Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.
Larry Downes is a consultant and author on developing business strategies in the digital age. He is Senior Adjunct Fellow with TechFreedom, a nonpartisan technology policy think tank.
His most recent book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age explores the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.
Downes is the author of the Business Week and New York Times business best-seller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.
David Hornik is a General Partner with August Capital. He invests broadly in digital media and enterprise software. He is the author of the first venture capital blog, VentureBlog.
Derek Slater is a Policy Manager on Google's public policy team, where
he supports global advocacy efforts on innovation policy, including
copyright and telecom issues.
Derek started writing about digital media when he bought a Diamond Rio
PMP300 MP3 player as a teenager. His work has focused on how public
policy can support emerging media business models, and it has been
discussed in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. In 2009, he
helped Vint Cerf launch Measurement Lab, an open platform for Internet
measurement tools, and he has explored innovative ways to drive
David Hornik, general partner of August Capital, argues that Congressional privacy bills restrict people from sharing freely on the internet. "There's lots of value to be derived from sharing private information," says Hornik. "Our kids live in that universe and want to share huge amounts of information. It is not the right tack for the government to be paternalistic about that."