2024 Technology Economics Competition (TEC) Institute Summit, Brussels

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This half-day event in Brussels focuses on key technology, economics, and competition topics and feature international experts at the intersection of industry, policy, and academia.

2024 TEC Institute Summit, Brussels:
Trends in Technology, Regulation, and Litigation
for AI and Semiconductors

In today’s knowledge economy, technological innovation is the engine of economic growth. National leaders worldwide prioritise setting effective innovation and competition policies. The EU exemplifies this focus, with initiatives like the Digital Single Market and the Digital Markets Act aiming to spur innovation, protect competition, and maintain control over key technologies. However, achieving these goals can be challenging, as they may sometimes conflict.

Join us for a comprehensive discussion of key technology trends and how they are influencing regulatory, policy, and litigation developments. The TEC Institute aims to help create the most relevant legal and economic framework and provide a deeper understanding of technology trends and the current policy landscape. TEC Institute participants represent the intersection of industry, policy, and the expert/academic community.

24 April 2024
12:30–18:30
Steigenberger Wiltcher’s
Brussels

Legal Credit

AVOCATS.BE: 3 legal points, 1 non-legal point
Formation: OBF-2024-00721
Droit de la concurrence
Droit des technologies de l’information et de la communication
Droits intellectuels

Conference Materials

Headshot of E. Glen Weyl

E. Glen Weyl, Ph.D.
Founder,
Plural Technology Collaboratory (Microsoft Research);
RadicalxChange Foundation;
Plurality Institute

We are delighted to welcome internationally recognized economist Dr. E. Glen Weyl as a featured keynote speaker to discuss plurality and the future of AI.

Dr. Weyl will explore how AI, with its inherent risk of concentrating power in “singular” models or model creators, may affect free and democratic—or “plural”—societies.

Drawing on his forthcoming book, Dr. Weyl will discuss how to harness digital technology to fuel productivity, create a broader media environment, and contribute to a more diverse and cooperative society.

Agenda

12:30–13:15

Registration and Lunch

13:15–13:20

Welcome – 2024 TEC Institute, Brussels Scientific Committee

  • Pier Luigi Parcu, Director, Centre for a Digital Society, European University Institute (EUI)
  • Rahul Guha, CEO, Cornerstone Research
  • Kirti Gupta, Vice President and Chief Economist of Global Technology, Cornerstone Research; University of California, Berkeley
  • Gregor Langus, Vice President*, Cornerstone Research
Artificial Intelligence: Past, Present, and Future

Big data, computing capabilities, and deep learning algorithms have converged to launch the AI revolution. But how far are we technologically, and how ready are we to tackle policy and legal questions posed by emerging technology trends?

13:20–13:40

Keynote: Plurality and the Future of AI

How can we harness digital technologies to fuel productivity, create a broader media environment, and support more democratic—or “plural”—societies?

  • E. Glen Weyl, Founder, Plural Technology Collaboratory (Microsoft Research); RadicalxChange Foundation; and Plurality Institute
13:45–14:05

Fireside Chat: Competition Policy in the EU

  • Carlota Reyners Fontana, Director, Antitrust, Merger and State Aid Enforcement: Information Technology, Communications and Media, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission
  • Pier Luigi Parcu, Director, Centre for a Digital Society, European University Institute (EUI)
14:10–15:05

Panel: Regulatory and Litigation Challenges

  • Michele Davis, Partner and Global Co-Head of Tech, Media and Telecoms, Freshfields
  • Marco Pancini, Head of Business Affairs, Meta
  • Ting Li, Professor of Digital Business, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University
  • Ashwin Van Rooijen, Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Moderator: Gregor Langus, Vice President*, Cornerstone Research
    *GLECON SRL
15:10–15:30

Discussion: Regulatory and Litigation Challenges

  • Paul Lugard, Partner, Baker Botts
  • Rashid Muhamedrahimov, Director, Applied Research Center, Cornerstone Research
  • Christian Riis-Madsen, Partner, Gibson Dunn
15:35–15:45 Break
Semiconductors Today: Geopolitics, Antitrust, and State Aid

Semiconductors are at the leading edge of a heated global competition for technological supremacy. This session unpacks M&A, state aid, technology trends, and legal/policy challenges emerging in the semiconductor sector.

15:45–16:05

Fireside Chat: Policy in the EU

  • Demos Spatharis, Head of Unit, State Aid: General Scrutiny and Enforcement, IPCEI, Environment & Innovation, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission
  • Kirti Gupta, Vice President and Chief Economist of Global Technology, Cornerstone Research; University of California
16:05–16:50

Panel: Recent M&A and State Aid

  • Christian Ahlborn, Partner, Covington
  • Syed Alam, Global Semiconductor Lead and High Tech Strategy Lead, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Dimitrios Magos, Economist, Chief Economist Team, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission
  • Merit Olthoff, Partner, Freshfields
  • Moderator: Kirti Gupta, Vice President and Chief Economist of Global Technology, Cornerstone Research; University of California, Berkeley
16:50–17:10

Discussion: Recent M&A and State Aid

  • Grania Holzwarth, Head of EU Competition Policy, Deutsche Telekom
  • Paul Johnson, Partner, Baker McKenzie

Hosted by Cornerstone Research and the European University Institute (EUI).

For more information, contact events@cornerstone.com.