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Alex Abdo

Alex Abdo is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU's National Security Project. He has been involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Navy brig in South Carolina. Mr. Abdo is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and to the Hon. Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

James Bamford

James Bamford is a well-known expert on the NSA and bestselling author of five books on the subject, most recently, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America (2008), which details the development of the warrantless NSA internet surveillance program. His March 2012 article in Wired revealed the development of the NSA’s massive data centre in Bluffdale Utah. In 2006, he won the National Magazine Award for Reporting for his piece "The Man Who Sold The War," published in Rolling Stone.

William E. Binney

William Binney is a mathematician who worked at the NSA for 32 years, where he led the development of automated analysis and intelligence techniques. At the time of his retirement shortly after 9/11, he was the Technical Leader, Intelligence and Representative to the National Technology Alliance Executive Board. Subsequently he has worked in data analytics and become an outspoken critic of the NSA's intelligence programs.

Allie Bohm

Allie Bohm is an Advocacy and Policy Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union. She works closely with ACLU affiliates across the country to advance ACLU’s proactive state legislative agenda to protect privacy, with a particular focus on location tracking, government use of drones and automatic license plate readers, and employers’ access to employees’ social networking accounts. As part of this work, Allie co-spearheads three of the largest coordinated public records requests in ACLU history: projects seeking to learn how local law enforcement agencies use cell phone location information and automatic license plate readers to track Americans, as well as an investigation into police use of military technology and tactics.

Cliff Boyle

Cliff Boyle holds the majority stake in Shazzle LLC, a technology company that recently received U.S. Patent 12/176,747 for software architecture that harnesses peer-to-peer networking to facilitate data transfer in secure and private communication. He is also listed as Co-Inventor on two additional Shazzle patents. Cliff has successfully founded businesses in real estate development, senior care, banking software, and insurance marketing.

Andrew Bridges

Andrew P. Bridges is a partner at Fenwick & West in San Francisco. For over 20 years he has represented many of the biggest, and smallest, names in the technology, Internet and digital media and communications, and consumer products sectors, in the fields of Internet law, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and consumer protection. He received his A.B. from Stanford, an M.A. from Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard.

J. Beckwith Burr

J. Beckwith (“Becky”) Burr is the Chief Privacy Officer at Neustar. In that capacity, she is responsible for implementing the company’s “privacy by design” program, and ensuring that the company maintains state-of-the-art privacy and data security to protect customer and consumer information. As an expert on Internet governance issues, Ms. Burr provides policy and legal advice related to the company's provision of Internet domain name registry services.

Alan Butler

Alan Butler is Appellate Advocacy Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He currently manages the Amicus Project at EPIC and has drafted briefs in important privacy cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and state supreme courts. He recently argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Earls regarding Fourth Amendment privacy interests in cell phone location information. He is also managing EPIC's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for documents related to the use of Stingray surveillance technology. The documents he obtained from the FBI were recently featured in Slate.

Alex Byers

Alex Byers writes about technology policy for POLITICO, where he authors the Morning Tech tipsheet. He also covers online privacy and piracy, and graduated from The George Washington University.

Naomi Cahn

Naomi Cahn is the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. She is the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Drafting Committee, and has written numerous articles and books in a variety of fields, ranging from digital asset planning to reproductive technology to gender in the post-conflict process. She is the co-author, with June Carbone, of Family Classes (OUP, forthcoming 2014), and, with Wendy Kramer, of Finding Our Families (Penguin, forthcoming2013).

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT,3) is serving his third term representing Utah's 3rd Congressional district. Known as a tech-savvy member, he often encourages his colleagues to seek the advice of “tech nerds” in order to create effective tech legislation. From his perch on the Judiciary Committee, Chaffetz was instrumental in helping to successfully defeat the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In an effort to help policy keep pace with technology, he introduced the Internet Radio Fairness Act in 2012 that would establish fair and equitable rate-setting standards for Internet radio. Chaffetz recently reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral, Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act that would provide guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.

Before being elected to Congress, Chaffetz spent 16 years in the local business community, and later worked as chief of staff to Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. In addition to the Judiciary Committee, he is a member of the Homeland Security Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, for which he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security.

Andrew Clement

Andrew Clement is a Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he coordinates the Information Policy Research Program and is a co-founder of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute. With PhD in Computer Science, he has had longstanding research and teaching interests in the social implications of information/communication technologies and human-centered/participatory information systems development. Among his recent surveillance research projects, is the IXmaps.ca internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA warrantless wiretapping activities. Clement is a co-investigator in The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting research collaboration.

Lillie Coney

Lillie Coney is currently the Legislative Director for Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), previously she was the Associate Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. In 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Lillie to the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors. Lillie wrote the chapter “Mobilize Underrepresented Voters” in The New York Times bestseller, 50 Ways to Love Your Country. She co-chaired the 2011 Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference: the Future is Now, and chaired the Public Voice Conferences in 2010 and 2011.

Shaun Dakin

Shaun Dakin is the CEO and Founder of Dakin & Associates, a small marketing and social media strategy firm in Falls Church, VA. Shaun is also the founder of the National Political Do Not Contact Registry that fights for the privacy rights of voters. The NPDNC registry has over 500,000 members. After founding the NPDNC registry he founded Privacy Camp with Ari Schwartz when he was at CDT in 2009, In 2011 he co-founded #PrivChat with CDT. In 2012 EPIC joined the chat. He has an MBA from Thunderbird and a BA from Colby College. He lives and works in Falls Church, VA where he is married and has a son. You can learn more at his online visual CV here.

Pam Dixon

Pam Dixon founded the World Privacy Forum in November 2003. She has written highly respected and influential studies in the area of privacy, including the impactful Medical Identity Theft report that named this crime for the first time and led to a national public dialogue on the issue as well as California's medical breach law. Dixon has written studies on various aspects of self-regulation, including a 2007 study on the NAI. Currently, Dixon is working on the NTIA Multistakeholder process with civil society and industry to develop mobile app short form notice.

Thomas Drake

Thomas Drake currently works full-time as an Expert at a Washington, DC area Apple Store. Previously he was a senior official at the National Security Agency where he witnessed massive waste, contract fraud and government wrongdoing as well as widespread violations of the 4th Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. While at NSA, he became a material witness and whistleblower for two 9/11 congressional investigations and with a Department of Defense Inspector General audit of a failed multi-billion dollar boondoggle flagship program called Trailblazer and an alternative program called Thinthread.

Timothy Edgar

Timothy H. Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on the unique policy challenges posed by growing global cyber conflict, particularly in reconciling security interests with fundamental values, including privacy and Internet freedom. Mr. Edgar served under President Obama as the first ever Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties for the White House National Security Staff, focusing on cybersecurity, open government and data privacy initiatives. From 2006 to 2009, he was the first Deputy for Civil Liberties for the Director of National Intelligence, reviewing new surveillance authorities, the terrorist watchlist, and other sensitive programs.

Mike German

Mike German is the policy counsel for national security and privacy for the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity German develops policy positions and proactive strategies on pending legislation and executive branch actions concerning domestic surveillance, data mining, whistleblower protection, military commissions and law enforcement conduct, among others. A sixteen-year veteran of federal law enforcement, German served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations. As an undercover agent, German twice infiltrated extremist groups using constitutionally sound law enforcement techniques. These operations successfully prevented terrorist attacks by winning criminal convictions against terrorists.

David Gray

David Gray is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure, criminal law, international criminal law, and jurisprudence. He was voted “Professor of the Year” in 2012. His recent work with Danielle Citron engages critical Fourth Amendment questions raised by contemporary surveillance techniques and technologies including GPS-enabled tracking, drones, and data aggregation.

Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg is Principal Analyst at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, an advocacy group devoted to increasing individual control over personal information. His paper, "A Field Guide to Internet Trust" was voted Best Paper at this year's ID360 conference. Steve is an accomplished product manager, strategist, and technologist with more than 20 years of industry experience.

Elisabeth Greene

Liz Greene is a Senior Director at Akamai Technologies who has served in multiple executive roles focused on technology strategy and product development. She is currently working on how Akamai’s visibility into 20-30% of Internet traffic can be used to assess the security risk of end user requests. In addition to her work at Akamai, Liz has presented at the UN and Berkman Center events on DDoS attack technology and cloud computing security concerns, and has been an active participant in the U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeff Greene

Mr. Jeff Greene serves as a Senior Policy Counsel at Symantec. Mr. Greene focuses on cybersecurity, identity management, and privacy issues, and works extensively with industry and government organizations. Prior to joining Symantec, Jeff was a senior staffer on both the U.S. Senate and House Homeland Security committees, and before that was an attorney with a Washington, D.C. law firm.

Marc Groman

As Executive Director of Network Advertising Initiative, Marc Groman leads the organization’s growth and ongoing efforts to develop and maintain high standards for Interest-Based Advertising. Widely recognized as a thought leader on privacy, e-commerce, and marketing law, Marc brings a unique perspective to his role, having engaged with privacy issues for over a decade and from nearly every angle – government litigator, senior policy advisor, compliance officer, and legislative staff.

Adrian Gropper

Dr. Gropper is the Chief Technology Officer at Patient Privacy Rights. He is a pioneer in patient-centered and patient-controlled health records on the Internet. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MD form Harvard Medical School. In 1995, Dr. Gropper founded AMICAS (NAS:AMCS) as the first Web-based radiology PACS and the first to provide direct links to diagnostic imaging in electronic health records. He founded MedCommons in 2004 to develop software for image-enabled, patient-centered health records supporting all of a patient's caregivers. Dr. Gropper participated in many early standardization efforts including IHE, HITSP, Liberty Alliance and the Continuity of Care Record steering committee.

Wendy Grossman

Wendy M. Grossman is a freelance science and technology writer based in London. She has a long career writing for such publications as The Guardian, Scientific American, and New Scientist. She writes a weekly column, net.wars, about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. Her Web site is at www.pelicancrossing.net. In 1987, she founded the British magazine The Skeptic.

Jim Halpert

Jim Halpert is a partner in the Communications, E-Commerce and Privacy practice of DLA Piper. He counsels technology and content companies on a broad range of legal issues concerning new technologies, including intellectual property protection, content regulation and First Amendment law, privacy, cyber-security, government surveillance, Internet gambling, Internet jurisdiction, telecommunications regulation, on-line contract formation, and marketing. His counseling practice includes advising a wide range of companies regarding privacy and computer security issues, and advising copyright owners, ISPs, and equipment manufacturers regarding IP infringement and copy protection technology strategies.

Chris Israel

Chris Israel is a partner at American Continental Group where he works with a range of clients on matters relating to intellectual property and media policy. He previously served as the first U.S. Coordinator for Intellectual Property Enforcement and as Deputy Chief of Staff to the U.S. Commerce Secretary during the Bush Administration. Earlier in his career he worked on public policy issues for Time Warner and spent time on Capitol Hill.

J. Bradley Jansen

J. Bradley Jansen is director of the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, founded in 2005 to defend privacy, civil liberties and market economics. CFPHR is part of the Liberty and Privacy Network. He edits the freebanking.org Web site.

Terry Hart

Terry Hart is the Director of Legal Policy at the Copyright Alliance and a well-known blogger on copyright and technology issues. He appears today in his personal capacity. His blog, Copyhype, provides news and info on current developments relating to copyright law, the media industries, and the digital economy. In 2011, Copyhype was named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 legal blogs in the U.S.

Achim Klabunde

Achim Klabunde is the head of the IT Policy Sector at the secretariat of the European Data Protection Supervisor. Before joining the EDPS, he was a policy officer at the European Commission, in the data protection unit of the Directorate General for Justice and before that in DG Information Society and Media where he led the team in charge of privacy and trust policy for electronic communications for the 2009 Telecom Reform process. Achim Klabunde has a master's degree in Computer Science and Communications Research from Bonn University. He has worked in data management, network planning, data protection and IT security.

Keith Kupferschmid

Keith M. Kupferschmid is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Intellectual Property for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Mr. Kupferschmid represents and advises member software and content companies on intellectual property policy, legal and enforcement matters. He also supervises the Association's Anti-Piracy programs. Prior to joining SIIA, Mr. Kupferschmid was an attorney with the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and an intellectual property attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he was responsible for international and legislative patent and copyright issues. Mr. Kupferschmid has also served on special assignments at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he was the Director of Intellectual Property, and the U.S. Copyright Office, where he was a Policy Planning Advisor.

Herb Lin

Dr. Herbert Lin is chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies, where he has been study director of major projects on public policy and information technology. These studies include a 1996 study on national cryptography policy (Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society), a 2007 study on cybersecurity research (Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace), a 2009 study on offensive information warfare (Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities), and a 2010 study on cyber deterrence (Proceedings of a Workshop on Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options for U.S. Policy).

Matthew Lippincott

Mathew Lippincott is of the opinion that the future needs better instructions. An artist and designer working in technology development & education, he splits his time between creating low-cost science kits and restroom reform. A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), and MDML design, Mathew's recent life highlights include his Balloon Mapping Kickstarter being listed as one of the 10 best projects of 2012, MDML's Sewer Catastrophe Companion being exhibited at the Center for Disease Control and approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and developing signage for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle.

Jessica Litman

Jessica Litman is the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and is the author of Digital Copyright and the coauthor, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Before rejoining the Michigan faculty in 2006, Prof. Litman was a professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit, a visiting professor at New York University School of Law and at American University Washington College of Law, as well as a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1984-1990.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Since first being elected to Congress in 1994, Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, 19) has proudly represented Santa Clara County and the thriving “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San José. Shortly after joining Congress, she worked across the aisle to pass the “E-rate” so schools, libraries and public health providers could access the Internet. Her work on patent reform, copyright issues, net neutrality and digital rights have earned the respect of her colleagues and made Zoe a recognized leader on technology and innovation issues. Zoe was instrumental in the bipartisan effort to decontrol encryption technology, and rallied the fight in Congress against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act), legislation Americans viewed as the greatest modern threat to a free and open Internet. Her efforts also led to Silicon Valley being selected for one of four coveted satellite U.S. Patent Offices. She recently introduced the ECPA 2.0 Act, modifying the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to strengthen the privacy of Internet and wireless users from outdated government surveillance laws; and the Global Free Internet Act, creating a U.S.-based task force composed of elected and non-elected government and private sector experts responsible for identifying and responding to domestic or international threats to Internet users, online services and the technical architecture of the Internet.

Ginger McCall

Ginger McCall is Director of EPIC's Open Government Program and IPIOP Program. Ms. McCall is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, where she teaches a course on "The Law of Open Government." 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.

Andrew McDiarmid

Andrew McDiarmid is a Senior Policy Analyst at CDT's Washington, DC, office. He works on policy issues related to digital copyright, free expression, and Internet neutrality. Prior to joining CDT, Andrew was a research assistant at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the UC-Berkeley School of Law, where he researched a range of issues including electronic surveillance and licensing solutions for peer-to-peer networks. He has a master's from Berkeley's School of Information, and a bachelor's in art history from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bob McGill

Bob McGill is the VP, Product Development of Shazzle LLC and co-owner of Jaccomo Inc, a leading provider of patented frontline sales and back office software solutions. Jaccomo serves a range of clients from mid-market financial services companies to global clients such as American Express. For American Express, Jaccomo is applying its proprietary big data aggregation module to automate credit, fraud, and compliance operations. He is a Co-Inventor on U.S. Patent 12/176,747 (see Boyle for description), Co-Inventor on two additional Shazzle patents and is a participating inventor on Intelligent Client Architecture #7,536,421.

Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw is the Director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). She also chairs the privacy and security working group (the Tiger Team) of the Health IT Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. She has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Patrick Murck

Patrick Murck is General Counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation. His expertise extends across the legal and regulatory issues governing the use of Bitcoin, virtual economies, gamification, alternative payment systems, and social loyalty and reward programs. Previously, Patrick worked in business and legal affairs at a venture-backed digital currency startup, as an attorney at a DC-based law firm, and as a journalist on international investigatory teams.

Angelique M. Okeke

Angelique M. Okeke is currently Senior Counsel of Lotame Solutions, Inc., where she leads the legal, corporate governance and corporate affairs functions of the company. Okeke also serves as lead privacy officer managing all privacy issues that affect the company, including representing Lotame in the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Digital Advertising Alliance and Network Advertising Initiative. Prior to joining Lotame in 2012, Okeke was a Senior Associate in the Business Transactions and Corporate practice at Dow Lohnes in Washington, DC, and she began her legal career as an associate in the Corporate practice at Bingham McCutchen in Boston, MA.

Deborah Peel

In 2004, Dr. Peel founded Patient Privacy Rights (PPR), the world's leading consumer health privacy advocacy organization. PPR has over 12,000 members in all 50 states. In 2007, she founded the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy, representing 10.3 million US citizens who want to control the use of personal health data in electronic systems. In 2007-2008, she led the development of PPR’s Trust Framework, 75+ auditable criteria that measure how effectively technology systems protect data privacy. The Framework can be used for research about privacy and to certify HIT systems. In 2012, her chapter in Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment laid out a 5-year plan to move the US health IT system from institutional to patient control over health data. Dr. Peel was named one of the “100 Most influential in Healthcare” in the US by ModernHealthcare magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011—the first and only privacy expert ever listed.

Aaron Perzanowski

Aaron Perzanowski teaches courses in intellectual property and telecommunications law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His research examines the influence of law and technology on the creation and exchange of information goods. His work has been published in law reviews and top specialty journals at Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, UCLA, University of Minnesota, and UC Davis. Prior to his teaching career, he served as the Microsoft Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and practiced law at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley.

Anthony Prestia

As Associate Counsel for Policy & Technology at the Network Advertising Initiative, Anthony Prestia assists in the annual compliance review of member companies. To improve this process, Anthony developed the organization's compliance monitoring tool, which crawls the Web to help ensure members' opt outs are functioning properly and that members are complying with the NAI Code. Bringing a wealth of programming, business, and information privacy experience to his role with the NAI, Anthony is spearheading efforts to develop a mobile code of conduct and best practices for non-cookie technologies as part of the organization’s overall initiative to address changes in technologies, business models, regulatory requirements, and policy issues within its Code.

Timothy Reuter

Timothy Reuter is President of the DC Area Drone User Group, an organization that seeks to encourage the use of flying robots for community service, artistic, entrepreneurial and recreational purposes, and founder of the Drone User Group Network, a national association of community organizations that promote the use of civilian drone technology for the benefit of humanity. He is also creator of the soon-to-be launched DroneU.org site that aims to be a trusted source for discussion on the social, political, and legal implications of drone technology. Timothy became interested in drones through the maker movement, which dictates that if you see something cool you should try and build one for yourself. During the week, Timothy works as a senior advisor on issues related to international development. He is a former Presidential Management Fellow and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Michelle Richardson

Michelle Richardson is a Legislative Counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office where she focuses on national security and government transparency issues such as the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, cybersecurity, state secrets and the Freedom of Information Act. Before coming to the ACLU in 2006, Richardson served as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee where she specialized in national security, civil rights and constitutional issues for Democratic Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.).

Runa A. Sandvik

Runa A. Sandvik is a security researcher and developer for the Tor Project. She has worked for the Tor Project since 2009 and has given Tor talks to a number of different audiences, including activists, law enforcement, and university students. Her work for the Tor Project includes forensic analysis and testing new releases of Tor, as well as project management, user support, and training.

Ben Sheffner

Ben Sheffner is Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, where he supervises antipiracy litigation and advises the MPAA and its member studios on copyright and other intellectual property matters. Ben has previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain's presidential campaign where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign's copyright, trademark, and other IP issues.

Nancy Sims

Nancy Sims is a lawyer/librarian who is fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright and licensing issues in modern life. She enjoys helping individuals, groups, and organizations understand how technology choices, copyright, and related legal and policy issues may affect their work, research, art, and everyday communications. She is currently the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and also does consulting and speaking with library, education, and technology organizations and institutions around the country. She previously worked as an instructional technology specialist at the University of Michigan Libraries, and interned with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fenwick & West, LLP.

Sherwin Siy

Sherwin Siy is Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge, where he coordinates the organization's legal work, specializing in emerging copyright issues. Since joining Public Knowledge in 2006, he has represented Public Knowledge in friend-of-the-court briefs, proceedings before Congress and administrative agencies, in international forums, and in a variety of public speaking engagements. He has appeared in national print and broadcast media, advocating for balanced copyright laws and increased access to knowledge, communications, and information

Christopher Soghoian

Christopher Soghoian is the Principal Technologist and a Senior Policy Analyst with the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that third party service providers play in facilitating law enforcement surveillance of their customers. In order to gather data, he has made extensive use of the Freedom of Information Act, sued the Department of Justice pro se, and used several other investigative research methods. Between 2009 and 2010, he was the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he worked on investigations of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Netflix.

Ashkan Soltani

Ashkan Soltani has more than 20 years of experience as a technology consultant. His research examines the prevalence of online tracking and exposes practices designed to circumvent consumer privacy choices. His work raises awareness of privacy issues by providing information and tools that help individual consumers understand data security. Journalists and policymakers frequently cite his research on online tracking, data collection and privacy.

Jay Stanley

Jay Stanley is Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where he researches, writes and speaks about technology-related privacy and civil liberties issues and their future. He writes for, and serves as editor of, the ACLU's technology policy blog Free Future.

Hans-Christoph Steiner

Hans-Christoph Steiner is a hacker, teacher, and researcher with the Guardian Project. He focuses on the intersection on humans and computers with the goal of creating natural interactions between the two. He has worked in a wide variety of fields, including free software development, media art, robotics, front line tech support, jet-powered amusement park rides, and formal and informal teaching from ages 10 up to graduate students and beyond. Back in 2005, he set up a Tor node because it sounded like a valuable project. Little did he know that in 2010, Tor would resurface in his life to be central to how he spends his days and supports his family.

Amie Stepanovich

Amie Stepanovich is the director of EPIC's Domestic Surveillance Project. Her work encompasses the Fourth Amendment, national security, cybersecurity, digital identity, international privacy, and open government. Ms. Stepanovich is an expert on drone surveillance and has testified in front of Congress on the need for privacy protections for domestic drone use. She has discussed the privacy implications of surveillance at many prominent events, including the Internet Governance Forum (US), the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Dialouge on Diversity conference. Amie is the moderator for #PrivChat, a weekly twitter-based discussion on emerging privacy topics

Carol R. Van Cleef

Carol Van Cleef represents financial services companies and other clients in federal and state regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters, including anti-money laundering (AML), electronic payments, federal deposit insurance, and other bank regulatory issues. She counsels banking organizations, credit unions, securities firms, insurance companies, finance companies, money service businesses (MSB), and hedge funds, among others.

Will Voorhees

Will Voorhees served as the Senior Director of the Financial Intelligence and Global Deposits Units at SVB Financial Group, a Silicon Valley-based international financial institution that serves technology, life science, and venture capital markets. In this role, Will introduced an Enhanced Due Diligence group and functions into SVB to safely onboard and monitor its high-risk clients. Due to the uniqueness of SVB’s client base in high tech, Will has had the opportunity to be involved with emerging technologies in virtual platforms, electronic currencies, and nontraditional payment methods. Will is a Gulf War veteran and prior municipal police officer, and holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Accounting. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a former founding co-chair of the ACAMS Northern California Chapter, founding member of the ACAMS Greater Phoenix Chapter. He also serves on the speaker faculty for ACAMS conferences and learning events.

Stephen Wicker

Stephen B. Wicker is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, and a member of the graduate fields of Computer Science, Information Science, and Applied Mathematics. He teaches and conducts research in wireless information networks, cellular networks, and digital telephony. He currently focuses on the interface between information networking technology, law, and sociology, with a particular emphasis on how design choices and regulation can affect the privacy and speech rights of users.

Christopher Wolf

Christopher Wolf is a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice group. He was one of the first lawyers in the U.S. to focus on privacy law for clients, and he remains a leader in the field. He is known to clients as a practical problem solver on issues arising from the collection, use, retention, sharing, and security of personal data. He is a thoughtful compliance counselor focused on risk management and an effective advocate in federal court, at the Federal Trade Commission, or before state agencies, on the entire range of international and domestic privacy issues.