Antitrust: Does it Work for Tech?

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Tech and internet companies are getting bigger. This has the potential to shape the evolution of internet usage and technologies in a variety of ways. This panel discusses the costs and benefits of regulation as policy makers and key federal agencies examine whether there is a need for an antitrust intervention.

Moderator

Carl Szabo

Vice President and General Counsel, NetChoice

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As Vice President and General Counsel, Carl analyzes tech-related legislative and regulatory initiatives relevant to online companies. He monitors and analyzes Federal and state legislation including online taxation and privacy issues. Carl is also an adjunct professor of privacy law at the George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School.

Carl works at the NTIA Privacy Multi-Stakeholder process, speaks on panels about burdens to e-commerce, and testifies before state legislatures on proposed legislation. Recently, Carl met with FTC Commissioners on new COPPA regulations, presented on mobile-app privacy at the IAPP Annual Conference, and worked with the Maryland Child Privacy Taskforce.


Before joining NetChoice, Carl was an intellectual property attorney at the lawfirm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon where he advised clients on privacy, Internet, e-commerce, and contractual matters. He also worked at the lawfirms of Venable and Arnold & Porter.


Carl also worked on copyright, trademark, and anti-piracy both for Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

Before law school, Carl worked at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the staff of Commissioner Orson Swindle, where he helped create and implement the FTC’s Consumer Information Security Outreach Plan and assisted the White House in establishing the National Strategy for Cyber Security.


Carl obtained his J.D. and Communications Law Certificate from the Catholic University of America, magna cum laude, and Carl obtained his B.A. in Economics, Managerial Studies, and Policy Studies from Rice University. Carl is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Panelists

Jeff Farrah

General Counsel, National Venture Capital Association

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Jeff Farrah is General Counsel of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where he advocates before Congress, the White House, and agencies for pro-entrepreneurship policies. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, CBS News, and other publications on topics such as foreign investment, immigration, and how public policy impacts startups. Jeff concurrently serves as Treasurer of VenturePAC, the political action committee of NVCA.

Prior to joining NVCA, Jeff was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where he advised Chairman John Thune (now Senate Majority Whip) and members of the committee on technology, telecommunications, and Internet policy. Previously, Jeff served as General Counsel to U.S. Senator Scott Brown, advising on international trade, telecommunications, intellectual property, and technology. During the 2012 presidential election, Jeff was a member of Governor Romney’s Trade Policy Advisory Committee. Prior to the Senate, Jeff was an attorney at a leading Washington, DC law firm for international trade matters. His trade law experience includes World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement and trade remedies cases before U.S. agencies. In 2010, Jeff’s article on non-tariff barriers to trade was published in the Global Trade and Customs Journal. A native of southern California, Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Jeff was a Visiting Student at Georgetown University Law Center.

Svetlana Gans

Vice President and Associate General Counsel, NCTA

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Svetlana S. Gans is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for NCTA – The Internet and Television Association handling competition and consumer protection policy matters. Prior to joining NCTA in July 2018, Ms. Gans served as the Chief of Staff to the Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Gans created, executed, and oversaw strategic initiatives to advance the Chairman’s priorities to promote the agency’s consumer protection and competition mission. She served as the Chairman’s liaison to other federal and state agencies, members of Congress and Congressional committees, and other stakeholders on matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction. She also advised the Chairman on agency operational matters, a wide array of policy issues in the competition and consumer protection space, and Bureau investigations and litigation. Ms. Gans led the agency’s regulatory reform and internal efficiency working groups for the Chairman’s office, receiving the FTC’s Janet Steiger Award for Outstanding Contribution. Ms. Gans came to the Chairman’s office after spending several years as a senior litigator within the FTC’s Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Consumer Protection, handling litigation and policy matters on a wide array of issues, including proposed mergers and acquisitions, telemarketing and online fraud, business opportunity scams, and federal warranty policy. Ms. Gans began at the FTC in 2010, joining from private practice, after serving as an Honors Paralegal in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Ms. Gans has served in the ABA Antitrust Section’s leadership since 2005 in a variety of roles including Co-Chair of Committee Operations, Content Delivery, Long-Range Planning, the 2017 Antitrust Fall Forum, and the 600-member Consumer Protection Committee. In August 2018, Ms. Gans was promoted to serve as a Council member of the ABA Antitrust Section governing body. In addition to the Antitrust Section, Ms. Gans is active with the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Federalist Society, and the DC/Baltimore Chapter of WICT – Women in Cable Communications. Ms. Gans is actively engaged in mentoring younger lawyers and law students interested in antitrust and consumer protection work.

Keith Klovers

Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Christine S. Wilson, Federal Trade Commission

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Keith Klovers is an Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Christine S. Wilson at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He previously served in the same capacity for Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

Before joining the FTC, Mr. Klovers served as a law clerk to the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as an antitrust attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and as a manager and consultant at two economic consulting firms.

Mr. Klovers received a B.A. in Economics and Government from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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