FCC Workshop on Prevention of Mobile Device Theft

9:00 am - 2:15 pm EDT
445 12th Street SW, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room)

The FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus held a workshop on using technical solutions and best practices to reduce the theft of mobile devices on June 19, 2014 at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C..

Building on stakeholders' initiatives to date, this workshop:

  • Explored ways that members of the mobile device community (providers, device manufacturers, OS providers, application developers) can improve collaboration with the law enforcement community in a collective effort to thwart mobile device theft
  • Addressed ways in which more timely and accurate data about mobile device theft can be made available for both law enforcement entities and others, such as secondary market resellers
  • Discussed technology solutions that can limit the theft of mobile devices and curb effects on consumers and businesses

Workshop Agenda

June 19, 2014

9:00 – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks

  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • The Honorable José E. Serrano (D-NY-15)

9:15 – 9:30 am:  Introduction – Overview of the Challenge   

  • John Foust, Special Assistant to Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

9:30 – 10:45 am: Panel 1:  Working with Law Enforcement

  • Maxwell Szabo, Legislative Affairs and Policy Manager, Office of District Attorney George Gascón, San Francisco
  • Clark Russell, Assistant Attorney General, New York
  • Ronald Pavlik, Chief of Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (See Video 1 | Video 2)
  • Samuel E. Messinger, Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service
  • Jeffrey M. Brannigan, Special Agent, (Act.) Section Chief, Cyber Crimes Center, Homeland Security Investigations
  • John Marinho, Vice President of Technology and Cybersecurity, CTIA (Related Materials - PDF)
  • Paul Jones, Senior Director of Global Asset Protection, EBAY (See eBay's Law Enforcement Security Center)


  • Joseph Heaps, Advisor, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Eric Panketh, Chief, Operations and Emergency Management Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 12:15 pm: Panel 2:  Better Data

  • James Moran, Head of Technical Working Groups, GSMA (Related Materials - PDF)
  • Les Gray, Chief Operating Officer, Recipero (Related Materials - PPT)
  • Hugo Romero, Advisor, Comisión de Regulacíon de Comunicaciones, Colombia (Related Materials - PPT)
  • John Knoch, Vice President, Program Management, Asurion
  • W. Matthew Rowe, Vice President & General Counsel, Gazelle
  • Mary Clark, Chief Marketing Officer, Syniverse


  • Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
  • Charles Mathias, Associate Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
(Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.)

1:00 – 2:15 pm: Panel 3: The Role of Technology Solutions

  • Brian K. Daly, Director - Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, AT&T
  • Samir Gupte, Senior Product Manager, Lookout Mobile (Related Materials - PDF)
  • Jason Novak, Manager, Privacy and Engineering, Apple
  • Nick Tucker, Program Manager II, Operating Systems Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Robert Kubik, Director, Communications Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Samsung Electronics
  • Asaf Ashkenazi, Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (Related Materials - PDF)


  • Dennis Roberson, Vice Provost, Executive Director and Research Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Chairman, FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC)
  • Walter Johnston, Chief, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC

2:15 pm: Wrap-Up and Next Steps

  • Dennis Roberson, Vice Provost, Executive Director and Research Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Chairman, FCC Technology and Advisory Council (TAC)

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Social Media. Viewers submitted questions during the workshop via email at livequestions@fcc.gov and on Twitter using the "#MobileTheftWksp" hashtag.