The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has hired Jared Cohen, from the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, to deliver a keynote address at the Digital Downtown Conference at the CEA Line Shows, joining a lineup of speakers and moderators.
The 2010 CEA Line Shows, the CE industry’s mid-year conference and technology showcase, is scheduled for June 22-23, 2010 in New York City.
Cohen’s keynote address is slated for June 22 at 11:30 a.m.
“Jared Cohen is a compelling expert that we are thrilled to welcome as a keynote to the 2010 CEA Line Shows,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of events and conferences, CEA. “Jared will share his views on the ways technology is influencing global communications.”
Cohen is a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he has served since September 2006. Cohen has become a specialist in the use of technology to advance American interests throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. In April 2009, he took senior executives from Silicon Valley to Iraq on the first ever U.S. government technology delegation. He also co-led the U.S.-Russia Innovation Dialogue and co-led the Haiti Task Force focused on technology in the aftermath of the January earthquake.
During June 2009, he intervened to keep the Twitter network online, delaying scheduled engineering work, so that Iranians could continue using the network as a vital tool of citizen empowerment.
In December 2009, CNN released its top 10 Internet moments of the decade, of which Cohen’s call to Twitter was among a list that included the launch of Facebook and the introduction of the iPhone.