Government & Politics

March 13-16

Convergence Track

The Government & Politics Track aims to discuss issues that affect the lives of all citizens. Topics focus on technology regulation, livable cities, privacy issues, and the challenges of maintaining civil engagement in the age of social media. These sessions also address the difficulties of creating policies that encourage competition and economic growth while balancing legacy systems.

2019 Featured Speaker, Senator Mazie Hirono - Photo by Debra Reyes

2019 Featured Speaker, Senator Mazie Hirono - Photo by Debra Reyes

About Government & Politics Track



Wombats and Wood Ducks: CIA’s Secrets to Creative Problem Solving

Thanks to in-house training developed over the last 12 years, when CIA officers are called to solve hard intelligence problems, they have the knowledge and tools to reveal their creativity. This presentation will share examples of creative problem solving in CIA history and introduce four techniques that attendees can use to increase their own solution-generating power.

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Generation Z Is Poised to Revolutionize Politics

Gen Zers are tired of waiting for their elders to fix things; they are disillusioned with politics today and big government and are stepping in to solve social issues themselves. By becoming political leaders and activists, they are taking charge and disrupting politics with demands for new policies.

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Bad Guys Attacking Elections Its Not Just The US - Katie Harbath - 2019 - Photo by John Sosenko

Katie Harbath

Public Policy Director, Global Elections


Adopting Online Courts Utahs Legal System - Amber Ivey - 2019 - Photo by Bianca Hooks

Amber Ivey


The Pew Charitable Trusts

Bad Guys Attacking Elections Its Not Just The US - Moira Whelan - 2019 - Photo by John Sosenko

Moira Whelan

Founding Partner

Blue Dot Strategies

Politics In Tech When The Bubble Bursts - Will Hurd - 2019 - Photo by John Sosenko

Will Hurd

US Congressman

US House of Representatives

Politics In Tech When The Bubble Bursts - Lin-Hua Wu - 2019 - Photo by John Sosenko

Lin-Hua Wu

VP of Communications


Are There Civil Rights in a Tech World? - Gavin Logan - 2019 - Photo by Von Franklin

Gavin Logan

Director Tech & Telecom Policy

National Urban League Washington Bureau

Politicians Yell at the Cloud Congress and Tech - Jessica Rosenworcel - 2019 - Photo by Amanda Stronza

Jessica Rosenworcel


Federal Communications Commission


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