Top tech and government leaders, including Secretary of State John Kerry, are gathering in Menlo Park on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 10-11) to discuss trends in the internet economy and how best to foster innovation.
Called the "Virtuous Circle" conference, the event is being held at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel and is sponsored by the Internet Association, a political lobbying group in Washington, D.C., whose members include major internet companies.
In addition to Mr. Kerry, the speakers expected are Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California; Marc Andreessen, investor and entrepreneur; Jeff Wilke of Amazon; Peter Thiel, partner, Founders Fund; Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook; Jessica Alba, founder, the Honest Company; Arianna Huffington, founder, Huffington Post; Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber; U.S. senators Cory Gardner, Brian Schatz and Roger Wicker; Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; and Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of commerce.
Go to the event website for the full list.
General admission tickets are $2,850. VIP tickets are sold out.
The Internet Association has taken policy positions on topics such as patents, the sharing economy, immigration reform, net neutrality, privacy, data security, government data collection and global internet governance. Some positions are (links provide more information):
• "Internet intermediaries must not be held liable for the speech and activity of Internet users." Internet Association
• People, businesses, and government should be able to "freely choose which Internet technologies and platforms to use and support, without those choices being unduly constrained by regulatory structures that cannot keep pace with and often have the unintended consequence of stifling innovation." Internet Association
• "We support targeted patent litigation reform legislation by Congress and actions taken by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to address patent troll litigation and enhance the quality of patents." Internet Association