Skip to Content

Agenda – 2020 Virtual Tech Prom

Virtual Tech Prom re-envisions our annual dinner into an interactive, fun online event to bring together the tech policy community.

We’ll kick-off with a full audience for keynote remarks, then divide into breakout rooms for intimate, roundtable conversations with featured speakers tackling key issues in tech policy today. The full crowd will come together at the end to wave to friends, enjoy the music, and have fun seeing familiar faces we’ve been missing during these distanced times.

So grab a cocktail, set your virtual background, and celebrate Tech Prom from the comfort of home!

We will be updating this agenda as more speakers confirm, so check back regularly!

** Guests will be invited to select their preferred breakout room during registration. **


Hear from CDT’s new CEO, Alexandra Givens, and special VIP speakers giving brief keynote remarks.

  • U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
  • Darren Walker, Ford Foundation President & CEO

  • The FTC Agenda in 2021 and Beyond
    • The Hon. Noah Phillips, FTC Commissioner
    • The Hon. Rebecca Slaughter, FTC Commissioner
    • David Vladeck, Georgetown Law
    • Join FTC Commissioners Rebecca Slaughter and Noah Phillips in conversation with David Vladeck, former Head of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, as they discuss the FTC’s current work, recent debates about the agency’s role, resources and authorities, and the FTC’s agenda for the years ahead.
  • The FCC: A Year in Review, and the Year Ahead
    • The Hon. Geoffrey Starks, FCC Commissioner
    • Stan Adams, CDT
    • Join FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and CDT’s Stan Adams to discuss the FCC’s agenda during this time of crisis, when the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened and underscored the severity of the digital divide.
  • Racial Justice and Technology Policy
    • Laura W. Murphy, Laura Murphy & Associates
    • Alexandra Givens, CDT
    • Join CDT’s CEO Alexandra Givens in conversation with civil rights and civil liberties leader Laura W. Murphy, who has conducted groundbreaking civil rights audits for Airbnb and Facebook to help them respond to concerns of discrimination on their platforms in a systemic manner, for a discussion on addressing bias through tech policy and governance.
  • Content Moderation at a Crossroads?
    • David Kaye, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Expression
    • Julie Owono, Facebook Oversight Board
    • Emma Llansó, CDT
    • Join leading experts on free expression to discuss the complex challenges raised by content moderation today, including approaches in the EU vs. the US, current policy debates, and emerging governance models such as Facebook’s Oversight Board.
  • Addressing Algorithmic Bias in Policy & in Practice
    • Corrine Yu, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Gaylynn Burroughs, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Deirdre Mulligan, U.C. Berkeley School of Information
    • Algorithmic decision-making in hiring, commercial activities, the justice system and other contexts is transforming many aspects of our lives. Join civil rights leaders Corrine Yu and Gaylynn Burroughs and tech policy thought leader Deirdre Mulligan (former CDT Board Chair!) for a discussion about the risks of algorithmic bias, and the appropriate response for policy and practice.
  • Election Security, Election Integrity in Current Times
    • The Hon. Thomas Hicks, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
    • Camille Francois, Graphika
    • Mallory Knodel, CDT
    • Join the Hon. Thomas Hicks of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and Camille Francois, a leading expert on disinformation who helped spearhead research for the Senate Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 election, to discuss the challenges of ensuring free, fair, safe and informed elections in this challenging election year, moderated by CDT’s CTO Mallory Knodel.
  • Privacy & Equity in a Remote Learning World
    • Dakarai Aarons, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    • Jacque Mosely, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education & Labor
    • Elizabeth Laird, CDT
    • As schools switch to remote and hybrid learning models during the COVID-19 pandemic, educators are navigating questions of student privacy, online security, digital access and equity as never before. Join Dakarai Aarons, Senior Manager for Education Policy at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Jacque Mosely, Director of Education Policy for the House Committee on Education and Labor, for a conversation with CDT’s Elizabeth Laird about supporting students and families in this challenging environment.
  • The Path Forward for Federal Privacy Legislation
    • The Hon. Julie Brill, Microsoft
    • The Hon. Cameron Kerry, Brookings Institution
    • Michelle Richardson, CDT
    • As attention turns to the 2021 agenda, where does federal privacy legislation fit in? Will the past year’s momentum regain energy in 2021 – and what will it take to reach agreement? Join Julie Brill, former FTC Commissioner and current Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer and CDT Board Member, and Cam Kerry, former General Counsel at the Department of Commerce and current Brookings Institution Fellow, for a discussion with CDT’s Michelle Richardson about the path forward for federal privacy legislation.
  • Competition Policy in 2020 and Beyond
    • The Hon. Renata Hesse, former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice Antitrust Division
    • Ajay Kundaria, Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senate Judiciary Committee
    • Avery Gardiner, CDT
    • With the House Judiciary Committee poised to release its report on digital marketplaces in September and significant antitrust investigations into major platforms underway by the FTC, DOJ, and state attorneys general, join Renata Hesse, former head of the U.S. Antitrust Division, Ajay Kundaria, Chief Counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, and CDT’s Avery Gardiner for a conversation about competition policy in 2020 and beyond.
  • Technology’s Response to the Current Moment
    • The Hon. Larry Irving, former NTIA Administrator
    • Danny Weitzner, MIT
    • Greg Nojeim, CDT
    • At this time of global crisis, how is technology responding to the challenges raised by the pandemic? Join Larry Irving, former head of NTIA and the producer of the first empirical study proving the existence of the Digital Divide, Danny Weitzner, a leading voice in U.S. technology policy (and CDT co-founder!) whose team at MIT have been analyzing the use of COVID exposure notification apps, and Greg Nojeim, leader of CDT’s Coronavirus: Data for Life and Liberty Task Force, for a wide-ranging conversation about different ways in which technology is responding to this moment in history.

Reconvene with the full Virtual Tech Prom audience to wave and chat with friends, pause for photos, and enjoy music from CDT’s own comms team in-house DJs.