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Ren Bucholz is a lawyer at Paliare Roland Barristers in Toronto, where he focuses on technology and intellectual property litigation, as well as public and constitutional law. Ren has published academic and popular articles on intellectual property, file sharing, and electronic voting. Ren held a variety of activism and international policy positions at EFF from 2001-2007. He rejoined EFF in 2008 as a Google Policy Fellow before returning to Canada to practice law.
Ryan Calo is a law professor at the University of Washington and a former director at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. You can find his published work on SSRN and follow his thoughts on privacy, robotics, and other topics on Twitter (@rcalo).
A. Michael Froomkin is a professor of law at University of Miami School of Law and an expert in Technology Law (AI, robots, internet, privacy) and Administrative Law. He maintains a personal site at http://law.tm, and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of JOTWELL - the Journal of Things We Like (Lots).
Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is active on copyright, privacy, and Internet issues and was a founder of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. He blogs at michaelgeist.ca.
James Gosling is the chief software architect at Liquid Robotics, where he spends his time writing software for the Waveglider, an autonomous ocean-going robot. He spent many years as a VP & Fellow at Sun Microsystems, where he did the original design of the Java programming language and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. He has been a contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java and researched software development tools at Sun labs while serving as Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products Group and the CTO of Sun's Client Software Group. He briefly worked for Oracle after the acquisition of Sun and spent some time at Google.
Joseph Gratz is a partner at Durie Tangri LLP, a law firm in San Francisco. Joe's practice is focused on litigating Internet-related copyright and trademark cases.
Megan Gray is a lawyer focused on Information, Internet, Innovation, and Intangibles. Within those fields, she has worked as corporate counsel, litigator, and lobbyist for startups, established companies, non-profit organizations, individuals, and trade associations. In the privacy and free speech arena, Megan has been a key player in a number of precedential matters, including the first case alleging violation of a FTC Consumer Privacy Consent Order (Google/Safari, $22.5 million settlement), the first lawsuit against a leading Internet portal for privacy violations (AquaCool v. Yahoo!), the first FTC enforcement action against online distribution of identification templates (FTC v. InfoWorld), and the first motion to quash a subpoena seeking the identity of an anonymous Internet poster (Xircom v. Doe).
Jim Griffin is based in Northern Virginia and works on IP Law and Policy for Pex. Jim co-founded the Pho List, a listserve where thousands converse daily on digital media topics with a focus on music.
David Hayes is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Fenwick & West LLP and is an expert on copyright law and digital media, software patents, open source issues, and technology transactions. He has served as counsel for a number of precedent-setting software copyright infringement cases, including Apple v. Microsoft and the Napster case.
Bernt Hugenholtz is Professor of Law at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR). He is an expert on international and European copyright law, co-author of ‘International Copyright’ (Oxford University Press, 2010) and has acted as an advisor to WIPO, the European Commission, and the European Parliament.
Jeff Jonas is founder and CEO of Senzing, the creators of real-time entity resolution solutions. Jeff is also a three-time entrepreneur, acclaimed data scientist and advocate for privacy and civil liberties. Over the course of his career, he has been at the forefront of solving some of the world’s most complex big data problems for companies and governments. Jeff has taken on many high-profile challenges, including identifying potential terrorists, detecting fraudulent behavior in casinos, connecting loved ones after a natural disaster, and modernizing voter registration systems. In a National Geographic profile, Jeff was recognized as the Wizard of Big Data.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a Poetician. She co-founded the political movements the Civic Movement in 2009 and the Pirate Party in 2013 and served both as a parliamentarian in the Icelandic Parliament, the latter polling as the largest party in Iceland for a full year. In 2010 her parliamentary resolution tasking the government with transforming Iceland into a Digital Save Haven inspired by a lecture in Iceland in 2008 by the late John Parry Barlow was unanimously adopted in the parliament. She simultaneously founded and served as a chairman for IMMI (International Modern Media Institute). The creation of the IMMI laws is ongoing as the current Prime Minister of Iceland has pledged to fulfill the aims of the resolution. Birgitta inspired the Icelandic Parliament to put together a Committee for the Future and served at the IPU (international Parliamentary Union) in the committee for human rights for parliamentarians. Birgitta co-produced Collateral Murder and worked closely with WikiLeaks during the Chelsea Manning era. Birgitta specializes is 21st century policymaking with focus on direct democracy, freedom of expression, information and digital privacy.
Mitch Kapor is one of EFF's founders as well as the founder of the Lotus Development Corporation. He’s the co-Chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and an active impact investor.
Tadayoshi Kohno is a Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he is also the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. He has adjunct appointments in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the School of Information, and the School of Law. His research focuses on helping protect the security, privacy, and safety of users of current and future generation technologies. Kohno is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Technology Review TR-35 Young Innovator Award, and the Golden Goose Award. Kohno has authored more than a dozen award papers, has presented his research to the U.S. House of Representatives, had his research profiled in the NOVA ScienceNOW “Can Science Stop Crime?” documentary and the NOVA “CyberWar Threat” documentary, and is a past chair of the USENIX Security Symposium. Kohno is the co-author of the book Cryptography Engineering, co-editor of the anthology Telling Stories, and author of the novella Our Reality. Kohno co-directs the University of Washington Computer Security & Privacy Research Lab and the Tech Policy Lab. Kohno was a founding member of the National Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience and is currently a member of the USENIX Security Steering Committee. Kohno received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego.
Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor at Stanford Law School and is director of the Stanford Center for Law, Science and Technology. He is the author of several books and over 190 articles and has testified before Congress and the FTC on patent, antitrust, and constitutional law matters. He is a partner at Durie Tangri.
Christopher Lewis is President and CEO at Public Knowledge, a digital rights nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote free expression online, an open internet, and affordable access to communications technology and creative works. Prior to being elevated to President and CEO, Chris served as PK’s Vice President from 2012 to 2019 where he led the organization’s day-to-day advocacy and political strategy on Capitol Hill and at government agencies. During that time he also served as a local elected official, serving two terms on the Alexandria City Public School Board. Before joining Public Knowledge, Chris worked in the Federal Communications Commission Office of Legislative Affairs, including as its Deputy Director. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer and has almost two decades of political organizing, campaign, and advocacy experience. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government and lives in Alexandria, VA.
Eben Moglen is Executive Director of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School. Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society. Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.
Thomas E. Moore III has practiced law in Palo Alto continuously since 1984, representing individuals and start-up to mid-size technology companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. Tom is a member of Royse Law Firm, PC, which provides sophisticated, yet affordable, legal services to a variety of Silicon Valley clients. Tom has collaborated with EFF on a variety of projects beginning in January 2000 with the DVD Copy Control Association’s case against Andrew Bunner. Since then, he has defended the rights of on-line journalists, argued that famous trademarks do not hold a monopoly on ordinary English words and helped to explain how IP addresses can reveal important information about person’s movements and associations. Most recently, Tom has joined EFF in its efforts to curtail the government’s mass surveillance of the American public. He is a graduate of Stanford, and he received his law degree from U.C. Berkeley.
Deirdre Mulligan is an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Professor Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. She was previously a clinical professor of law and the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic.
Jumana Musa is a human rights attorney and racial justice activist. She is currently the Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. As director, Ms. Musa oversees NACDL's initiative to build a new, more durable Fourth Amendment legal doctrine for the digital age. The Fourth Amendment Center educates the defense bar on privacy challenges in the digital age, provides a dynamic toolkit of resources to help lawyers identify opportunities to challenge government surveillance, and establishes a tactical litigation support network to assist in key cases. Ms. Musa previously served as NACDL's Sr. Privacy and National Security Counsel. Prior to joining NACDL, Ms. Musa served as a policy consultant for the Southern Border Communities Coalition, a coalition of over 60 groups across the southwest that address militarization and brutality by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in border communities. Previously, she served as Deputy Director for the Rights Working Group, a national coalition of civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, and immigrant rights advocates where she coordinated the “Face the Truth” campaign against racial profiling. She was also the Advocacy Director for Domestic Human Rights and International Justice at Amnesty International USA, where she addressed the domestic and international impact of U.S. counterterrorism efforts on human rights. She was one of the first human rights attorneys allowed to travel to the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and served as Amnesty International's legal observer at military commission proceedings on the base.
Mike Nelson directs the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decisionmakers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Carnegie, he started the global public policy office for Cloudflare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 10 million websites around the world. Nelson has also served as a principal technology policy strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and before that was a senior technology and telecommunications analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University.
Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was director of internet technology and strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s next generation internet strategy. He has served as chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves as a trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. In 1993, he joined Vice President Al Gore at the White House and worked with President Bill Clinton’s science adviser on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.
Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, voting rights, veterans and military families, and other civic and social justice causes. He founded craigslist, now one of the world’s most-visited websites, in 1995; Craig has continued to work in customer service to stay connected to the community of craigslist users. Craig was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013, and the following year he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation. In 2015, craigslist received an award from the FBI in recognition of its undisclosed cooperation with the Bureau in combatting human trafficking. A year later, he created the Craig Newmark Foundation to promote investment in organizations that effectively serve their communities and drive broad civic engagement at the grassroots level. Amid growing concerns about the proliferation of “fake news” in the course of the presidential campaign, one of the foundation’s first donations went to the Poynter Institute to create the Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics. He became a founding funder and executive committee member of the News Integrity Initiative in 2017. The NII is administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and seeks to advance news literacy and increase trust in journalism. In addition, Craig currently serves on the board of directors of a range of nonprofits including journalism, veterans, and women's organizations.
Michael Page is a retired IP litigator and mediator. Michael was a partner at Keker & Van Nest and then Durie Tangri, representing numerous technology companies and individuals, and now lives in San Francisco with his partner Stacey Wexler and their faithful pup Hamilton.
Abigail Phillips is a lawyer at DuckDuckGo focusing on Internet and privacy law and policy. A highlight among past roles was a turn as Senior Staff Attorney at EFF. Abigail has also held positions as Head of Legal for Mozilla Foundation and copyright product and policy lead for Yahoo. She was the Berkman Center for Internet & Society's first webmaster and has been passionate about tech policy issues ever since.
Rainey Reitman is a civil liberties advocate and writer. From 2018-2022, she served as the Chief Program Officer of EFF, where she focused on organizational development and the day-to-day management of EFF's programmatic work. From 2010-2018, Reitman served as the Activism Director for EFF, overseeing campaigns such as the very first Tor Challenge, flying a blimp over the NSA data center in Utah, EFF's participation in the SOPA blackout, and the march on Washington to end mass surveillance. Reitman is a board member and co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. She, along with co-founders Daniel Ellsberg, Trevor Timm, and J.P. Barlow, received the 2013 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Journalism. She is also a board member of the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. Reitman was a co-founder and steering committee member for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, a network of individuals and organizations that advocated for the release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Previously, Reitman served as Director of Communications for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit advocacy and education organization promoting consumer privacy. Currently, Reitman facilitates retreats and consults on strategy, management, and leadership through Groundwork Strategy. Find her at @raineyreitman.
Barbara Simons is on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. She was a member of the workshop, convened at the request of President Clinton, that produced a report critical of Internet Voting in 2001. She also co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of DoD’s Internet voting project (SERVE) because of security concerns. Simons, a former ACM President, co-chaired the ACM study of statewide databases of registered voters, and she co-authored the League of Women Voters report on election auditing. She is co-authoring a book on voting machines with Doug Jones. Simons is retired from IBM Research.
Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is a Senior Policy Advisor at Hogan Lovells. He is also the founder of TeachPrivacy, a company that provides privacy and data security training programs to businesses, schools, healthcare institutions, and other organizations. Professor Solove served as co-reporter of the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law, Data Privayc. Professor Solove is the author of several books, including: Breached!: Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It (Oxford University Press, 2022), Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale University Press 2011), Understanding Privacy (Harvard University Press 2008), The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press 2007), and The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU Press 2004). Professor Solove is also the author of several textbooks, including Information Privacy Law, Privacy Law Fundamentals, Privacy, Information, and Technology, and others (all with Paul M. Schwartz). He has written more than 50 law review articles in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, NYU Law Review, Michigan Law Review, U. Pennsylvania Law Review, U. Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and many others. Professor Solove blogs at LinkedIn as one of its “thought leaders,” and he has more than 1 million followers.
Brad Templeton is Chairman Emeritus of EFF, after two decades of service on the board of directors. He is currently working to assure that EFF stays ahead of the curve on the civil rights implications of emerging and future technologies.
He founded ClariNet Communications Corp., the first Internet-based business. ClariNet published an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers machines. He has been active in the Internet community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days, and in 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world's most widely read computerized conference on that network, and today the world's longest running blog. He has founded two software companies and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products.
He is track chair for computing and networks at Singularity University, a multi-disciplinary school of rapidly changing technology, and was among the founding faculty. He writes and researches the future of automated transportation at Robocars.com and worked for two years on Google's team building these cars. He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute (A nonprofit Nanotech think-tank) and technical advisor to delivery robot company Starship Technologies, Deepen, Nimbus, DeepMap and others. He is also a well known photographer and artist at Burning Man, and a popular speaker at international events on cars, online rights and other topics.
Michael Traynor is President Emeritus of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and Senior Counsel at Cobalt LLP in Berkeley.
Tarah Wheeler is an information security executive, social scientist in the area of international conflict, author, and poker player. She is CEO of information security consultancy Red Queen Technologies, and a Cyber Project Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University‘s Kennedy School of Government. She is an International Security Fellow at New America leading a new international cybersecurity capacity building project with the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative and a US/UK Fulbright Scholar in Cyber Security. She is an Electronic Frontier Foundation advisory board member, an inaugural contributing cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post, the Brookings Institution’s contributing cybersecurity editor, and a Foreign Policy contributor on cyber warfare. She is the author of the best-selling Women In Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level With Practical Advice And Inspiring Stories. She has been Head of Offensive Security & Technical Data Privacy at Splunk & Senior Director of Engineering and Principal Security Advocate at Symantec Website Security. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios (Halo and Lips) and architected systems at encrypted mobile communications firm Silent Circle. She has spoken on information security at the European Union, at the Malaysian Securities Commission, for Foreign Policy, the OECD and FTC, at universities such as Stanford, American, West Point, and Oxford, and multiple governmental and industry conferences. She has two cashes and $4722 in lifetime earnings in the World Series of Poker. Reach her at @tarah.
Richard Wiebe is a San Francisco lawyer with his own law practice, handling civil appeals as well as trial court litigation on a broad array of topics. Rick also works as outside counsel with EFF on lawsuits protecting civil liberties and individual rights in the digital world, and has done so since 2001. These lawsuits address a wide variety of public policy issues, including balancing intellectual property rights with the public interest and freedom of expression, protecting First Amendment rights of individuals and journalists, protecting individual privacy against government surveillance, and protecting voting rights.
Ethan Zuckerman is associate professor of public policy, information and communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and director of the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure. His research focuses on the use of media as a tool for social change, the use of new media technologies by activists and alternative business and governance models for the internet. He is the author of Mistrust: How Losing Trust in Institutions Provides Tools to Transform Them (2021) and Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (2013). With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community Global Voices. It showcases news and opinions from citizen media in more than 150 nations and 30 languages, publishing editions in 20 languages. Previously, Zuckerman directed the Center for Civic Media at MIT and taught at the MIT Media Lab. In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer organization that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously, he helped found Tripod.com, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. He and his family live in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts.