March 25, 2014, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. | The Washington Post

Cars, clothes, thermostats, medical devices, even our pets — all of the things we interact with each day are increasingly connected to one another, allowing the exchange of real-time information and enabling machines to predict what we’ll need next. How is this fast-evolving Internet of Things altering our daily lives? What is being done to ensure consumers’ privacy is respected and security ensured? Join business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and security experts to discuss our interconnected world.


Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was sworn in to Congress in January 2011. Among other committee assignments, Blumenthal is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He served five terms as Connecticut’s attorney general and was previously a state senator, state representative and the state’s U.S. attorney. Prior to his position as U.S. attorney, Blumenthal served as administrative assistant to Sen. Abraham Ribicoff and aide to former Sen. Daniel Moynihan, when Moynihan was assistant to the president of the United States. He was also a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Follow @SenBlumenthal.

Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Maureen K. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. She previously served at the FTC for 11 years, including as director of the Office of Policy Planning, as an attorney adviser for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle. Follow @MOhlhausenFTC.

Jules Polonetsky

Jules Polonetsky serves as executive director and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that aims to advance responsible data practices. Founded five years ago, FPF’s current projects focus on online data use, smart grid, mobile data, big data, apps and social media. Previously, Polonetsky was chief privacy officer at AOL, consumer affairs commissioner for New York City and an elected New York state legislator. Follow @JulesPolonetsky.

Alex Hawkinson

Alex Hawkinson is the founder and CEO of SmartThings and has spent 15 years in leadership positions with cloud-based technology companies. Prior to founding SmartThings, he founded SMBLive — a cloud-based software company that was subsequently acquired by ReachLocal, a global provider of online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses. Following the acquisition, Hawkinson served as the chief product officer of ReachLocal. Follow @ahawkinson.

Michael Sutton

As Zscaler’s vice president of security research, Michael Sutton leads Zscaler ThreatLabZ — the security research team responsible for researching emerging topics in Web security and developing innovative security controls. Sutton is the co-author pf “Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerabilities,” an Addison-Wesley publication. Follow @michaelawsutton.

David Icke

Dave Icke joined MC10 as CEO in March 2009. MC10’s aim is to provide human capability enhancing, conformal electronics, to every person. Previously, Icke was a process engineer at Cypress Semiconductor. He helped chipmakers worldwide quickly ramp their fabs in different leadership roles at KLA-Tencor, and then led and grew several businesses in semiconductor test equipment at Teradyne. In 2005, he took the plunge into the startup world with Advanced Electron Beams. Follow @mc10inc.

Michael Mandel

Dr. Michael Mandel is chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, where he argues that innovation can create jobs and broad-based opportunity. Mandel is also president of South Mountain Economics LLC, which provides expertise on emerging occupations. Mandel received a PhD in economics from Harvard University and is currently a senior fellow at Wharton. He formerly served as chief economist at BusinessWeek, where he directed the magazine’s coverage of domestic and global economies. Follow @MichaelMandel.

Brian Markwalter

Research & Standards, Consumer Electronics Association

Brian Markwalter is senior vice president of research and standards for the Consumer Electronics Association , the trade association promoting growth in the U.S. consumer electronics industry and owner of the International CES. Markwalter is responsible for overseeing CEA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and extensive market research capability. Under Markwalter’s direction, CEA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices. Markwalter holds five patents from prior work with Intellon Corporation, a home networking semiconductor company. Follow @CEA.


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