Alexander B. Howard is an independent writer and open government advocate based in Washington, DC. Howard has been honored twice by The Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s “TechTitans,” which recognized him as a “respected trend-spotter and chronicler of government’s use of new media.”
Over the years, Howard has appeared on-air as an analyst for All Things Considered, Marketplace, MSNBC, WHYY, WAMU, Federal News Radio, Al Jazeera English, and America, Washington Post TV, WJLA and a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and has been quoted in hundreds of print, broadcast, radio and digital publications.
Howard has held fellowships at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Howard is the former deputy director of the Sunlight Foundation, where he wore a dozen different hats after being appointed to help lead the “restartup” of one of the world’s preeminent nonpartisan open government nonprofits during the presidential transition and the first sixteen months of the Trump administration.
The projects that he created and nurtured at Sunlight ranged from building on its legacy as a transparency watchdog to tracking Trump’s conflicts of interest and reporting on the ongoing corruption of the presidency to the Web Integrity Project.
Howard started and led numerous initiatives, from civic engagement to strategic advocacy. He edited and published watchdog journalism that held the Trump White House accountable. He managed and grew Sunlight’s social media accounts, speaking truth to power at @SunFoundation and engaging a global audience. He acted as expert source of analysis for media around the world, delivering keynote speeches in national capitols from Europe to South America. And he worked in coalitions on open government reform efforts in cities, states and nations around the world. While at Sunlight, he helped draft the Honest Ads Act, which would make online political ads transparent. The bill’s framework been adopted, adapted and enacted in states, endorsed by Facebook and Twitter, and used as a standard for transparency by those tech companies and Google.
Previous to taking a leadership role, Howard was a senior analyst at Sunlight, where he led the foundation’s federal transparency work, with issues covering the gamut of digital government, open government data, press freedom, net neutrality, social media, identity and privacy.
Alexander Macgillivray, also know as “amac,” is curious about many things including law, policy, government, decision making, the Internet, algorithms, social justice, access to information, and the intersection of all of those.
He was United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the last two plus years of the Obama Administration. He was Twitter‘s General Counsel, and head of Corporate Development, Public Policy, Communications, and Trust & Safety. Before that he was Deputy General Counsel at Google and created the Product Counsel team. He has served on the board of the Campaign for the Female Education (CAMFED) USA, was one of the early Berkman Klein Center folks, was certified as a First Grade Teacher by the State of New Jersey, and studied Reasoning & Decision Making as an undergraduate.
These days he is doing a bunch of coding, writing, and short burst projects with organizations thinking about what they should be doing next.
Alice Stollmeyer, Executive Director of Defending Democracy, is a Digital Advocacy Strategist. She has lived and worked in Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, the heart of the European Union.
With a solid background in social science, science studies and communication, in 2012 Alice founded her own consultancy @StollmeyerEU, which specialises in EU public affairs, political communications and digital advocacy. She has been ranked a top digital EU influencer ever since.
In 2016 @StollmeyerEU broadened its portfolio: previously focused on energy and climate policies, now its focus is politics, digital developments and European values like democracy, human rights and rule of law.
In 2017 @StollmeyerEU succesfully accomplished a major assignment as interim Communications Director at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum.
On 8 November 2017, Alice Stollmeyer founded Defending Democracy: an independent, nonpartisan initiative defending democracy from internal and external threats: illiberalism and hybrid war are two sides of the same coin.
Defending Democracy has created several communities, two of which also meet offline: Defenders of Democracy defend Article 2 of the EU Treaty as the soul of the European Union; they organise monthly Democracy Drinks to grow and support a wider community of democracy defenders.
Avery Gardiner is the Senior Fellow for Competition, Data, and Power at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). Her work examines the competition policy and legal implications of the accumulation of data in the United States and worldwide. She has particular interests in dynamic competition and consumer protection.
Prior to joining CDT, Avery was an in-house competition lawyer for Verizon, where she focused on strategy, mergers, and business conduct. She also served in the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice as both a Trial Attorney and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, where her work included representing the U.S. government in court, litigating merger cases, investigating allegations of anti-competitive conduct, and advising on case resolutions. She also worked at the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis and WilmerHale, where she advised clients and litigated cases for technology, pharmaceuticals, logistics, and many other clients.
Avery began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. In addition to her competition and antitrust work, she is also a former co-president at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She has appeared extensively in media, including Fox News, NPR, the New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, and others. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Avery lives in Washington, DC with her two daughters.
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, is the Founder of 5Rights. She is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and sits on the Communications Committee. She is a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; a member of the Child Dignity Alliance Working Group; a member of the Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying; sits on the Council on Extended Intelligence; and is a co-Founder of the educational charity Into Film, where she remains a trustee. For 35 years she has worked as an award-winning film director and producer in the UK and US.
Betsy Cooper is the founding Director of the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. A cybersecurity expert, Ms. Cooper joined Aspen’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program after serving as the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at the University of California, Berkeley.
Previously, she served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy. She has worked for over a decade in homeland security consulting, managing projects for Atlantic Philanthropies in Dublin, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in London, and the World Bank, and other organizations.
In addition, Ms. Cooper has clerked for Berkeley Law professor and Judge William Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (where she currently is a nonresident affiliate), as well as a Yale Public Interest Fellowship. Ms. Cooper has written more than twenty manuscripts and articles on U.S. and European homeland security policy. She is also a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group.
Ms. Cooper earned a J.D. from Yale University, a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She speaks advanced French. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bhaskar Chakravorti, Ph.D., is the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University – the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the U.S. – and he is the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.
With the objective of “connecting the world of business with the world,” the Institute explores issues at the intersection of global business and international affairs, including geopolitics, national and international security, digital evolution, peace and conflict, development and the human condition. Bhaskar serves on the Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business, chairs the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises and is on the Executive Committee of the Tufts Institute for Innovation, having served on its founding committee as well. He also serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation, is an Advisory Board member for the UNDP's IICPSD and is a Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. Bhaskar is a regular columnist and writer for multiple widely read publications, e.g. The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Indian Express, Forbes, Huffington Post, among others. Bhaskar is the founder and principal investigator of three major research initiatives: Planet EBiz, that studies the impact of digital evolution and e-commerce worldwide; Inclusion Inc, that studies sustainable and inclusive business innovations and activities being undertaken by global corporations; Cost of Cash, that studies the impact of the use of cash instead of electronic/digital alternatives in countries around the world.
Prior to joining Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 20+ year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries. He is the author of the Amazon.com best-selling book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World” (Harvard Business School Press). His papers and articles appear in top-tier academic journals, multiple books and in widely-read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Affairs, Forbes, FORTUNE, CNBC; his interviews feature in BusinessWeek, The Economist, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TIME, BBC, FT, Fast Company, CNN, New Yorker, as well as several international media, such as The Times of London, The Times of India, Valor, Economic Times, China Daily, CCTV, Al Jazeera, etc. Bhaskar is a regularly invited speaker at global conferences, e.g. the World Economic Forum, The Economist, Bloomberg, the Milken Institute, Skoll Global Forum.
Bhaskar's work has been multi-sectoral and global; examples include: development of auctions worldwide in launching the wireless communications industry, creation of a modern international telecommunications network connecting the continent of Africa, establishing of geo-location services, enhanced public safety infrastructure in the US, the launch of multiple-billion dollar bio-pharmaceutical products and medical devices, establishing innovative new business units in multiple high tech companies and growth of the global solar energy industry. His work has been influential in policy making on Capitol Hill, the Federal Communications Commission and to a US Presidential Task Force. His (co-authored) article, “Where the Digital Economy is Moving the Fastest” was among the Most Read Articles of 2015 in the Harvard Business Review and has been widely influential in policy and strategic dialogue on the state of the digital economy in countries around the world. Bhaskar organizes two sets of regular global conferences at The Fletcher School, one that focuses on inclusive growth (see here for a report from the last conference, “Inclusion Inc.” in the series) and another that focuses on a country or region that is going through an inflection point (see here for a report from the last conference, “Turkey’s Turn? Perennial Linchpin or Emerging Hub”, in the series). The work of his institute is supported by various philanthropic organizations, such as the Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Citi Foundation, as well as corporations, such as MasterCard Worldwide and State Street Corporation.
Bhaskar's prior appointments were as a Partner and Thought Leader at the Monitor Group, a game theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a TAS officer with India's Tata Group. His PhD in economics is from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and in economics with honors from Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College. He was born in New Delhi, India and lives in Brookline, MA.
Bishop Garrison (@BishopGarrison) is co-founder and president of the Rainey Center, a public-policy research organization in Washington D.C. He also serves as Director of National Security Outreach at Human Rights First. He previously served as interim executive director of the Truman National Security Project and Truman Center for National Policy.
Garrison graduated from West Point in 2002 and served two U.S. Army deployments in Iraq, earning two Bronze Stars, a Combat Action Badge, and a Meritorious Service Medal. He served in national security positions in the Obama administration and as deputy foreign policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary Law School as well as the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.
Bridget Barrett is a Master’s student and Roy H. Park Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. Prior to returning to school to study digital marketing and politics, Bridget worked as a programmatic media buyer at advertising agencies based out of Chicago and Los Angeles.
Bryan Jones is an entrepreneur and technologist who has started several companies and been issued multiple technology-based patents. He is current the Managing Partner of Strive and Solve Ventures, and the Chairman of Stand Up Republic. Previously he co-founded GetHealthy, b.well Health, and Collider Media. While at UT, Jones was a 21-time All-American swimmer and captained the 2000 NCAA Championship team. He has served as a board member of several organizations, including The Athletes Village, TeamTopia, StandUp Republic, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, PeopleFund, USA Swimming, The Seton Fifty, and the Texas Exes.
Opinions expressed here are entirely his own.
Dana Martens is a designer, creative technologist, maker, educator, life-long student and geek working to educate and empower communities to embrace the potential of speculative practice for better understanding how emerging technologies can create future social impact.
They currently work as a UX Designer at Teach for America by day and an Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design by night, designing educational initiatives and consulting on the role of technology-led design for social impact entrepreneurship.
In their spare time, Dana pursues their passion for speculative practice by co-organizing the Speculative Futures NYC Meetup, and is currently working to launch NYC's first Speculative Design conference, PRIMER19, this coming June. Dana also publishes SciFly, a weekly newsletter curating NYC's best speculative design, fiction, art, and emerging technology events.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics from Smith College and Master of Fine Arts with honors in Design + Technology from Parsons School of Design.
Danielle Citron is a Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law where she teaches and writes about privacy, free speech, and civil procedure. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press) was named one of the “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014” by Cosmopolitan magazine. Danielle’s scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review (twice), Michigan Law Review (twice), Boston University Law Review (three times), Notre Dame Law Review (twice), Fordham Law Review (twice), George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review (three times), Southern California Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Washington Law Review (twice), UC Davis Law Review and other journals. Danielle has written opinion pieces for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Time, CNN, The Guardian, New Scientist, Lawfare, ars technica, Forbes, New York Daily News.
Danielle is the Vice President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to the protection of civil rights and liberties in the digital age. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Future of Privacy and on the advisory boards of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society and Teach Privacy. In connection with her advocacy work, Danielle advises tech companies on online safety. She serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council and Facebook’s Nonconsensual Intimate Imagery Task Force.
Danielle is an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Yale Information Society Project, and NYU’s Policing Project. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Harvard-MIT AI Fund.
Danielle works closely with lawmakers and law enforcers. In June 2019, she testified before the House Intelligence Committee about the challenges of misinformation and deep fakes. She has presented her work at congressional briefings devoted to cyber stalking and violence against women. She has worked with the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Diane Feinstein on federal legislation. From 2014 to 2016, Danielle served as an advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. She served as a member of AG Harris’s Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women.
Danielle has given over 300 talks, including at federal agencies, National Association of Attorneys General meetings, the National Holocaust Museum, the Anti-Defamation League, Wikimedia Foundation, universities, companies, and think tanks. She is giving a TED talk about deep fakes at the TED Global Summit in July 2019. She appeared in HBO’s Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (directed by Nancy Jo Sales) and Netizens (which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, directed by Cynthia Lowen). She has been quoted in hundreds of news stories in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, National Public Radio, Time, Newsweek, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, HBO’s John Oliver Show, Barron’s, Financial Times, The Guardian, Vice News, and BBC. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio shows.
Before joining BU Law, she taught at the University of Maryland School of Law where she received the 2018 “UMD Champion of Excellence” award for teaching and scholarship. She has been a Visiting Professor at Fordham Law School and George Washington Law School.
Dipayan Ghosh was a fellow across New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative and the Open Technology Institute, where he focused on public policy issues at the intersection of privacy, security, and civil rights. Ghosh is the Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights.
A computer scientist and privacy engineer by training, Ghosh joined New America from Facebook, where he was a privacy & public policy advisor. At Facebook, Ghosh helped lead strategic efforts to address public concerns around privacy and other issues in the company’s leading social media products and Internet platforms. He further helped coordinate and develop the company’s public policy positions on matters related to privacy, telecommunications policy, and algorithmic ethics.
Prior to his time at Facebook, Ghosh was a technology policy advisor at the White House during the Obama Administration. Ghosh served across the Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, where he supported the Administration’s work to advance progressive policy initiatives at the heart of the digital economy. Among other efforts, Ghosh supported the Administration’s work to advance policy concerning Big Data’s impact on consumer privacy; algorithmic discrimination and its interaction with civil rights; internet policy including strong net neutrality principles; and spectrum issues.
Ghosh received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering & computer science at Cornell University, and later completed postdoctoral study in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral thesis explores the technical requirements for data privacy in cyber-physical systems, as well as the game theoretic conditions under which corporations and consumers can best be encouraged to adopt strong privacy standards. Ghosh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. In 2016, Forbes Magazine recognized Ghosh as one of the “30 Under 30” leaders in Law & Policy.
Ellen P. Goodman is a professor at Rutgers Law School where she co-directs and co-founded the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL). Goodman has published widely on media and telecoms law, smart cities and the Internet of Things, freedom of expression, and advertising law. She is currently a Pratt Fund grantee for a project relating to algorithmic transparency and has served in the Obama Administration as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Federal Communications Commission. Goodman has also been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvania, and a recipient of Ford Foundation and Geraldine R. Dodge grants for work on advancing new public media models and public interest journalism. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Goodman was a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where she practiced in the information technology area. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, clerked for Judge Norma Shapiro on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and has three children.
Erik was previously Senior Education Program Manager at Unity, and a Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration. He is currently studying a masters in Social Science of the Internet at Oxford University.
Greta Byrum was the director of the Resilient Communities program at New America, and now serves as Senior Fellow and advisor to the Resilient Communities team at New America NYC.
She is currently co-director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School, a university center advancing digital equity through organizing, applies research, and policy strategy.
As director of the Resilient Communities program, Byrum led Resilient Networks NYC, a project supported by New York City's Economic Development Corporation. Resilient Networks provides training, tools, and equipment to community organizations in five Hurricane Sandy-impacted New York City neighborhoods so they can build storm-hardened local WiFi. The project is based on Byrum's earlier field research in New York, the Gulf Coast, and the Silicon Valley region showing that in disaster and emergency situations, local residents and community media organizations are often the most critical first responders.
Previously, Byrum provided leadership for the field team at New America's Open Technology Institute, co-developing the "Digital Stewardship" approach to community technology with partners in Detroit and Brooklyn. While at OTI, Byrum also produces a suite or recommendations for community-led broadband planning, developed an impact evaluation plan for the nationwide public-private partnership EveryoneOn, and contributed to evaluations of other broadband programs including Federal stimulus projects in Detroit and Philadelphia.
Byrum's public speaking includes keynotes for the Meeting of the Minds Summit and the American Planning Association's annual conference, featured talks for Futureshocks 2018 at the Museum of London, Bloomberg Live, MozFest 2017, Moogfest 2016, SXSW 2015, 2016, and 2018, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, MIT's Urban Risk Lab, the Net Inclusion Summit, the Lincoln Land Institute's Journalists Forum, the Personal Democracy Forum, and Marketplace Tech. Her writing on resilience and community technology has been featured in Politico, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Slate, Real Clear Policy, the International Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Community Informatics.
Byrum's other activities include micro-radio broadcasting, poetry, and art. As co-creator of the curatorial team dBfoundation, she has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and around the world. She holds an MS in urban planning from Columbia University and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Greta was also a 2017 Loeb fellow with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she focused on democratizing communications systems for communities affected by climate change and systemic inequity. She current serves on the boards of the METRO New York Libraries Council and the New Harmony Earth Sanctuary.
Jeff Kosseff is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law (Wiley), the first comprehensive textbook on U.S. cybersecurity laws and regulations, and in spring 2019 will publish The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet, a nonfiction narrative history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. His articles about cybersecurity and Internet law have appeared in Iowa Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, IEEE Security & Privacy, Computer Law and Security Review, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and other publications. In October 2017, he testified about online sex trafficking and Section 230 before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. In March 2017, he testified about Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act before the House Judiciary Committee.
Jeff has practiced cybersecurity and privacy law, and clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Michigan. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Jennifer Grygiel is a social media expert with up-to-the minute understanding of the technology. They most recently served as social business and emerging media manager and assistant vice president at State Street Corporation in Boston. There, Grygiel developed a social listening and marketing data and analytics program and was the lead project manager for the Social Intranet Project, which received an IABC Gold Quill Merit Award. Their social listening work has also been recognized and received a Gold Wommy for Social Media Monitoring Implementation from Womma (Word of Mouth Marketing Association).
Over the course of Grygiel’s career, they have served as the executive director for public affairs and communications and chief of staff at the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the regulation of financial markets. Grygiel has also worked at the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School and is the founder of No Gay Left Behind, which advocates for the development of virtual gay-straight alliances (VGSAs) via social media.
Joshua Geltzer serves as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America.
Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Geltzer received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Before that, he attended Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
He is the author of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View, published by Routledge; and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Journal of Constitutional Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Washington Post.
Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, connecting media and tech companies with NYC universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. Previously he was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist. He holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MSc in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. Follow him on Twitter @justinhendrix.
Opinions expressed here are entirely his own.
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is Senior Fellow and Director Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, German Marshall Fund of the US, which works to help shape a future in which 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 during his term in the United States Senate and was the Obama administration’s ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2009 until 2012. 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.
Kornbluh earlier served in the Clinton Administration as deputy chief of staff at the Treasury Department and in a number of senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission. She was on the Senate staff of John F. Kerry. In these positions she coordinated policy processes that developed key components of the emerging Internet policy framework.
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.
Her work on gender and family led to her founding the New America Foundation Work and Family Program, and writing on “The Family Trap” and “The Mommy Tax.” Her work on these issues was featured in a New York Times profile, 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, as well as several anthologies.
She continues to serve on the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, and is a Mozilla Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. Until 2009, he was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world’s poorer communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. The award-winning group is known for projects such as MultiPoint, Text-Free User Interfaces, and Digital Green.
Toyama co-founded the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) to provide a global platform for rigorous academic research in this field. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Information Technologies and International Development. Prior to his time in India, Toyama researched computer vision and multimedia at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA and Cambridge, UK, and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. Toyama graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a BS in Physics. He was born in Tokyo and raised in both Japan and the United States. He lives in Ann Arbor.
Laura Rosenberger is director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before she joined GMF, she was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Prior to that, she served in a range of positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). As chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and earlier as then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s senior advisor, she counseled on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on our country’s most pressing national security issues.
Laura also has extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia. She served as NSC director for China and Korea, managing and coordinating U.S. policy on China and the Korean Peninsula, and in a variety of positions focused on the Asia-Pacific region at the Department of State, including managing U.S.–China relations and addressing North Korea’s nuclear programs. She also served as special assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, advising him on Asia-Pacific affairs and on nonproliferation and arms control issues. Laura first joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow.
She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University’s School of International Service, and received her bachelors’ degrees with honors from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College in sociology, psychology, and women’s studies. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and is an avid Steelers fan.
Lindsey Barrett is a staff attorney and teaching fellow at the Institute for Public Representation Communications & Technology Clinic. Before joining IPR, she was the Georgetown Policy Fellow at Future of Privacy Forum, where she worked closely with the Student Data Privacy Project.
In law school, Lindsey served as a Research Assistant for the Center on Privacy and Technology, and worked for Facebook’s Privacy & Public Policy group, the Senior Advisor for Privacy at the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice, FPF and and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Her work has been published in the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Technology Review, of which she was the Managing Editor and co-founder. She received her B.A. from Duke with honors, and her law degree from Georgetown.
Marcus J. Carey is currently the founder and CEO at Threatcare and has 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Marcus has worked in penetration testing, incident response, and digital forensics with federal agencies such as NSA, DC3, DIA, and DARPA. Marcus has applied for a patent on prior research related to information security and earned a Masters of Science in Network Security from Capitol College.
Meghan Bishop serves as an associate fellow for innovation & technology for Rainey Center. In her role, she concentrates on technology integration in order to reduce costs and increase efficiency in government entities.
Before joining the Rainey Center, Bishop practiced law in Oregon for 10 years, focusing on juvenile delinquency and dependency laws. As a member of the Native Village of Afognak, she was able to understand the issues facing tribal families in Oregon, and often represented parents in the Grand Ronde tribal court. In addition to her trial work, Bishop advocated for the passage of laws that would improve outcomes in the juvenile justice system as well as taught other attorneys and stakeholders on best practices for juvenile representation.
Bishop obtained a masters degree in Political Management from the George Washington University. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her incorrigible pup, Elsie.
Melissa Ryan writes Ctrl Alt-Right Delete, a weekly newsletter covering extremism and online toxicity. Previously she spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold.
Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Data and Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. She is leading 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. 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.
R. Kelly Garrett is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. His research concerns online political communication, online news, and the ways in which citizens and activists use new technologies to shape their engagement with contentious political topics. His most recent work, which is supported by an NSF CAREER award, focuses on how people’s exposure to and perceptions of online political information are related to their political beliefs. His work has been published in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Political Behavior, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communications of the ACM, Daedalus, and Information, Communication & Society.
Before joining the faculty at OSU, Garrett was a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at the University of California, Irvine. His work at CRITO, which was done in collaboration with Jim Danziger, focused on the role of information and communication technologies in the work environment and in local politics.
Garrett completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan School of Information in 2005. His dissertation, which examines whether individuals are using the control afforded by the Internet to limit their exposure to information supporting viewpoints other than their own, received the NCA’s Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award. His committee was chaired by Paul Resnick, and members included Paul N. Edwards, W. Russell Neuman (then at the University of Michigan Communication Studies department), and Bruce Bimber (UC Santa Barbara, Communication and Political Science).
Renee DiResta (@noUpside) writes about discourse and the internet. She studies narrative manipulation as the director of research at New Knowledge, is a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation and trust, and is affiliated with the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard and the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. In past lives she has been on the founding team of supply chain logistics startup Haven, a venture capitalist at OATV, and a trader at Jane Street.
Robert Bond an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Ohio State University. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Bond also studied at Arizona State University, where he graduated with an M.A. in political science in 2007 and a B.A. in political science in 2006. His core research interest is in political behavior and attitudes, specifically how our social networks influence our political behavior and communication. Bond uses computational methods to understand why people behave as they do, how they communicate, and what the effects of communication are for politics. Much of this core area of research uses big data to study social influence on political behaviors and attitudes, including large-scale field experiments on turnout, and observational work on ideology. In addition to my main areas of work, Bond has studied the development of political attitudes and behaviors in the social networks of adolescents, social network effects on aggression, and social attitudes about prejudice, using social network techniques.
Robert L. McKenzie, PhD, is a senior fellow at New America and director of its Muslim Diaspora Initiative. McKenzie is a domestic and foreign policy analyst and scholar of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with fifteen years of applied research and work experience for the U.S. government, private sector, and academia. An anthropologist by training, McKenzie is an expert in displaced persons, refugee resettlement and integration, and Arab and Muslim communities in the United States and Europe. McKenzie is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and he has been a lecturer at Wayne State University (Detroit), a researcher at the American University in Cairo, and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford.
Before joining New America, McKenzie was a visiting fellow and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he focused on Muslim communities in the West and the Syrian refugee crisis. In his most recent government position, McKenzie served as senior advisor for countering violent extremism (CVE) at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that position, McKenzie was project director and responsible for establishing and launching the Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi—the world’s first-ever international center on CVE. While at the Hedayah Center, McKenzie had oversight of an eight million dollar budget, project controls, and staffing; drafted the Center’s strategy and programmatic initiatives; and conducted stakeholder engagement with senior officials in 15 capitals across the MENA region and Europe.
McKenzie has written for, appeared with, or been cited by: Al Jazeera, the Baltimore Sun; Bloomberg View; The Brookings Cafeteria Podcast; CNN; the Detroit Free Press; Foreign Policy in Focus; the Guardian; the New York Times; Share Radio; the Washington Post; and the Washington Times. In his latest book project McKenzie explores humanitarian assistance and policy solutions to protracted refugee situations in the Middle East.
McKenzie was born and raised in the Greater Detroit area. He earned a bachelor's in economics from Michigan State University, a master's in security studies and a graduate certificate in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a doctorate in anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Ryan Hagemann is the senior director for policy at the Niskanen Center. He also oversees the organization’s work on technology policy. His policy expertise focuses on regulatory governance of emerging technologies, as well as a broader research portfolio that includes genetic modification and regenerative medicine, bioengineering and healthcare IT, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, the Internet of Things, and other issues at the intersection of technology, regulation, and the digital economy. His work on “soft law” governance systems, autonomous vehicles, and commercial drones have been featured in numerous academic journals, and his research and comments have been cited by The New York Times, MIT Technology Review, and The Atlantic, among other outlets. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Review, The Washington Examiner, U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, and elsewhere.
Ryan graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in international relations, foreign policy, and security studies and holds a Master’s of Public Policy in science and technology policy from George Mason University.
Sarah E. Hunt is a leader in conservative clean energy policy and a successful social entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, she leads public policy research and leadership development programs by and for women, minorities, and mavericks. She is also a founding partner of Cornerstone Group International, a political consultancy firm specializing in creative advocacy campaigns for global companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Prior to founding the Rainey Center, Hunt launched a clean energy program at the American Legislative Exchange Council and a climate change program at the Niskanen Center. Early in her career she served as Manager, State Issues and Ethics Officer at the consulting firm Stateside Associates and practiced political law at a boutique law firm in the Pacific Northwest.
Her commentary on energy policy is regularly sought by publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, E&E Newswire, The Guardian, Axios, and the Scientific American. A volunteer advocate for children’s rights, Ms. Hunt’s efforts to help young women escape abusive homeschool environments were profiled by the Washington Post Magazine.
She holds a BA in political science from the University of New Mexico, a JD from Willamette University College of Law, an LLM in international environmental law from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MPS in global advocacy from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. She is admitted to the bar in Washington, DC, Oregon, and the 9th Circuit.
Shannon Poulsen is a PhD Student in Communications at The Ohio State University. Her research explores how information processing influences individuals to endorse inaccurate information as truth. She focuses on how psychological characteristics, such as the amount of effortful processing one uses, and message characteristics, such as the format, tone, or schematic consistency of the information, influence the way in which people process information. Poulsen utilizes a variety of methods to evaluate my work, including eye tracking methodology and online experiments.
Dr Sharon Adetutu Omotoso is currently with the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, where she heads the Institute’s Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC) which was created more than 30 years ago. She also serves as a member of the Institute’s Scientific Committee. Dr Omotoso is also Director at the Center for Applied Ethics and Political Communication in Africa (CAEPOCOM AFRICA), an alumnus of the COADY Institute, St. Francis Xavier University Canada, a Chartered Mediator & Conciliator, and a recipient of the prestigious CODESRIA Meaning-Making Research Competition 2018-2019. Previously Sharon worked as Acting Head of Department, Politics & International Relations, Lead City University, Ibadan. Her areas of research interest include; Applied Ethics, Political Communications, Media & Gender studies and African Philosophy.
Trooper Sanders has worked across business, government, and philanthropy to advance solutions to critical social challenges in the United States and internationally. He currently runs a policy and partnerships advisory practice, Wise Whisper, that works with companies, non-profit organizations, and philanthropists. He is also a Rockefeller fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation focusing on artificial intelligence and equal opportunity, and the Internet of Things and middle class technology career paths.
Trooper served as a White House policy advisor during two administrations and worked on issues ranging from supporting military families, including setting up the public engagement campaign, Joining Forces, and shepherding a presidential study directive mobilizing non-defense federal agencies; to improving mental health, including mounting the first White House Conference on Mental Health that was a catalyst for policy and private sector action tackling stigma; and improving support for people with mental illness. Outside of government, he has helped build or lead initiatives addressing the childhood obesity epidemic and domestic economic security as a senior advisor at the William J. Clinton Foundation. In addition, he has led initiatives providing economic support to victims of disaster; making the workplace more supportive of time-crunched workers exercising their right to vote; and served as a policy and program officer for a campaign elevating the private sector’s role in international development. He has participated in a number of efforts strengthening the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Europe, including living in Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow.
From Detroit, Michigan, Trooper has a bachelor’s in International Political Economy from the University of Michigan, a master’s in Regulation (Financial and Commercial) from the London School of Economics where he wrote on intellectual property regulation and foreign direct investment, and an LLM (Computer and Communications Law) from the University of London. He is pursuing a doctorate in intelligence studies at the University of Leicester. He serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Girl Scouts of the USA, and is on the advisory board of Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute. He chairs the board of the Emerging Markets Development Corporation, a non-profit connecting the financial services and retail sectors to opportunities in underserved communities.
Veronika Velch is an Advocacy Director at Ridgley|Walsh. Veronika advises clients on strategic communications, message development and profile building. Veronika advises tech industry leaders. She is an expert in human rights campaigns.
Veronika Velch is an advocacy specialist, an expert in Ukrainian and Russian politics and has extensive experience with international human rights and political campaigns. At the age of 20, Veronika served as the youngest head of the Electoral Commission in Ukraine. Veronika then moved to the U.S. to work for Voice of America. She later took part in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity and led communications for the CHESNO Civil Movement to advance fair election practices in Ukraine. She also co-founded a Ukrainian national initiative, “Follow the Money”, advocating for political finance transparency.
Veronika holds a Master of Professional Studies degree in Advocacy in the Global Environment from The George Washington University. She received a PhD in International Relations from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian and was recently named a recipient of the Mark and Debbie Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Award for advocacy work protecting human rights around the world.
Wayne T. Brough is currently president of the Innovation Defense Foundation (IDF). He received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, with fields in industrial organization and public choice. Prior to cofounding the IDF, Dr. Brough was the chief economist and vice president for research at FreedomWorks.
Previously, he worked at the Office of Management and Budget, focusing on transportation regulations; the United States Agency for International Development, focusing on market reforms in Africa; and in the research branch of an investment bank, where he covered U.S. domestic policies. Dr. Brough’s analysis examines the
importance of competition and open markets for the evolution of the internet as well as addressing the impact of specific regulations. His work has appeared in newspapers, books, and on television; he has testified before Congress and state legislatures, and filed comments in numerous regulatory proceedings. He has publicly championed the importance of an unfettered internet through his writings as well as a wide array of public
William Upton is Director of Communications and Outreach for Lincoln Network, where he oversees communications strategy, maintains relationships with key stakeholders, and represents our organization to policymakers. He has previously served as the state affairs manager for Americans for Tax Reform, executive director of the Campaign for American Principles, and most recently, as a senior account executive for CRC Public Relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in political science and government, and he lives in Washington, DC.
Zach Graves is Head of Policy at the Lincoln Network, a technology and policy group headquartered in Silicon Valley. Zach’s work focuses on the intersection of technology and governance issues. Prior to Lincoln, he was founder and former director of the R Street Institute’s technology and innovation policy program. Prior to R Street, he worked at the Cato Institute and the America’s Future Foundation. He is currently also a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, and an associate fellow at the R Street Institute. He holds a master’s from the California Institute of the Arts and a bachelor’s from the University of California at Davis. Zach is married and lives in Washington, DC.