Tech, government leaders converge at internet confab

Secretary of State John Kerry to also make visit to East Palo Alto

Top tech and political leaders are gathering in and Menlo Park on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10-11, to discuss trends in the internet economy and how best to foster innovation.

The two-day "Virtuous Circle" conference will start at noon at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park and is sponsored by the Internet Association, a political lobbying group in Washington, D.C., whose members include major internet companies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to give a talk at 3:45 p.m.

Kerry will also make an appearance at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto on Monday during the Clean Energy Event. He is scheduled to host a roundtable with clean energy leaders that will focus on innovative ways to help the United States meet climate commitments and promote both economic development and security. The roundtable will begin at 9 a.m.

Among the speakers expected are Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California; Marc Andreessen, investor and entrepreneur; Jeff Wilke of Amazon; Peter Thiel, partner, Founders Fund; Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook; Jessica Alba, founder, the Honest Company; Arianna Huffington, founder, Huffington Post; Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber; U.S. senators Cory Gardner, Brian Schatz and Roger Wicker; Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; and Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of commerce.

Go to the event website for the full list.

General admission tickets are $2,850. VIP tickets are sold out.

The Internet Association has taken policy positions on topics such as patents, the sharing economy, immigration reform, net neutrality, privacy, data security, government data collection and global internet governance. Some positions are:

• "Internet intermediaries must not be held liable for the speech and activity of Internet users." For more information, visit Internet Association.

• People, businesses, and government should be able to "freely choose which Internet technologies and platforms to use and support, without those choices being unduly constrained by regulatory structures that cannot keep pace with and often have the unintended consequence of stifling innovation." For more information, visit Internet Association.

• "We support targeted patent litigation reform legislation by Congress and actions taken by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to address patent troll litigation and enhance the quality of patents." For more information, visit Internet Association.

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