Thomas Purce, vice president for University Affairs at Washington State University, discussed higher education in the Digital Age. Government Technology hosted the "Pacific Northwest Executive Leadership Forum" July 22-23 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. State and local government leaders and industry experts -- including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray; Bob Herbold, COO of Microsoft; and Rob Glaser, CEO and founder of Progressive Networks -- gathered to discuss the future of governance in a digital world.

The Progress and Freedom Foundation hosted its 4th Annual "Cyberspace and the American Dream" conference in Aspen, Colo., in August. Author George Gilder kicked off the event with an opening speech on "The Promise of the Telecosm."

Discussions ranged from polite to passionate. The former category included a discussion of content regulation among Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, Jack Valenti, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; Ira Magaziner, senior advisor to President Clinton, and other luminaries.

A passionate examination of the future of bandwidth included the FCC's Robert Pepper; Bob Frankenburg, former CEO of Novell; John Gage, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems; Phil Burgess, Center for the New West, and other telecommunications experts.

Dr. Terry Bergeson, superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Washington, and Jeanette Wood, Washington State Senator.

Ron Johnson, vice provost and vice president for Computing and Communications, University of Washington during the "Next Generation Internet" session.

Washington State Representative Tom Huff and Ann Daley, director of the Executive Policy Division, Office of the Governor.

Ed Edwards, director of Electronic Commerce for The Boeing Company during the "Electronic Commerce: A Glimpse at the Future" panel discussion in Seattle.

Peter Huber of the Manhatten Institute led a discussion about policy approaches to increasing bandwidth.

Rick White, Washington state congressman and co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus.

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Dennis McKenna, CEO and Editor in Chief for Government Technology magazine makes the closing remarks at the Seattle Forum.

Claire Donahue, chief deputy director, Washington Department of Information Services, served as moderator for the "Cost of Innovation and Change" panel.

Marsha Tadano Long, director of the Washington Department of General Administration, served as moderator of a panel discussion on electronic commerce.

Dr. Terry Bergeson, superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington state as a panel member for "Beyond Infrastrucutre: Curriculum in K-12."

Rob Glaser, CEO and founder of Progressive Networks discussed democracy in the Digital Age.

Progress & Freedom Foundation President Jeffery Eisenach.

George Gilder, economist and author, discussed "The Promise of the Telecosm.

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