CES Press Release

More than Two Dozen Policymakers, Regulators Join CES 2016

Arlington, VA – 12/23/2015 – 
Speakers include Cabinet Secretary, White House Officials and all FCC and FTC Commissioners
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, today announced that 27 international, federal, state and local government officials will speak at CES 2016®. Among the policymakers delivering remarks or speaking on panels: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, every member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee, Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. In total, more than 160 top policymakers, regulators and staff are expected to attend. Owned and produced by CTA, CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology.
“CES has become a must-attend event for government officials who sit at the intersection of public policy and  technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “CES is the ideal gathering place for policymakers and regulators to engage with the tech companies and entrepreneurs driving innovation and the global economy. 
“As an industry, the tech sector understands the importance of showing government officials how emerging and disruptive technologies are improving our world and changing the way we live and work. And we understand the need to explain that pro-innovation policies allow for the next generation of tech breakthroughs.”
A full listing of all government officials speaking at CES 2016 conference sessions follows:
Tuesday, January 5
Hyperdata and the Mobile Future
Peter Marx, CTO, City of Los Angeles
Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA
Wednesday, January 6
FAA Press Conference featuring CTA, 3D Robotics, DJI and Google
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
Tom Kalil, deputy director for policy, White House OSTP
U.S. CTO Megan Smith, White House OSTP
U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)
Alan Davidson, director of digital economy and senior advisor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill
Germany’s State Secretary for Justice and Consumer Protection Gerd Billen
Ann Barron Di Camillo, director of US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security
2016 Preview: FTC and FCC Commissioner Roundtable 
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny
FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Suzanne Spaulding, under secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Thursday, January 7
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen
France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron
U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Marke “Hoot” Gibson, senior advisor, UAS Integration, FAA
Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D., principal investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM), NASA Ames Research Center
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Friday, January 8
U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) 
Michelle Lee, Under Secretary, U.S. PTO
About CES


Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.


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