Report: Tech execs to advise U.S. president

U.S. President George W. Bush will appoint an advisory panel of high-profile technology executives, including AOL Time Warner Inc. Chairman Steve Case, and Dell Computer Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Dell, to help him shape tech policy issues, according to a report published Wednesday in the The Wall Street Journal.

Bush is expected to appoint at least 20 members to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House later today, the paper reported. The group is expected to play a key role in helping form the government's technology agenda in coming years, advising him on subjects such as research and development and broadband initiatives, the paper said.

In addition to Case and Dell, appointees will include Intel Corp. Chairman Emeritus Gordon Moore, Autodesk Inc. CEO Carol Bartz, Comcast Corp. President Steve Burke, and retired chairman of Martin Lockheed Corp. Norman Augustine, according to the Journal. Silicon Valley venture capitalist Floyd Kvamme from the firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will reportedly be named the council's co-chairman.

According to the paper's source, the panel will be assigned with coming up with "specific policy initiatives" and ways to speed up broadband adoption.

A White House representative declined to confirm the report Wednesday, but said that there would be a ceremony at the White House later this afternoon, followed by a press conference call.

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