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Convergence: Tech Policy 2018

September 7, 2018

Convergence: Tech Policy 2018 Summit will bring together thought-leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors to explore the intersection of technology and public policy with a focus on identity.

A goal of the Summit will be to establish a set of principles to help guide the development of future policies on identity at the state and local levels.

Date: September 6-7, 2018

Reception: 5-7pm, Thursday Sep 6, 2018

Summit: 7:30am-3:30pm, Friday Sep 6, 2018

Venue: OSU-Cascades, Beaver Dam
1500 SW Chandler Ave, Bend OR 97703

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Discussion topics will include:

  • In a climate with frequent issues relating to security, privacy and disinformation, what is the public’s level of trust in institutions–public and private?
  • What are current business practices of institutions? Are they consistent with the public’s expectations around privacy and security?
  • Perceiving a disconnect between these business practices and expectations of the public, governments in some regions of the world are moving toward increased regulation in an attempt to better safeguard their citizens’ identities. How do these efforts differ from the regulatory environment in the United States?
  • Is there an alternative framework that would make sense for the U.S.? How might this framework enhance trust, security, and social outcomes while fostering innovation and economic growth?

Discussion Framework for Work Sessions:

One topic that will be explored is trust.

  1. What should consumers understand better about the current technology/data ecosystem?
  2. What is the business model that governs the sector right now? What are the negative externalities that result? What policy measures might address these negative externalities?

Another topic that will be explored is the tension between short-term and long-term interests.

  1. Is a particular policy politically viable in the short-term? What about the long-term?
  2. Are companies incentivized to change models/behavior in the short-term? What about the long-term?
    • Potential recommendations for actions taken by companies in short-term: i) political ad transparency; ii) better data algorithms to address fake news
    • Potential recommendations for actions taken by policy makers in the long-term: i) privacy policy reform; ii) competition policy reform
  3. Present to attendees one theory of how current business model works to generate discussion. For example, offer compelling services, collect data, create behavior profiles, and develop opaque algorithms.


Dipayan Ghosh

Dipayan Ghosh is a fellow across New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative and the Open Technology Institute, where he focuses on public policy issues at the intersection of privacy, security, and civil rights. Concurrently, Ghosh is a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School. Read more

Erin Kenneally

Erin Kenneally is a Portfolio Manager, Cyber Security Division, Science & Technology Directorate at U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Erin leads and directs a portfolio of programs and initiatives in the DHS Cybersecurity Division focused on technology R&D for information sharing, privacy, cyber security economics, decision analytics and ICT ethics in support of policy and analysis of cyber risks and trust.

Marcelino J. Alverez

Marcelino J. Alvarez is Founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios, a product design agency focused on the intersection between people and the physical environments in which they use products. In 2011, he co-founded Safecast, an open data initiative to help residents of Japan report and understand the levels of radiation following the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster. Uncorked has since partnered with the Bezos Family Foundation, the March of Dimes, and Magnum Foundation to design and develop social impact products.

Matt Abrams

Matt Abrams is a technologist, investor, advisor, speaker and outdoor adventurer who inspires startup founders and C-level executives to think bigger and bolder.Prior to joining SPV in 2014, Matt spent over 20 years in the Enterprise software industry as an operator leading product management, engineering, customer success, and industry standards teams from companies ranging in size from 200 to over 100,000 employees. At Oracle, Matt held similar roles at Hyperion (acquired by Oracle) and Arbor Software. He is on the Board of Northwestern’s Master in Science in Analytics (MSiA) Engineering program and serves as a guest lecturer at Northwestern’s McCormick Engineering school and Northwestern’s Kellogg Business school.

Dennis Gleeson

Dennis Gleeson formerly a director of strategy for analytic technologies and information technology systems in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Analysis; he started his career and worked for several years as a political analyst. The US Government exposed Dennis to the power that lies at the intersection of data, technology, and analysis — power that can be used to make sense of complex problems; to identify and characterize emerging challenges; or to exploit hidden or emerging opportunities.

William (Bill) Welser

William (Bill) Welser IV Partner | Technologist | Speaker | Author at ReD Associates. Passionate technologist driven to creatively assess and solve complex global problems using a blend of expertise, technology, systems analysis, and evidence. Bill’s research portfolio is focused on the challenges related to technology design, adoption, and complexity, including recent efforts in the areas of privacy, artificial intelligence, industrial ecosystems, commercial drones, and cryptography. His publications have informed policy decision-makers, corporate leaders, and the public on topics such as bias in artificial intelligence; future of work; privacy and cryptography.

Tom Gonser

Tom Gonser is an Investment Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures in Bend Oregon where he invests in early stage technology companies. Tom is also the Founder of DocuSign, where he developed the first cloud-based electronic signature service which has grown to a global digital transaction platform used in 188 countries in 41 languages by some of the largest companies in the world. Prior to DocuSign, Tom founded several other companies including NetUpdate and GPSFlight. Tom believes the best way to predict the future is to invent it.


7:30a – 8:00a Breakfast
8:00a – 8:15a Open remarks: Emerging Trends in Tech Policy and Regulations
8:15a – 8:35a Dennis Gleeson
8:40a – 9:00a Bill Welser
9:00a – 9:15a Break
9:15a – 9:35a Erin Kenneally
9:40a -10:00a Dipayan Ghosh
10:00a -11:00a Small Group Work Session
11:00a – 11:40a Lunch
11:40a – 12:00p Matt Abrams
12:00p – 12:20p Tom Gonser
12:25p – 12:45p Tobias Reed
12:45p – 1:00p Break
1:00p – 1:20p Marcelino Alvarez
1:25p – 1:45p Andrew Hoppin
1:50p – 2:50p Small Group Work Session
3:00p – 3:30p Closing remarks

– Where do we go from here

– Industry Working group follow-ups/committees


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