Consumers, Transparency and the Open Internet
January 19th, 2010, 1:30 pm
FCC Headquarters, Commission Meeting Room
455 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC
The Internet empowers individuals to communicate, find information, and buy and sell
products and services in ways that were hard to imagine even a decade ago. Yet the
Internet’s full potential as a tool for consumers, content, and application providers can
only be realized if these parties have the information they need to make informed
decisions regarding their use of the Internet. This workshop will explore consumer
choice and user control of the online experience, and the importance of transparency for
1:30-1:40 pm Introduction of Workshop: Joel Gurin, Chief, Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC; Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of
Engineering and Technology, FCC
1:40-1:50 pm Opening Remarks: Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade
1:50-2:00 pm Opening Remarks: Hon. Konrad W. von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman,
Canadian Radio-telephone and Telecommunications Commission
2:00-3:15 pm Panelist Presentations:
Parul P. Desai, Vice President, Media Access Project
Ron Dicklin, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Root
Gerald R. Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus, Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania
Joel Kelsey, Policy Analyst, Consumers Union
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Fernando LaGuarda, Vice President, External Affairs and Policy
Counsel, Time Warner Cable
Sascha Meinrath, Director, Open Technology Initiative, New
Jay Monahan, Vice President and General Counsel, Vuze, Inc.
Nicholas Weaver, International Computer Science Institute,
University of California, Berkeley (Netalyzr)
David E. Young, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs,
3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:25 pm Moderated Discussion
4:25-4:30 pm Concluding Remarks, Joel Gurin and Julius Knapp
Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Jon Leibowitz has served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission since
March 2, 2009. He previously served as a Commissioner beginning in September 2004.
In joining the Commission, Chairman Leibowitz resumed a long career of public
service. He was the Democratic chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate
Antitrust Subcommittee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on competition policy and
telecommunications matters. He served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate
Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology from 1995 to 1996 and the Senate
Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice from 1991 to 1994. In addition, he served as chief
counsel to Senator Herb Kohl from 1989 to 2000, and worked for Senator Paul Simon
from 1986 to 1987. In the private sector, Chairman Leibowitz served most recently as
vice president for congressional affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America –
from 2000 to 2004 – and worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington from
1984 to 1986.
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A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA in American
History (1980), Mr. Leibowitz graduated from the New York University School of Law in
1984. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and has co-authored amicus briefs
before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues ranging from gun control to the census.
The Honorable Konrad W. von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman, Canadian Radio-telephone
and Telecommunications Commission
The Honorable Konrad W. von Finckenstein, Q.C., was appointed Chairman of the
Canadian Radio-telephone and Telecommunications Commission on January 25, 2007.
Over the course of a career in the public service that began in 1973, he has held a
number of senior positions and acquired broad experience in the areas of trade,
commercial and competition law. Before joining the CRTC, he served as Justice of the
Previously, Mr. von Finckenstein acted as Commissioner of Competition and head
of the Competition Bureau of Canada between 1997 and 2003. During his tenure, he led
important reviews of proposed mergers between companies, including those in the
banking and airline sectors. He also investigated a conspiracy affecting the sale and
supply of an additive widely used in the animal feed industry, which resulted in one of the
largest fines in Canadian history. Moreover, he led the drive to establish the International
Competition Network, the umbrella organization for all competition authorities from
around the world, and became its founding chairman, a position he held until his
appointment to the Federal Court.
Through his earlier roles as Assistant Deputy Minister and Assistant Attorney
General in the Canadian departments of Industry, Justice and External Affairs, he notably
oversaw the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
negotiated the dispute settlement mechanism of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement,
and supervised the drafting and implementation of that agreement. During the 1980s, he
served as Senior General Counsel with Industry Canada and the Trade Negotiations Office.
Born in Germany, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Carleton University and
Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984
and received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada in
Parul P. Desai, Vice President, Media Access Project
Parul P. Desai joined MAP in October 2005. Prior to joining MAP, Ms. Desai served
as in-house counsel to Microstrategy, Inc. From 2001-2004, she worked as an associate
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at Crowell & Moring, LLP.
Ms. Desai is a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she was
a member of the editorial board of the New York Law School Law Review and served as a
Teaching Fellow for the Academic Support Program. She received her undergraduate
degree from Rutgers University. Ms. Desai also served as a clerk to the Honorable Steven
L. Lefelt, J.A.D, of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.
Ms. Desai is currently serving as co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar
Association Diversity Committee.
Ron Dicklin, P.E., Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Root Wireless
Ron Dicklin brings over twenty years of experience with a specialty in analyzing,
designing, and managing complex technology solutions. Mr. Dicklin focuses on Fortune
500 customers and Tier-1 members of the global embedded and wireless device
ecosystem. His passionate drive for excellence plus his unique business and technology
insights into embedded systems and wireless networks is the foundation of the vision of
Prior to co-founding Root Wireless, Mr. Dicklin worked as Senior Solutions
Architect at BSQUARE, where his responsibilities included consulting, business
development, and technical sales and marketing. Before BSQUARE, Mr. Dicklin worked
with the AT&T/Cingular Wireless Mobility Applications Consulting group. With an
emphasis on customer lines-of-business, Mr. Dicklin was responsible for delivering
enterprise wireless data solutions. Prior to AT&T/Cingular Wireless, Mr. Dicklin was a
Systems Engineer and Solution Architect with S&B, where he handled end-to-end
customer relationships including system design, implementation and support. His
responsibilities included turnkey telemetry, complex communication and mission-critical
control/data management systems.
Mr. Dicklin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University where he
focused on digital and analog communications and control systems and holds a
Professional Engineering license in the State of Washington.
Gerald R. Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus of Business and Public Policy, Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania and Penn Law School
Prior to his current position, Dr. Faulhaber taught at New York University, and has
held visiting appointments at Princeton University, INSEAD (France) and Tsinghua
University (Peoples’ Republic of China). Prior to teaching, Dr. Faulhaber was Director of
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Strategic Planning and Financial Management at AT&T, after holding the position of Head,
Economics Research at Bell Laboratories. He also served as Chief Economist at the FCC
Dr. Faulhaber’s current areas of research include spectrum management reform,
network neutrality analysis, copyright and fair use provisions with music/movie file
sharing via peer-to-peer networks, prospects for deregulation in telecommunications,
broadband deployment, network effects and antitrust analysis, and access and antitrust
analysis. Professor Faulhaber is the author of several books, including European
Economic Integration: Technological Perspectives and Telecommunications in Turmoil:
Technology and Public Policy. He has served on numerous scholarly boards and review
committees and was vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications
Policy Research Conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Faulhaber earned a PhD and MA from Princeton University, an MS from New
York University, and an AB from Haverford College.
Joel Kelsey, Policy Analyst, Consumers Union
Joel Kelsey is a federal and international affairs policy analyst for Consumers
Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports. Working out of the Washington,
D.C. offices, Joel manages the organization’s advocacy efforts on cable, wireless,
telephone, and Internet policy. On behalf of Consumers Union, Joel has testified before
the U.S. Senate and the House, as well as the Federal Communications Commission. Joel
is regularly interviewed for national news programs and quoted in the Washington Post,
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal on communications and media issues.
He also works with international academic and civil society leaders on the right to
freedom of expression.
Prior to joining Consumers Union, Joel worked as the New York City outreach
director and statewide campaigns coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research
Group (NYPIRG). At NYPIRG he worked on higher education policy and New York City land
use issues. He also helped lead the effort to pass the Childhood Lead Poisoning
Joel graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science from the State
University of New York at New Paltz.
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Fernando LaGuarda, Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner
Fernando LaGuarda helps Time Warner Cable develop and advance its policy
positions, focusing on consumer protection, competition issues, intellectual property and
telecommunications regulation. In addition, Fernando has primary responsibility for
working with non-governmental policy stakeholders, such as think tanks, the academic
community, public interest and inter-governmental groups, and diversity organizations.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Fernando was a partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis
and at Mintz Levin. In private practice, he represented a wide range of communications,
entertainment industry, health care and technology clients in proceedings before state
and federal courts and regulatory agencies.
Fernando received his A.B. with honors from Harvard College and his J.D. with
honors from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Notes and Comments
Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of
the Harvard Alumni Association, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the
Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino.
Sascha Meinrath, Research Director, Wireless Future Program; Director, Open Technology
Initiative, New America Foundation
Sascha Meinrath is the Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology
Initiative and has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an
"entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks,
municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars
Technica's Tech Policy "People to Watch" and received the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for
excellence in public interest advocacy.
Mr. Meinrath is a co-founder of Measurement Lab, a distributed server platform for
researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network
research, and empower the public with useful information about broadband connections.
He also coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of open
source wireless integrators, researchers, implementers and companies dedicated to the
development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies. He is a
regular contributor to Government Technology's Digital Communities, the online portal
and comprehensive information resource for the public sector.
Mr. Meinrath has worked with Free Press, the Cooperative Association for Internet
Data Analysis (CAIDA), the Acorn Active Media Foundation, the Ethos Group, and the
CUWiN Foundation. Mr. Meinrath serves on the Leadership Committee of the CompTIA
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Education Foundation as well as the Advisory Council for the Knight Commission on the
Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. He blogs regularly at
Jay Monahan, Vice President and General Counsel, Vuze, Inc.
Jay Monahan works for Palo-Alto-based Vuze, Inc. which distributes Vuze
(www.vuze.com), the leading open platform for delivery of high-resolution digital
entertainment. Prior to joining Vuze, he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel,
Intellectual Property, for eBay, Inc. A member of the eBay legal department from 1999-
2007, Mr. Monahan managed litigation and intellectual property matters and was the
architect of eBay’s worldwide copyright compliance program (VeRO). He also managed
eBay’s patent portfolio and led the team that won the eBay v. MercExchange case in the
U.S. Supreme Court in 2006.
Prior to eBay, Mr. Monahan was Vice President, Worldwide Anti-Piracy for Walt
Disney Pictures & Television (1993-99), where he managed anti-piracy activities relating
to all forms of Disney filmed entertainment. He also spent five years as a technology
litigator with firms based in Palo Alto and Los Angeles. Mr. Monahan has taught law and
business school classes at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley,
Santa Clara University, Pepperdine University, and the University of LaVerne, and is a
frequent speaker on matters relating to Internet law, intellectual property, litigation, and
law department management.
Mr. Monahan is a 1987 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of
Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Journal of Communications and
Entertainment Law. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in1981 from the University of California
Nicholas Weaver, International Computer Science Institute, University of California at
Nicholas Weaver is a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in
Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley. His primary research focus is
network security and network measurement, including the impact of worms and bots, the
Domain Name System, traffic management, caching, and network debugging. He is one
of the lead developers of Netalyzr, a comprehensive network measurement and
debugging applet. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in
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David E. Young, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon
David Young is responsible for items before the FCC dealing with broadband and
emerging issues. Prior to joining the Federal Regulatory Affairs group, he was
responsible for developing company policy on Internet and technology issues, working in
various national and international fora. He spent six years working in Verizon’s Research
and Development (R&D) group on many advanced technologies including VoIP, data
network architectures, and audio, video and image compression. He has been awarded
ten U.S. government patents for his R&D work. David is a member of the IEEE and IEEE
Communications Society. He holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the
Stevens Institute of Technology.
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