Multifaceted convergence at CES 2010
Tech geeks, meet the feds.
That will be one of the notable themes at the International Consumer Electronics Show that begins Thursday in Las Vegas, where the Obama administration's top technology advisers, regulators and lawmakers plan to mingle with Silicon Valley's gadget heads for the year's biggest show-and-tell for technology.
The participation of tech policy leaders such as national Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, highlights Washington's growing interest in tech policy. Stimulus funds for broadband, proposals for governing Internet access, calls for more wireless spectrum, and investigations into the business practices of some of the industry's biggest players have gotten the attention of Silicon Valley, analysts said.