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Alessandro Acquisti, Associate Professor, Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. He is the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR), a member of Carnegie Mellon Cylab, and a fellow of the Ponemon Institute. His work investigates the economic and social impact of IT, and in particular the economics and behavioral economics of privacy and information security, as well as privacy in online social networks. His research has been disseminated through journals (including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Letters, Information Systems Research, IEEE Security & Privacy, Journal of Comparative Economics, Rivista di Politica Economica, and so forth), edited books ("Digital Privacy: Theory, Technologies, and Practices, Auerbach, 2007), book chapters, international conferences, and international keynotes. His findings have been featured in media outlets such as NPR, NBC, MSNBC.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New Scientist, CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.

Alessandro has received national and international awards, including the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College Teaching Excellence Award, and various best paper Awards. Two of his manuscripts were selected by the Future of Privacy Forum in their best "Privacy Papers for Policy Makers" competition. He is and has been member of the program committees of various international conferences and workshops, including ACM EC, PET, WEIS, ETRICS, WPES, LOCA, QoP, and the Ubicomp Privacy Workshop at Ubicomp. In 2007 he co-chaired the DIMACS Workshop on Information Security Economics and the WEIS Workshop on the Economics of Information Security. In 2008, he co-chaired the first Workshop on Security and Human Behavior with Ross Anderson, Bruce Schneier, and George Loewenstein. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Microsoft Corporation, as well as CMU CyLab and CMU Berkman Fund.

Prior to joining CMU Faculty, Alessandro Acquisti researched at the Xerox PARC labs in Palo Alto, CA, with Bernardo Huberman and the Internet Ecologies Group (as intern), and for two years at RIACS, NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, CA, with Maarten Sierhuis and Bill Clancey (as visiting student). At RIACS, he worked on agent-based simulations of human-robot interaction onboard the International Space Station. While studying at Berkeley, he co-founded with other fellow students a privacy technology company, PGuardian Technologies.

In a previous life, Alessandro worked as classical music producer and label manager (PPMusic.com), as a freelance arranger, lyrics writer, and soundtrack composer for theatre, television, and indy cinema productions (including works for BMG Ariola/Universal and RAI 3 National Television), and raced a Yamaha TZ 125 in the USGPRU national championship.

Alessandro Acquisti has lived and studied in Rome (Laurea, Economics, University of Rome), Dublin (M.Litt., Economics, Trinity College), London (M.Sc., Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, LSE), and in the San Francisco bay area, where he worked with John Chuang, Doug Tygar, Florian Zettelmeyer, and Hal Varian and received a Master and a Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament, German Greens

Jan Philipp Albrecht is a Member of the European Parliament from the German Greens. Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin. He graduated in ICT-law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo in 2009 and was spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. Jan Philipp Albrecht is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy. In the European Parliament, he works especially on home affairs, data protection and police & justice cooperation. He is the European Parliament's chief negotiator ("rapporteur") for the transatlantic data protection framework agreement in the fields of justice and police cooperation.


Monique Altheim, Esq., CIPP, EDiscoveryMap.com

Monique is Director of Media and Virtual Media Relations for CFP 2011 and an EDiscovery and Privacy attorney, licensed in New York since 1990. She is a member of NYSBA (New York State Bar Association), Sedona Conference Working Group 6: International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure, ACEDS (Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists), IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). Monique has a legal background both in the EU and the US and is also fluent in French, Dutch/Flemish, German and Hebrew.



Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering, University of Cambridge

Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. He was one of the founders of a vigorously-growing new academic discipline, the economics of information security. Ross was also a seminal contributor to the idea of peer-to-peer systems and an inventor of the AES finalist encryption algorithm "Serpent". He also has well-known publications on many other technical security topics ranging from hardware tamper-resistance through emission security to the protection of payment systems, utility metering and medical records. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IET and the IMA. He also wrote the standard textbook "Security Engineering - a Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems". He also chairs the Foundation for Information Policy Research, the UK's leading Internet policy think-tank.

Annie I. Antón, Professor of Computer Science, NCSU College of Engineering

Rebecca Balebako, Ph.D. (Candidate), Carnegie Mellon University

Rebecca Balebako is a PhD student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She has over 12 years of experience developing web applications with a focus on usability.

Image:Johnny_Barnes_pic.gif Johnny Barnes, Executive Director, ACLU-National Capital Region Branch


Ralf Bendrath, Working Group on Data Retention (Germany)

Ralf Bendrath hacked the Commodore C-64 in the eighties, studied security policy and information warfare in the nineties, and has been researching various aspects of internet privacy in the 2000s. Since 2009, he has been working as policy advisor for Jan Philipp Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament. He has ben actively involved in organizing the mass protests against data retention and other surveillance measures in Germany.



Bob Boorstin, Director of Public Policy, Google, Inc. (USA)

Bob Boorstin is a Director of Public Policy in the Washington D.C. office of Google, Inc., where his portfolio includes the company’s promotion of online free expression and other geopolitical issues. Mr. Boorstin brings to Google more than twenty years experience in national security, political communications, public opinion research and journalism. During the Clinton Administration, he served in the National Security Council and advised the Secretaries of Treasury and State. Prior to coming to Google, he established and ran the national security programs at the Center for American Progress, a leading Washington think tank. He has advised Fortune 500 companies and some of the nation’s leading advocacy groups, and worked on more than a dozen political campaigns in the U.S. and abroad. Early in his career he was a reporter for The New York Times and other publications. He holds degrees from Harvard College and King’s College, Cambridge University.

danah boyd, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her work examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement, privacy, and risky behaviors. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She co-directed the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at www.zephoria.org and tweets at [www.twitter.com/zephoria @zephoria].


Eric Bridges, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Eric Bridges is the Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs at the American Council of the Blind (ACB) in Arlington, VA. ACB is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people, with members numbering in the tens of thousands across the U.S. ACB also was a co-founding organization of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT). Eric Bridges was a lead lobbyist for the new law and his interests include working internationally on accessible intellectual property for people with vision disabilities.

Dave de Bronkart, "e-Patient Dave" deBronkart, Cancer patient, blogger, speaker, health IT advocate, co-chair, Society for Participatory Medicine

Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President of Public Policy, AT&T

Barbora Bukovská, Senior Director for Law and Director for Europe, Article 19

Barbora Bukovská is a Senior Director for Law and Policy at ARTICLE 19 and provides legal oversight and expertise for legal aspects of project activities. Barbora has more than 14 years experience working with various organisations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development, including litigation at the European Court of Human Rights. She graduated from the Law School of Charles University in Prague and has earned a doctorate degree in law in Slovakia and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999, she was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Law School in New York. Barbora has published widely on human rights issues and is qualified to practice law in the state of New York and in the Czech Republic.


Shahid Buttar, Executive Director, U.S. Bill of Rights Defense Committee (Modern COINTELPRO)

Shahid Buttar, executive director, leads the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC) in our efforts to defend civil liberties, constitutional rights, and rule of law principles threatened by the war on terror. Previously director of a national program to combat racial and religious profiling by federal authorities, an associate director of the American Constitution Society, and a litigator in private practice with a public interest docket, Buttar received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he served as executive editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s teaching assistant for Constitutional Law.

Buttar’s comments have been featured by news outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, al-Jazeera, FOX News, Agence-France Presse, Huffington Post, Truthout, Democracy Now!, and many others, including dozens of radio stations around the country.

In addition to his work leading BORDC, Shahid serves on the advisory bodies of the Rights Working Group, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, and South Asian Americans Leading Together. He also supports populist constitutionalism as a civil rights lawyer, independent columnist, community organizer, and hip-hop and electronica MC. In his creative capacities as a poet and musician, Shahid has performed around the world, co-founded several grassroots art and culture groups around the country, facilitated workshops for young people and emerging artists, and released his debut CD, Get Outta Your Chair, in 2008. Shahid’s music and articles, including his commentary for Huffington Post and Truthout, are available at his website.

Image:Byrne_James_pic.gif James M. Byrne, CIPP, CIPP/IT, Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer Lockheed Martin Corporation


Chris Calabrese, Legal Counsel on Technology and Liberty, ACLU

Christopher Calabrese is the legislative counsel for privacy-related issues in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office (WLO) and leads the office's advocacy efforts related to privacy and the responsible use of technology, developing proactive strategies on pending federal legislation and executive branch actions concerning data collection, surveillance, and identification systems. He has testified before Congress and appeared in many media outlets, including CBS Evening News, Fox News and National Public Radio, discussing technology and privacy issues, and he has been quoted in a variety of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press. Calabrese is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association (ALA)

Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Jonathan Cantor, Chief Privacy Officer, Director of Open Government, Department of Commerce


Moez Chakchouk, CEO, Tunisian Internet Agency (Tunisia)

Moez Chakchouk, PhD is the Chief of Executive of ATI, the Tunisian Internet Agency. Previously, he worked as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Communications Technologies (2010), as a Director of Interconnection and Access in INT, the telecommunications regulation authority of Tunisia (2005 – 2009) and as a R&D engineer in CERT, the Centre of studies and Research in Telecommunications (1998 – 2005).


Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy

Dr. Judy Chu, Congresswoman (D-Calif.)

Lillie Coney, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Co-Chair, CFP 2011

Lillie Coney, CFP 2011 co-chair, is Associate Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest research organization in Washington, DC. EPIC was established to focus public attention on civil liberties issues. She is Co-chairing the 21st Annual Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference, which will take place at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC June 14-16, 2011.
In 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Ms. Lillie Coney to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Board of Advisors. Ms. Coney's work at EPIC encompasses original research and writing on topics that impact privacy rights and civic participation. In 2004, she contributed the chapter "Mobilize Underrepresented Voters," to the New York Times Bestseller, 50 Ways to Love Your Country. In 2005, she co-authored, along with computing technologists and researchers, the paper, Toward a Privacy Measurement Criterion for Voting Systems.

Krista Cox, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

Timothy Edgar, Senior Legal Advisory to the Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Timothy H. Edgar joined the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) in November 2010 as the Senior Legal Advisor. This office was established by the Intelligence Reform Act in order to improve the sharing of terrorism-related information to keep the American people safe, while protecting privacy and civil liberties.

Prior to joining ISE, Mr. Edgar served in the White House National Security Staff as its first Director for Privacy and Civil Liberties, with a focus on cybersecurity, technology and privacy. This position fulfilled President Obama’s commitment in his May 2009 address on cybersecurity to designate an “official with a portfolio specifically dedicated to safeguarding the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.”

Mr. Edgar served from 2006 to 2009 as the Deputy for Civil Liberties in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, with oversight authority over programs within the Intelligence Community and a mandate to ensure appropriate safeguards for privacy and civil liberties and the protection of United States persons. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Edgar was the National Security Policy Counsel in the legislative office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he appeared before Congress and major national media to argue for greater civil liberties protections in U.S. counterterrorism policies.

Mr. Edgar clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served on the law review, and from Dartmouth College.

Mona Eltahawy, Columnist

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York.

She is a columnist for Canada's Toronto Star, Israel's The Jerusalem Report and Denmark's Politiken. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has appeared as a guest analyst in several media outlets. Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years, including in Cairo and Jerusalem as a Reuters correspondent and she reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China. Ms Eltahawy was the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel. Her public speaking has taken her around the world, including to the first TEDWomen where she spoke about the virtues of confusion in breaking stereotypes of Muslim women.

In 2010 the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded her its Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver gave her its Anvil of Freedom Award. In 2009, the European Union awarded her its Samir Kassir Prize for Freedom of the Press for her opinion writing and Search for Common Ground named her a winner of its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism.

Ms. Eltahawy is a lecturer and researcher on the growing importance of social media in the Arab world. She has taught as an adjunct at the New School in New York, the University of Oklahoma and the U.N.-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Mona was born on Aug. 1, 1967 in Port Said, Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel. She calls herself a proud liberal Muslim. In 2005, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement and she is a member of the Communications Advisory Group for Musawah, the global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.

Khaled El Emam, Associate Professor, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa

Dr. Khaled El Emam (PhD) is a senior investigator at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and heads the Electronic Health Information Laboratory. Dr. El Emam also holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Information Technology and Engineering. He holds a B.Eng. (Honors) in Computer Systems and Electronics, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, King's College, at the University of London (UK). His main area of research is privacy of personal health information, which includes developing techniques for secure anonymization of health information and assessing re-identification risk of health datasets. Dr. El Emam is a member of the CHEO Research Ethics Board, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario (ORANO), and the founder and CTO of Privacy Analytics Inc. Prior to his work at the Electronic Health Information Laboratory, Dr. El Emam was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has (co)-founded two companies to commercialize the results of his research work. In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement, and ranked second in 2002 and 2005.

Image:Jeremy_Epstein_pic.jpg Jeremy Epstein, Senior Computer Scientist, SRI International


Dr. Ed Felten, Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission

Dr. Ed Felten is the Federal Trade Commission's Chief Technologist, the first occupant of that position, in which he advises the agency on evolving technology and policy issues. Dr. Felten is a professor of computer science and public affairs and founding director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He has served as a consultant to federal agencies, including the FTC, and departments of Justice and Defense, and has testified before Congress on a range of technology, computer security, and privacy issues. He is a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery and recipient of the Scientific American 50 Award. Felten holds a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington.





Liesyl Franz, Vice President for Cybersecurity and Global Public Policy, TechAmerica

Liesyl Franz is Vice President for Cybersecurity and Global Public Policy at TechAmerica, working with industry and government leaders on such issues as cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and Internet Governance. In this role she leads TechAmerica’s strategic and tactical efforts on public policy in these areas with the Administration, Congress, and international organizations. In addition, she represents TechAmerica in the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC) under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), where she currently serves on the Executive Committee and as vice chair of the International Committee.

Liesyl joined TechAmerica (previously ITAA) from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as deputy director for outreach and awareness and director for international affairs and public policy at the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD). Liesyl was recognized in 2005 by the Women's High Tech Coalition with the Women in Cyber Security Award for her contribution to public-private partnerships and international collaboration in cyber security. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Mark Frisse, M.D., Professor of Management, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management; Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University


Eric Goldman, Law Professor, Santa Clara Law School

Eric Goldman is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law. Before he became a full-time academic in 2002, he practiced Internet law for 8 years in the Silicon Valley. His research and teaching focuses on Internet, IP and marketing law topics, and he blogs on those topics at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog.



Ralph Gross, CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University


Joshua Gruenspecht, Cybersecurity Fellow, Center for Democracy and Technology

Joshua Gruenspecht is the 2010-2011 CDT Cybersecurity Fellow. Joshua works on assorted issues at the intersection of law, privacy norms, and technology, with a special focus on cybersecurity and the complex issues surrounding securing communications networks. Prior to joining CDT, Joshua also worked with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, focusing on cybersecurity policy and the protection of the national information infrastructure. Joshua earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he was an engineer designing hardware, software, and network security solutions with BBN Technologies and with the federal government. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and English from Yale University.

Carl Gunter, Ph.D., Director, Illinois Security Lab; Center for Health Information Privacy and Security; Strategic Advanced Research Projects on Security (SHARPS)


Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, CATO; Member, Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee of the Department of Homeland Security

Jim Harper is Director of information policy studies at the CATO Institute, where he works on law and policy problems arising from the information age, such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, and security. Harper was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law. Harper recently co-edited Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It, and has been the author of academic articles appearing in publications such as the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper has authored the book Identity Crisis: How Identification is Overused and Misunderstood and is frequently quoted and cited in numerous print, Internet, and television media outlets. He is the editor of Privacilla.org, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, and he maintains online federal spending resource WashingtonWatch.com.


Edward Hasbrouck, The Identity Project, Author, The Practical Nomad

"...Edward Hasbrouck is The Practical Nomad, the go-to authority on international travel, and an expert on airfares and how to get the best deals on the Internet", says Business Week. Hasbrouck is the world's best-known authority on around-the-world travel: consumer advocate, investigative journalist, blogger, author of the acclaimed Practical Nomad series of travel how-to and advice books, consultant on travel-related human rights and civil liberties issues with the Identity Project, Policy Analyst for the Consumer Travel Alliance, and contributing writer for ConsumerTraveler.com.


David Heyman, Assistant Secretary for Policy, US Department of Homeland Security

David Heyman is the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow and Director of the CSIS Homeland Security Program where he led CSIS' research and program activities in homeland security, focusing on developing strategies and policies to help build and transform U.S. federal, state, local, and private-sector homeland security institutions.

Heyman is an expert on terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, bioterrorism, and risk-based security. He has led or contributed to a number of studies on aviation security, nuclear security, bioterrorism preparedness, and pandemic flu planning. He also was the principal architect of, and helped run, "Steadfast Resolve," a cabinet-level tabletop exercise that examined critical decision making at the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council during the next potential terrorist attack. Heyman also is an adjunct professor in security studies at Georgetown University.

Heyman has served in a number of government positions, including as a senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on national security and international affairs. Prior to that, he was the head of international operations for a private-sector software/systems engineering firm developing supply-chain management systems for Fortune 100 firms. He has worked in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

Heyman has authored numerous publications, including "America's Domestic Security" in Five Years After 9/11 (CSIS, 2006); Model Operational Guidelines for Disease Exposure Control (CSIS, 2005)—which has been utilized by cities and states across the country and was the basis for some of the government's pandemic flu planning guidance; DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security (CSIS/Heritage Foundation, 2004); and Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks (CSIS, 2002). Heyman has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including NPR, CNN, BBC, FOX News, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Image:Jim_House_bio.JPG Jim House, Director of Public Relations, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc.

Trevor Hughes, President & CEO, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

J. Trevor Hughes is the President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In this role, Hughes leads the world’s largest association of privacy professionals.

Hughes is an experienced attorney in privacy, technology, and marketing law. He has provided testimony before the US Congress Commerce Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission, the Home Affairs Committee of the British Parliament, and the EU Parliament on issues of privacy, surveillance, spam and privacy-sensitive technologies. He is a member of the first class of Certified Information Privacy Professionals (CIPP) and recently completed, with co-author Reed Freeman, “Privacy Law in Marketing”, published by CCH.

Hughes has previously served as the executive director of the Network Advertising Initiative, a leading online privacy trade association, and the Email Sender and Provider Coalition, a trade association working on email policy and practices. Prior to these roles, Hughes was director of privacy and corporate counsel for Engage, a leading online media and software company. Before that, Hughes worked as corporate counsel for UnumProvident, where he focused on legal issues associated with advertising and online insurance transactions.

Hughes is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and has lectured on privacy at Harvard, MIT, the London School of Economics, Boston College Law School, Georgetown University, and Northeastern University. He is a frequent speaker on privacy issues at conferences around the world. Hughes has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”, the PBS “Nightly Business Report”, BBC Radio, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, PC World, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Business Week.

Hughes also has significant experience as a media official at the 1994 World Cup, 1996 Olympics, and the 1999 Women's World Cup. A native of Canada, Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law.

Deborah Hurley, (USA)

Deborah Hurley is the Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and foundations on information and communication policy. She was Director of the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project at Harvard University. Hurley was an official of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, where she was responsible for identifying emerging issues related to protection of personal data and privacy, security of information systems, cryptography technology and policy, and protection of intellectual property. She is the recipient of the 2002 Namur Award, a biennial award given by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in recognition of outstanding contributions, with international impact, to awareness of the social implications of information technology. She is the author of Pole Star: Human Rights in the Information Society and "Security and Privacy Laws: The Showstoppers of the Global Information Society" in Masters of the Wired World, as well as several other publications.

Image:Amira_Al_Hussaini-pic.jpgAmira Al Hussaini, MENA Regional Editor, Global Voices (Bahrain)

Tamir Israel, Staff Lawyer, Samuelson Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), University of Ottawa

Tamir is staff lawyer with CIPPIC, where he advocates on issues related to privacy, telecom regulation, and online rights, generally. His written and oral submissions to various judicial, quasi-judicial and parliamentary bodies have covered a wide range of law & technology issues. Tamir holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, and is a part time professor at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.

J. Bradley Jansen, Director, Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights

J. Bradley Jansen is the director of the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, part of the Liberty and Privacy Network, a Washington DC-based non-profit founded in 2005 to defend privacy, civil liberties and market economics. Previously at the Free Congress Foundation, Jansen safeguarded privacy and other Constitutional liberties including testifying before Congress on the USA PATRIOT Act proposal, National ID, and other issues. While working for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, he initiated and lead opposition to the “Know Your Customer” proposal.

Dr. Xiaoqian Jiang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), University of California San Diego

Dr. Jiang a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Ohno-Machado in the Division of BioMedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of California, San Diego. His current research interest is trustworthy computing for privacy enhancement of healthcare records. Before joining UCSD, he was Ph.D. student of Dr. Latanya Sweeney in the Data Privacy Lab at CMU, concentrating on data privacy and predictive modeling for medical decision support. He also co-authored with Dr. Jaideep Vaidya on privacy preserving support vector machines, and implemented JAVA-based applications for the project.

Barbara Jones, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association (ALA)

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post

Vernon M. Keenan, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)

Vernon M. Keenan, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation was re-appointed by Governor Nathan to be the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in January 2011. He has participated in professional exchange programs in Israel, China, Spain, Germany, Turkey, the Republic of Georgia and the United Kingdom. He is a guest lecturer on law enforcement issues at the FBI National Academy and throughout the United States. He serves as a member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Investigation Operations Committee and the Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics Committee. Keenan is Chairman of the Privacy Committee of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Committee (CICC). After his promotion to GBI Director, Keenan served as a member of the State Homeland Security Central Command responsible for public safety, facilitation of law enforcement and coordination of state personnel during the G-8 Summit at Sea Island, Georgia (June 8-10, 2004).

Vernon Keenan received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Valdosta State College in 1972. In addition, he is a graduate of the 117th Session of the FBI National Academy (May, 1979 - June, 1979). In 1997, Keenan graduated from the Georgia Chiefs of Police Command College with a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.

Vernon Keenan has received the following awards: A Hero of Open Government Award (July 2005) Atlanta Journal-Constitution; CIT Leadership Award (February 2006) Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; 2008 Outstanding Georgia Police Chief of the Year - Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police; Governor’s Public Safety Award (November 2010) Contributions to the Profession; Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award (April 2011) Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

Nuala O'Connor Kelly, Senior Counsel, Information Governance & Chief Privacy Leader, General Electric

Nuala was named senior counsel, information governance and privacy in 2008 and joined GE as chief privacy leader in 2005. Nuala facilitates the team of business privacy leaders and the Information Governance and Privacy practice groups, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s policies and practices across the data life cycle, including information creation, protection and disposal in both the digital and bricks-and-mortar worlds.

Prior to joining GE, Nuala served as chief privacy officer (CPO) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the first statutorily appointed CPO at any federal cabinet agency. Before DHS, Nuala served as chief privacy officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she also served as chief counsel for technology and as deputy director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning. Prior to public service, Nuala served as VP-data protection and CPO-email & emerging technologies for DoubleClick, and served as that company’s deputy general counsel for privacy. Nuala has practiced law with the firms of Sidley & Austin, Hudson Cook, and Venable in Washington, DC. She is a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional. In 2010, Nuala served as president of the IAPP.

Nuala is the recipient of the 2005 Vanguard Award for privacy professional of the year; led the GE team that was awarded 2006 IAPP Privacy Innovation Award-Large Organization category; received the 2010 Woman of Influence-corporate practitioner award from the Executive Women’s Forum; and has been named to the Federal 100, the Irish American Lawyers 100, and the Irish American Top 100.

Nuala was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up on New York’s Long Island. She received her A.B. from Princeton University, a master of education from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the bar of Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Nuala lives in Virginia with husband Glenn Kelly, daughters Nora (6) and Maggie (4), son Ian (1), and Labrador Retrievers, Lily and Earl.

Cameron F. Kerry, General Counsel, Department of Commerce

As the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce, Cameron Kerry is the principal legal advisor to Secretary Locke and third ranking secretarial officer. President Obama nominated him on April 20, 2009 and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 21, 2009.

He serves as chief legal officer of the Department and oversees the work of over 325 lawyers in 14 offices who provide legal advice to all components of the Department. Kerry is the Department’s chief ethics officer and serves as Chair of the Department of Commerce Privacy Council.

During his tenure as General Counsel, Kerry has been engaged in the wide range of issues facing the Department of Commerce as it seeks to lay a new foundation for economic growth. He has been a leader on work across the US government on patent reform and intellectual property issues, privacy and security, and efforts against transnational bribery. Kerry has travelled to the People’s Republic of China several times and serves as the co-lead in the Transparency Dialogue with China and the US-China Legal Exchange.

Previously, Kerry was a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin, a national law firm. In over 30 years of practice, he has been a communications lawyer and litigator in a range of complex, developing areas such as telecommunications, environmental law, toxic torts, privacy, and insurance regulation. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Cameron was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and a law clerk for Judge Elbert Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Kerry has taught telecommunications law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School and written and presented on communications, evidence, and environmental issues in a variety of industry and academic settings. Cameron was a senior advisor and national surrogate for the 2004 Democratic presidential campaign, and has served on boards of nonprofits involved in civic and political engagement and sports.

Kerry received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College Law School where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review and winner of the school's moot court competition. He and his wife, Kathy Weinman, have two daughters. Their home is in Massachusetts.

Nadhira Al-Khalili, Esq., Legal Counsel, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Pradeep K. Khosla is currently Dean of the College of Engineering, and the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon. His previous positions include - Founding Director, Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Information Networking Institute, Founding Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), and Program Manager at Defense Advanced Researh Projects Agency (DARPA) where he managed a portoflio of programs in real-time systems, internet enabled software infrastructure, intelligent systems, and distributed systems.

Pradeep is a recipient of several awards including the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for Education in 1999, Siliconindia Leadership award for Excellence in Academics and Technology in 2000, the W. Wallace McDowell award from IEEE Computer Society in 2001, and Cyber Education Award from the Business Software Alliance (2007). He was awarded the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professorship in 1998, and named University Professor in 2008. For his contributions to technology and education he has been elected as Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1995, Fellow of American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2003, Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2004, and member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2006.

Jaiok Kim, President, Consumers Korea (South Korea)

Image:Tom_kowalick_pic.gif Tom Kowalick, Co-chair, IEEE P1616 Working Group

Noah Lang, Head of Business Development, Reputation.com

As head of Business Development at Reputation.com, Noah Lang manages acquisition of and implementation for strategic partnerships and channel distribution relationships. Lang is an advocate for consumer online privacy, with an expertise in online behavioral tracking, online & offline direct to consumer marketing, and online publication of private personal data. Over the past 3 years, Lang has built the world’s only personal data privacy coalition that allows consumers to quickly and automatically control their personal data in thousands of online and offline people-databases. This service is delivered within Reputation.com’s MyPrivacy product.

Lang also dedicates his time to advising the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a non-profit that works for the health and safety of youth online, and acts as Executive Director of the Online Reputation Management Association (ORMA), a newly-launched association of the world's leading Online Reputation Management Professionals. Lang studied Product Design and Economics at Stanford University, focusing on need-finding, user interaction and product development cycles.

Cédric Laurant, Senior Research Fellow, CMCS, CEU (Hungary); Legal Researcher, ICRI (K.U.Leuven)(Belgium)

Cédric Laurant is an independent privacy consultant based in Brussels, a Senior Research Fellow with the Central European University (Budapest) and a Legal Researcher with ICRI, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT at the University of Louvain (K.U.Leuven). His current projects in the field of privacy include transportation and location privacy, Internet privacy and behavioural profiling, information security (data security breaches) and other related Internet law and policy issues. His work generally concentrates on international privacy and comparative policy and legal aspects of European, US and Latin American privacy and data protection regimes. He was International Privacy Director at EPIC (Washington, DC, 2001-2006) and Visiting Law Professor at the University of los Andes in Bogota (Colombia, 2007-2008). He is an attorney, member of the District of Columbia Bar and a graduate of the University of Louvain (UCL, Belgium), with a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School.

Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator (D-VT), Judiciary Committee Chair

Patrick Leahy of Middlesex was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State. Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across from the Statehouse. A graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964). He served for eight years as State's Attorney in Chittenden County. He gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected (1974) as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States. Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a senior member of the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. He ranks second in seniority in the Senate. As a leading member of the Appropriations Committee, Leahy is the Chairman of the Committee's Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.

Active on human rights issues, Leahy also has been the leading U.S. officeholder in the international campaign against the production, export and use of anti-personnel landmines. In 1992 Leahy wrote the first law by any government to ban the export of these weapons. He led efforts in Congress to aid mine victims by creating a special fund in the foreign aid budget, and the Leahy War Victims Fund now provides up to $14 million of relief to these victims each year. He was instrumental in establishing programs to support humanitarian demining and played a key role in pushing for an international treaty banning anti-personnel mines. He also wrote and enacted civilian war victims relief programs that are underway in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, Leahy headed the Senate's negotiations on the 2001 anti-terrorism bill, the USA PATRIOT Act. He added checks and balances to the bill to protect civil liberties, as well as provisions which he authored to triple staffing along the U.S.-Canada border, to authorize domestic preparedness grants to states, and to facilitate the hiring of new FBI translators.

Leahy's Judiciary Committee investigation into the mass firings of U.S. Attorneys and of White House attempts to exert political influence over the Justice Department led in 2008 to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the Department's entire top rank of political appointees.

Leahy is the chief sponsor of the Innocence Protection Act, which addresses flaws in the administration of capital punishment. Parts of Leahy's death penalty reform package, which were enacted in 2004, will reduce the risks that innocent people are executed by providing for post-conviction DNA testing and better access to competent legal counsel.

A leader on Internet and technology issues, Leahy was one of the first members of Congress to go online and in 1995 was the second senator to post a homepage. His website consistently has been judged one of the Senate's best and a leading Internet magazine called Leahy the most "Net-friendly" member of Congress. He has been the Senate's leading champion of open government and of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and in 1996 was installed in the FOIA Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts. He is one of only two politicians ever awarded the John Peter Zenger Press Freedom Award.

Leahy has crusaded for the protection of privacy rights, copyright protections and freedom of speech on the Internet. He was a co-founder and remains a co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Leahy has taken the lead on several important privacy issues, including drafting legislation to address data privacy and security and leading the effort to enact privacy safeguards for electronic health records.

Always ranked among the top environmental legislators by the nation's foremost conservation organizations, Leahy successfully opposed attempts to allow oil and gas exploration in wildlife refuges in the United States, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge in Vermont. Leahy has also helped secure more than $70 million in federal funds to clean up Lake Champlain and has spearheaded congressional efforts to tackle the dangers of mercury pollution. He has worked to add more than 125,000 acres to the Green Mountain National Forest, an accomplishment matched by few lawmakers of any era.

Leahy has led bipartisan efforts to streamline the Department of Agriculture, and the 1994 Leahy-Lugar bill reorganized the U.S. Department of Agriculture by closing 1100 offices and saving more than $2 billion. Leahy also led the successful effort to extend the Conservation Reserve Program, which assists farmers in meeting environmental objectives without reducing income. Leahy's Farms for the Future program -- now the Farmland Protection Program, which was created in the 1990 Farm Bill -- has helped preserve more than 350 Vermont farms. He played a crucial role in enactment and implementation of the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact and also worked with others in the Vermont Congressional Delegation in establishing the Milk Income Loss Compensation (MILC) program, modeled on the Compact. Leahy also is the father of the national organic standards and labeling program, which took effect in October 2002.

Leahy co-chairs the Senate National Guard Caucus and has led in ensuring that members of the National Guard in Vermont and across the nation receive the necessary resources to fulfill their heightened missions after 9/11. In 2003 the National Guard Association presented Leahy with its highest individual honor, the Harry S. Truman Award, for his "sustained contributions of exceptional and far-reaching magnitude to the defense and security of the United States in a manner worthy of recognition at the national level."

Patrick Leahy has been married to Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy since 1962. They have a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and five grandchildren. The Leahys live on a tree farm in Middlesex, Vermont.

Ronaldo Lemos, Fundação Getulio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Princeton University (USA)

Ronaldo Lemos is a visiting fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He is the director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro. He is also the director of the Creative Commons Brazil and former chairman of the Board of iCommons. He has earned his LL.B. and LL.D. from the University of Sao Paulo, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is the author of three books, including "Direito, Tecnologia e Cultura," published by FGV Press, 2005, and "Tecnobrega", published in 2008. He is one of the founders of Overmundo, winner of the Digital Communities Golden Nica, granted by the Prix Ars Electronica 2007. He writes weekly for Folha de Sao Paulo, the largest newspaper in Brazil.

Pedro Leon, Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

Pedro G. Leon is a first year Ph.D. student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where I am part of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory. My research interests are in the economics of privacy and information security, human factors in computer systems and privacy protection mechanisms; including software tools, standards and regulation. I am also interested in cooperation strategies between governments to better protect the privacy of Internet users whose information flows across boundaries. I obtained my masters degree in Information Security Technology and Management in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining CMU I worked for the Central Bank of Mexico in the Audit and, the Information Systems departments.

Paul Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Paul Alan Levy is an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm that is a division of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. After working as a law clerk to Honorable Wade H. McCree, Jr. (United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit) and Special Assistant to Solicitor General McCree, Paul joined the Litigation Group in December 1977 to represent workers in rank-and-file labor law cases, largely representing dissident union members in cases involving union governance. Since 1999, Paul has specialized in free speech issues arising on the Internet. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the country about the identification of anonymous Internet speakers. His amicus curiae brief in Dendrite v. Doe, whose approach was adopted by New Jersey’s Superior Court Appellate Division, has become the model for other cases. His Internet practice also includes the defense of trademark and copyright claims brought as a means of suppressing critical web sites. His cases in this area, such as Bosley Medical v. Kremer and Lamparello v. Falwell, have established the right to create internet “gripe” sites that include the trademark names of companies in their domain names and meta tags. In Smith v. Wal-Mart Stores, he defended the right of a parodist to make fun of Wal-Mart’s trademarks. In arguing against the issuance of prior restraints in Bank Julius Baer v. Wikileaks, he had the key insight that the case had been filed without subject matter jurisdiction. For several years, Paul chaired subcommittees (on domain name litigation or on keyword advertising) of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section.

Image:Jim_lewis_pic.gif James A. Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Dr. Mouhamadou LO, Legal Advisor to the President of Senegal for the Computing Agency, Memeber, Senegal Commission on personal data

Dr. Mouhamadou LO is Legal Officer, Legal Counsel, Member of the Commission on personal data (CDP) in Senegal. He is responsible for the development of draft laws and decrees on the Information Society in Senegal. He is the representative of Senegal to the Association Francophone Authorities Protection of Personal Data (AFAPDP), a member of the Francophone Group of reflection on the establishment of an international instrument on protection of personal data and privacy within the AFAPDP, and a member of the editorial team of the ECOWAS Supplementary Acts on personal data, electronic transactions and the Directive on Cybercrime.

Daniel Mach, Director of Freedom of Religion and Belief, ACLU

Fran Maier, President, Executive Chair, TRUSTe



Meryem Marzouki, Senior Researcher in Political Sciences, CNRS/UPMC (France)

Meryem Marzouki is a senior academic researcher in Political sciences with CNRS/UPMC (France), focusing on Internet governance and regulation. She is a long time activist of human rights in the digital environment. Co-founder of a Tunisian on-line opposition journal in 2001, Alternatives citoyennes, that was censored in Tunisia until the revolution of 14 January 2011.


Ginger McCall, Open Government Counsel, IPIOP Program Director, EPIC

Ginger McCall is EPIC's Open Government Counsel and IPIOP Program Director. Ms. McCall works on a variety of issues at EPIC, including consumer protection, open government requests, amicus curiae briefs, and national security matters. She litigates EPIC's Freedom of Information Act lawsuits and is a co-editor of Litigation Under the Federal Government Laws 2010. Ms. McCall has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on privacy issues to the Supreme Court of the United States. She has been invited to speak on privacy and open government issues in a variety of academic and conference venues, including the 2009 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, the Internet Governance Forum USA 2009 Conference, Duke Law School's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, and the New England Consortium of State Labor Relations Agencies 11th Annual Conference. Ms. McCall has also provided expert commentary for local, national, and international media, including Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Al Jazeera.

Ms. McCall is a graduate of Cornell Law School and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English Literature. While in law school, she interned at the American Civil Liberties Union in Pittsburgh and at EPIC. Ms. McCall was the president of the Cornell Law School National Lawyers Guild and was awarded Cornell's Freeman Prize for Civil and Human Rights.


Deven McGraw, Director of the Health Privacy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

Deven McGraw is the Director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT, where she focuses on developing and promoting policies that ensure individual privacy as personal health information is shared electronically. Ms. McGraw serves on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, and co-chairs its Privacy and Security Workgroup (currently, the “Tiger Team”). She also serves on the Leadership Council of the eHealth Initiative and is on the Steering Group of the Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health multi-stakeholder initiative. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Buck Methfessel, Senior Counsel for Information and Technology, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education

Scott B. Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Evidon


Steve Meyer, Executive Director, Chain of Evidence

Steve is the executive director of Chain of Evidence and is a college instructor in computer systems, networks, and information systems security. Steve has over 10 years experience in target marketing, list enhancement, and data mining. He has over 20 years in computer technology. He is an executive with board room experience who evaluates the trade-offs between corporate desires and personal privacy.


Michelle de Mooy, Senior Associate, National Priorities, Consumer Action

Susan Morgan, Executive Director, Global Network Initiative

Susan Morgan is the Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative, which exists to provide guidance to the ICT industry and its stakeholders on how to protect and advance the human rights of freedom of expression and privacy when faced with pressures from governments to take actions that infringe upon these rights. Previously, Susan spent six years in British Telecommunication’s (BT) corporate responsibility (CR) team, most recently heading the strategy, policy and business planning team. Prior to joining the corporate responsibility team, Susan spent four years in the commercial heart of BT undertaking a range of communication and strategic relationship roles.

Susan spent the first seven years of her career in the not for profit sector. She held a number of different roles at The Work Foundation, a UK based organization that campaigns to improve the world of work. A British national, Susan is a graduate of Durham University with a Masters degree in Politics and outside work enjoys yoga, swimming, reading and travelling.

Image:Ellen_Nakashima.gif Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

Joe Newman, Director of Communications, Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

Sharon Goott Nissim, Consumer Rights Counsel, EPIC (Employee Rights)

Sharon Goott Nissim is the EPIC Consumer Protection Fellow. Her work focuses on representing consumers' privacy interests before Congress, in the courts, and before federal regulatory agencies. Ms. Nissim graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and received her B.A. with distinction in political science from Yale University. While in law school, she served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Northwestern Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, participated in the Center on Wrongful Convictions clinic, co-chaired Public Interest Law Week, served as a teaching assistant for two 1L classes, and received the Kleiman public interest scholarship for summer work. Ms. Nissim has clerked at the Midwest Center for Justice in Chicago, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., and the Civil Rights Division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office. Prior to law school she worked at the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing in Chicago, and she has interned on the Hill and on political campaigns.Ms. Nissim's article, entitled "A Vicious Cycle: The Problem With Employer Credit Checks and Strategies to Limit Their Use," will be published in the fall 2010 edition of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.

Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director of Project on Freedom, Security and Technology, Center for Democracy and Technology

Gregory T. Nojeim is Director of the Project on Freedom, Security and Technology at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington, D.C. NGO dedicated to Internet freedom.Nojeim specializes in protecting privacy in the digital age as against intrusion by the U.S. government.He is a recognized expert on the application of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to electronic surveillance. He leads CDT’s cybersecurity work, testifying in the U.S. Congress on the impact of cybersecurity proposals on privacy. Prior to joining CDT, Nojeim was the Associate Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, and he received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1985.

Michael D. Oldak, Vice President and General Counsel, Utilities Telecom Council (UTC)

Joe Onek, Principal, Raben Group

Joe Onek was most recently senior counsel to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, though his distinguished record of public service spans many generations of Washington politics. In the Carter Administration, he served on the White House Domestic Policy Staff as associate director of health and human resources and later as deputy counsel to the President. In the Clinton Administration, Joe was the senior coordinator for rule of law at the State Department and principal deputy associate attorney general at the Department of Justice. Joe also worked for Senator Ted Kennedy on the Senate’s Administrative Practice and Procedure Subcommittee and on the Labor and Public Welfare Committee.

For more than fifteen years Joe was a partner in private law practice, first at Onek Klein & Farr and subsequently at Crowell & Moring. In the non-profit world, he worked as an attorney and then director of the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP) and, more recently, as senior counsel and director of the Liberty and Security Initiative at the Constitution Project and as a senior policy analyst at the Open Society Institute.

A graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics and Yale Law School, Joe began his legal career as a law clerk to Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice William J. Brennan in the 1968-69 term.

Joe is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as chair of the board of CLASP. He is also on the boards of Youth Venture and the International Senior Lawyers Project.

Alex Koroknay-Palicz, Executive Director, National Youth Rights Association

Annabel Park, Founder and Spokesperson, Coffee Party USA

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Stephanie Perrin, University of Toronto


Chip Pitts, Lecturer, Stanford Law School

Chip Pitts has taught courses on ethical globalization, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, and international business and human rights at Stanford Law School, Oxford University, and elsewhere. Formerly an adjunct then full-time professor at Southern Methodist University Law School in Dallas, he has also been a partner at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie, then Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc., and an investor, founding executive, and consultant to various start-up businesses in Austin, Texas and Silicon Valley.


Jules Polenetsky, Director, Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum, Co-Chair, CFP 2011

Jules Polonetsky has served since November 2008 as Co-chair and Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank seeking to improve the state of online privacy by advancing responsible data practices. His previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney. He has served on the boards of groups such as TRUSTe, the IAPP, the Network Advertising Initiative, the Privacy Projects, and the Better Business Bureau (NY Region). His writing and research can be found at [www.futureofprivacy.org].


Image:RyanRadia1200x1200.gif Ryan Radia, Associate Director of Technology Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Edith Ramirez, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Edith Ramirez was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 5, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2015.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ramirez was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she handled a broad range of complex business litigation, including successfully representing clients in intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and Lanham Act matters. She also has extensive appellate litigation experience.

From 1993-1996, Ramirez was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Los Angeles. She clerked for the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1992-1993.

Throughout her career, Ramirez has been active in a variety of professional and community activities. Most recently, she served as the Vice President on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility.
Ramirez graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude (1992), where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and holds an A.B. in History magna cum laude from Harvard University (1989). Ramirez is a native of Southern California.

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Dr. Manon Ress, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

Dr. Ress is Director of Information Society Projects at Knowledge Ecology International, a non-government organization with offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva.

She is an active participant at the World Intellectual Property Organization's meetings of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, and other multilateral and regional forums that discuss intellectual property rights, innovation and related topics. She is active in the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) working groups on intellectual property and information society, including the proposal for a Paris Accord between consumers and creative and inventive communities.

Dr. Ress work has focused on the protection on consumer and user rights in intellectual property norm setting, the development and use of open standards, open access publishing, the development of open access user generated databases, the use of prizes and other alternative reward mechanism to reward creative and inventive activity, disputes over jurisdiction and the enforcement of intellectual property rights and speech torts, and the development of distance education technologies.

Dr. Ress holds a B.A. and a Master’s Degree from the Université de Nice, France as well as a Master’s and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.


Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Mark Richert is the Director of Public Policy at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in Washington, DC, a cofounding member of COAT. AFB is a national nonprofit working to expand possibilities for over 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S. AFB was a cofounding organization in the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT). Mark Richert was a lead lobbyist for the new law and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the need for accessible technology. His interests also include digital rights management and education policy.


Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection. He is a founding board member and former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. He is editor of "The Privacy Law Sourcebook" and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove and Paul Schwartz) of "Information Privacy Law" (Aspen Publishing 2006). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the recipient of several awards, including the World Technology Award in Law.

Frank Schmiedel, First Secretary, Washington D.C. Delegation of the European Union, Political, Security & Development Section

Frank Schmiedel is in charge of justice & home affairs at the Washington D. C. Delegation of the European Union. He studied economics and political science in Germany, business administration in France and holds a Ph.D. in economics from a French university. Before joining the European Commission in 2001, Frank worked for multinational companies and as a management consultant. In the Commission he worked on single market issues (2001-2003), external relations with China and Mongolia (2003-2007) and since 2007 in the Political, Security and Development Section of the Washington Delegation. In August 2011 he is set to go back to the new European External Action Service in Brussels.

Bruce Schneier, Security Expert and Writer

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.

His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." Beyond Fear tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security. His current book, Schneier on Security, offers insight into everything from the risk of identity theft (vastly overrated) to the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power and the surprisingly simple way to tamper-proof elections.

Regularly quoted in the media -- and subject of an Internet meme -- he has testified on security before the United States Congress on several occasions and has written articles and op eds for many major publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Wired, Nature, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, with over 150,000 readers. In its ten years of regular publication, Crypto-Gram has become one of the most widely read forums for free-wheeling discussions, pointed critiques, and serious debate about security. As head curmudgeon at the table, Schneier explains, debunks, and draws lessons from security stories that make the news.

Schneier is the Chief Security Technology Officer of BT.

Matthew Schruers, Vice President of Law & Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association

Matt Schruers is Vice President for Law & Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association on domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, competition, and trade. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown Graduate School Program on Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT), where he teachers courses on intellectual property. Prior to joining CCIA from Morrison & Foerster LLP where he practices intellectual property, antitrust, and administrative law. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Duke University.

Daniel Schuman, Policy Counsel and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

Ross Schulman, Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association

Ross Schulman is Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association. He was previously with the Center for Democracy and Technology as a program manager handling consumer privacy and information security issues. While there he managed the Anti-Spyware Coalition in developing industry standard definitions and best practices for consumer and business computer security. In the course of eight years living in Washington DC, he has also spent time working in both the Senate, for Senator Ron Wyden and the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the House of Representatives for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He received his Juris Doctorate degree magna cum laude from American University and his bachelors degree in computer science from Brandeis University.


Michael Seeds, Legislative Director, Representative Mac Thornberry

Michael Seeds graduated with an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and started his hill career as an intern for Rep. Jeb Hensarling. He then joined Rep. Joe Barton as a Staff Assistant and then Legislative Correspondent. He was hired by Rep. Mac Thornberry in 2008 as a Legislative Assistant for Ag, Energy, and Environment. He is currently the Legislative Director for Mac and shares the cybersecurity portfolio with Mark Morehouse, Mac's National Security Policy Advisor.


Dr. Stuart Shapiro, Security Scientist, MITRE Corporation

Dr. Stuart S. Shapiro is a Principal Information Privacy and Security Engineer and a member of the Privacy Community of Practice at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company performing technical research and consulting primarily for the US government. He has led multiple projects in the area of enterprise privacy-enhancing technologies (ePETs) and presented the keynote talk at the 2008 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium. His current work focuses on technologies and methodologies for privacy risk management generally and for data desensitization—also referred to as anonymization and de-identification—in particular. Dr. Shapiro is co-editor of U.S. Government Privacy: Essential Policies and Practices for Privacy Professionals (International Association of Privacy Professionals [IAPP], 2009) and has authored numerous refereed articles, conference presentations, discussion papers, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with US government specialization (CIPP/G) and his professional affiliations include the IAPP and the Advisory Board of the Ponemon Institute’s Responsible Information Management Council. He also currently chairs the Security and Privacy Committee of the US Public Policy Council of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Micah Sherr, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University

Micah Sherr is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Georgetown University. His academic interests include privacy-preserving technologies, electronic voting, wiretap systems, and network security. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, he participated in two large-scale studies of electronic voting machine systems, and helped to disclose numerous architectural vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems. His current research examines the security properties of legally authorized wiretap (interception) systems and investigates methods for achieving scalable, high-performance anonymous routing. Micah received his B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda Sherry, Director, National Priorities, Consumer Action

Alberto Cerda Silva, Professor of Law, University of Chile

Alberto Cerda Silva is a tenured professor in Law at the University of Chile Law School. He holds a bachelor in Law and Social Sciences from the University of Chile, an M.A. in Public Law, Law School of University of Chile, 2003, and a LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University. He has been legal leader of Creative Common – Chile, and studies director at NGO Derechos Digitales. Currently, he is a Fulbright Commission scholar pursuing a doctoral degree in law at Georgetown University, and a research associate at KEI’s Washington DC office, where he works on projects related to intellectual property policy, access to knowledge and privacy.

Jenifer Simpson, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

Jenifer Simpson is the Senior Director of Government Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest cross disability membership and advocacy organization advancing the civil rights of over 50 million people with disabilities in the U.S. Jenifer Simpson was a co-founder of the disability coalition, the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) and was a lead lobbyist for the policy agenda that resulted in the new law.



Hansdeep Singh, Staff Attorney, United Sikhs

Graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law with an L.L.M. in International Law and Justice and holds a J.D. from California Western School of Law. His experiences at Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda (ICTR) and Yugoslavia (ICTY) have made him a forceful advocate in seeking accountability for civil and human rights violations. Additionally, he has published extensively in law review journals and recently published the Global Sikh Civil & Human Rights Report 2010 (covering 29 countries). Currently, he is the Senior Staff Attorney with United Sikhs.


Chris Soghoian, Graduate Fellow, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; Ph.D. Candidate, School of Information and Computing at Indiana University

Christopher Soghoian is a Washington, DC based Graduate Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University.His research is generally focused on the topic of online privacy. This includes both consumer issues (such as online tracking) as well as government surveillance. His Ph.D dissertation is focused on the role that companies play in either resisting or facilitating surveillance of their customers.

He has used the Freedom of Information Act and several other investigative techniques to shed light on the scale of and the methods by which the US government spies on Internet communications and mobile telephones. This work has been cited by (pdf) the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and featured on the Colbert Report.

He was the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. Prior to his year in government, he created a privacy enhancing browser add-on that was downloaded more than 700,000 times in its first year before he sold it to Abine, Inc.

He has worked at or interned with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, NTT DoCoMo Euro Labs, Google, Apple and IBM Research Zurich.

Image:Daniel_Solove_bio.gif Daniel Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

Maria Crimi Speth, Shareholder, Jaburg & Wilk, P.C.

Ms. Speth is a litigator who focuses her practice on intellectual property law and internet law. She represents clients throughout the United States in cases involving website liability and intellectual property infringement. She has litigated dozens of Communications Decency Act cases including many that have resulted in precedent-setting published decisions.

Malte Spitz, Member, International Coordinator, Federal Executive Board, Green Party (Germany)

Malte Spitz, born in Telgte in 1984, became a member of GRÜNE JUGEND and BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN in 2001. From 2003 onwards he was committee member of the GRÜNE JUGEND federal executive board, during the final phase of the European electoral campaign he was secretary general, an office which he held until 2006, when he was elected member of the BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN federal executive board for the first time. His key topics are the domains of privacy and civil liberties, media and cultural policy as well as economics and demographics. Furthermore, since 2011 he acts as international coordinator. Lastly, he is founder of the initiative on net-neutrality “Pro Netzneutralität", and also a member of NETZWERK NEUE MEDIEN and CHAOS COMPUTER CLUB. In 2011, Malte decided to publish a detailed account of his movements after a successful settlement with T-Mobile had allowed him access to his data retention records.

Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

Michael Stearns, M.D., CPC, CFPC, President and Chief Executive Officer, e-MDs

Barry Steinhardt, Founder, Friends of Privacy USA; Senior Advisor and Trustee, Privacy International; Member of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee

Barry Steinhardt recently retired as Director of the ACLU's Program on Technology and Liberty. Prior to leading that new program, Steinhardt served as Associate Director of the ACLU. Steinhardt is now serving as a Senior Advisor to the London based Privacy International.

Steinhardt has advocated for privacy and information technology issues tirelessly, speaking to audiences ranging from the National Conference of State Legislatures, to the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, to the annual conference of the World’s Privacy Commissions. He has written on privacy issues and free expression issues in a variety of periodicals ranging from USA Today, to CIO Magazine, to the journal of the Davos World Economic Forum. Steinhardt has been a frequent guest on news and talk programs and has appeared on such programs as the Today Show, CNN's Crossfire, CBS's Face the Nation and Morning News.

Steinhardt was chair of the 2003 Computer Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP). He has served on a wide variety of panels and Boards, including the Department of Transportation’s Negotiated Rule Making on national driver’s license standards, the Advisory Committee to the US Census , the Blue Ribbon Panel on Genetics of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Advisory Board to Privacy international. He also was selected to be a member of the US delegation to the G-8 Government and Private Sector Tokyo conference on Cyber Crime and served as an advisor to the Czech Helsinki Committee.

In 1998, Steinhardt took a leave of absence from the ACLU to serve as President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Brent Struthers, Senior Director of State Government Relations, Neustar, Inc.

Gavin Sutter, Lecturer in Media Law, Queen Mary Law School (London)

Gavin Sutter is Lecturer in Media Law and a member of the Institute of Computer & Communications Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. His key areas of interest are in the regulation of content in both traditional and new media, with a particular emphasis on the issues of defamation, obscenity, and intermediary liability. A member of the executive committee of BILETA (British and Irish Law, Education & Technology Association) since 2002, he is currently Vice Chair of the organisation. He also sits on the advisory board of Commnunications Law journal. Gavin’s publications include Media Law & Practice (Goldberg, Sutter & Walden, Oxford University Press, 2009).


Dr. Latanya Sweeney, Distinguished Career Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research

Dr. Sweeney is a distinguished career professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, founder and director of the Data Privacy Lab, and an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications. She had a long successful history of weaving technology and policy together to remove stakeholder barriers to technology adoption.

Peter Swire, C. William O’Neill Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Image:Szoka.gif Berin Szoka, Founder, TechFreedom


Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Panoptykon (Poland)

Katarzyna Szymielewicz - human rights lawyer and activist. Co-founder and executive director of the Panoptykon Foundation - a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of modern surveillance and a member of European Digital Rights. A graduate of the University of Warsaw (Law) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Development Studies). A member of the International Commission of Jurists (Polish section).

Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Lee Tien is a senior staff attorney specializing in free speech and privacy issues at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties organization based in San Francisco, California. His current privacy issue areas include: telecommunications surveillance and online tracking; cybersecurity; identity management; electronic health records privacy; transportation and location privacy; and smart grid privacy. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Image:Sherry_turkle.gif Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor, MIT

Richard S. Tychansky, CCIP/G, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Richard has over 15 years of experience in information systems privacy, security, and audit with universities and government defense contractors. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a specialty in government privacy policies. Currently, he is leading security and privacy policy development to support the deployment of emerging Smartphone technology throughout an enterprise.

Paul Uppal, Member, UK Parliament


Dr. Jaideep Vaidya, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, Rutgers University

Dr. Jaideep Vaidya is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Rutgers University. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Purdue University and his Bachelors degree from the University of Mumbai. His research interests are in Privacy, Security, Data Mining, and Data Management. He has published over 60 papers in international conferences and archival journals, and has received two best paper awards from the premier conferences in data mining and databases. He is also the recipient of a NSF Career Award and a Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence.


Staal Vinterbo, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, University of California San Diego

Dr. Vinterbo received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2000). He is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the UCSD School of Medicine. Dr. Vinterbo's research interests lie in methods for synthesis and adaptation of predictive models and methods for computational disclosure control for preservation of privacy. He has worked as an active researcher in the privacy field for more than a decade, first in Boston with academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and since late 2009 at the University of California San Diego. Lately his interests have been focused on quantitative definitions of privacy, as well as methods for information access that allow provable adherence to these definitions. He is also actively involved in designing and implementing privacy preserving information access methods for the UCSD School of Medicine Clinical Data Warehouse for Quality Improvement and Research, as well as being a core director for the iDASH national center for biomedical computing funded by the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research.

Kimberly Walton Special Counselor to the Administrator, TSA

Na Wang, Ph.D. (Candidate), Pennsylvania State University

Na Wang is a second year Ph.D. candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research has primarily focused on Human Centered Informatics,and Usable Privacy and Security. Na Wang currently works with Dr. Heng Xu as a research assistant in the Privacy Assurance Lab (PAL), which is an inter-disciplinary research group working on a diverse set of projects related to understanding and assuring information privacy.

Nasser Weddady, Outreach Director, HAMSA; American Islamic Congress (USA)

Currently, the Outreach Director of the American Islamic Congress, Weddady is native of Mauritania and a longtime activist in the struggle to end slavery in his homeland, Nasser has organized conferences for young activists across the Middle East; and ran several high profile online and offline advocacy campaigns for jailed dissidents, he has published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Baltimore Sun; appeared on CNN, Fox, BBC, Al Jazeera, CBC, NHK and Latin NTN24; and testified before Congress’ Human Rights Caucus. Fluent in five languages, Nasser has lectured at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Harvard Law School and diverse other settings Nasser is co-editor of Re-Orient, Palgrave Macmillan's forthcoming anthology of essays by young Arab and Iranian reformers, the men and women driving the massive changes we see under way in the region today.

Image:Thilo-weichert_bio.jpg Dr. Thilo Weichert, Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)


Tara Whalen, IT Research Analyst, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Tara Whalen joined the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) in 2009, where she works as an IT Research Analyst. Prior to joining the OPC, she conducted post-doctoral research in computer security at Carleton University. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Dalhousie University. Tara has more than fifteen years' experience in the information security and privacy fields, including roles in research labs, academia, federal government institutions, and the private sector. Her research interests include the human factors of security and the social implications of technology.

Andy Wilson, Policy Analyst, Public Citizen Texas


Jillian C. York, Director of Internet Freedom of Expression, EFF (USA)

Jillian C. York is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Prior to joining the EFF, Jillian spent three years at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on a range of projects related to Internet freedom. Jillian also writes for and is on the board of directors of Global Voices Online.


Image:Yu.harlan_bio.gif Harlan Yu, Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer Science, Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University


Andy Zeigler, Program Manager, Microsoft's Internet Explorer Engineering Team

Andy Zeigler has been a Program Manager on the Internet Explorer engineering team at Microsoft since 2007, during which time he has been responsible for the design and implementation of browsing features such as Tracking Protection, InPrivate Browsing, and its multi-process browsing architecture. He was the primary author of the Web Tracking Protection W3C member submission. He graduated from Purdue University in 2005 with a B.S. in Computer Science.


Michael Zimmer, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin