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Sunday, September 27 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Industry as an Audience for Academic Policy Research

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Traditionally, the audience for research papers presented at TPRC is assumed to be government policy makers.  Survey responses from last year’s TPRC, however, indicate that industry and government representatives made up nearly equal shares of conference attendees.  Industry interest in the policy research presented at TPRC, and academic authors’ interest in effectively reaching industry audiences, both seem likely to continue, given external trends such as the increasing impact of public policies on the communications and information industries, and limited government funding opportunities for policy-relevant research.

This panel will feature a lively discussion among panelists with diverse perspectives on industry as an audience for academic research in the domains of communications, information and internet policy.  Questions for discussion will range from the philosophical to the practical.  For example, what types of value do industry participants and academics seek from each other?  What new or underrepresented research domains and questions are of particular interest to industry attendees?  How are policy findings and recommendations amplified or diminished by industry audiences?  What are effective mechanisms for academics to locate specific industry audiences interested in particular research topics?  What are best and worst practices for academic-industry engagement?

Sharon Gillett, Microsoft Corp.

Joe Waz, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Inc;
Paul Mitchell, Microsoft Corp.
David D. Clark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile USA
Richard Whitt, Google Inc.


Carolyn Nguyen

Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft
Internet governance, big data, machine learning

Joe Waz


Sunday September 27, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm
GMUSL - Rm 121

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