Conference Report – The Rise of the Data-Driven Economy: Implications for Growth and Policy

On October 10-12, 2012, the Progressive Policy Institute joined forces with John Cabot University in Rome to highlight the transformative potential of rise of data-driven economic innovation and growth. Hosted by John Cabot in collaboration with the Guarini Institute, the European Privacy Association and the Center for European Policy Studies, the transatlantic dialogue brought together representatives of leading U.S. technology companies and European Union officials, as well as analysts and experts from think tanks, non-profit organizations and academia.

Entitled The Rise of the Data-Driven Economy: Implications for Growth and Policy, the discussion centered on the increasing contribution of data-driven activity to economic growth in the United States and Europe; the European Union’s controversial data protection regulation; the responsibility of companies to build trust by being “ethical stewards” of their customers’ data; and, political threats to an open and free Internet.

Conference Speakers: Rita Balogh, Senior Associate, APCO; Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute; Jacques Bughin, Director, McKinsey Global Institute; Anthony House, Manager of Public Policy, Google; Roberto Masiero, President, THINK! The Innovation Knowledge Foundation; Pietro Paganini, Managing Director, European Privacy Association; Pat Walshe, Director of Privacy, GSM Association; Luca Bolognini, President, Italian Institute for Privacy; Ed Black, President & CEO, CCIA; Daniele Pica, Professor, John Cabot University; Megan Richards, Director, DG Connect; Chris Kelly, Kelly Investments; Michael Kende, Co-Head of the Regulation Sector, Analysys Mason; Dimitrios Droutsas, Member of European Parliament; Carolyn Nguyen, Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft; Dr. Thierry Vissol, Special Adviser, DG COMM Media & Communication; Paul W. Taylor, Governing Magazine; Laura Fennell, General Counsel, Intuit; Giuseppe Conte, Professor of Law, University of Florence; Maurice Fitzgerald, VP Strategy–Autonomy, Hewlett-Packard

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