Christopher L. Eisgruber became president of Princeton University in 2013 after serving for nine years as the University’s provost. He was the second-longest serving provost in the University’s history and played a central role in many key initiatives, including broadening Princeton’s international initiatives for students and faculty; increasing the diversity of the campus; and guiding Princeton’s entry into the online learning movement. A 1983 Princeton graduate, he is an authority on constitutional theory and legal philosophy. He has been a member of Princeton’s faculty since 2001 and served as the director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs before being named provost. He is the author of numerous articles in a wide range of publications, from Supreme Court Review and Legal Theory to The New York Times and The Washington Post. His most recent books are "Religious Freedom and the Constitution" (with Lawrence Sager) and "The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process."
Master of Ceremonies
Cecilia Elena Rouse is the dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and professor of economics and public affairs. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and is currently a senior editor of The Future of Children. She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 1998-99 she served a year in the White House at the National Economic Council and from 2009 to 2011 she served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, internet-based products and services from Google. Cerf also served at MCI, Inc., the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), and as a member of the Stanford University faculty. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-inventor of the architecture and basic protocols of the internet. In Dec. 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the internet protocols. The Turing Award is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In Nov. 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize. Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (CANN) from 2000 to 2007 and as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992 to 1995, and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the board. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new internet protocol. Cerf also served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry boards and committees focused on cybersecurity and other topics. Cerf has received numerous other awards and commendations, nationally and internationally, in connection with his work on the internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, the Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Medal of Science from Tunisia. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the ACM, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at the University of Southern California, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Hasso Platner Institute, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made distinguished fellow of the British Computer Society. In Dec. 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People." Cerf holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Stanford University and master's and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from UCLA. He has received 20 honorary degrees.
Roger Dingledine is project leader for The Tor Project, a U.S. nonprofit working on anonymity research and development. While at MIT he developed Free Haven, one of the early peer-to-peer systems that emphasized resource management while maintaining anonymity for its users. He works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the U.S. Navy, Voice of America, the National Science Foundation and other organizations to design and develop systems for anonymity and traffic analysis resistance. He organizes academic conferences on anonymity, speaks at such events as Blackhat, Defcon, Toorcon and the Chaos Communication Congress, and also does tutorials on anonymity for national and foreign law enforcement. Dingledine was honored in 2006 as one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine.
Neelie Kroes currently is special advisor to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a board member of Salesforce, and chairs the Public Policy Advisory Board of Uber. Previously, Kroes was special envoy for startups in the Netherlands and headed the StartupDelta initiative that boosts the Dutch startup ecosystem and aims to place it among the top three ranked competitive ecosystems in Europe. Before that, Kroes served 11 years as EU commissioner, the first term as EU commissioner for competition policy and the second term as commissioner in charge of the digital agenda for Europe. The last term she was also vice president of the European Commission. Before the European Commission, Kroes was president of Nyenrode University from 1991 to 2000 and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo and P&O Nedlloyd. From 1982 to 1989 she served as minister for transport, public works and telecommunication in the Netherlands. She is an international advocate for the position of women in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship.
Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. In this role Smith is responsible for the company’s corporate, external and legal affairs. He leads a team of more than 1,300 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 55 countries. These teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance and social responsibility work. He is also Microsoft’s chief compliance officer. Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues, including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, and before becoming general counsel in 2002 he spent three years leading the Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) team in Europe, then five years serving as the deputy general counsel responsible for LCA’s teams outside the United States. Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments around the world and with companies across the IT sector. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on government surveillance, privacy, intellectual property, immigration and computer science education policy issues. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He has played a leadership role locally and nationally on numerous charitable, business and legal initiatives. In 2013 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. In 2014, The New York Times called Smith “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.” In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic and legal organizations and in the broader technology industry. In March 2015, Smith joined the Netflix board of directors. He also works to advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, serving as chair of the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and as chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In addition, Smith chairs the board of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program, at the appointment of the governor. Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer), and graduated summa cum laude with a concentration in international relations and economics. He earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was an associate and then partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. He can be followed on Twitter: @BradSmi
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Richard Allan joined Facebook in June 2009 to lead the company’s public policy work in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Allan works on a broad portfolio of issues including privacy, online child safety, freedom of expression, e-commerce regulation and public sector uses of social media. Allan also appears regularly in the media as a spokesman for Facebook in Europe. Prior to joining Facebook, Allan was European government affairs director for Cisco from September 2005 and had been an academic visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute. From 2008 to 2009 Allan was chair of the UK Cabinet Office’s Power of Information Task Force, working on improving the use of government data. Allan was an elected member of the UK Parliament between 1997 and 2005, and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010. In the early part of his career Allan was an archaeologist and created software for the UK’s National Health Service — he remains equally fond of Latin and SQL.
Andrew W. Appel is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. He served as department chair from 2009 to 2015. His research is in software verification, computer security, programming languages and compilers, voting machines and technology policy. He received his bachelor's degree in physics, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981, and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. He has been editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems and is a fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). He has worked on fast N-body algorithms (1980s), Standard ML of New Jersey (1990s), Foundational Proof-Carrying Code (2000s) and the Verified Software Toolchain (2010s).
Fátima Barros is a professor of economics and, since May 2012, she is the head of the Portuguese National Regulatory Authority for Communications. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from CORE, Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the Catholic University of Portugal. Prior to this appointment she was the dean of Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics (2004-2012) where she has held a professor position since 1992 and teaches in the master's of science in management and MBA programs. She has several publications in leading international scientific journals in regulation, competition and contract theory. Until May 2012, she was a board member of several international academic and business institutions. Barros was chair of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) in 2015 and vice chair in 2014 and 2016.
Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Later that year, she became CNBC's media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC's Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. In addition, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, "Stay Tuned…The Future of TV." In 2013 Boorstin launched CNBC's "Disruptor 50" list, which she has reported every year since then, highlighting companies across industries that are using technology to disrupt the status quo. Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine, where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000, covering a wide range of stories on everything from media companies to retail to business trends. During that time, she was also a contributor to "Street Life," a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News. In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the "TJFR 30 under 30" list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of State's delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and for Vice President Gore's domestic policy office. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian. Follow Julia Boorstin on Twitter: @jboorstin
Julie Brill is a partner at Hogan Lovells, and co-director of the firm's privacy and cybersecurity practice. Brill served as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission from April 6, 2010 to March 31, 2016. Brill was named “the Commission’s most important voice on internet privacy and data security issues” and a “key regulator not just on a national, but also on an international, stage” as well as “one of the top minds in online privacy,” one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate,” and a “game-changer.” Brill has received numerous national awards for her work, including the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Leader of the Year Award, and the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award. Brill was elected to the American Law Institute. Prior to serving as commissioner of the FTC, Brill served as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont for over 20 years. She also was a lecturer-in-law at Columbia University’s School of Law. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, her scholarship explores the intersection of the cultures of hacking and politics, with a focus on the sociopolitical implications of the free software movement and the digital protest ensemble Anonymous. She has authored two books, "Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking" (Princeton University Press, 2012) and "Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous" (Verso, 2014), which was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and was awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize by the American Anthropological Association. Her work has been featured in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes. Committed to public ethnography, she routinely presents her work to diverse audiences, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and has written for popular media outlets, including The New York Times, Slate, Wired, MIT Technology Review, The Huffington Post, and The Atlantic. She sits on the boards of Equalitie, The Tor Project, and the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
David Dobkin is Princeton University's Phillip Y. Goldman '86 Professor in Computer Science, a professorship that was created through a gift from his former student and WebTV Networks founder Phillip Goldman. Dobkin studied electrical engineering and mathematics at MIT and received master’s and doctoral degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1971 and 1973. He joined the Princeton faculty as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science in 1981 after teaching at Yale University and the University of Arizona. He became a professor of computer science when the department was formed in 1985, and he served as chair of the department from 1994 to 2003. He was dean of Princeton’s faculty from 2003 to 2014. He received the Engineering Council's teaching award in 1990, is a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright grant. His research focuses on the interface between computational geometry and computer graphics. He has been an adviser and visiting researcher at companies such as Bell Labs, AT&T Research and Xerox, as well as the governments of Denmark, Israel and Singapore. He also has served on the executive committee of the National Science Foundation's Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, as well as the foundation's Geometry Center. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals.
Martin Eifert is a professor at the Law School of Humboldt-University in Berlin, holding the chair of public law, specifically administrative law. He joined the faculty in 2012. Before this position, he was a professor of public law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen from 2005 to 2012. He is dean of studies of the law faculty and co-editor of the Archiv des öffentlichen Rechts journal. His main research interests include constitutional and administrative law, media law, information and data protection law, regulation, law and innovation, and environmental law. Selected publications include Eifert/Püschel (eds.), National Electronic Government, 2004; Eifert, Electronic Government, 2008; Bieber/Eifert/Groß/Lamla (eds.), Soziale Netze in der digitalen Welt [social networks in the digital world], 2009; Conceptualizing Administrative Law, in: Pünder/Waldhoff (eds.), Debates in German Public Law, 2014; Autonomie und Sozialität: Schwierigkeiten rechtlicher Konzeptionalisierung ihres Wechselspiels am Beispiel der informationellen Selbstbestimmung [autonomy and sociality: the challenge of conceptualizing their interrelationship, exemplified with regard to the right of informational self-determination], in: Bumke/Röthel, Autonomie im Netz 2016.
Niva Elkin-Koren is the founding director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) and the former dean of the University of Haifa's Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on the legal institutions that facilitate private and public control over the production and dissemination of information. She is currently focusing on studying the legal challenges arising from crowd management, exploring the changing nature of online intermediaries and developing a comprehensive approach to user rights under copyright law. She is the co-author of "The Limits of Analysis: Law and Economics of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age" (2012) and "Law, Economics and Cyberspace: The Effects of Cyberspace on the Economic Analysis of Law" (2004). She is the co-editor of "Law and Information Technology" (2011) and "The Commodification of Information" (2002). Elkin-Koren received her LL.B. from Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1989, her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1991, and her S..J.D from Stanford Law School in 1995.
Nick Feamster is a professor in the computer science department at Princeton University and the acting director of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security and censorship-resistant communication systems. In Dec. 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 "Top Young Innovators Under 35" award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize, and award papers at the SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (measuring web performance bottlenecks), SIGCOMM (network-level behavior of spammers), the Network Systems Design and Implementation conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security (circumventing web censorship using Infranet) and Usenix Security (web cookie analysis).
Edward Felten is a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, and is the founding director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about 80 papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at freedom-to-tinker.com, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law and policy. He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified in other important lawsuits. He has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of 50 worldwide science and technology leaders.
Eszter Hargittai is professor in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, where she heads the media use and society division continuing to direct the "Web Use Project." She is also a fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Hargittai's research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's web-use skills influence what they do online. Her work has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. In 2010, the International Communication Association selected her to receive its Outstanding Young Scholar Award. In addition to her academic articles, her work has also been featured in numerous popular media outlets including The New York Times, BBC, CNNfn, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and many others. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Dan David Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Nokia, Google and Facebook, among others. Hargittai is editor of "Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have" (University of Michigan Press, 2009), which presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at doing empirical social science research, and co-editor (with Christian Sandvig) of "Digital Research Confidential" (The MIT Press, 2015), which presents more behind-the-scenes experiences of social scientific research in the digital age. She writes an academic career advice column at Inside Higher Ed called Ph.Do.
Jeanette Hofmann, a political scientist, heads the project group The Internet Policy Field at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She is also one of the founding directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. Hofmann is jointly appointed professor of internet politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She was a member of the Enquete Commission on Internet and Digital Society of the German Bundestag from 2010 to 2013. Hofmann’s latest publications focus on conceptualizing internet governance, the emergence of internet politics as a new policy domain in Germany and the role of trust in the global regulation of the internet.
Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate as well as occasional pieces on culture and consumer electronics. He is the author of "The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War" (which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist), "1959: The Year Everything Changed," "Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power," and "The Wizards of Armageddon." He also served as a former staff reporter for The Boston Globe, having been its military correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and New York bureau chief. A regular writer on jazz and hi-fi for Stereophile, he has also written on a variety of subjects for The New York Times, New York magazine, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Scientific American and others. A long time ago, he was the foreign and defense policy adviser to Rep. Les Aspin. He graduated from Oberlin College and has a Ph.D. in political science from MIT. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by C. Dronsfield)
Robert K. Knake is the Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His work focuses on internet governance, public-private partnerships, and cyber conflict. Knake served from 2011 to 2015 as director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council. In this role, he was responsible for the development of presidential policy on cybersecurity, and built and managed federal processes for cyber incident response and vulnerability management. Federal Computer Week dubbed him the “White House’s Cyber Wizard” for his work on Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which directed the creation of the National Institute of Standards & Technology Cybersecurity Framework. He worked to establish presidential policy that created the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center and Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations. A frequent writer and speaker on cybersecurity, he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post and appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has testified before Congress on the problem of attribution in cyberspace and written and lectured extensively on cybersecurity policy. Knake is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and a senior advisor to the machine learning company Context Relevant. He holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School and undergraduate degrees in history and government from Connecticut College, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Susan Landau works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law and policy. Her insights on encryption policy, law enforcement requirements for embedding surveillance within communication infrastructures and securing private-sector telecommunications have deeply influenced policymakers and scholars. Landau's book, "Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies" (The MIT Press), won the 2012 Surveillance Studies Book Prize, while "Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption" (The MIT Press), co-authored with Whitfield Diffie, won the 1998 Donald McGannon Communication Policy Research Award, and the 1999 IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession (revised edition, 2007). Landau has testified to Congress, written for The Washington Post, Science, and Scientific American and frequently appeared on NPR and BBC. Professor of Cybersecurity Policy in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and visiting professor in computer science at University College London, Landau has been a senior staff privacy analyst at Google, a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems and a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Wesleyan University. Landau was inducted into the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame in 2015. She was a 2012 Guggenheim fellow, a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award; she is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Timothy B. Lee is a senior correspondent at Vox.com, where he covers technology and economics. He previously covered technology policy for The Washington Post and Ars Technica. He holds a master's degree in computer science from Princeton University. Follow him on Twitter: @binarybits
Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on technology, intellectual property and culture. He is a director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and professor of law and innovation at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School and Harvard Law and has published a number of books and journal articles. He is currently a Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University´s School of International and Public Affairs. He has served as the project lead of Creative Commons Brazil since 2003. He is a non-resident visiting scholar with the MIT Media Lab and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University´s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) in 2011 and 2012. Lemos is a founder of Overmundo, for which he received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category of digital communities. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil, a law enacted in 2014 regulating the internet in Brazil, protecting civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. He is a member of the Council for Social Communication in Congress, a governmental body created by the Brazilian Constitution to deal with matters related to communication, media and freedom of expression. Lemos writes weekly to Folha de S.Paulo, the largest national newspaper in Brazil. He hosts a TV show focused on innovation at Globonews, a cable news channel, and has contributed to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper's Bazaar and Bravo!. In 2015 he was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2016 he was appointed a fellow with Ashoka. Lemos serves as a board member in various organizations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and Access Now.
John Markoff joined The New York Times in March of 1988 as a reporter for the paper's business section, and worked for the Times until the end of 2016. He most recently wrote for the Times from San Francisco where he covered Silicon Valley, computers and technology issues. At the Times he broke the story identifying Robert Tappan Morris as the author of the 1988 internet worm that crashed thousands of computers. He wrote frequently on technology policy issues and he also broke the story of the Clinton Administration's plan to introduce the "Clipper" chip surveillance system. He came to the Times from the San Francisco Examiner where he worked for three and a half years. He has written about the field of technology since 1977. From 1984 to 1985 he was West Coast editor for Byte magazine and from 1981 to 1983 he was a reporter and an editor at Infoworld. From 1983 to 1985 he wrote a column on personal computers for the San Jose Mercury. In 1988 he received the Software Publishers Association's award for best news reporting. Markoff grew up in Palo Alto, California and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He attended graduate school at the University of Oregon. Markoff is the co-author with Lennie Siegel of "The High Cost of High Tech," published in 1985 by Harper & Row. More recently he co-authored "Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier," (Simon & Schuster, 1991, with Katie Hafner), "Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America’s Most Wanted Computer Criminal" (with Tsutomu Shimomura, 1995), "What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry" (2005), and "Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest For Common Ground Between Humans and Robots" (2015). He is married and lives in San Francisco, California.
Margaret Martonosi is the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She also holds an affiliated faculty appointment in Princeton Electrical Engineering. From 2005-2007, she served as associate dean for academic affairs for the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2011, she served as acting director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). During the 2015-16 academic year, she served as a Jefferson Science Fellow within the U.S. Department of State, and she currently continues that work in a part-time advisory role. Martonosi's research interests are in computer architecture and mobile computing, with particular focus on power-efficient systems. Her work has included the development of the Wattch power modeling tool and the Princeton ZebraNet mobile sensor network project for the design and real-world deployment of zebra tracking collars in Kenya. Her current research focuses on hardware-software interface approaches to manage heterogeneous parallelism and power-performance tradeoffs in systems ranging from smartphones to chip multiprocessors to large-scale data centers. Martonosi is a fellow of both IEEE and ACM. Her notable awards include the 2010 Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award, the 2013 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, the 2013 Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award, the 2015 Marie Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award, and the 2015 ISCA Long-Term Influential Paper Award. Martonosi is an author of the three papers that have the highest citation counts in the history of three different major publication venues: ISCA, ASPLOS and HPCA (according to Microsoft Academic Search data from 2015). In addition to many archival publications, Martonosi is an inventor on seven granted U.S. patents and has co-authored two technical reference books on power-aware computer architecture. She serves on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and is an emeritus member of CRA-W. Martonosi completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University and also holds a master's degree from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, all in electrical engineering.
Paul Misener is Amazon.com’s vice president for global innovation policy and communications. An Amazon veteran of 17 years, Misener served as the company’s vice president for global public policy from February 2000 to May 2016. Both an engineer and attorney (B.S., electrical engineering and computer science, Princeton University, 1985; JD, George Mason University, 1993 and Distinguished Achievement Award, 2001), Misener advocates Amazon’s culture of customer-focused innovation; serves as Amazon’s most senior policy spokesperson worldwide; and guides development of Amazon’s global public policy positions. He has testified before the U.S. Congress over 30 times and frequently before other policymaking bodies around the world. Formerly a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Misener also served as the senior legal advisor to Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Previously, he was Intel’s manager of telecommunications and computer technology policy and, in the mid-1990s, led the computer industry’s Internet Access Coalition, which included Intel, Microsoft and IBM. In the late 1980s, after helping to design and evaluate advanced radio communications systems at the Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center (ECAC), Misener was a public policy specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and was a U.S. delegate to several conferences of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In 2013, he chaired the technical subcommittee of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory committee that recommended allowing airplane passengers to use portable electronics during takeoff and landing. He is an inventor named in two patents. Misener serves on the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council; the board of the Public Affairs Council; the advisory board for Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy; and the board of the Partnership Fund for the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where he also chairs the Corporate Advisory Board. He is a certified meet official for Potomac Valley Swimming (USA Swimming) and serves as a meet referee and starter in both the Virginia High School League (part of the National Federation of State High School Associations) and the Northern Virginia Swimming League.
Prateek Mittal is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Prior to joining Princeton University, he was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley from 2012 to 2013. His research aims to build secure and privacy-preserving communication systems. His research interests include the domains of privacy enhancing technologies, trustworthy social systems and internet/network security. His research draws on techniques from computer networks and distributed systems, large-scale machine learning, complex networks/network science and applied cryptography. His work has influenced the design of several widely used anonymity systems. He is the recipient of several awards, including the NSF CAREER award, Google Faculty Research award, the M.E. Van Valkenburg research award and outstanding paper awards at ACM CCS and ASIACCS.
Mathias Müller von Blumencron has been a leader in developing and producing quality online journalism in Germany. He is currently editor-in-chief of Digital Media at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Prior to this position, he was co-editor-in-chief of DER SPIEGEL and was responsible for the rapid development of SPIEGEL ONLINE into the leading German-language news site. Mathias began his journalism career in 1988 and worked for several German business magazines before he joined DER SPIEGEL in 1992. Following several years covering Germany, he spent time in the U.S. as a foreign correspondent in Washington and New York before returning to Germany in 2000 to build SPIEGEL ONLINE. Mathias has a law degree and studied business administration and law in St. Gallen, Hamburg and Kiel. He was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance from 2014 until 2016, an international group headed by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt that developed policy recommendations for maintaining an open, secure and trustworthy internet.
Nuala O’Connor is the president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a global nonprofit committed to advancing our digital rights. She is a vocal advocate for harnessing the potential of the internet and emerging technologies to increase equality, amplify voices and promote human rights. At CDT, O'Connor leads a diverse team that is driving policy solutions that advance the rights of the individual in the digital age. Her experience working in the federal government, multinational corporations, tech startups and noted law firms informs her innovative and collaborative leadership approach.
Julia Pohle is a senior researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Her research focuses on internet policy and global communication governance. Pohle holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a master's in cultural studies and computer science from Humboldt Universität Berlin. She currently serves as a member of the steering committees of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D). In 2014-15, Pohle was a fellow of the Global Governance Futures Program (GGF) where she contributed to the working group on global internet governance. (Photo by M. Erfurt)
Joel R. Reidenberg is the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law at Fordham University where he directs the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy. Reidenberg was Princeton’s inaugural Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy. He has continued at Princeton as a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy and as a visiting lecturer on cybersecurity law and policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. He has also previously taught at the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne and the Institut d'etudes Politques de Paris. Reidenberg publishes regularly on both information privacy and on information technology law and policy. He is a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor to the ALI’s Principles of Law of Data Privacy project. Reidenberg has served as an expert adviser to the U.S. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and the World Intellectual Property Organization. At Fordham, Reidenberg previously served as the University’s associate vice president for academic affairs and, prior to his academic career, he was an associate at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Reidenberg is a graduate of Dartmouth College, earned a J.D. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in law from the Université de Paris –Sorbonne. He is admitted to the State Bar Associations of New York and the District of Columbia.
Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering, professor of computer science and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton in 2005, she worked for eight years at AT&T Labs—Research. Rexford received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1991, and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is co-author of the book "Web Protocols and Practice" (Addison-Wesley, May 2001). She served as the chair of ACM SIGCOMM from 2003 to 2007. Rexford was the 2004 winner of ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional. She is an ACM fellow (2008) and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2013) and the National Academy of Engineering (2014).
Matthew Salganik is professor of sociology at Princeton University, and he is affiliated with several of Princeton's interdisciplinary research centers: the Office for Population Research, the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. His research interests include social networks and computational social science. He is the author of the forthcoming book "Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age." One main area of his research has focused on developing network-based statistical methods for studying populations most at risk for HIV/AIDS. A second main area of work has been using the World Wide Web to collect and analyze social data in innovative ways. Salganik's research has been published in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sociological Methodology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. His papers have won the Outstanding Article Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Outstanding Statistical Application Award from the American Statistical Association. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The New Yorker. Salganik's research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Facebook and Google. During sabbaticals from Princeton, he has been a Visiting Professor at Cornell Tech.
Renate Samson has been the chief executive of Big Brother Watch since November 2014. Prior to joining the organization, she was chief of staff to Right Honorable David Davis MP, with whom she worked for five years, predominantly on his civil liberties campaigns. Before working in politics, Samson produced and directed television documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Sky and other international broadcasters. Samson has a particular interest in connected technologies and the impact digital citizenry has on society.
David E. Sanger is national security correspondent for The New York Times and best-selling author of "Confront and Conceal." He writes compelling front-page analyses from both the White House and around the globe that expose and explain the complex events of our time. A 30-year veteran of The New York Times and a regular guest on CBS' Face the Nation, Sanger has become known as one of the nation’s most lucid analysts of geopolitics, national security and globalization. His years as a foreign correspondent give him a unique view into the rise of Asia, nuclear proliferation, global competition and a volatile Middle East. Sanger's national best-seller, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power," is a riveting analysis of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, including its covert reliance on cyberwarfare, drones and special operations forces. The book sent shockwaves around the globe. Foreign Affairs called it an “astonishingly revealing insider’s account.” His previous best-seller, "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power," is an in-depth examination of American foreign policy successes and failures. TIME called it a "behind-the-scenes account...laced with scoops and secret conversations about a world spinning out of America's control." Sanger has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Times. His coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises took home the Weintal Prize, one of the highest honors for diplomatic reporting. He also won the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman prize for his presidential coverage. Early in his career, Sanger covered technology and economics, before turning to foreign policy. Over the years, he has focused on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the rise and fall of Japan, and China as an emerging marketplace. Later, he covered domestic and foreign policy issues as the Times’ White House correspondent from 1999 to 2006 and the NSA and cybersecurity as the current national security correspondent. Sanger’s articulate style has made him a regular on a variety of radio and television programs, including PBS’ Washington Week and Charlie Rose. Sanger teaches national security policy as a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Harvard Kennedy School.
Richard Stengel served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2014-2016. He was Time magazine’s 16th managing editor and has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist. At Time, he held positions as senior writer and essayist, and national editor. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New Republic, Spy, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. He has written a number of books including a collaboration with Nelson Mandela on Mandela’s autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom." Stengel was the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center (2004-2006). He was named the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center in December 2016. While at the Shorenstein Center, he will lead a series of study groups on government and the press. In January 2017, Snap Inc. hired Stengel as a strategic advisor.
Björn Scheuermann is a professor and chair of computer engineering at Humboldt University of Berlin. He holds a bachelor's in mathematics and computer science, a diploma degree (German master's equivalent) and a Ph.D. in computer science. After a junior professorship for mobile networks at the University of Düsseldorf and positions as associate professor first in the field of telematics at the University of Würzburg and later in IT security at the University of Bonn, Scheuermann joined Humboldt University as a full professor in Oct. 2012. Since 2016, he is the head of Humboldt University's computer science department. The focus of his scientific work is on performance, design and security aspects of communication networks, including, for instance, networks between cars or tooling machines, privacy-preserving communication and network hardware design. (Photo by WISTA Management GmbH)
Barbara van Schewick is a professor of law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and associate professor (by courtesy) of electrical engineering in Stanford University’s department of electrical engineering. Van Schewick’s research on the economic, regulatory and strategic implications of communication networks bridges law, networking and economics. This work has made her a leading expert on network neutrality. Her book, "Internet Architecture and Innovation," (The MIT Press 2010; paperback 2012) is considered to be the seminal work on the science, economics and policy of network neutrality. Her papers on network neutrality have influenced regulatory debates in the United States, Canada and Europe and have been cited by academics, stakeholders, regulatory agencies and other public entities worldwide. The FCC’s Open Internet Order, which adopted network neutrality rules in the U.S. for the first time, relied heavily on her work. Van Schewick’s ideas have influenced reports on network neutrality and quality of service by the European Group of Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). The German Commission of Experts on Research and Innovation, a commission established by the German government to provide scientific policy advice on these issues, adopted van Schewick’s recommendations on network neutrality and quality of service in its 2011 report to the German government and recommended the adoption of network neutrality rules based on her work. Van Schewick has testified before the FCC in en banc hearings and official workshops, co-authored amicus briefs defending the FCC’s Order against Comcast and the FCC’s Open Internet Order and submitted white papers, ex parte letters and comments to network-neutrality-related proceedings in the U.S. and in Europe. In 2007, van Schewick was one of three academics who, together with public interest groups, filed the petition that started the FCC’s network neutrality inquiry into Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer protocols. Her letters to the FCC regarding Verizon Wireless’ blocking of tethering applications and Verizon’s, AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s blocking of Google Wallet received widespread attention and motivated the FCC and members of Congress to formally or informally investigate these cases. Van Schewick received the Scientific Award 2005 from the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science and the Award in Memory of Dieter Meurer 2006 from the German Association for the Use of Information Technology in Law (“EDV-Gerichtstag”) for her doctoral work. In 2010, she received the Research Prize for Technical Communication 2010 from the Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung for Communications Research for her “pioneering work in the area of internet architecture, innovation and regulation.” Her work has been discussed by leading online and print publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, POLITICO, BoingBoing, Wired or Ars Technica and has been featured on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Van Schewick holds a Ph.D. in computer science, an MSc in computer science and a BSc in computer science, all summa cum laude from Technical University Berlin; the Second State Exam in Law (equivalent of the bar exam), summa cum laude, from the Higher Regional Court Berlin; and the First State Exam in Law (equivalent of J.D.), summa cum laude, from Free University Berlin.
Phil Weiser is the dean emeritus, Hatfield Professor of Law and Telecommunications, and executive director and founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. From June 2011 to July 2016, Weiser served as dean after re-joining the Colorado faculty in June 2011. From April 2010 to June 2011, he served as the senior advisor for technology and innovation to the national economic council director at the White House. From July 2009 to April 2010, he served as the deputy assistant attorney general at the United States Department of Justice's antitrust division. Since first joining the CU faculty in 1999, Weiser has worked to establish a national center of excellence in telecommunications and technology law, founding the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, as well as writing and teaching in the areas of competition policy, innovation policy and internet policy. Over the last several years, Weiser has co-authored three books: "Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age" (The MIT Press, 2013) (with Jon Nuechterlein), "Telecommunications Law and Policy" (Carolina Academic Press, 2012) (with Stuart Benjamin, Howard Shelanski and James Speta), and "The Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation" (Oxford University Press, 2010). He has written numerous articles (in both law journals and publications such as The Washington Post and Foreign Affairs) and testified before both houses of Congress. He also remained engaged in public service, arguing a number of pro bono cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, co-chairing the Colorado Innovation Council and serving as the lead agency reviewer for the Federal Trade Commission as part of the 2008 Presidential Transition. Prior to joining the Colorado Law faculty, Weiser served as senior counsel to the assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division at the United States Department of Justice, advising him primarily on telecommunications matters. Before his appointment at the Justice Department, Weiser served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Weiser graduated with high honors from both the New York University School of Law and Swarthmore College.
Jillian C. York is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of technology and policy. She serves as the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on issues of free expression, privacy, and digital security. York is a frequent public speaker and has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Die Zeit, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times.
Harlan Yu is a principal at Upturn, based in Washington, D.C. Upturn works alongside social justice leaders to shape the impact of new technologies on people’s lives. Recently, Yu has been working closely with major civil rights organizations to examine law enforcement’s use of body-worn cameras and other emerging police technologies. Yu holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University and has extensive experience working at the intersection of technology and policy. He has worked at Google in both engineering and public policy roles, at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a technologist and at the U.S. Department of Labor.