Policy Issues of Facial Recognition Technology.
* Voluntary Incentive Auctions: The Wireless Future Is Here! - exploring how the voluntary spectrum auctions are progressing and the impact on technology.
* Washington and the Startup Economy: First, Do No Harm - a discussion of what Congress needs to do to ensure the next generation of high-tech, high skill jobs are created in America.
* E-waste Policy in the U.S. - industry leaders and policymakers discuss how to move beyond the patchwork of state e-waste laws to a sustainable industry-driven CE recycling system.
* Energy Efficiency: How Industry, Not Government, is Leading the Way to Energy Savings in Electronics - panel of industry executives discusses the alternatives to regulatory efforts that favor innovation and consumer choice.
* Driving the Debate on Safe Driving, a panel exploring the role of the federal government in this area
* Taking Flight: New Approaches to the Use of Consumer Electronics on Airplanes - produced with APEX, a panel of airline, technology, and regulatory professionals discuss policies and procedures for use of devices in flight.

Also, CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will interview Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski in a one-on-one conversation focusing on spectrum, broadband, the Internet, and other issues. FCC commissioners are expected for a separate discussion of the FCC's Regulatory Agenda for 2013.

Some 75 government guests are expected to attend the Innovation Policy Summit at CES including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, government executives and government officials from other countries.

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