Keynote Speakers

Diane Rinaldo

Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce

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Diane Rinaldo was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce on April 20, 2018. On May 9, 2019, she became Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the Department, and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.

Focusing on cybersecurity and technology policy, Diane has extensive experience in government and the private sector throughout her career. She staffed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she was the lead committee staffer on Congress’ landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. She also served as the oversight and budget monitor for the National Security Agency and the defense network systems, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers as his top technology policy staffer.

Recognized for her work on cybersecurity, Rinaldo was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum’s 2016 Influencer of the Year award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine and an Executive Certificate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for cyber studies.

Christine S. Wilson

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

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Christine S. Wilson was sworn in on September 26, 2018 as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. President Donald J. Trump named Wilson to a term that expires on Sept. 25, 2025. Wilson previously served at the FTC as Chairman Tim Muris’ Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush Administration, and as a law clerk in the Bureau of Competition while attending Georgetown University Law Center. In between her periods of service at the FTC, Wilson has practiced competition and consumer protection law both at law firms and as in-house counsel. When nominated, Wilson was serving as Senior Vice President — Legal, Regulatory & International for Delta Air Lines. Prior to joining Delta, Wilson was a member of the Washington DC antitrust practice groups of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Early in her career, Wilson worked with former Assistant Attorney General James F. Rill at Collier Shannon Rill & Scott on a variety of competition law and policy initiatives, including the final report of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee commissioned by Attorney General Janet Reno. Wilson graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida. Wilson lives in Virginia with her husband Ramsey, with whom she has two daughters.

Robert L. Strayer

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

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Robert L. Strayer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy. In this capacity, he leads development of international cybersecurity, Internet, data, and privacy policy and related negotiations with foreign governments. He has led dozens of bilateral and multilateral dialogues with foreign governments’ foreign affairs and communications ministries. Mr. Strayer was named by the President, as an Ambassador, to lead the 90-plus person U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2018, and served as vice-chair of the conference. He managed the successful election of first U.S. citizen to an ITU senior management position in more than two decades. The United States also achieved successful, pro-innovation results on resolutions related to cybersecurity and emerging technologies.


Claude Aiken

President & CEO, WISPA

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Claude Aiken is the President & CEO of WISPA, the association representing thousands of companies dedicated to closing the digital divide through fixed wireless broadband. He was named a Rising Star in Wireless by FierceWireless in 2018.

Claude joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission. There he served as an advisor to both Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn. He joined the Commission through the Attorney Honors program, he held critical leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well key staff attorney roles throughout the Commission.

Prior to joining the FCC, he was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar at New York Law School, where he graduated with a specialization in information and technology law. Claude also holds a degree in English from Grove City College.

Chris Betz

Chief Security Officer, CenturyLink

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Chris Betz is the Chief Security Officer for CenturyLink. He is responsible for leading the company’s corporate information security and security product development teams, including information security and IT risk and compliance functions, physical security and security product architecture. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Chris led security for Apple products and has held leadership roles in information security, security operations and response and security intelligence at Microsoft, CBS Corporation and the National Security Agency (NSA). He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Melinda Clem

Co-Chair, IGF-USA

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Melinda Clem is Vice President Strategy for Afilias, the worlds second largest domain name registry. Melinda has worked in corporate development, strategy and marketing positions in the domain industry since 2000, with Afilias since 2007. Prior to the domain industry, Melinda worked in the telecommunications and satellite industries; she has also taught communications strategy for Johns Hopkins University. Melinda is on the Board of Directors of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2C), represents Afilias on the Secretariat of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on DNS Issues (DC-DNSI), in addition to being co-Chair of IGF-USA. Melinda holds a degree in Philosophy from American University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Jim Halpert

Partner, DLA Partner

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Jim Halpert advises clients regarding compliance and risk management strategies for transactions relating to transnational, federal and state security and privacy regulations, industry best practices and self-regulatory initiatives, and has represented clients in major security and privacy cases in the federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission. Jim represents companies on a broad range of data management issues, including cyber and data security, cloud agreements, managing privacy class action risks, trans-national data flows, navigating difficult conflicts between foreign privacy laws and US compliance obligations, regulation of advertising and marketing practices, healthcare and financial privacy, children's and student privacy, privacy regulation of communications media, employee data, due diligence in sales of corporate assets, records management and responses to government surveillance requests. He has extensive experience with European, Asian and Latin American privacy regimes, and regularly leads teams across DLA Piper's global network advising on complex international security and privacy matters.

Majestic Lane

Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor William Peduto

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As Deputy Chief of Staff, Majestic leads the Peduto administration's focus on opportunity for all residents of the City of Pittsburgh in regard to Education, Workforce Development, Safe & Healthy Communities and Digital Inclusion. Additionally, he leads the administration’s engagement with national organizations regarding equity and inclusion strategies. Prior to serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Majestic was the Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment where he coordinated the administration’s neighborhood equity efforts through community driven development and affordable housing initiatives. Before joining the Mayor’s office, Majestic served as the Director of External Affairs & Membership Engagement at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), a membership organization for Community Development Corporations, Community-Based Organizations, and related nonprofits throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Majestic also served as the Director of Community Engagement & Strategy at A+ Schools, an education advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for Black & Brown children in Pittsburgh Public Schools, and a legislative aide to Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo focusing on community development, education & sustainability issues.

Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow and Director, German Marshall Fund’s Digital Innovation Democracy Initiative

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Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is senior fellow and director of German Marshall Fund’s Digital Innovation Democracy Initiative, working to shape a future where technology strengthens rather than undermines democratic values. This program contends with the challenge of online disinformation as well as other technology policy issues including 21st century jobs and innovation, democratic implications of frontier technologies, and cyber dimensions of national security. In addition, it will develop a framework for global transatlantic leadership on technology policy. A leading voice at the intersection of digital and economic policy, technology, and foreign affairs, Kornbluh comes to GMF from the Council on Foreign Relations, where she was senior fellow for digital policy. Kornbluh served as policy director to Barack Obama in the US Senate and was the Obama administration’s ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2009-12. In this role she spearheaded development of the first global Internet Policymaking Principle and launched both the OECD's Gender Initiative and the Middle East-North Africa Women's Business Forum. In addition to her extensive government service, Kornbluh served as executive vice president for external affairs at data company Nielsen. At strategy firm Telesis, she consulted to Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. She began her career as an economist at forecasting firm Townsend-Greenspan. Kornbluh was a visiting fellow at the Center for American Policy and a Markle Fellow and she served on the U.S. Federal Economic and Statistics Advisory Council; was a senior advisor to McKinsey on technology, a member of the World Economic Forum’s AI, IoT and Future of Trust Network, and co-chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Digital Connect forum. Kornbluh’s writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, Democracy, and the Harvard Law and Policy Review .

Danny McPherson

Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Verisign

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As executive vice president and chief security officer (CSO), Danny McPherson is responsible for all aspects of Verisign’s information systems and services, as well as information and corporate security. Additionally, he represents Verisign in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, engineering, research, security, and online trust. With over 20 years of experience in the internet network operations, security, and telecommunications industries, McPherson brings tremendous technical leadership and operational expertise to the company. Prior to joining Verisign, McPherson was vice president and CSO at Arbor Networks, where he developed solutions to detect and mitigate cyberattacks. Before that, he held technical leadership positions in architecture, engineering and operations with Amber Networks, Qwest Communications, Genuity, MCI Communications, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps. McPherson has actively participated in internet operations and standardization since the early 1990s. He is currently a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and has served on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee, as well as the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Board of Directors. He has chaired an array of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other working groups and committees in these and related forums. McPherson is an active contributor in the network and security operations and research communities and has authored several books, numerous internet protocol standards, network and security research papers, and other publications.

Dan Noyes

Co-Executive Director, Tech Goes Home

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Dan has been involved with Tech Goes Home since 2002 and on staff since the summer of 2010. After spending several years as a Legislative Aide to a U.S. Congressman in Washington, DC, he returned to Boston as the Technology Director at Fenway High School. In 2006, he was hired by the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester to help implement the largest middle school 1:1 laptop initiative in New England. In 2010, Dan joined TGH as Program Director and became Co-Executive Director in 2014. In the time that Dan has been involved with TGH, the organization has gone from serving more than 1,000 people per year to now graduating than 5,000 learners in 2018. Nothing is more important to Dan than his two adorable little girls (and the Sox winning the WS in 2004).

Patricia Paoletta

Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

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Patricia Paoletta is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she specializes in telecommunications and technology policy, with a focus on spectrum and international market access. Ms. Paoletta provides advice on regulatory policy to clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Administration and the International Telecommunication Union. Her clients include providers of mobile broadband and Internet of Things (IoT), including drones and connected cars, satellite services and other international telecommunications. Ms. Paoletta has accrued considerable experience with telecommunications trade and policy in the public sector. She was senior advisor to the International Bureau Chief and Office Director at the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Paoletta subsequently served as Director of Telecommunications Trade Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she worked on the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and the Basic Telecommunications Agreement, NAFTA implementation, and bilateral agreements with China, the European Union, Japan, and South Korea. After USTR, Ms. Paoletta served as Majority Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She then moved to Level 3 Communications, as Vice President, Government Relations. Ms. Paoletta, who was recently recognized as a “Best Lawyer”, is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), the USTR Alumni Association, Washington International Trade Association, and Women in Technology. Ms. Paoletta has been on the Board of Advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Telecom Advisor, Co-Chair of the American Bar Association International Communications Committee, and as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Policy Committee. She has served as a delegate to numerous meetings of the International Telecommunications Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and CITEL (the Committee on International Telecommunications at the Organization of American States) PCC-II. Ms. Paoletta has served as the Chair of the FCC’s National Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) Steering Committee and as a Board Member for the Voice on the Net Coalition.

Lynne Parker

Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Dr. Lynne E. Parker is Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is detailing to OSTP from her position as Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). She previously served as Interim Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at UTK, and before that was the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement in TCE. She also previously served at NSF as Division Director of Information and Intelligent Systems. She spent several years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Parker has been on the UT faculty since 2002, and is the founder of the Distributed Intelligence Laboratory at UT, which has conducted research in multi-robot systems, sensor networks, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. She has made significant research contributions in distributed and heterogeneous robot systems, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. Her dissertation research (1994) on ALLIANCE, a distributed architecture for multi-robot cooperation, was the first PhD dissertation worldwide on the topic of multi-robot systems, and is considered a pioneering work in the field. She has published extensively in these areas and has received numerous awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the PECASE Award (U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers), the IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award, and many UT Chancellors, College, and Departmental awards. Dr. Parker served as the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE RAS Conference Editorial Board, and as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a Distinguished Member of ACM.

Michelle Richardson

Director, Privacy & Data Project, CDT

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Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Data and Privacy Project where she leads CDT’s efforts to create a user-centered internet. Her team engages companies and government officials to create policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice. Michelle has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, and frequently appears in national press such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and Politico. Recognized by The Hill as one of the most influential nonprofits lobbyists in Washington, she has led left-right coalitions to defend privacy in the face of ever-expanding government authorities. Before joining CDT in 2017, Michelle led the American Civil Liberties Union’s preeminent legislative campaigns against overreaching surveillance programs for 10 years. She also served as a democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee where she worked on a range of anti-terrorism laws and policies. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Shane Tews

President at Logan Circle Strategies

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Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Global Internet Strategy program that focuses on cyber security and Internet governance as part of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane in the President of Logan Circle Strategies working with her clients to create a coordinated public policy approach to Information Communications and Technology policies and cyber security and cyber governance strategies on a global scale. Additionally, Shane manages many of the relationships with Congress, the Administration, Foreign Governments, Think Tanks and Trade Associations on behalf of Vrge Communications. Shane was formerly Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations for Verisign, Inc. where she was responsible for the strategic planning and daily management of the Policy and Government Relations efforts for Verisign globally. Shane represented Verisign’s interest before United States and International government officials in the Information Communications and Technology Sector where she participated in the development of e-commerce policies with International governing bodies, National and State Legislators, International, National and Regional trade associations and Information Technology coalitions. Shane is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Internet Education Foundation and previously served as the co-Chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA). She is also currently a board member of TechFreedom and GlobalWIN. She formerly sat on several Information Technology Boards including the European American Business Council, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Technology Industry Foundation, and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.

Sanjay Udani

Vice President, Technology Policy, Verizon Communications

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Sanjay Udani serves as Vice President for Technology Policy in Verizon's Public Policy, Law and Security organization. In that role, Dr. Udani develops and coordinates Verizon's policy positions on emerging services and technologies. He educates internal and external stakeholders, including Members of Congress, the Department of State, the FTC, FCC, DoJ, DoJ, senior Verizon management and Verizon's Board of Directors, on complex technical issues related to the Internet ecosystem. He has also given numerous presentations as an invited speaker to conferences and trade shows including CES. Prior to joining Verizon’s public policy team, Dr. Udani was a lead network architect for Verizon's fiber to the home deployment (FiOS). He holds 12 US patents for his ideas in network resource management, advertising, and privacy, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Udani earned his Ph.D. in Computer Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, along with degrees in Electrical Engineering and also Economics from Wharton. He later taught at Penn as an Adjunct Associate Professor for 13 years. He has been a guest lecturer for courses at the Georgetown and George Mason universities as well as the National Defense University. Dr. Udani's prior work includes designing video processors for Intel.

Jessica Ashoosh

Director of Policy, Reddit

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Dr. Jessica Ashooh is Director of Policy for Reddit. In this capacity, she oversees all content, product, advertising, and public policy for the company, as well as global government relations. Ashooh comes to Reddit from a previous career in international affairs focused on the Middle East. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Deputy Director for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley’s bipartisan Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council, a think tank. From 2011 to 2015, Ashooh worked as a senior analyst in the UAE Foreign Ministry’s Policy Planning Department in Abu Dhabi. She focused especially on the crisis in Syria, working closely with the UAE Special Envoy for Syria and the Syrian political opposition to support the UN-led peace process in Geneva. Ashooh also spent time in Erbil, Iraq in 2010 working as a consultant to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister of Planning. Ashooh holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford (St. Antony’s College), which she attended as a Marshall Scholar. She did her undergraduate studies at Brown University, including time abroad at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and the Bourguiba Language Institute in Tunisia.

Jeff Brueggeman

Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T

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Jeff Brueggeman is Vice President-Global Public Policy for AT&T, responsible for developing and advocating AT&T’s global public policy positions on privacy, cybersecurity and internet policy issues. In addition, he leads AT&T’s engagement with various privacy and internet policy organizations. Mr Brueggeman supports AT&T’s business in the operation of its global network and development of emerging technologies, including Internet of Things and cloud computing services. Prior to assuming his current rule, Mr Brueggeman helped manage AT&T’s privacy policies and coordinate the implementation of data privacy and security programmes across the company. He has participated extensively in international internet policy events and organizations, and served on the Internet Governance Forum’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Before joining AT&T in 2001, Mr Brueggeman was an attorney in private practice, specialising in communications law. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Julie Cohen

Professor of Law and Technology, Georgetown University Law Center

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Julie E. Cohen is the Mark Claster Mamolen Professor of Law and Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches and writes about surveillance, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, information platforms, and the ways that networked information and communication technologies are reshaping legal institutions. She is the author of Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019); Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Association of Internet Researchers Book Award and was shortlisted for the Surveillance & Society Journal’s 2013 Book Prize; and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Fred Humphries

Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

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Fred Humphries is Corporate Vice President of U.S Government Affairs for Microsoft. Under his leadership, U.S. Government Affairs provides expertise in policy, outreach, political engagement, and government affairs that helps advance the company’s advocacy goals. Humphries is Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate internally and externally on all aspects of federal, state and civic affairs. He sets the company’s strategy and government affairs outreach on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry including cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cyber security, education, immigration, and emerging technologies. He also communicates with policymakers on Microsoft’s leadership role in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S. In 2000, Humphries joined Microsoft as Director of State Governmental Affairs, building a team responsible for outreach to our nation’s governors, mayors and local elected officials in every state capital. In that position, Humphries integrated on-the-ground state advocacy work into Microsoft’s overall corporate strategy, in coordination with the public sector, policy and lobbying teams. He was promoted to Microsoft’s Managing Director of U.S. Government Affairs in 2009 and Corporate Vice President in 2015. Humphries received a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College. He proudly serves on the boards of numerous non-profit and public service organizations including Temple University Beasley School of Law, WETA Board of Trustees, Information Technology Industry Council, and The Information Technology Industry Foundation, Internet Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Martha’s Table Leadership Council,, Ford’s Theatre Board of Governors and the USTR Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. Humphries resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Kim. They have two adult children.

Emma Llansó

Director of the Free Expression Project at Center for Democracy & Technology

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Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma leads CDT’s work in advancing speech-protective policies, which include legislative advocacy and amicus activity in the U.S. aimed at ensuring that online expression receives the highest level of protection under the First Amendment. Recognizing the crucial role played by Internet intermediaries in facilitating individuals’ expression, she works to preserve strong intermediary liability protections in the U.S. and to advance these key policies abroad.

Emma also leads the Free Expression Project’s work in developing content policy best practices with Internet content platforms and advocating for user-empowerment tools and other alternatives to government regulation of online speech. The Project’s work spans many subjects, including online child safety and children’s privacy, human trafficking, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism and “radicalizing” content, and online harassment. Emma is also a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group on Privacy and Transparency Online, which is developing best practices for transparency reporting by governments and companies regarding government demands to Internet companies for content removal and access to user data. Emma works with CDT’s Global Internet Policy & Human Rights Project on advancing policies that promote free expression in global fora; she also works with the Global project in advocating for decentralized, multistakeholder approaches to Internet governance.

Emma earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Emma joined CDT in 2009 as the Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow; her fellowship project focused on legal and policy advocacy in support of minors’ First Amendment rights in the US. She is a member of the New York State Bar.

Jeff Kosseff

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law, United States Naval Academy

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Jeff Kosseff is an assistant professor of cybersecurity law in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department. His latest book, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, a history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, will be published in Spring 2019 by Cornell University Press. He also is the author of Cybersecurity Law, a textbook and treatise published by Wiley in 2017, with a second edition forthcoming in 2019. His articles have appeared in Iowa Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Computer Law & Security Review, and other law reviews and technology law journals. A full list of his publications is available at

Jeff practiced cybersecurity, privacy, and First Amendment law at Covington & Burling, and clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a technology and political journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and recipient of the George Polk Award for national reporting.

He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan.

Lee McKnight

Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

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Lee W.McKnight is an Associate Professor in the iSchool (The School of Information Studies), Syracuse University, Faculty Advisor to the Worldwide Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Club (WiTec), and an Affiliate of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSTC). Lee lectures annually at MIT since 1998. Lee was Principal Investigator of the 2011 Technology Project of Year TACNY Award-winning National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grids Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) project 2009-2014. Lee is inventor of edgeware, a new class of software for creating secure ad hoc overlay cloud to edge applications, services, and Things. Lee's research focuses on blockchain and cloud management of cyber-physically secure dynamic edge services, virtual markets and wireless grids, the global information economy, national and international technology policy, and Internet governance. Lee was previously Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, Associate Professor of International Information and Communication, and Director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Principal Research Associate, Lecturer, and Visiting Scholar at MIT; and Founder of the Internet Telephony Consortium (1996), which evolved into the Communications Futures Program,which continues at MIT. Lee is a member of the NIST Federated Cloud Public Working Group and the IEEE P2302 Intercloud standards working group and served on the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council of TM Forum; as a member of IEEE P2030.4 smart grid interoperability task force. Lee is Founder and was a Member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Grids Corporation, 2004-2014. Lee was a Founding Member, Board of Directors, Summerhill Biomass Systems, 2007-2013. Lee is a Pioneer Member of the Internet Society since 1991. McKnight teaches and created graduate and undergraduate courses on Blockchain Management, Cloud Management, and Cloud Architecture among others. He has taught Information Security Policy (joint with Syracuse Law School/INSCT), Information Policy, and Telecommunications Regulation at Syracuse University. Lee lectures annually in the MIT Professional Education short course, 'Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work' since 1998. Lee's research interests span policy, economic, business and technical innovation in regional and global information economies. In addition to many peer reviewed articles in technical and policy journals and dozens of published chapters, Lee's academic work includes several books. Professor McKnight's next books on his ground-breaking research will be published in 2020 by Imperial College Press/World Scientific Press, Singapore and London. The first book in the World Scientific Press series, 'Cloud to Edgeware: Wireless Grid Applications, Architecture and Security for the "Internet of Things"' is with Tyson T Brooks. Lee's co-authored (with Peter Cukor) book 'Knowledge Networks, the Internet, and Development' was published by MIT Center for E-Business/Nabu Press, 2014 and 2011. McKnight's co-authored and co-edited books published by MIT Press include Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy;(2001,2002, Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003; Chinese translation by Economic Sciences Press 2007);Internet Telephony;(2001), the award-winning The Gordian Knot:Political Gridlock on the Information Highway (1997,1999) and Internet Economics (MIT Press, 1997, 1998), a path breaking work that was the first to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions. McKnight was a Postdoctoral Associate, MIT School of Engineering, Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development in 1990, and a consultant to the MIT Media Lab in 1989. Lee received his Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT; M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 1981; and B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1978.

Ram Mohan

Chief Operating Officer, Afilias

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Ram Mohan has over 20 years’ experience in technology, leadership and entrepreneurship within both publicly quoted and private companies. Previously he worked at companies including Infonautics Corp., First Data Corporation, Unisys Corporation and KPMG. Ram was a founder of the technology behind TurnTide, an anti-spam company acquired by Symantec (a provider of internet security) in July 2004. He served on the ICANN board of directors from November 2008 to October 2018. After joining Afilias in July 2001 as Chief Technology Officer, Ram has overseen the key strategic, management and technology choices for the Group. He has also advised several governments on internet security and internet globalisation issues as part of Afilias’ ccTLD portfolio.

Maureen Ohlhausen

Partner, Baker Botts

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Maureen Ohlhausen is a partner at Baker Botts in Washington, DC. Previously, Maureen led the Federal Trade Commission as Acting Chairman and Commissioner. She directed all aspects of the FTC's antitrust work, including merger review and conduct enforcement, and steered all FTC consumer protection enforcement, with a particular emphasis on privacy and technology issues. A thought leader, Maureen has published dozens of articles on antitrust, privacy, IP, regulation, FTC litigation, telecommunications, and international law issues in prestigious publications and has testified over a dozen times before the U.S. Congress. Maureen has relationships with officials in the U.S. and abroad, with a particular emphasis on Europe and China. She has received numerous awards, including the FTC's Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to her role as Commissioner, Maureen led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force, which produced an influential report analyzing competition and consumer protection legal issues in the areas of broadband and Internet.

Lee Rainie

Director of Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center

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Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.” Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system and five books about the future of the internet that are drawn from the Center’s research. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and nonprofit groups about the changing media ecosystem. Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.

Evan Swarztrauber

Policy Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

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Evan serves as Policy Advisor for media issues to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. He also founded and hosts the FCC’s official podcast, “More than Seven Dirty Words.” He joined Commissioner Carr’s office from TechFreedom, where he was Director of Public Affairs. In that role, Mr. Swarztrauber worked on a wide range of issues, including media ownership, video competition, and the broadcast incentive auction. He also managed the organization’s communications and outreach teams, and represented the organization in a diverse array of coalitions. Additionally, he co-founded and hosted the Tech Policy Podcast since its launch in January 2016, and has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of tech policy matters. Prior to his work at TechFreedom, Mr. Swarztrauber served as a communications staffer in the New York State Assembly, and he worked on various political campaigns in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.

Nicol Turner-Lee

Brookings Institution

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Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a fellow in the program’s Center for Technology Innovation and a contributor to TechTank. She comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a national non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries, where she served as vice president and chief research and policy officer. In this role, she led the design and implementation of their research, policy, and advocacy agendas. Her most recent White Papers at MMTC included, “A Lifeline to High-Speed Internet Access: An Economic Analysis of Administrative Costs and the Impact on Consumers” (March 2016), “Guarding Against Data Discrimination in the Internet of Everything” (September 2015), “Refocusing Broadband Policy: The New Opportunity Agenda for People of Color” (November 2013).
Prior to joining MMTC, Dr. Turner-Lee was vice president and the first director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation’s leading think tank on issues related to African Americans and other people of color. In this role, she led the technology research agenda that was focused on advancing digital equity and inclusion for historically disadvantaged populations. Her most notable work was her development of the first national minority broadband adoption study in 2009 that was later cited in the congressionally mandated Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. Her other publications there included, “Minorities, Mobile Broadband, and the Management of Chronic Diseases” (April 2012), co-authored with Dr. Brian Smedley and Joseph Miller; “Place Matters: The Debate over Broadband Availability” (2011); and, “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Age” (2010) which was published by the Federal Communications Commission Law Journal.

In addition to these and other publications, Dr. Turner-Lee has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Communications Daily, Multichannel News, Washington Informer, among other print and online publications. She is also a widely sought expert and speaker on issues related to communications policies in media and at conferences, and she has testified before Congress. Dr. Turner-Lee was a two-time Digital Research Program Scholar as part of Time Warner Cable’s Cable Research Program in Communications and recipient of countless recognitions, including the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (2015) and one of the Most Inspiring Women in Media from the Alliance of Women in Media (2014).

At the Center for Technology Innovation, Dr. Turner-Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world. Dr. Turner-Lee’s research also explores global and domestic broadband deployment, regulatory, and internet governance issues. She is also an expert on the intersection of race, wealth, and technology within the context of civic engagement, criminal justice, and economic development.

Dr. Turner-Lee graduated from Colgate University magna cum laude and has a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Turner-Lee is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University. She also serves on the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP). In her free time, Dr. Turner-Lee is active on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, including the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), the Washington Literacy Center, and STEM4US, which is committed to advancing diversity in the technology fields.

Speakers (Added as Confirmed):

  • Claude Aiken, President, WISPA
  • Jessica Ashooh, Director of Policy, Reddit
  • Chris Betz, Chief Security Officer, CenturyLink
  • Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation,  Charles Koch Institute
  • Melinda Clem, Co-Chair, IGF-USA and Vice President of Strategy, Afilias
  • Jim Halpert, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Fred S. Humphries, Jr., Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Senior Fellow and Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, German Marshall Fund
  • Jeff Kosseff, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, United States Naval Academy
  • Majestic Lane, Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
  • Emma Llanso, Director of the Free Expression Project at Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Lee McKnight, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
  • Ram Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Afilias
  • Danny McPherson, Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Verisign
  • Dan Noyes, Co-Executive Director, Tech Goes Home
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner, Baker Botts
  • Tricia Paoletta, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
  • Lynne E. ParkerAssistant Director for Artificial Intelligence
    Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
  • Dustin Phillips, Co-Chair, IGF-USA and Executive Director, Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society
  • Lee Rainie, Director of Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center
  • Evan Swarztrauber, Policy Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
  • Shane Tews, Visting Fellow, AEI
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow – Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institute
  • Sanjay Udani, Vice President for Technology Policy, Verizon
  • Antonio Williams, Senior Director of Government and External Affairs, Comcast