Merle Maigre

Rebecca Arbogast has shaped digital communications policy for decades in both the public and private sectors, focusing on EU-US policy coordination, increasing internet connectivity across all communities, and the social and economic impacts of emerging technologies and platforms.

As Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy at Comcast NBCUniversal, she developed and coordinated the company’s public policy with an emphasis on increasing internet connectivity, transatlantic policy, privacy, cybersecurity, and competition policy.

Julia is a Program Manager and Fellow with the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative (GMF Digital), based out of the Paris office.

Tony Franquiz is Head of Communications for GMF’s Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, promoting its scholarship and expertise to reach target audiences in media, government, and civil society.  


Prior to joining GMF, Franquiz led public relations and strategic communications campaigns for nonprofit research institutions across the country, specializing in technology policy and platform governance. His work has focused on regulation surrounding new and emerging technologies, and has influenced public awareness and policy around these issues.  


Franquiz has a background in broadcast and multiplatform journalism, and he previously worked in newsrooms across the Capitol region, including at Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the McClatchy Tribune News Service. He has a B.A. from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and lives in Washington, DC.