ISPA Conference - last chance to register!

K&L Gates LLP, London
November 27, 2013 - 

The 8th Annual ISPA Conference: Wednesday 27th November 2013, K&L Gates, One New Change, EC4M 9AF

The conference title is “The Internet industry: what lies ahead?” examining the positive role the internet has made to the economy and what the internet will look like in the future.

The four panels will look at:

How the internet aides growth and opportunities Hear from other sectors on how the internet underpins what they do and the opportunities this presents.

Broadband, now and post 2015 Which technology will play the biggest part and what will tomorrow’s home and business communications infrastructure be?

The Future ISP What will an ‘ISP’ look like in 10 years’ time

Is online morality being outsourced? With recent developments, we discuss whether industry is being asked to be the guardians of morality online.

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ISPA Conference  
Wednesday Nov 27 The Internet industry: what lies ahead?
9:15-9:45am Registration with tea and coffee
9:45am Keynote 1: James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Crime and Security, with introduction and Q&A chaired by ISPA Chair, Mark Gracey
10:15 – 11:15 Panel 1: A Content Carol

This panel will represent technologists and strategists in the broadcast and Streaming Media sector. The focus will be a seasonally themed look at Content Past, Content Present and Content Future.This session will be thought provoking with short introductions from each panelist outlining what their take on the emerging Internet based content markets are, and then a guided discussion looking at ensuing technical game changers, the effects of policy and changing attitudes to rights, how the Internet is effecting video production and encouraging not just new audiences but also new creatives. Throughout the discussion we will try to get a feel for some of the emerging trends that will effect all the stakeholders.While some of the discussion will be very high level, we won’t be afraid to ‘go knee deep’ in the technology if it seems relevant.Speakers:

  • David J Smith, Global Partner Director, Helix Streaming & IP Technologies – Real Networks
  • Richard Cooper, Controller, Online Technology Group, BBC Future Media
  • Dom Robinson – id3as
  • Stephen Flood – Auriga Networks

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11:15-11:30 Coffee
11:30-12:30 Panel 2: Broadband Post 2015 and beyond – the role of Government and industry in developing a modern communications industry

Government has made superfast connectivity one of its main priorities and industry has made great strides by investing and innovating to improve the state of the communications infrastructure in the UK. Large and small providers are building fixed and wireless networks in the UK and 4G is becoming available to the wider population. Government plays an important supporting role in this, although some BDUK programmes have come under criticism for undermining competition and lacking ambition. Sights are now being set on what happens after 2015 with a new Government in place. New targets have been set and more money has been promised by 2017 however it is vital to the economy and society that complacency does not creep in. In this context the panel will explore:

  • What effects Government intervention have had so far and how will this develop in the future?
  • Should we be more ambitious in setting targets and what should these targets look like?
  • What technologies can play a role and should we be picking winners?
  • What should be the priority: bridging the rural divide? Encouraging greater take up of superfast services? Or ensuring greater competition

Speakers include:

  • Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager, Entanet
  • Mike Locke, Managing Director, Satellite Internet
  • Pamela Learmonth, CEO Broadband Stakeholders Group
  • Malcolm Corbett, CEO Independent Networks Co-operative Association
  • Andrew Ferguson, Editor, ThinkBroadband (Chair)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Keynote 2: Etienne Drouard, Partner K&L Gates
14:00-15:00 Panel 3: The Future ISP

The term ISP can mean many things to many people   and ISPA’s membership demonstrates how diverse the Internet industry is.   Whether it is small business, corporate or consumer connectivity, hosting or   the delivery of services over the top, there is a wide range of internet services being delivered by ISPA members.The rise of mobile, cloud, on-demand video and music and the convergence of various content platforms are changing what consumers expect from their ISPs and the services that are offered by business to consumers. In this context the panel will hear from a selected range of providers/business leaders who will give an outlook into how they believe their business will develop and what challenges they will be facing in the future.

  • What are the key challenges that ISPs will have to face?
  • What the key opportunities that ISPs will be able to exploit?
  • What are the key trends that shape the business environment for ISPs?
  • Is there a future in offering connectivity alone?


  • Dana Pressman Tobak, Managing Director, Hyperoptic
  • David Barker, Founder & Technical Director, 4D Data Centres
  • Matthew Hare, Chief Executive, Gigaclear
  • Oliver Johnson, Managing Director, Point Topic
  • Trefor Davies,  Founder and CTO, Timico (Chair)
15:00-16:00 Panel 4: Dumb pipes or moral entities – the role   of ISPs in ‘moderating’ the Internet

The mere conduit principle has long been the   cornerstone of the regulatory framework for the Internet, allowing the innovation and growth we have witnessed, yet its underlying principles have increasingly come under attack. Whether it is court orders for the blocking of copyright infringing websites, new rules on defamation or, most recently, the call on social networks to take more responsibility for what their users can do and see on their services, intermediaries are increasingly expected to play an active role in moderating what happens online. In this context the panel will explore:

  • Are we outsourcing morality to private (and often non-UK) companies?
  • Where does responsibility end for ISPs and begins for law enforcement?
  • Is the mere conduit principle sustainable?
  • Should Government be setting our parameters for what is acceptable online?

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Graydon, Chief Operating Officer, Netsweeper (Chair)
  • Stella Creasy MP
  • Susie Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Allen Scott, UK & Ireland Managing Director, F-Secure
  • Claude Etienne Armingaud, Avocat à la Cour, K&L Gates LLP

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16:00 – Drink reception


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