Join us on September 20-21, 2018 in the heart of San Francisco for our fifth annual Reboot conference. This event brings together technologists, founders, politicos, policymakers and investors for an invitation-only full-day session. We provide you access to interactive programming, exclusive networking opportunities, and keynote presentations from leading voices in technology and policy.
This year’s theme is “innovation under threat,” focusing on rising fears over the impact of technology on society. Sessions will examine topics such as the rise of hipster antitrust, changing perspectives on disruption, social media as a threat to democracy, and job loss from automation. Are these fears justified, or should we embrace techno-optimism in the face of them? To answer these questions, we’ll hear the perspectives of leaders in government, venture capital, big tech, startups, policy experts, and more. Come join us, and equip yourself to better understand the policies that will shape the future.
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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
Technological innovation has been pivotal in lifting humanity out from drudgery and darkness. Yet, its disruptions to our social and economic life are often met by forceful resistance. Perhaps the most famous of these clashes came in the late 18th century, as the Luddite movement waged an open revolt to smash mechanical looms known as “stocking frames.” Today, rising anxieties about technology’s impact on society have fueled a renewed opposition–which calls for us to put the brakes on progress and embrace precautionary thinking.
We created the Stocking Frame Awards to recognize those who stand against the forces of stagnation, and advance the case for dynamism and permissionless innovation. Winners will be selected by our esteemed selection committee after a public nomination process, and announced at the opening reception to the Reboot conference.
Dan Rothschild, Executive Director at Mercatus Center at George Mason University; Mike Godwin, Distinguished Senior Fellow at R Street Institute; Tiffany Moore, Senior Vice President for Political and Industry Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association; Paul Martino, General Partner at Bullpen Capital; Jesse Blumenthal, Manager of Tech and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
VIP After Party
After party for the opening reception for speakers, sponsors and other VIPs.
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome by Lincoln
Welcome and opening remarks by the organizers.
Speaker: Garrett Johnson, Executive Director at Lincoln Network
9:10 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am - 10:20 am
Panel: Is social media a threat to democracy? Fake news, filter bubbles, and deep fakes
Social media companies are under increasing scrutiny for their effect on American society. According to critics, these platforms promote hyper-partisanship, disinformation, extremism and even violence. They are also blamed for facilitating Russian-sponsored voter manipulation during the 2016 election. Our panel of experts will discuss these challenges as well as their implications for the upcoming election.
Speakers: Mike Godwin, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute; Renee DiResta, Policy Lead at Data for Democracy; Berin Szoka, Executive Director at TechFreedom; Lorelei Kelly, Fellow at the Beeck Center at Georgetown University (Moderator).
10:20 am - 11:10 am
Panel: Helping Congress understand tech
For anyone who watched the recent hearings with Mark Zuckerberg, it’s clear there’s a disconnect between Silicon Valley and Washington. In particular, Congress’s lack of understanding of tech and culture divide with the West Coast means it’s more likely to enact laws with unintended consequences, or take a heavy-handed approach where a light-touch is needed. This panel will discuss the current political landscape, the nature of the problem, and look towards potential solutions.
Speakers: Daniel Schuman, Policy Director at Demand Progress; Travis Moore, Founder and Director at TechCongress; Jean Bordewich, Program Officer for the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Zach Graves, Head of Policy at Lincoln Network (Moderator)
11:10 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 11:50 am
11:50 am - 12:10 pm
Fireside chat: Disruption and civil disobedience: Are startups getting risk averse about fighting regulation?
We used to praise disruptors who flagrantly challenged outdated regulations. But the boundary-pushing of some companies has left a bad taste. Has this chilled the willingness of the next wave of startups and investors to take the same kinds of risks? Has this made policymakers more willing to intervene early? What’s the best legal framework to approach disruptive technologies?
Speakers: Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; Zach Graves, Head of Policy at Lincoln Network (Moderator)
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Panel: Can we still be optimistic about the future of work?
From robots to the gig economy, anxieties are rising about technology’s impact on labor and the future of work. While we may have to overcome significant disruptions and other challenges, are there still good reasons to be optimistic? Our expert panel will discuss the current political and policy landscape.
Speakers: Liya Palagashvili, Assistant Professor of Economics at SUNY-Purchase College]; Tiffany Moore, Senior Vice President for Political and Industry Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association; Katie Biber Chen, General Counsel at Thumbtack; Caleb Watney, Fellow at R Street Institute (Moderator)
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
1:50 pm - 2:40 pm
Debate: "What has big tech ever done for us?" Towards a 21st century competition policy
Increasing skepticism about the influence and power of big tech companies has given rise to expanded calls for government to break up, punish or regulate the tech industry. We’ll bring together experts on all sides to debate the impact of big tech on society, and whether we need to rethink competition policy for the modern era. Moderated three way debate.
Speakers: Hal Singer, Principal at Economists Incorporated; Matt Stoller, Fellow at the Open Markets Institute; Geoff Manne, President and Founder at the International Center for Law and Economics; Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (Moderator)
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Panel: Will rising activism limit government’s access to Silicon Valley?
While Silicon Valley has deep roots in building tools for government–particularly defense applications–a culture shift has led to increased politicization and push back against working collaboratively with government. This panel will discuss the current cultural landscape, policy issues surrounding defense innovation, and rising pressure to restrict downstream uses of open platforms.
Speakers: Trae Stephens, Partner at Founders Fund; James L. Cross, Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton; Pablo E. Carrillo, Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs; Garrett Johnson, Executive Director at Lincoln Network (Moderator)
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm
Speakers: Mike Maples, Jr., Founding Partner at Floodgate Capital
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
Panel: Are tech companies silencing unpopular voices?
A number of recent congressional hearings have centered around fears that social media companies are unfairly discriminating against conservatives, whether for their religious views on social policy, or rhetoric around issues such as immigration or gun control. President Trump has even said he’s looking into it. But are these concerns justified? How should platforms balance free expression against pressure to be aggressive moderators? This panel includes an interactive exercise.
Speakers: Eric Goldman, Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law; Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Jesse Blumenthal, Manager of Tech and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute (Moderator)
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Panel: Are we headed for a U.S. GDPR?
With continued scrutiny over social media companies’ data practices, states are stepping in to pass aggressive new privacy laws. For instance, the recently enacted California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 will be the toughest data privacy law in the nation when it goes into effect in 2020. But with fears over navigating a patchwork of inconsistent laws, tech companies are increasingly interested in a federal privacy bill that will preempt the states. What might this look like, how likely is it to happen in the next Congress, and what will it mean for consumers?
Speakers: Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute; Jamie Boone, Senior Director, Government Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association; Anne Hobson, Program Manager at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (Moderator)
5:50 pm - 6:10 pm
Closing discussion: Bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and DC
How should we best understand the gap between Silicon Valley and DC? What are effective tools for bridging it?
Speaker: Garrett Johnson, Executive Director at Lincoln Network (Moderator)
6:10 pm - 8:00 pm
Executive Director at Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Distinguished Senior Fellow at R Street Institute
Senior Vice President for Political and Industry Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association
General Partner at Bullpen Capital
Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Policy Director at Demand Progress
Program Officer for the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Policy Lead at Data for Democracy
Executive Director at TechFreedom
Founder and Director at TechCongress
Fellow at the Beeck Center at Georgetown University
Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute
Program Manager at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Principal at Economists Incorporated
Fellow at the Open Markets Institute
President and Founder at the International Center for Law and Economics
Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Assistant Professor of Economics at SUNY-Purchase College
General Counsel at Thumbtack
Fellow at R Street Institute
Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law
Manager of Tech and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute
Chairman of Anduril Industries and Partner at Founders Fund
James L. Cross
Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton
Pablo E. Carrillo
Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs
Founding Partner at Floodgate Capital
Senior Director, Government Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association
Head of Policy Lincoln Network
Co-founder & Executive Director Lincoln Network
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In an era of rising anxieties about the impact of technology on society, it’s more important than ever that we stand against reactionary fears and unwarranted pessimism about the future. While there are disruptions and risks associated with innovation, our first resort should be to manage these through organic bottom-up solutions. To that end, we believe that government intervention should follow compelling evidence, rather than the spectre of imagined dystopias. Indeed, if our fears triumph over rational analysis, we’ll be certain to face a bleak future of stagnation.
To recognize and celebrate the champions who have made an outstanding contribution to advancing a future of abundance and prosperity, Lincoln has created the Stocking Frame Awards. These will be given out to individuals in four categories: government, journalism, civil society group, and industry. Award winners will be announced and given out at the Reboot 2018 conference in San Francisco on September 20.
But first we need your help to identify the leading champions of permissionless innovation and techno-optimism. Send us your nominees by completing the form below.