Second Annual Tech Policy Summit Opens in Southern California

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The 2nd annual Tech Policy Summit, being held March 26-28, 2008 at the Renaissance Hollywood hotel in Southern California, opened today. The program features more than 70 prominent speakers from the public and private sectors, including FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, USPTO Director Jon Dudas, craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Congressman Howard Berman.

Prominent thought leaders from the private and public sectors are gathering in Southern California this week for the 2nd annual Tech Policy Summit, taking place March 26th through 28th at the Renaissance Hollywood hotel. Independently produced by SageScape LLC, the sold-out conference brings together top government officials, industry executives, consumer advocates and policy experts for an unfiltered look at the critical issues affecting technology innovation in the United States and beyond.

The theme for the 2008 Summit is Markets in Transition: Collaborating to Drive Technology Innovation and Adoption, and the program features more than 70 speakers, including Commissioner Robert McDowell of the Federal Communications Commission, Congressman Howard Berman, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas, BitTorrent president Ashwin Navin, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Verizon EVP and CTO Richard Lynch and Ambassador Richard Russell of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Together with the distinguished participants attending the Summit, speakers will debate the key technology policy questions impacting industry and consumers in areas such as copyright, network neutrality, broadband deployment, international trade, wireless innovation and Internet safety. There will also be a special videotaped presentation by Viviane Reding, the European Union's Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

Stephen Wildstrom, longtime technology columnist for BusinessWeek magazine, is serving as emcee for the 2008 Summit and will also be hosting several roundtable discussions and interviews at the conference. Other notable journalists participating as session hosts include Kara Swisher of The Wall Street Journal's, Kai Ryssdal of American Public Media's Marketplace, Declan McCullagh of CNET's, Andrew Noyes of Congress Daily, Sarah Lai Stirland of and Larry Magid of CBS News.

The full list of speakers is available at, and photos and podcasts from the conference will be made available following the event at The start of the Summit also marks the official launch of's new predictive marketplace powered by Chicago-based Inkling Markets.

The Tech Policy Summit team, in conjunction with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, is hosting the free virtual stock exchange called TPCX to provide insight into the future of tech policy. Anyone can sign up for a free account to participate in the tech policy-focused predictive marketplace.

Tech Policy Summit's 2008 sponsors include CompTIA, HP, FD Dittus Communications, Cisco Systems, Dell, Inkling Markets, AMD, Guidewire Group, ICANN, TRUSTe, Verizon, VoterWatch, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, New America Foundation, USC's Center for Communication Law & Policy, UCLA's Entertainment and Media Management Institute, AlwaysOn, Ars Technica, paidContent and WIRED.

About SageScape LLC and Tech Policy Summit are owned and operated by SageScape LLC, a privately-held event management company. Founded in 2003, SageScape specializes in producing and promoting executive-level conferences and online communities for the high technology industry. In addition to Tech Policy Summit, SageScape works on leading industry events for a variety of clients - ranging from early-stage startups to prominent global brands. More information about SageScape's services can be found online at


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