We at R Street have put together what we think are some great policy panels for next year’s SxSW conference in Austin, Texas. But we need your help to get in the final conference program. Please take a moment to vote for us and help bring free-market ideas to Austin’s annual gathering of technologists, activists and entrepreneurs.

Voting is open now through Sept. 4. Check out the panels below, featuring speakers from R Street and some of our friends. Click through the link to give them a thumbs-up!

Panels featuring R Streeters:

  1. Zombie SOPA—A New Threat to the Open Internet
    • Featuring: Charles Duan, Public Knowledge; Mike Godwin, R Street; Abigail Slater, Internet Association; Ellen Schrantz, Office of Rep. Darrell Issa.
  2. Autonomous Vehicles Are Here. But Are We Ready?
    • Featuring: Ian Adams, R Street; former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland; Jim Chen, Tesla; Jennifer Haroon, Google[x].
  3. Disintermediation in Digital Content Markets
    • Featuring: Katie Oyama, Google; Casey Hastings, Pandora; Sasha Moss, R Street; Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.
  4. Regulate All the (Internet of) Things!
    • Featuring: R.J. Lehmann, R Street; John Godfrey, Samsung; Eli Dourado, Mercatus Center; Lauren Soltani, Office of Rep. Suzan DelBene.
  5. Disrupt the Grid! The Politics of “Homebrew” Power
    • Featuring: Catrina Rorke, R Street; Lynne Kiesling, Northwestern University; Tom Tanton, Reason Foundation; Doug Lewin, SPEER.
  6. Dear Government: Show Me the Money!
    • Featuring: Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.; Nathan Leamer, R Street; Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel,; Rebecca Williams, Office of Management and Budget.
  7. Giving Back: Solving Educational Inequality
    • Featuring: Lori Sanders, R Street; Kate Sheerin, Google; Ed Hidalgo, Qualcomm.
  8. How Super PACs Are Disrupting the Election Process
    • Featuring: Zach Graves, R Street; Lee Dunn, Google; Jonathan Mantz, BGR Group; Martin Avila, Terra Eclipse.
  9. Ride the Wave: Data as Movement Builder
    • Featuring: Greg Fischer, City of Louisville; Dewey F. Bartlett, City of Tulsa; Michele Jolin, Results for America; Lori Sanders, R Street Institute.

Panel submissions from our friends:

  1. Can Congress Tackle the Internet of Things?
    • Featuring: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Elizabeth Frazee, TwinLogic; Paul Daugherty, Accenture; Nicole Gustafson, National Football League.
  2. YOLO Politics: Bringing C-SPAN to Reddit
    • Featuring: Benny Johnson, IJ Review; Evangeline Johnson, Terra Eclipse; Liz Mair, Mair Strategies LLC; Joshua Lamel, BGR Group.
  3. Decrypting the Cyber Security Debate in Washington
    • Featuring: Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas; Chani Wiggins, TwinLogic; Sonny Sinha, Department of Homeland Security; Denise Zheng, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  4. Are We Giving China the Internet? ICANN Explained
    • Featuring: Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; Christian Dawson, i2 Coalition; Michele Neylon, Blacknight Internet Solutions; Tiffany Moore, TwinLogic.
  5. Elise’s Data-Plan: Connecting Rural America
    • Featuring: Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Rebecca Thompson, Competitive Carriers Association; Kristi Henderson, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Eric Woody, Union Wireless.
  6. Following the Stream: Congress & Music Royalties
    • Featuring: Casey Rae, Future of Music Coalition; Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif.; Katie Peters, Pandora; Rachel Wolbers, TwinLogic.
  7. Copyright & Creators: 2026
    • Featuring: Lateef Mtima, Howard University School of Law; Betsy Rosenblatt, Whittier Law School; Alexandra Mogyoros, University of Oxford; Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times.
  8. Winter is Coming: Copyright Chill on Security
    • Featuring: Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Laura Moy, New America Foundation; Kyle Wiens, iFixit; Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Conservancy.
  9. Pixelated & Political: The Internet in Washington
    • Featuring: Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas; Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.; Michael Beckerman, Internet Association.
  10. Internet Economy: In the U.S. & Abroad
    • Featuring: Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Michael Beckerman, Internet Association.
  11. Embedding Human Rights in the Internet
    • Featuring: Joseph Hall, Center for Democracy & Technology; Karen Reilly, Independent; Eric Sears, MacArthur Foundation; Lindsay Beck, Open Technology Fund.
  12. How to Fight ISIS without Breaking the Internet
    • Featuring: Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation; Judith Lichtenberg, Global Network Initiative; Shahed Amanullah, LaunchPosse; Andrew McLaughlin, Betaworks.
  13. The End of Online Free Expression?
    • Featuring: Gautam Hans, Center for Democracy & Technology; Dorothy Chou, Dropbox.
  14. CDT/Fitbit: Ethics & Privacy in Wearable Research
    • Featuring: Michelle De Mooy, Center for Democracy & Technology; Shelten Yuen, Fitbit.
  15. Everybody Dies: What is your Digital Legacy?
    • Featuring: Alethea Lange, Center for Democracy & Technology; Megan Yip, Law Office of Megan Yip; John Troyer, Centre for Death and Society; Vanessa Callison-Burch, Facebook.
  16. The Singularity and the Question of God
    • Featuring: Julie Germany, White Coat Waste; Luke Kenworthy, Indiana Office of State-Based Initiatives; Taylor Barkley, Mercatus Center; Joe Carter, Action Institute.
  17. Protecting the Digital You
    • Featuring: Nuala O’Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology
  18. Euro vs. American Privacy: Clash of Civilizations?
    • Featuring: Jillian York, EFF; Ulf Buermeyer, Netzpolitik; Raegan MacDonald, Access; Chris Soghoian, American Civil Liberties Union.
  19. Every City is an Internet City
    • Featuring: Nika Nour, Internet Association; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.
  20. The Killer Congressional Office
    • Featuring: Seamus Kraft, Open Gov Foundation; Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass.; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
  21. Marriage Equality: Where do we go from here?
    • Featuring: Seth Guidry; Jerri Ann Henry, Freedom to Marry; Julie Germany, White Coat Waste; Tyler Deaton, American Unity Fund.
  22. Crowdfunding: Possibilities and Policy Challenges
    • Featuring: Ryan Feit, SeedInvest; Sara Hanks, CrowdCheck; Michal Rosenn, Kickstarter; Evan Engstrom, Engine.
  23. Internet of Things: Just Someone Else’s Computer?
    • Featuring: Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas; Sherwin Siy, Public Knowledge; Jen Ellis, Rapid7; Sara Watson, Berkman Center.
  24. Using data to power criminal justice reform
    • Featuring: Emily Shaw, Sunlight Foundation; Wesley Lowery, Washington Post; Tracy Siska, Chicago Justice Project; Clarence Wardell, Presidential Innovation Fellows Program.
  25. The New Battle Over Encryption & How to Survive It
    • Featuring: Kevin Bankston, New America Foundation; Moxie Marlinspike, Open Whisper Systems; Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Wall Street Journal; Heather West, CloudFlare.
  26. No Encryption Backdoors, Please. Myths Debunked.
    • Featuring: Sunday Yokubaitis, Golden Frog.
  27. Cryptowars 2.0: Silicon Valley vs. Washington
    • Featuring: Sara Sorcher, CS Monitor; Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania; Amit Yorak, RSA; Stewart Baker, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
  28. Smart Cars, Smarter Cities: New Transit Tech
    • Featuring: Michael Petricone, Consumer Electronics Association; Susan Zielinski, SMART; Andrew Collinge, Greater London Authority; Ashwini Chhabra, Uber.
  29. Get your Goods: Unmanned Systems and 3D Printing
    • Featuring: Doug Johnson, Consumer Electronics Association; Gur Kimchi, Amazon; Ping Fu, 3D Systems; Richard Pelletier, Ford Motor Co.
  30. Building better cities with better data
    • Featuring: Chris Gates, Sunlight Foundation; Tony Yarber, City of Jackson; Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America; Daniel X O’Neil, Smart Chicago Collaborative.
  31. Be the Next Tony Stark
    • Featuring: Mike Geersten, TandemNSI; Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association; Christina Winn, Arlington Economic Development; Brad Tousley, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
  32. 5 Best Startup Ideas in VR / AR
    • Featuring: Robert Scoble, RackSpace; Nonny De La Pena, Emblematic Group; Shawn Dubravac, Consumer Electronics Association.
  33. High Res Audio in Every Earbud
    • Featuring: Jeff Joseph, Consumer Electronics Association; Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy; Aaron Levine, Sony; Pal Bratelund, TIDAL.
  34. Tech at Issue in 2016 Election
    • Featuring: Julie Samuels, Engine; Ron Klain, Revolution LLC; Ted Ullyot, Andreessen Horowitz; Tony Romm, POLITICO.
  35. Online Privacy and the Price of Free
    • Featuring: Sunday Yokubaitis, Golden Frog; Alan Fairless, SpiderOak; Alex Bradshaw, Center for Democracy & Technology.
  36. Making Texas Wine in the Drone Age
    • Featuring: Michael Hendrix, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Ryan Baker, Arch Aerial LLC; January Wiese, Texas Hill Country Wineries.
  37. Survive the End
    • James Carafano, Heritage Foundation; Ericka Anderson Sylvester, National Review; Stacy Washington, Emmis Communications; Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation.
  38. Fair Use Awakens: Classrooms/Libraries/Communities
    • Featuring: Heidi Tandy, Organization for Transformative Works; Ebony Thomas, University of Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Rosenblatt, Whittier Law School.


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