Thursday, March 27, 2008

Potential Session: Silicon Valley in Washington D.C.

Given the technology policy focus of the meeting, it would be useful to bring together industry representatives to share with us the concerns and goals of Silicon Valley's major companies with respect to Congressional legislation and at the administrative level.

I would imagine bringing together the public policy counsel from companies such as Google, Microsoft, Sun, and Apple to discuss their views of current goings on in D.C.

We could follow an "interview" format, with a moderator asking questions, such as:

1. What bills are you currently promoting or would you like to see in the future?

2. What are the biggest threats among the current legislative proposals?

3. Where are the largest differences of opinion among Silicon Valley-type companies?

4. What concerns do you have at the foreign or international level? Do you follow developments at WIPO closely?


jon said...

I certainly like the idea of getting Silicon Valley's perspective here -- it's been several years since there's been a CFP in California.

In terms of the specific corporations to involve, Microsoft might or might not make sense depending on the status of the Yahoo! deal; it'd also be interesting to hear from Facebook, which along with Google has had the highest profile, as well as hardware/systems manufacturers (HP or Sun).

Also, there are a lot of other perspectives that are critical parts of "Silicon Valley" besides multinational corporations. Off the top of my head, I'd also want to hear from VCs, entrepeneurs, and non-profits.

Now as to how to create a session from all that ... hmm ... interesting challenge. Still, like I said, I think it's a great idea, and it's worth giving a lot more thought to!

Frank said...

We should also consider inviting Drew Clark from the Center from Public Integrity, who has been following lobbying by carriers/entertainment companies.