• Leveraging the Internet as an Engine of Innovation and Growth: Opportunities and Constraints

    November 22 2010, 01:00 - 01:00
    Location: Auditorium of NYSE Euronext - 39 rue Cambon 75001 Paris

    The AmCham's New Media & IT Task Force held a roundtable discussion on "Leveraging the Internet as an Engine of Innovation and Growth: Opportunities and Constraints" last November 22 in the auditorium of NYSE Euronext.

    Keynote Speaker Ambassador Karen KORNBLUH (U.S. Mission to the OECD) presented the role of the OECD as a platform for emerging issues presented by the internet, notably data protection and privacy issues. Task force co-chairs Carol UMHOEFER and Winston MAXWELL moderated the discussion, which covered both IT provider and consumer concerns : from instituting privacy principles and moderating data flows to updating governance models and infrastructure.

    Link to Ambassador Kornbluh's speech on the website of the U.S. Mission to the OECD.

    The panel was composed of high-level global representatives from Google, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T and IBM, whose biographies you will find hereafter. Thank you to all who helped make this event a success.

    Ambassador Karen Kornbluh - U.S. MISSION TO THE OECD

    Karen Kornbluh was sworn in as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in August, 2009. Ambassador Kornbluh served as Policy Director for then-Senator Barack Obama from 2005-2008 and authored the 2008 party platform. Previously, she was Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Treasury Department; Assistant Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau; Director of the Commission's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs; and economic policy advisor to Senator John Kerry. She began her career as an economic forecaster and management consultant to US manufacturing companies. Ambassador Kornbluh has published articles on economic policy in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. She founded the Work and Family Program at the New America Foundation, where she was also a Markle Technology Policy Fellow. As a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress, she led the effort to create a Green Bank and contributed to “The Shriver Report: a Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”

    Peter Fleischer- GOOGLE

    Peter works as Google’s Global Privacy Counsel. His job is to ensure that Google protects its users’ privacy, meets all privacy legal obligations, and helps to raise the bar in terms of privacy protection on the Internet. Peter is particularly committed to engaging with privacy stakeholders, advocates and regulators to ensure that Google is responsive to their privacy expectations. He works closely with public policy makers around the world to help update data protection concepts for the Information Age. Peter has over 10 years’ experience in the field of data protection, including his prior position as Microsoft’s privacy lead for Europe and Director of Regulatory Affairs.

    Gabrielle Gauthey - ALCATEL-LUCENT

    Gabrielle Gauthey is Executive Vice President, in charge of global government and Public Affairs for Alcatel-Lucent. She is also Vice-president of Alliance-Tics, the French Telecom and Computer Industry Association. Gabrielle Gauthey is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a postgraduate degree in economic analysis. She began her career with France Telecom and joined DATAR in 1992 as head of the foreign investment department in France and as General Secretary of the “Invest in France” network. From 1995 to 1997 she worked at the office of François Fillon, Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Space Affairs as a technical adviser on telecommunications and information technologies. From 1998 to July 2000 she was Deputy Director-General of Sofirad and CEO of “Le SAT”, the first satellite-based operator of French-language digital TV and radio services in Africa. Till January 2003, she was Director of the Information and Communication Technologies Department at the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, responsible for investment in the” regional digital development” programme by mandate of the State. From 2003 to 2008 she was Commissioner at the French Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP).

    Dominique Baroux - AT&T

    Dominique Baroux is based in Paris, where he is responsible for coordinating AT&T’s regulatory affairs for AT&T’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Region. Prior to this, Dominique managed a group of international experts in telecom areas and, before, he was the European Satellite Services Manager for AT&T. Dominique joined AT&T in 1999 from IBM where he had responsibilities in Telecommunication services, System Integrations. He started his career in IBM Labs. Dominique co-chairs the New Media and IT Taskforce at Amcham France and heads the Telecommunications and Information Techniques Commission of ICC France.

    Steven B. Adler- IBM

    Steven B. Adler is Director of IBM's Data Governance Solutions and a recognized authority and innovator on Data Governance, security, privacy, systemic risk management, and business process transformation. Mr. Adler is Chairman of the IBM Data Governance Council, an international leadership group of 50 C Level Executives working together to design and evaluate comprehensive data governance solutions.  He is the founder and leader of the Information Governance Community, a Social Network of 700 Data Governance practitioners from around the world collaborating on an Information Governance Maturity Model. Steven B. Adler developed the patented Enterprise Privacy Architecture and invented the world’s first Internet Insurance program. He is the author of a well regarded blog, and is frequently quoted in European and American press articles, trade journals, magazines and newspapers.  Mr. Adler serves on the Advisory Board of the Bucerius Law School, and the Global Forum Steering Committee.  Mr. Adler is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg Germany.

    Winston Maxwell - HOGAN LOVELLS

    Winston is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Paris office, and co-Chairs the New Media and IT Task Force at AmCham France. He has over 20 years experience of advising on a wide range of corporate, regulatory and litigation matters for TMT sector clients, specifically in the film and television and telecommunications and Internet sectors. Winston has participated in European telecommunications liberalization initiatives, and recently authored a major treatise on European communications and data protection law. He has worked on numerous M&A transactions and joint ventures in the communications, media and entertainment field, as well as serving as counsel to various regulatory bodies in Europe regarding the changing face of the TMT sector. For example, in 2008 he co-authored a report to the French telecoms regulator, the Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP) on the optimum framework for releasing new spectrum known as the "digital dividend." The recommendations in this report were cited widely in the French parliamentary commission's report on the digital dividend and, as a result, Winston and his TMT team of lawyers were labeled as the "heavy artillery" of the telecoms sector. Winston was recently asked to sit on a panel of experts to advise the French government on net neutrality.
    Carol Umhoefer- DLA PIPER

    Carol is a partner in the Paris office of DLA Piper, and a member of the AmCham France Board of Directors.  Carol also co-Chairs the Data Protection Committee at AmCham France. Carol has been advising clients on IP and IT issues for over 15 years, and has particular expertise in the area of data protection and privacy.  She regularly advises a broad range of clients on privacy issues arising with the expansion of technologies such as web-based localization services, telemedicine and RFID, as well as in the context of multi-jurisdictional criminal prosecutions, internal investigations and discovery procedures.  As co-Chair of the Data Protection Committee at AmCham France, Carol testified before a French Sénat committee in April 2009 with respect to data security breach notices. In 2008, Carol testified before CNIL members with respect to data protection issues in FCPA investigations, and co-authored a white paper on data protection issues relating to US discovery procedures, US administrative investigations and the so-called French blocking statute.