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NOV 14, 2019 | US

US: Data Innovation Policy: Enabling Access and Promoting Use

Hosted by Microsoft Corporation and BSA | The Software Alliance
November 14, 2019
20 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

As our devices become smarter and our infrastructure more interconnected, the volume of data being generated by public and private sources on a daily basis is exploding. Open data policies have emerged as a critical driver of innovation in government and across every industry sector.  Join BSA and Microsoft for a conversation with experts about the latest developments in open data policy and what is coming next.


10:00 a.m. – Welcome

  • Aaron Cooper, Vice President, Global Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance

10:10 a.m. – Data Sharing: What’s at Stake?

10:15 a.m. – Remarks from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), sponsor of the OPEN government Data Act

  • Introduction by Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President and Chief IP Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

10:30 a.m. – Panel 1: Federal Open Data Policy: What’s Next?

  • Dr. Mona Siddiqui, Chief Data Officer, Office of the CTO, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Charles Duan, Senior Fellow and Director, Technology & Innovation, R Street Institute
  • Steefan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, NYU GovLab
  • Pam Walker, Senior Policy Analyst, Splunk
  • Clifton Roberts, Global Director, Cloud & Data Policy, Intel
  • Moderator: Christian Troncoso, Director, Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance

11:15 a.m. – Panel 2: Industry Perspective: New Governance Approaches to Data Sharing

  • Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President and Chief IP Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
  • Brenda Kostelecky, Director, Cascadia Data Alliance, Fred Hutch
  • Chris O’Neill, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, IBM
  • Brian Raymond, Director, Global Digital Policy, Siemens
  • Moderator: Chris Hopfensperger, Executive Director, Software.org

This event has been planned to comply with the requirements of Legislative and Executive Branch gift rules. Executive Branch personnel wishing to attend should consult with the designated Agency Ethics Office.

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