2017 SLLF Technology Summit


A technology revolution is well underway, and each year the pace of change accelerates.

Computing has become so inexpensive, fast, and ubiquitous, and communication similarly instantaneous and comprehensive, that much of what we know will change. It is like that moment almost 200 years ago, when steam engines finally became so small and affordable that they appeared everywhere, doing everything, and the world of work was transformed. Consumer and industrial goods became much less expensive, thus powering further innovation. Fortunes were made, standards of living shot up. But for many people, work or home life were disrupted.

The same thing is happening today, now that computing and instant communication are integrated into every part of our lives. We are in the midst of the most thorough revolution in two centuries. Legislators and other policy makers need to well understand what is happening, to have any hope of keeping up with society’s needs.

Likely we will return to this subject in coming years. This year, we have assembled the most pressing topics for your attention, and we’ll discuss the most important insights in each. We’ll give you an overview of the forces reshaping our economy and society; look at the very newest technologies; discuss how to facilitate high economic growth, how to adapt to modern social media, and how to use “big data” analytics; brainstorm using these innovations to improve our policy making, our economic development, and our engagement with citizens; and examine our vulnerability to cyber attack.

All of these issues are barreling down the highway; there is no way to avoid them without being run over in an unpleasant way. Join us so that you can be on the bus rather than under it!

Program Objectives

  • Understand how our economy and society are being fundamentally reshaped by technology, computing and high-speed communications.
  • Understand how to facilitate high economic growth in this environment, and use the new capabilities to increase engagement with citizens.
  • Understand how modern analytics can improve our policy-making.
  • Understand the vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure to hostile actors, and what we need to do to achieve security.


  • When

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
    6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

  • Where

  • Hotel Indigo
    899 Francisco Street
    Los Angeles, California 90017

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