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CFP 2015 Co-Chairs

Gabe Rottman

Gabe Rottman is a legislative counsel and policy advisor in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. He advocates in Congress and the federal agencies on an array of issues at the intersection of technology and civil liberties, including privacy, cybersecurity, free expression, telecommunications and internet policy, and intellectual property. He previously served as a litigation associate in private practice, with a focus on antitrust and foreign investment regulation, and as a media relations staffer and senior writer at the ACLU. Rottman has a B.A. from McGill University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, both with honors.

Sandy Fulton

Sandy Fulton is the Government Relations Manager at Free Press where she coordinates their legislative work on issues surrounding the Open Internet, media access and ownership, press freedom, and government surveillance. Before joining Free Press, Sandy served as a Legislative Assistant in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office. During her time there she focused on First Amendment and privacy and technology issues including free speech, updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, NSA surveillance, and government spying programs.

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Khaliah Barnes

Khaliah Barnes is EPIC's Associate Director and Director of the EPIC Student Privacy Project. Khaliah works on a host of privacy issues and has submitted comments in over forty federal agency rulemakings and similar agency proceedings concerning the Privacy Act, the U.S. - EU Safe Harbor Framework, information security, air traveler rights, student privacy, consumer rights, automotive privacy, drones and domestic surveillance, medical privacy, and the Freedom of Information Act. As Director of the EPIC Student Privacy Project, Khaliah created the Student Privacy Bill of Rights. Khaliah defends student privacy rights before federal regulatory agencies and federal court. She has testified before states and local districts on the need to safeguard student records. Khaliah graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and Emory University, where she earned a B.A. in political science and minored in French Studies. In 2010, Khaliah interned with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Matt Blaze

Matt Blaze is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Matt's research focuses on cryptography and its applications, trust management, human scale security, secure systems design, and networking and distributed computing. He is particularly interested in security technology with bearing on public policy issues, including cryptography policy (key escrow), wiretapping and surveillance, and the security of electronic voting systems.

Lenny Foner

Mike German

Michael German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure that our government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism. His work focuses on law enforcement and intelligence oversight and reform. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Mr. German served as the policy counsel for national security and privacy for the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office. Mike graduated from the Northwestern University Law School, and graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Philosophy.

Robyn Greene

Robyn Greene is the policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation specializing in issues concerning surveillance and cybersecurity. She helps to research and develop policies to protect individuals' privacy, secure the Internet, and fuel the development of and access to emerging technologies. Prior to joining the Open Technology Institute, Robyn worked at the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office, where she focused on legislation and Administration policies concerning surveillance, cybersecurity, government secrecy, and federal law enforcement oversight.

Wendy Grossman

Wendy M. Grossman ( is a London-based freelance writer who specializes in the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is a member of the advisory councils of the Open Rights Group and the Foundation for Information Policy Research.

Gautam Hans

Gautam Hans is Policy Counsel and Director of CDT-SF, promoting CDT’s presence on the West Coast as a leader in technology policy and advocacy. His work focuses on digital civil liberties policy, outreach, and development. Gautam joined CDT in 2012 as the Ron Plesser Fellow, focusing on consumer privacy issues, including mobile technology, government regulation and enforcement, and the intersection of privacy and free speech. Prior to joining CDT, Gautam interned at the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. He earned his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University; his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Paul Alan Levy

Paul Alan Levy has been an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm that is a division of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, since December 1977 after working for Hon. Wade H. McCree, Jr. as a law clerk at the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and as Special Assistant to Solicitor General McCree. He has argued scores of cases in United States Court of Appeals (three en banc). Moreover, he has argued four cases in Supreme Court of the United States, as well as writing briefs for parties in seven other cases.

Laura Moy

Laura Moy is Senior Policy Counsel for New America's Open Technology Institute, where she leads policy efforts on consumer privacy and copyright. Prior to joining New America, Laura held positions as a staff attorney at Public Knowledge and as a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law. Laura has written blog posts, papers, and regulatory comments on a wide variety of consumer privacy issues. She has also spoken in Congress, the Copyright Office, the Federal Communications Commission, the Maryland General Assembly, and at a wide range of public-facing events. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy is a leader with 30 years of policy-making and political experience at the national, state and local levels. Murphy’s firm, Laura W. Murphy, LLC, provides government relations and public policy services to corporate and nonprofit clients. She has twice served as the Director of the ACLU Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. was chief of staff to a California Assembly Speaker, a cabinet member for the Mayor of the District of Columbia, an account executive for a public affairs firm and legislative assistant for two members of Congress.

Amie Stepanovich

Amie Stepanovich is U.S. Policy Manager at Access. Amie is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Previously, Amie was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She was co-chair for the 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference and is the Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities' Liason to the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Working Group. Amie was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recognized in 2014 as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy. Amie has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.

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. Jay has authored and co-authored influential ACLU reports on a variety of topics. He is a graduate of Williams College and holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia.