adler Jim Adler
Chief Privacy Officer & GM, Data Systems, Intelius
Jim is chief privacy officer and general manager of data systems at Intelius. As part of the executive leadership team, Jim is the chief consumer advocate for the company with responsibility for the data systems that power Intelius’ products. Jim is a national leader on privacy, cryptography, and security issues having testified before the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Congress, National Institute of Standards and Technology and leading academic institutions.
Prior to Intelius, Jim served as president and chief technology officer at Identity.net, an Internet company giving consumers control of their online identity and reputation. From 1998 to 2005, he was the founder and CEO of VoteHere, a pioneer in the development of private and secure electronic voting, both online and offline.
He is a co-inventor of patents related to cryptographic voting and digital signatures. He received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
akemann Lorraine Akemann
Co-founder, Moms With Apps
Lorraine is co-founder of Moms With Apps, a network of family-friendly developers who create mobile apps. After launching her own app, she recognized the need for collaborative cross-marketing with other app developers to help gain exposure in the App Store marketplace.
Moms With Apps launched in November of 2009 and has grown to represent over 1,000 independent iOS developers. Her purpose of maintaining the network is to provide marketing support for developers, to be a resource for parents who are looking for educational apps, and to advocate healthy intersections of kids and technology.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of California San Diego, and an M.B.A. Prior to forming Moms With Apps, Lorraine worked in Silicon Valley at Sprint and Cisco.
berger Laura Berger
Senior Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
Laura is a senior attorney in the division of privacy and identity protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). She enforces federal laws that protect the privacy and security of consumers’ information and works on related policy matters, including the impact of emerging technologies on consumer privacy. In addition, she was author of the FTC’s Safeguards Rule, and has worked to develop educational materials to assist businesses to comply with that rule.
Previously, Laura was an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel at the FTC. While at the FTC, she also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she taught Women & the Law, among other courses.
She received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Tulane University and a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
binetti David Binetti
Co-founder and CEO, Votizen
David has been at the intersection of tech and politics since 1995, when he created a campaign finance disclosure cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best political resources in California. His efforts in creating USA.gov, the official website and search engine for the United States Government, earned Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School’s "Innovations in American Government" Award and was named USA Today’s Site of the Year for 2000.
Following this, David returned to the Silicon Valley where he was on the founding team of a number of other non-political startups before eventually returning to his primary passion with Votizen.
black Ed Black
President and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association
Ed has been president and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) since 1995. He specializes in international trade, competition policy and intellectual property matters and has been extensively involved in issues including e-commerce, privacy, security, open standards, federal procurement and telecommunications policy.
He previously served for nearly a decade as CCIA's vice president and general counsel. He is past chairman of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications & Information Policy and past president of the Washington International Trade Association & Foundation and chairman of the Pro-Trade Group. He serves on the board of directors of the Interoperability Clearing House (ICH), and is a member of various bar and technology policy organizations.
In addition to serving on the Hill as chief of staff and legislative director for two members of Congress, he served as a senior congressional liaison for several Secretaries of State and Commerce. He subsequently practiced law in the private sector, where he represented high-tech companies and associations. He regularly testifies before Congress and is a frequent commentator for both national and industry media.
He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and American University‘s Washington College of Law, where he won honors in the area of international law.
bonnifield Adam Bonnifield
Adam is co-founder of Spinnakr, a start-up founded in Washington, D.C. that has built online web targeting tools that have been used by national campaigns in the past two election cycles, and that powered the stop SOPA and stop ACTA movements. He now splits time between D.C. and Silicon Valley, after completing the 500 Startups incubator in Mountain View and raising a seed round to fund the creation of an online targeting platform that can power content on any website.
cameron Nigel Cameron
President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET)
Nigel is an inter-disciplinary scholar, facilitator and communicator who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic and initiated projects at the interface of science, technology, values, business and policy. A graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities and the Edinburgh Business School, he is currently president and CEO of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), Washington's first nonpartisan think tank focused on the long-term policy impacts of emerging technologies.
Before founding C-PET, he served as a research professor and associate dan of the College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he also directed an institute on biotechnology policy and established the first U.S. university-based center on nanotechnology and its social implications, chairing its annual conferences for policymakers in D.C. and initiating the Chicago Nano Forum for city business, law and technology leaders.
He has served on the advisory boards of Nanotechnology Law and Business, the Converging Technologies Bar Association, and the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, and represented the United States on delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO, UN Human Rights Council as Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health.
He edited Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century (2007); other books include The New Medicine: Life and Death after Hippocrates (1991).
cohen Tod Cohen
VP and Deputy General Counsel, eBay
Tod serves as vice president and deputy general counsel of global government relations, intellectual property, regulatory and asset protection for eBay Inc. Since 2000, Tod has been responsible for global public policy for eBay, adding PayPal when it was acquired in 2002.
Prior to joining eBay, Tod was vice president and counsel of new media for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Before that, he served as european vice president and legal counsel for the Business Software Alliance in London. He also spent six years as an associate with the Washington law firm, Covington & Burling.
He formerly served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Trade Representative’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Information and Communications Technologies, Services, and Electronic Commerce. He also served as vice chairman of the Free Trade Agreement of the America’s Joint Experts’ committee on electronic commerce.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1985, and his J.D. with highest honors from the George Washington University Law School in 1992. Before law school, he worked as a Congressional aide for four years.
collins Kurt Collins
Co-founder and CEO, EnoleKurt has been working with entrepreneurs and technology since his tenure at MIT in the late 90ʼs. After working as an engineer at companies such as Silicon Graphics, Razorﬁsh and CNET Networks (for the Games and Entertainment division), he joined the business development team that helped Photobucket double their daily user acquisition (from 40k+ new users per day to 85k+ new users per day).
After Photobucketʼs acquisition by Fox Interactive Media, Kurt joined Clearspring to help grow their developer program. Next, Kurt worked as vice president of business development at Ustrive2 (an e-commerce start-up company based out of Phoenix, Arizona) to develop and implement their user acquisition strategy.
crews Wayne Crews
VP for Policy & Director of Technology Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Wayne is vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a former scholar at the Cato Institute and former Senate and FDA staffer. He can do a handstand on a skateboard and loves motorcycles.
Wayne's work explores the impact of government regulation of free enterprise: Areas of interest include antitrust and competition policy, safety and environmental issues, and information age concerns like privacy, online security, broadband policy, and intellectual property. Wayne is the author of the yearly report, Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.
Wayne was a legislative aide in the United States Senate to Sen. Phil Gramm, covering regulatory and welfare reform issues. He was an economist and policy analyst at Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, and has worked as an economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and as a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. He holds an MBA from William and Mary and a bachelor’s degree. from Lander College in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was a candidate for state senate as a libertarian while at Lander.
downes Larry Downes
Author, The Laws of Disruption
Larry is an Internet analyst and consultant on developing business strategies in the digital age. He is a senior adjunct fellow with TechFreedom, a non-partisan technology policy think tank. His recent book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Life and Business in the Digital Age, explores the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.
Larry is the author of the Business Week and New York Times business best-seller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology. He writes regularly for Forbes and CNET News.com. He has previously held faculty positions with the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of California—Berkeley.
fonseca Natalie Fonseca
Co-founder and Executive Producer – Tech Policy Summit
Natalie is the founder and owner of SageScape, a conference management company that specializes in developing executive-level events for the technology industry. Some of the conferences she has worked on include The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D, the PayPal Developer’s Conference, VS!Live, Microsoft Windows Anywhere, BlogOn, Innovate!Europe and Real Estate Connect.
In 2006, Natalie created the annual Tech Policy Summit to bring together leaders from the public and private sectors for a nonpartisan discussion about how to advance technology innovation. In 2009, she developed the Privacy Identity Innovation conference. Now in its third year, Privacy Identity Innovation explores how to protect sensitive information while enabling emerging technologies and business models.
Prior to starting SageScape in 2003, she worked in marketing for a technology startup. She was also the director of marketing for a nonprofit trade association. She began her career in Silicon Valley in the late 1990’s and was a writer at Upside magazine before joining a user experience evaluation startup named Vividence.
In addition to producing Tech Policy Summit and Privacy Identity Innovation, Natalie currently develops the program for Inman News’ Real Estate Connect conference. She also started a column for Inman News called Startup Scene.
She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of California at Los Angeles.
fox Maggie Fox
Managing Editor for Technology and Health Care, National Journal
Maggie is the managing editor for technology and health care at National Journal. Maggie heads two teams of reporters covering the policy and politics of technology, telecommunications, health and medicine. She’s been with National Journal since 2011, helping the re-launch of the venerable magazine and newsletter into a multi-platform publication that includes print, web-based and emailed products.
Before joining NJ, Maggie was global health and science editor at Reuters, where she wrote, edited and assigned award-winning coverage on stories ranging from nanotechnology research to AIDS and swine flu. Maggie spent the early part of her career covering conflict and politics in places ranging from Lebanon to Nothern Ireland, Bosnia, South Korea and China. Her most memorable interview remains Dolly the cloned sheep.
francis Jens Francis
Managing Director, Faultline Group
Jens is the managing director of Faultline Group. He is a recognized expert in business formation, technology strategy and government affairs primarily in the fields of global technology infrastructure, Internet governance and the development of software as a service.
Previously, he served as a partner in the Sequoia Strategy Group (SSG), a premier management consulting firm focusing on Silicon Valley based technology companies. In that role, he provided executive-level consulting services in the areas of technology development, business strategy and M&A to various large technology companies. Prior to joining SSG, he spent several years as a senior executive in Silicon Valley.
He advises various companies in the areas of technology development and government affairs. Among his advisory clients are Verisign, Sybase, NetHope, Global Liquid Markets, ICANN, the Association of Competitive Technology and the Wilderness Technology Alliance. He holds degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Alaska.
gagnier Christina Gagnier
Gagnier Margossian LLP
Christina Gagnier leads the Intellectual Property, Internet & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP. She consults technology firms on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as network neutrality. Her primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Previously, she served as the chief information officer of Mobilize.org, directing the organization’s strategic communications, online interface and research programs.
Christina has customized Gagnier Margossian LLP’s technology practice to broadly serve the needs of startups. Working with artists, Web TV writers and producers, Internet companies and mobile application developers, she provides digital strategy advising to clients who are often times navigating uncharted legal territory.
Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
galper Josh Galper
Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel, Personal
Josh is chief policy officer and general counsel of Personal, a digital life management platform that enables people to build a private, personal network centered on a data vault where they can control access to their personal information and manage their online identity.
Josh manages legal, policy and communications affairs for Personal, in addition to sharing some partner development responsibilities. He was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he helped to build and later co-led the Public Strategies and Crisis Management Practice. He began his legal career at Sidley Austin LLP as one of the first lawyers in the firm’s global privacy, information management and data security group.
Josh was a press and foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator David Boren and later press secretary of the University of Oklahoma, where Boren became president. Among other races, Josh worked on the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley and John Kerry and served as communications and policy director for Rahm Emanuel’s first congressional campaign in 2002. He also served on the Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams in 2008 and 2004 as a writer, editor and presentation coach for podium speakers.
Josh is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a class on crisis management and the law. He speaks and writes about privacy and data, legal, policy and business issues, and politics. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation D.C. Metro Chapter, the national pro bono organization the Appleseed Network, and the New Leaders for New Schools D.C. Program.
Josh earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999 and bachelor’s degree in history at Yale College in 1994.
gelman Lauren Gelman
Founder, BlurryEdge Strategies
Lauren has been a leader in the field of cyberlaw and policy since 1995. Working in Washington D.C. and in Silicon Valley she played a part in many of the most important issues the Internet community has faced since its early development, specializing in privacy and surveillance, speech, intellectual property, social media and virtual worlds.
She founded BlurryEdge Strategies in January 2010 to assist companies and institutions as they navigate the complex legal, policy and business strategy landscape of the social web.
goldman Eric Goldman
Associate Professor and Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law
Eric is an associate professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is also director of the school’s High Tech Law Institute. His research and teaching focuses on Internet law, intellectual property and marketing law.
Before becoming a full-time law professor, Eric practiced law in the Silicon Valley for eight years, first as a technology transactions attorney at Cooley Godward LLP and then as General Counsel of Epinions.com, an Internet start-up company. Prior to Santa Clara, he was an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Law School and the University of San Francisco Law School.
He blogs on Internet law matters at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog, blog.ericgoldman.org.
He received his J.D., M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
gordon Alexandra Robert Gordon
Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
Alexandra serves as deputy attorney general in the government law section of the California Department of Justice and works on a number of privacy-related matters. Most recently, she helped secure a historic agreement between the Department of Justice and six mobile technology industry leaders to increase privacy protections for mobile users. In addition, she has prosecuted a number of civil enforcement actions against businesses and individuals for unlawful or unfair business practices and false advertising.
Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, she was a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where she ran the Criminal/Habeas Unit, practiced commercial litigation at a law firm in San Francisco, and clerked in the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York.
She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in English from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
granger Sarah Granger
Founder - Center for Technology, Media & Society
Sarah is the founder of the Center for Technology, Media & Society. She was previously the project director for the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, where she served as a delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society at the U.N. in Geneva. She recently served as an elected Council member of the U.S. Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) public policy committee.
She is currently a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, co-chairing their cybersecurity group. She was a contributing author of Ethical Hacking, and she has edited four books on government 2.0, mobile security, cryptography and biometrics. She blogs for SFGate and The Huffington Post. Other publishing credits include Security Focus, WSJ.com, Forbes Russia, and IEEE Spectrum.
hanson Rebecca Hanson
Senior Advisor, Broadcast Spectrum, Federal Communications Commission
Rebecca is currently senior advisor for broadcast spectrum at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and is part of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, which oversees all aspects of implementing the country’s first incentive auction, including auction structure, wireless bandplan design, repacking policies, spectrum contribution rules, and broadcast bidder outreach and education.
Before joining the FCC, Rebecca held senior executive positions with Sprint and XM Satellite Radio in the areas of digital media, strategy and business development. Prior to that she was an attorney with Shaw Pittman (now Pillsbury Winthrop), specializing in satellite and technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance and venture capital.
harris Marci Harris
Marci began public service work as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for Jackson, Tenn., working with private and public organizations and state, local and federal agencies to marshall resources and rebuild.
In 2007, she became Tax, Trade, and Health Counsel to Pete Stark, then-Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means, and was Committee lead for Medicare Program Integrity and Physician Payments Sunshine provisions of the House health reform bill.
She left the Hill in February 2010 to build POPVOX. She holds a J.D. from the University of Memphis and an LL.M from American University’s Washington College of Law.
irving Larry Irving
President, Irving Group
Larry, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on technology and innovation, is the president of the Irving Group. He is the former vice president for global government affairs at Hewlett-Packard Company. Before joining HP in the fall of 2009, he was founder and president of the Irving Information Group, a firm providing strategic advice and market development services to international telecommunications and information technology companies, non-profit organizations and foundations.
Prior to forming the Irving Information Group, in October 1999, Larry served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on broadcasting, cable, telecommunications and information technology issues, domestically and internationally. He is widely credited with coining the term “the digital divide” and sparking a global debate about the growing problem it represents.
Before joining the Clinton administration, he worked for a decade on Capitol Hill, including as senior counsel to the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance and as legislative director for Congressman Mickey Leland (D-Texas). Prior to his work with Congress, he spent three years with the law firm Hogan and Hartson, where he specialized in communications law, antitrust law, and commercial litigation.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Stanford University School of Law, where he was President of the Class of 1979.
jaffer Jamil Jaffer
Senior Counsel for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, United States House of Representatives
Jamil currently serves as a senior counsel for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States House of Representatives and as an adjunct professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law.
Jamil has previously served in the White House as an associate counsel to the President, handling Defense Department, State Department and Intelligence Community matters, as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division of the United States Department of Justice, and as a counsel in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy.
Jamil holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Chicago Law School, and the United States Naval War College. While in law school, Jamil served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, managing editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and national symposium editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Jamil also served as law clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
kedrosky Paul Kedrosky
Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation
Paul is an investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He is a contributing editor for Bloomberg; a columnist for TheStreet/RealMoney; and the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the best known business blogs. He is frequently quoted in major publications around the world.
He is currently a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, where he is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of risk capital. He is also senior research advisor to Ten Asset Management, a southern California institutional money management firm using innovative quantitative techniques in capital markets. He is also a fellow and on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Innovative Financial Technology. He is an advisor to various other companies, institutional investors, and venture capital firms.
He has a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, an M.B.A. from Queen's University, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Carleton University.
keen Andrew Keen
Author – Digital Vertigo
Andrew, author of the critically acclaimed The Cult of the Amateur, is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist and Wired. His new book Digital Vertigo is being published May 22, 2012.
As the founder and CEO of Audiocafe.com, Andrew has himself been featured in many magazines including Esquire, Business 2.0 and Fast Company. He is currently the host of Techcrunch’s popular “Keen On” show, a regular columnist for CNN and a celebrated public speaker around the world. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.
Andrew was educated at London University where he was awarded a first class honours degree in modern history, as a British Council Fellow at the University of Sarajevo and at the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a master’s degree in political science.
leshner Robert Leshner
Founder and CEO, Safe Shepherd
Robert founded Safe Shepherd after realizing how difficult it had become for consumers to manage their personal information online. His career started in finance; most recently, he was a principal of a $2bn investment advisory business. One part web designer, one part finance jock, he spends his time dreaming of a less Orwellian society.
He holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and considers everyday learning to be the most important education of all.
magid Larry Magid
Technology Analyst, CBS News
Larry is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, is co-director of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com. He also writes columns that appear on CNET News, CBSNews.com and the San Jose Mercury News.
His technology reports can be heard several times a week on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.
He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, the Today Show and CBS Early Show. He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
masnick Mike Masnick
CEO of Floor64 and Founder, Techdirt
Mike is the visionary behind Floor64, building up the core idea into reality and recruiting the management team. In addition to providing the strategic direction for the company, Mike oversees all editorial aspects of the Floor64’s public and customer sites.
Mike’s insight into the realms of business and technology are the basis for his frequent posts to the award winning Techdirt blog. The widely followed, often quoted blog was launched in 1997. Prior to founding Floor64 Inc., Mike worked in business development and marketing at Release Software, an e-commerce startup, and in marketing at Intel.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations and an MBA — both from Cornell University.
mawakana Tekedra Mawakana
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Global Public Policy, AOL Inc.
Tekedra is responsible for directing AOL’s public policy strategy, and managing state, federal and international government affairs. She handles a range of policy issues, including online privacy, intellectual property, cyber-security, network neutrality, online child safety and data retention. In addition, she manages AOL’s Privacy, Regulatory, Accessibility, Consumer Policy and Child Safety teams.
She previously served as vice president and chief counsel, managing AOL’s portfolio of legislative and regulatory issues, and heading AOL’s Advertising Policy group. Upon joining AOL in 2001, she managed the transactional team responsible for domestic and international technology and data network agreements.
Prior to that, Tekedra served as senior corporate counsel at Startec Global Communications Company, handling complex domestic and international transactions, including financing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and established the global governance and compliance strategy for network data. She began her legal career at the Washington, DC-based Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
She received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and holds a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Trinity College.
mccullagh Declan McCullagh
Chief Political Correspondent, CNETDeclan is the chief political correspondent for CNET, which is part of CBSCorporation. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for CBS News’ Web site. He became the chief political correspondent for CNET News in 2002 and lives in the San Francisco area after spending over a decade in Washington, D.C.
An award-winning journalist, Declan writes and speaks frequently about technology, law, and politics. From 1998 to 2002, he was Wired’s Washington bureau chief. Previously he was a reporter for Time Magazine, Time Digital Daily, and The Netly News, as well as a correspondent for HotWired.
He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has been a lecturer at American University in Washington, D.C. where he has taught a graduate journalism class. He was the first online reporter to join the National Press Club; he participated in the first White House dot com press pool; and was one of the first online journalists to receive credentials from the press gallery of the U.S. Congress.
mcgeary Michael McGeary
Co-founder and Director, Engine Advocacy
Michael is the co-founder and director of Engine Advocacy, a working group of people in the entrepreneurial sector, based in San Francisco, working to connect those leaders with government to effect change on issues important to high-growth entrepreneurial tech businesses.
Michael also serves as a Strategist with Hattery Labs, a San Francisco-based seed-stage venture fund and creative consultancy, working on high-level social and brand strategy.Previously, he worked with Silicon Valley startup TuneIn as their social brand ambassador and evangelist, as well as stints with two Presidential campaigns, and work with a leading California law firm specializing in political compliance and disclosure.
A Gloucester, Massachusetts native, he holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Tufts University, and resides with his wife, Sarah, in San Francisco.
nelson Jonathan Nelson
Founder, Hackers & Founders
Jonathan is the founder of Hackers & Founders, the largest community of early tech founders in Silicon Valley. They have 16 chapters around the globe with 16,000 members. Hackers & Founders supports and advocates for technology entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and around the world.
pegoraro Rob Pegoraro
Rob tries to make sense of tech hardware, software, services, policy and politics through reporting, reviewing and analysis. He worked from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist and now writes for a variety of online and print outlets, including USA Today, Discovery News and the Consumer Electronics Association. He may be the only person to have contributed to both Boing Boing and Reader's Digest.
VP, Global Technology Policy, Cisco
Robert leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development.
He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989 where he led teams developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions.
He serves on the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and advisory boards for Columbia University and Michigan State University, and is a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy
He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
pleitez Emanuel Pleitez
Chief Strategy Officer, Spokeo
Emanuel is the chief strategy officer for Spokeo. He focuses on the innovation of the people search product and engagement with users, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.
Emanuel was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and also served as the special assistant to chairman Paul Volcker and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB). During the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, he was a member of the U.S. Treasury Department Agency Review Team.
His public service experience includes serving as a special assistant to Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a field organizer for Senator John Kerry’s Presidential campaign, and a staff member on the Senate Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee for U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Hillary Clinton.
plonk Audrey Plonk
Global Security and Internet Policy Specialist, Intel
Audrey was previously a consultant to the Information Technology Association of America (now TechAmerica), covering for the vice president of information security and global public policy. She worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division from 2003 to 2006, primarily focusing on international security policy issues in their International Affairs Division. While a U.S. delegate to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Audrey worked closely with the Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) and eventually accepted a post in Paris for the OECD Secretariat focusing on security issues for WPISP. She served as liaison to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications and Information Working Group, the International Telecommunication Union and the Internet Governance Forum.
Audrey attended The George Washington University and received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a focus on the European Union and minors in French and dance.
quinn Michelle Quinn
Business Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
Michelle is a business columnist at the San Jose Mercury News.
Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.
A native of Delaware, she attended the University of Delaware and graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She was also a 2002-03 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.
ramsey Rey Ramsey
President and CEO, TechNet
Rey is president and CEO of TechNet. TechNet's members are the nation's drivers of innovation in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, clean technology, biotechnology, venture capital and investment banking representing two million employees and $800 billion in revenues.
Rey was previously CEO of One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of technology and information to connect low-income people to the economic mainstream by bringing broadband into their homes, producing public-purpose media, and training and employing youth to enhance communities' technological capacity. He led the organization's growth from four employees working in basement to a global organization that has taken root on four continents.
Prior to the founding of One Economy, Rey served as president and chief operating officer of the Enterprise Foundation. Before joining Enterprise, he served in the cabinets of two governors of Oregon as the state's director of housing and community services and practiced law.
He serves on many boards, including the Schnitzer Investment Corporation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Washington Jesuit Academy, where he is vice-chairman. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. He was also chairman of the NAACP's Futures Commission and served on the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. He was also the chairman of Habitat for Humanity International from 2003-2005.
Rey holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.
sax Mike Sax
Mike is co-founder of Asigo, providing intelligence tools to small businesses. A native of Belgium, now living in Eugene, Oregon, he created the first iPhone app with a landscape keyboard. Prior to Asigo, Mike founded businesses focused on software development, health, and wellness management.
schmit Ed Schmit
Director of Developer Program, AT&T
Ed is a director with the AT&T Developer Program, where his mission is to provide support and guidance for the developer community. He has been with AT&T for six years. During his career at AT&T, he has co-authored the Wireless Reference Architecture and several white papers while enlightening budding mobile application entrepreneurs through programs like AT&T’s "Open Call".
Prior to joining AT&T, he worked for Intel for nine years in a variety of roles. Ed earned his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a graduate engineering degree from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
spanhake Shannon Spanhake
Deputy Innovation Officer, City and County of San Francisco.
Shannon is the deputy innovation officer for the City and County of San Francisco Mayor's Office. Her focus is on building an open government program focused on innovation to enable job creation, citizen engagement, and urban revitalization.
Previously, Shannon worked at a start-up founded with her patent-pending air monitoring technology, for which she was named a semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller inventors competition. Prior to that, she held a dual appointment as a post-doctoral researcher at the engineering research institute, CalIT2, UCSD, and also, as a senior researcher at the Center for Development Finance, a policy think-tank based in Chennai, India.
szoka Berin Szoka
Berin is the founder and president of TechFreedom. Previously, he was a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF).
Before joining PFF, he was an associate in the communications practice group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham's communications practice group, Berin practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Hon. H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Director, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Jonathan is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. His areas of specialization is in international communication management and the field of digital media economics.
He began his entertainment career in 1969 as tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, he produced 26 hours of television documentaries and 12 feature films. He is the author of one of the first video enhanced E Books, Outlaw Blues; Adventures in the Counter-culture Wars. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first Video on Demand service delivered over IP Networks.
He graduated from Princeton University. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Media Authority. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Broadband Task Force in January of 2007.
tennenhouse David Tennenhouse
Partner, New Venture Partners
David joined New Venture Partners and opened its Silicon Valley office in 2007. He is focused on developing relationships with corporate R&D teams and strategic business units. He joined New Venture Partners from Amazon.com where he was vice president of platform strategy and CEO of its A9.com subsidiary. Prior to Amazon/A9, David was vice president and director of research at Intel Corporation where he pioneered an "open collaborative" approach to corporate research. This was, in part, based on his earlier work as DARPA's chief scientist and director of its information technology office.
He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is currently a Director of Alverix, Inc., a member of the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council and a Trustee of the International Computer Sciences Institute (ICSI). David is the sole venture capital participant in reviews of Boeing's Enterprise Strategic Growth program and is on the advisory boards of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and the U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has held academic appointments at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and in the Sloan School of Management.
He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge.
thierer Adam Thierer
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
Adam has spent almost two decades in the public policy research community. He previously served as president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and researcher at the Adam Smith Institute in London.
He is the author or editor of seven books on diverse topics such as media regulation and child safety issues, mass media regulation, Internet governance and jurisdiction, intellectual property, regulation of network industries, and the role of federalism within high-technology markets.
He received his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science at Indiana University and his master's degree in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland.
He blogs at The Technology Liberation Front.
ukuku Nnena Ukuku
Co-founder and CEO, Black Founders Startup Ventures
Nnena is an attorney for early stage startup companies. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Black Founders Startup Ventures, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of successful black technology founders.
She is passionate about seeing startups become involved in the policies that affect them directly. As a result, she is involved with the privacy clinic at Hasting Law School and an emerging round table that will launch this fall. The round table will bring together technologists, attorneys and policy makers in hopes of changing the relationship that early-stage technology companies have with government.
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Senior Copyright Counsel, Google
Fred is a senior copyright counsel at Google. Fred has received many awards and honors in the field of copyright law, including the American Library Association's 2010 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award and recognition as one of 2010's "25 Most Influential People in IP" by both Billboard and The American Lawyer.
Before joining Google, he was a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a research fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and an associate with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford.
wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa
Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University
Vivek is vice president of academics and innovation and Innovation at Singularity University; fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Vivek oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.
In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, he lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects.
He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Vivek founded two software companies.
warner Kathleen Warner
Chief Operating Officer, Startup America Partnership
Kathleen serves as the chief operating officer of the Startup America Partnership and is responsible for business operations and management of resources. Kathleen also coordinates a number of strategic activities and initiatives, including the Startup America Women initiative, all focused on heightening engagement with, awareness of and support for high growth startups.
Prior to joining the Startup America Partnership, Kathleen served as district director for a US Congressman where she oversaw multi-office district operations and helped develop and implement policy objectives, strategies and operating plans for the district. Kathleen, an attorney, also spent over ten years in the private sector.
Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
wentworth Sally Shipman Wentworth
Senior Manager, Public Policy, Internet SocietySally is responsible for liaising with governments and decision makers on critical policy issues regarding online access. She joined the Internet Society in May 2009 as senior manager of public policy.
Prior to joining the Internet Society, she was the assistant director for telecommunications and information policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House from 2007 to 2009. There, she was responsible for government-wide coordination and implementation of policies related to Internet governance; cybersecurity; telecommunications policy; digital television transition; intellectual property and patent reform; privacy; broadband deployment; spectrum auctions; and other information technology policies.
From 1999 to 2007, Sally was the principal policy advisor on Internet policy issues at the U.S. Department of State. She organized U.S. negotiations for several United Nations treaty conferences, Phases I and II of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In addition, she was instrumental in building coalitions among developed and developing countries and Internet stakeholders on Internet public policy issues to promote a multi-stakeholder approach to ICT for development. She joined the State Department in 1999 as a presidential management fellow.
Sally holds a master’s degree in international political economy from the Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Westmont College.
wildstrom Steve Wildstrom
Co-founder and Columnist, Tech.pinions
Steve is a veteran technology reporter, writer, and analyst based in the Washington, D.C. area. He created and wrote BusinessWeek’s Technology & You column for 15 years. Since leaving BusinessWeek in the fall of 2009, he has written his own blog, Wildstrom on Tech and has contributed to corporate blogs, including those of Cisco and AMD. He also consults for major technology companies.
Before starting Technology & You, Steve served as senior news editor in BusinessWeek‘s Washington bureau and edited the Washington Outlook column. Since joining the magazine in 1972, he has served in variety of capacities, covering politics, economics, and labor in Washington and Detroit and was also deeply involved in the computerization of editorial operations in the 1980s. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Steve also has deep interests in education and the arts. He is a founding board member and vice president of the Children’s Chorus of Washington. He also was co-chair of the parents’ network of the Center for Excellence in Education. He served as a member of local arrangements committee and as the volunteer publicity director for the International Math Olympiad 2001.
wyne Melanie Wyne
Senior Technology Policy Representative – National Association of Realtors
Melanie is the senior technology policy representative at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) where she lobbies Congress and Federal Agencies on technology policy issues of importance to the real estate industry. Prior to joining NAR, Melanie was an advocate for technology policy issues for an international technology trade association, a consumer advocacy organization, a San Francisco based software start-up and a multinational financial services company.
Melanie is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of California at San Diego.
zimmermann Phil Zimmermann
Co-founder and President, Silent Circle
Phil is the creator of both PGP, the most widely used email encryption software in the world, and the Zfone/ZRTP secure VoIP standard. He is also a principal designer of the cryptographic key agreement protocol for the Wireless USB standard.
Phil is currently co-founder and President of Silent Circle, a private encrypted telecommunications firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, providing encrypted text, email, mobile phone and video teleconference services.
Earlier in 2012 Phil was honored as an inductee into the ‘Internet Hall of Fame.’ PC World named him one of the ‘Top 50 Tech Visionaries’ of the last 50 years and InfoWorld named him one of the ‘Top 10 Innovators in E-business.’ He has received Privacy International's ‘Louis Brandeis Award,’ CPSR's ‘Norbert Weiner Award,’ the ‘EFF Pioneer Award,’ and the Chrysler Award for ‘Innovation in Design.’