Past Roundtables

Shaping the Industrial Internet

August 7, 2013

Few Americans have followed the deeply important discussion of the “Internet of Things” – variously termed by companies the “Internet of Everything” and the “Industrial Internet.” Our next DC Roundtable event offers a high-level briefing and discussion of a set of questions of profound significance to both policymakers and corporate America.

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Can “Do-It-Yourself” Biology Handle Our Biggest Health Challenges?

April 27, 2013

C-PET will co-sponsor this roundtable event sponsored by the ASU Office of the President; the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO); and Laura Dress, director of Community PAC for the Pink Army Cooperative.

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Weapons of Mass Destruction and Security in a Changing Middle East

April 7, 2013

The winds of change are coming to the Middle East and North Africa.  Each day brings news of protests and demands for government reform in a new country, connected or not to Khaled Said’s original spark. What will “Revolution 2.0” mean for WMDs and security in the area?

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Transatlantic Briefing on Privacy

March 20, 2012

We are very pleased to welcome Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Commissioner, to lead off our morning Roundtable on transatlantic issues in privacy.

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After Kenya: What is the future for internet governance?

October 12, 2011

The Internet Governance Forum recently met in Kenya.

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Comparative Advantage and Comparative Policies

October 11, 2011

Innovation in Global Perspective

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Security, Privacy and Ethics

May 6, 2011

Security, Privacy and Ethics: Where Should Policymakers Draw the Line? A Transatlantic Dialogue. This roundtable is at the end of the symposium on “Biometrics and Security in Global Perspective.”

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Innovation and Policy

April 22, 2011

The C-PET Institute on Innovation and the Task Force on American Innovation invite you to join us for the conclusion of our four-part series on Innovation and Technology Policy.

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Innovation and Intellectual Property

March 18, 2011

Intellectual Property lies at the heart of the innovation agenda, and is hot issue in Washington as another effort at reform is in progress. The questions cluster: open source? “free”? global standards, and their enforcement? what prospects for the U.S. to major in anything other than intellectual property in Century 21?

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Innovation: Risk, Entrepreneurship and Globalization

February 16, 2011

“The challenge is to determine to live and act as if there were a future. As if it was capable, in some substantive measure, of being anticipated. As if our own futures mattered to us. As if electoral cycles are, as it were, made for man; not man for electoral cycles. As if the smart and committed women and men who represent this very great nation on Capitol Hill and at 1600 Penn. NW and in the myriad agencies (and indeed in the Court) were tapping tomorrow so that their choices for today will stand the test of time.” – C-PET President Nigel Cameron

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Biotechnology and Health Care Advances

January 14, 2011

Joint C-PET program with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated Business Civic Leadership Center; first in a year-long collaboration on Corporate Social Responsibility and Emerging Technologies

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What really is Innovation?

January 13, 2011

Perhaps the key word in the American vocabulary is innovation. It barely surfaced in the recent elections. There are no parties in favor or against. And in the way of things in Washington, it is thereby disprivileged. Only, or almost only, disagreement will get something to the top of the agenda. Perhaps a logical consequence of vibrant democracy. Certainly a disaster for this one.

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The Future of Biotechnology: Promises, Controversy, and the Emerging Industry

November 5, 2010

Current controversy over synthetic biology, which led President Obama to emulate Bill Clinton’s response to cloning by referring it immediately to his bioethics council, reminds us that advances in biotechnology are inherently controversial. They are also susceptible to hype, and the making of “promises” that may prove impossible to keep but have more than once raised the hopes of patients and public sky-high.

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Innovation and Technology Policy: What’s Washington’s Problem?

October 13, 2010

At a recent conference, Intel CEO Paul Otellini warned the DC policy community that unless new approaches are taken to policy, “the next big thing will not be invented here. Jobs will not be created here,” and there will be “an inevitable erosion and shift of wealth, much like we’re seeing today in Europe–this is the bitter truth.” Not long ago, “our research centers were without peer. No country was more attractive for start-up capital…We seemed a generation ahead of the rest of the world in information technology. That simply is no longer the case.”

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Project on Nanotechnology, Convergence and the Future

September 17, 2010

Bill Clinton launched the NNI back in 2000 when nano was hot and new. George W. Bush signed the 2003 Act that organized the National Nanotechnology Initiative. As the NNI looks backwards and forward after 10 years, there are many questions to be addressed.

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Synthetic Biology: What’s the Agenda?

August 13, 2010

Synthetic biology has hit the headlines yet again. The J. Craig Venter Institute’s recent dramatic announcement led to a replay of President Clinton’s urgent request of his bioethics commission to produce a quick report on cloning back in 1997. The new Presidential Commission on Bioethical Issues duly spent its first meeting, and no doubt will spend others, fulfilling President Obama’s request for a report within 6 months.

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Privacy and Emerging Technologies

July 9, 2010

Privacy is emerging as one of the hottest topics of the 21st century, as emerging technologies revolutionize our experience of communication, security, business, and ever other aspect of our lives. Recent controversies have focused on Facebook and Google. Do these technologies inherently challenge our notions of privacy? Are we ready for lives that involve far more public disclosure?

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Future of the Internet

March 26, 2009

Michael Nelson, a veteran of the Clinton White House, is Visiting Professor of Internet Studies at Georgetown University; he has been Director for Technology Policy at the FCC, and was until recently Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM and served as lead technology surrogate in the Obama campaign. He is chairman-elect of the Technology section of the AAAS, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET).

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A Forum on the Presidential Election

September 26, 2008

Join representatives from the campaigns (invited), and expert panels on federal science and technology policy, nanotechnology, bioscience, space exploration, energy, and other key 21st century technology issues.

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