Published: Jan. 25, 2005

On Monday, January 24, 2005, the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program (SFTP) presented its first annual CIO Forum. The conference, which drew over one hundred attendees, provided a thought-provoking forum for examining developments in information technology, along with the business opportunities and legal issues associated with them. The event brought together leaders from industry, academia, and government to address the opportunities and challenges associated with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), wireless technologies, and privacy and security management regimes.The opening speaker was Mr. Leroy Williams, the Colorado Secretary of Technology. He was followed by a panel on Voice Over Internet Protocol, which included Tom Lookabaugh, Director of the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program, Vab Goel, Venture Partner at Norwest Venture Partners, Roger Koenig, CEO of Carrier Access Corp., Lucy Sanders, Executive in Residence at the ATLAS program, and Doug Sicker, Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program.Mr. Scott Charney, Chief Security Strategies at Microsoft, was the lunchtime speaker. He was followed by a panel on Taking Advantage of Wireless Technologies, which included Patrick Ryan, Director of the International Center on Standards Research, Greg Cronin, CEO of TrenStar, Dale Hatfield, former Chief Engineer at the FCC, Steve Lanning, Principal at Evolving Systems, Peter Manetti, Partner at iSherpa Venture Capital, and Gordon McGowan, Director of IT Operations at Sun Microsystems.The final panel of the day was on Pricacy and Security. It included CU Law Professor Phil Weiser, Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Telecom Program, Cornelia Dorftschmid, SVP and CIO of Strategic Management Systems, Inc., Phil Gordon, Partner at Littler, Mendelson, Dave Leonard, CTO a (i)Structure, Mark Roellig, VP and General Counsel at StorageTek, and Art Zeile, CEO at Inflow.The Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program hosts many events at the Law School and elsewhere on campus. On February 13th-14th SFTP will host a symposium on The Digital Broadband Migration: Rewriting the Telecom Act. The conference will examin the issues left unaddressed by the Telecom Act, including how to grapple with the advent of broadband and VOIP, how to reform spectrum policy, and how the FCC can adjust its institutional mission. The conference will feature a number of noted scholars and luminaries, including FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, Qwest CEO Richard Notebaert, regulatory icon Alfred Kahn, and Internet pioneer Vint Cerf.On March 3rd, SFTP will host "Open Source, Open Standards, and the Future of the Internet" in the Lindsley Memorial Courtroom at the Law School from 3-7 p.m. NTIA Administrator Michael Gallagher will be the keynote speaker.