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Upcoming C-PET Events: Election Teleconference Series Featuring Norman Augustine and Gary Shapiro

Join the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies as we host our 2016 Election Teleconference on July 1 at 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. featuring Norman Augustine, the former Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, who led the benchmark National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm.

Join C-PET again on July 7 at 3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. with Gary Shapiro, the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Please follow this link for registration and more information:

We shall email you call-in details 24 hours before the event. Please mute your phone.

If you wish to ask a question during the call, please email it (beforehand or during the call) to nigel.m.cameron@c-pet...

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Keynote speech of Ambassador Anthony L Gardner at The 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit.

Keynote speech of Ambassador Anthony L Gardner at The 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit.

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Thank you for the introduction. I am pleased to be here because the topic of this conference is of fundamental importance to the future of our economies in Europe and the United States; and it also represents a major opportunity for transatlantic collaboration. The scale of the opportunities and challenges related to the Internet of Things literally makes everything else on the US-EU agenda seem secondary.

Reliance on sensor data to optimize the operation of devices has long been commonplace in industry...

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“Connected Cars” Conference

C-PET was pleased to partner with Forum Global in the first-ever Washington conference on “connected cars.” Keynote presentations included Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, together with auto industry and other participants across several sectors.

Details here. As announced last week, we are already planning round two of this discussion to take place in Brussels, Belgium on May 19. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Below are my concluding remarks.

Your thoughts?

Nigel Cameron


Let me offer three observations.

1. This question is really big.

One way to capture the significance of the Internet of Things is to see it as the bolting together of the old economy and the new – plainly, with enormous potential b...

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Digital Dividends: A Review of World Development Report 2016

Digital Dividends
A Review of World Development Report 2016
By Nagy K. Hanna, PhD

The World Bank has just launched Digital Dividends, the World Development Report of 2016 (WDR2016). It sums up a great deal of empirical evidence on the conditions under which ICT investments can provide “digital dividends”.

What are the key messages of WDR2016?

Digital technologies have spread rapidly to much of the world. In many cases, they boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. But the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind. The impact of the Internet is unevenly distributed, contributing to rising inequality. For digital technology to have broad benefits requires closing the Internet access divide...

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Save the date for 7/12/13, Innovation Teleconference: Emerging Issues in Energy Policy

As the development of new technologies accelerates, so does the rate at which technology policy must adapt to this changing world. This requires more than reactive policymaking; we must ask new questions, reframe old ones, and we must consider the future beyond the next five or ten years. Emerging technologies require long-term thinking, and that’s what we do.

This summer, C-PET is pleased to host a series of forward-thinking events focusing on the emerging questions around topics like energy, artificial intelligence, and the internet. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Innovation Teleconference: Emerging Issues in Energy Policy
Friday, July 12th
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Martin Apple, C-PET Senior Fellow and former President of the Council of Scientific Society Presi...

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Save the date! The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit

The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit
Smart technologies for an interconnected and intelligent world     

SAVE THE DATE! October 1-2 2013, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Technology and its role in society is evolving dramatically. Smarter technologies and connected devices are opening up new horizons in the fight against many of the world’s most pressing challenges. From boosting economic growth to tackling climate change and improving public health; to making businesses more productive and profitable, and improving consumer experience, the ‘Internet of Things’ creates many new possibilities and has the potential to enable a plethora of new responses to such challenges.

The event will provide a high-level meeting point for all representatives from the global M2M & IoT c...

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Save the Date: Internet of Things Summit in DC Oct. 1-2

I am delighted to invite you to the Washington, DC summit on the Internet of Things, on October 1-2, at the National Press Club. FTC chair Edith Ramirez is the latest keynote speaker to confirm.

As you may know, C-PET hosted an invitational DC conference on the Internet of Things a year or two back in partnership with McKenna Long and Aldridge. We are very pleased to serve as knowledge partner in this high-level event with Forum Global, and I hope I may look forward to seeing you there. I am delighted that several of our distinguished C-PET colleagues are participating, including Senior Fellows Michael Nelson and Daniel Caprio.

Check the special conference website. The draft schedule is here. To discuss sponsorship and other opportunities, contact Tom Chinnock.

– Nigel Cameron

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OK then, so how DO we innovate? My Aussie trip and the AMP idea.

I have yet to meet one American who is opposed to innovation. Which does not mean that we all know what it means, or what is required to get it to happen. Michael Bloomberg, who knows a thing or two about business, is energizing New York City to get a major university to center a cluster of efforts and turn NYC into the new Silicon Valley (kid you not) – recently critiqued, err, savagely, by innovation guru Vivek Wadhwa in the Washington Post and elsewhere (he argues that clusters are really great for pols). President Obama has a strategy and some interesting implementation efforts, one headed by Steve Case, whose takeover of Time Warner by AOL ranks as one of the very greatest triumphs and disasters of American business; Steve is one very smart fellow.

Well, I went on a trip a few weeks a...

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Groupthink hasn’t worked, it’s time to embrace the maverick

Nigel M. de S. Cameron
Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

As the Arab spring continues to unravel into an Arab summer, the most important lesson is that hardly anyone knew it was coming. Much like the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Wall Street could it be that as much as conventional wisdom may be conventional it is not always reliably wise?

I recently hosted a conference in Washington on the future of nanotechnology. All kinds of experts were round the table talking tech and policy and business. Then one of them made a stunning statement. She was there on behalf of a big, mainstream environmentalist group. “I have never,” she stated, “been on such a diverse panel in Washington.” There was a brief but palpable intake of air around the room...

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On the Innovation of DC: Washington’s Witching Word in Century 21

Nigel M. de S. Cameron
Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies
Washington, DC

These past weeks, C-PET’s Network on Innovation has been hosting conversations at the fateful meeting-point of past and future – and the witching word of Century 21. The I-word. The word that, at the end of the day, will open or close America’s future.

Meantime, Washington has been both enthusing about it – and seeking perversely to slash federal R and D spending.

C-PET’s Roundtables bring together the best and the brightest. Last up: Mark Heeson (National Venture Capital Association), Julia Spicer (Mid-Atlantic Venture Association), Mike Roco (National Science Foundation), and Steve Burrill (Burrill Life Sciences): a brains trust if ever there was one...

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