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SIEPR Policy Forum on Innovation Challenges for the Next President

Event Details:

Friday, December 4, 2015
11:00am - 3:45pm PST


SIEPR Gunn Building
Koret-Taube Conference Center
366 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

About the Forum

Innovation is moving beyond information to the physical world.   For this Policy Forum, we consider three innovation areas with great promise and risk - tools powerful enough to change the world around us.  

The first panel is on using market forces to accomplish good - especially in areas such as energy use and climate. Al Roth will follow with a related theme - some of his Nobel-winning work on matching markets. The second panel is on the power of advanced genetics - especially the implications of the new "CRISPR" technology.  The third panel is on the economics and policy issues surrounding end-to-end encryption, and especially whether firms and product designers can and should provide "exceptional access" to governments.  This affects not only our communication devices but increasing the "Internet of Things."

For additional information, please contact SIEPR Policy Forum Director Ward Hanson or Director of Events Ellen Moore.


By invitation only.



Friday, December 4, 2015

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    Session I: Using Markets for Good

    Smart Markets for Energy Conservation -  Zach Gentry (Enlighted Inc.)

    From Worst Case to Smart Launches- Tom Colvin (Stanford)

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    Lunch Session: Who Gets What – and Why

    Alvin Roth (Stanford Economics, 2012 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)

    (Lunch following speaker, provided to all registered attendees)

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    Session II: Designing Life

    CRISPR-CAS9: Designer DNA - Hank Greely (Stanford)

    Intellectual Property and DNA - Mark Lemley (Stanford) 

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    Session III: Economics and End-to-End Encryption: The Cost and Benefits of Government Backdoors

    The economics of secure online communications versus government backdoors for the Internet and Internet of Things

    John Mitchell (Stanford Vice Provost, Computer Science)
    Herbert Lin (Stanford, CISAC)
    Alex Doll (TenEleven Ventures)

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    Session IV: Innovation and Jobs

    Enrico Moretti (U.C. Berkeley Economics)

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