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with support from the Kauffman Foundation


Regulating in the Digital Age

May 9, 2013


Hotel Monaco - Paris Ballroom
700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

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Regulation is a polarizing political issue – but it doesn’t have to be. To renew America’s economic strength and dynamism, we need a regulatory environment friendlier to innovation and entrepreneurship. At the same time, it is essential that we have a regulatory structure that strongly protects public health, safety and the environment, while keeping powerful economic actors honest.
This conference will explore alternatives to this “all or nothing” debate. It will examine common sense ways to reduce regulatory drag and compliance costs, update and reform key regulatory bodies, and remove obstacles to innovation, without eviscerating tough health and environmental safeguards.

9 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. Roundtable 1: Modernizing Economic Regulation for the 21st Century
Moderator: Will Marshall, President, PPI
Richard Feasey, Public Policy Director, Vodafone Group Plc
Blair Levin, Executive Director, Executive Director of The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project and a Communications and Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.
Brent Olson, Vice President of Public Policy, AT&T
Robert Litan, Director of Research, Bloomberg Government and author of The Need for Speed

11 a.m. Roundtable 2: New Ideas for Pruning Old Rules
Moderator: Greg Ip, Economics Editor, The Economist
Susan Dudley, Director of the Regulatory Studies Center, George Washington University
Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, PPI
Diana G. Carew, Economist, PPI
Richard Williams, Director of Policy Research, Mercatus Center, George Mason Univ.
Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Univ. of Penn Law School

12:30 Lunch

Keynote: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)

2 p.m. Roundtable 3: Regulating mHealth : Enabling Digital Innovation in Health Care
Moderator: Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, PPI
Robert Jarrin, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated
Divya Kallamadi, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems , WellDoc
Mark Coblitz, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning, Comcast

Supported by the Kauffman Foundation.