FOSI’s 2016 Annual Conference was opened by Stephen Balkam. He recognized the theme of this year’s conference, “Online Safety in Transition,” and its reference to the incoming Administration by unveiling FOSI’s four recommendations to the Trump transition team. His remarks focused on the impact and reach that social media is having on the development of our world, including the recent election. FOSI’s Board Chair, Sarah Holland of Google, welcomed the audience and reflected on the importance of bringing people together to discuss the challenges of technology as we navigate the diverse and wide-ranging agendas of those who are helping to develop and capture new realities.
Jules Polonetsky, of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), gave overview and analysis of the joint white paper produced by FOSI and FPF, "Kids and the Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots." Polonetsky’s discussion examined the implications of smart and connected toys on both a broad policy level, as well as in the day-to-day household. He evaluated the ways that companies on the innovation side work, in contrast to the ways that privacy and safety must work. This lead to a number of points around definitions - what is categorized as “smart”, “connected,” “robotic,” etc, and what should or should not necessitate an update of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Next on the agenda was a discussion between former FTC Commissioner Julie Brill of Hogan Lovells and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny. This discussion touched on COPPA and the hope that companies at the forefront of developing connected products aimed to kids will not only comply with privacy rules but go above and beyond what is mandated to think ahead about the impact that these products can have on children from a consumer, marketing, and privacy level. Brill and McSweeny discussed the struggles of parents who are not only trying to keep pace with new technology but ensure that their children are protected from any unforeseen risk. McSweeny stressed the need to provide parents with meaningful choices and information at point of sale and building consumer trust. She also spoke about the need for education and study on the impact of interactive technology on developing young minds, particularly kids’ ability to differentiate between technology and reality. Both agreed that these issues exemplify the need for further government engagement and research.
Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, delivered remarks on the ways that social media is inherent to progress on social issues such as human rights. She discussed, in particular, the rights of women, and how digital spaces have made an impact on stigma around issues such as sexual assault, illustrating that the Internet has the power to change stereotypes and promote support and unity. Ambassador Russell described the difference between the harassment of men and women online and the ways that women’s ability to participate can be hindered. From a foreign policy perspective, Russell described the ways that the suppression of women inhibits safety, security and peace worldwide, calling on the US as the home of technology innovation to be a world leader in combating these issues.
Amanda Lenhart, of the Data & Society Research Institute and AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, gave a presentation on “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse and Cyberstalking in America.” This data focused on the ways that both men and women experience harassment online, and the differences in reaction. Overall, data showed that men are more likely to experience harassment as a “denial of access or participation,” whereas women are more likely to receive sexual harassment, offline stalking, or having sensitive information exposed online. Younger people, LGBTQ and other minority groups have higher instances of online abuse, although 65% of people witnessing abuse online reported that they reacted by responding to the perpetrator or victim in some way or using platform tools to report the abuse. The full research report can be found here.
The second keynote of the morning was delivered by Representative Katherine Clark. Rep. Clark spoke about the impact of abuse online and the ways that it caused victims - women in particular- to censor their lives and ‘opt out’ of certain opportunities in fields such as journalism, politics, or others that create a heightened public, online presence. Rep. Clark stated that the results of online harassment directly correlate with challenges inequality, justice and freedom of speech. Rep. Clark also shared her own experience with swatting. She spoke about the need to form productive partnerships within the tech sector, address systemic issues, and her desire to develop and work on solutions proposed in Congress.
The plenary panel, Cyber Ethics, Online Harassment and Hate Speech, included speakers from Microsoft, Twitter, AT&T, the University of Washington and the First Amendment Center, and allowed panelists to reflect on the previous topics covered. Jacqueline Beauchere discussed Microsoft’s code of conduct and the task of defining hate speech and hate content. Tony Goncalves discussed AT&T’s Digital You platform and #LaterHaters campaign and the efficacy of bringing in social influencers to speak about cyberbullying; educate parents and educators on media usage and types of content. Patricia Cartes discussed the challenges of Twitter as a public platform and how to productively reach out to users who act out of compliance with platform rules. Dr. Megan Moreno spoke about the impact of online abuse and harassment on young people’s real lives, and the importance of physicians and healthcare professionals in assessing kids on a whole health level, understanding that online-to-offline stress can impact physical and mental health in real life. Panelists agreed that balancing freedom of speech with protection of users is a multifaceted job and agreed that parents, companies, law enforcement, government, and civil society, all have a role to play.
The first set of breakout panels included Reaching and Teaching Good Digital Parents, The Internet of Families, and Politics, Policies & Online Privacy. The second set of breakout panels included Tech Solutions to Challenging Online Behaviors, New Frontiers: AI and Machine Learning, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, and Responding to Extremist Messaging and Behavior. For a full list of breakout speakers and bios from these sessions, please reference our agenda.
The afternoon plenary panel, Online Safety: Think Globally, Act Locally, brought together international experts to talk about the importance of examining global online safety issues in a local or cultural context. The panel featured diverse perspectives from Facebook, Netflix, NetSafe New Zealand, Nielsen, European Schoolnet and the EU Delegation to the U.S. Speakers described the need for educational responses to be tailored to the needs of children and young people in a culturally appropriate framework, citing the need to find community partners and foster trust in local communities. Speakers agreed on the difficulty of applying policy globally when the standard for what is offensive online can differ greatly by country and region, again highlighting the importance of local partnerships to ensure understanding of local social and political issues. The nuance of achieving regulatory balance, and different regional approaches to data privacy, were also discussed.
Nicol Turner Lee of the Brookings Institution hosted an in-conversation with researcher Kevin Clark of George Mason University, presenting findings from “The Digital Lives of African American Tweens, Teens, and Parents.” This nationwide study focused exclusively on behaviors and impacts of technology use in the African American community, a group that tends to be underrepresented in STEM fields and research. Ms. Turner Lee and Mr. Clark discussed the need for policies and digital initiatives to think about people of color and different backgrounds. They talked about the importance of broadening the scope of current research to create an equal representation, and opportunity, for those who may have previously been examined only as a subset of wider data.
The final keynote speech of the day came from Congresswoman Susan Brooks. Due to a last minute scheduling issue, the Congresswoman’s remarks were delivered on her behalf by Legislative Assistant Reagan Payne, and stressed the need for bipartisan efforts to combat emerging online safety issues. Going forward, the Congresswoman encouraged many of the diverse attendees work with the incoming Administration and support the incoming First Lady’s efforts to combat cyberbullying.
To see video clips from the conference please visit FOSI’s YouTube channel!
The conference agenda including resources from speakers can be viewed here.
Program Lead, National Cyber Security Awareness Programs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Princess Young is currently the Lead Management and Program Analyst for National Awareness Programs in the Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s office of Cybersecurity Communications (CS&C). CE&A strives to promote and advance cybersecurity awareness, outreach, education, training, and workforce development throughout public and private sectors.
In her role, Ms. Young manages and coordinates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), with year-round planning efforts and annual execution each October at the federal and national levels. She also directs strategic communications and direction for the DHS Stop.Think.Connect. TM Campaign, a national cybersecurity awareness campaign that aims to teach safer online practices to all Americans. With over 400 partners and growing, this program works to engage multiple stakeholders – government agencies and offices, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and individuals – into a collaborative national cybersecurity awareness effort throughout the year.
Ms. Young holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree in Information Assurance from Idaho State University. While at ISU, she served as Editor-in- Chief of her collegiate newspaper and was an Information Assurance Analyst at ISU’s National Information Assurance Training & Education Center. Ms. Young is also a CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service alumna.
Consumer Tech Reporter
The Washington Post
Hayley Tsukayama is a consumer tech reporter for The Washington Post, covering the latest gadgets and the companies that make them. She joined the Post in 2010, covering tech policy. Prior to the Washington Post, she worked as an intern for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which was her hometown paper growing up.
Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a Fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. The Center is part of Brookings’ Governance Studies program. Her core research interests are digital technology access, equity, and emerging digital use cases, such as online activism.
Prior to this role, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a 30-year old minority media advocacy organization, where she was responsible for designing and implementing its research and policy agenda. In this role, she developed the policy and research agenda and worked with civil rights, government, corporations and other stakeholders to strategize and operationalize MMTC’s work. Dr. Turner-Lee was also Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions whose work focuses on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color. At the Joint Center, Dr. Turner-Lee created the first “National Minority Broadband Adoption Study” that was cited in the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan as well as a subsequent report detailing the information needs of communities.
Dr. Turner-Lee is an appointee to the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Gender Equity in STEM for Women and Girls at Arizona State University. Dr. Turner-Lee graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Senior Research Fellow
Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Adam Thierer is a Senior Research Fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies, with a particular focus on online safety and digital privacy. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Forbes, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Thierer is a frequent guest lecturer and has testified numerous times on Capitol Hill.
Thierer has authored or edited eight books on topics ranging from media regulation and child safety issues to the role of federalism in high-technology markets. His latest book is Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom.
He contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading tech policy blog. Thierer has served on several distinguished online safety task forces, including Harvard University’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force and the federal government’s Online Safety Technology Working Group.
Previously, Thierer was president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Thierer received his MA in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland and his BA in journalism and political philosophy from Indiana University.
Sara Sorcher is the deputy editor of Passcode, a section from The Christian Science Monitor that covers security and privacy in the Digital Age. Based in Washington, D.C., Sorcher covers Internet policy throughout the federal government and military; the business of cybersecurity; and national debates over online privacy. She's also the cohost of The Cybersecurity Podcast, a monthly podcast with New America that features key leaders and thinkers in cybersecurity. Before joining the newsroom, Sorcher was National Journal’s national security correspondent, reporting from the Pentagon, State Department and Capitol Hill. Previously, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Her print and video articles were featured in major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN and GlobalPost.
Alan Simpson is executive director at iKeepSafe, an international non-profit coalition working to help all children learn and thrive with technology and digital media. iKeepSafe helps educators, families, companies, policymakers and others navigate emerging issues – including addressing concerns about student privacy, and fostering adoption and smart use of education technology.
Simpson has an extensive background in preK12 education and technology advocacy, including at Common Sense Media, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Voices for Illinois Children.
Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism
Oren Segal is Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, which combats extremism, terrorism and all forms of hate in the real world and online. Recognized as the foremost authority on extremism, the Center provides resources, expertise and training which enables law enforcement, public officials, community leaders and internet and technology companies to identify and counter emerging threats.
Much of Mr. Segal's time with ADL has been devoted to evaluating the activity and tactics of extremist groups and movements, training law enforcement officers and publishing reports and articles on a wide range of extremist topics. Mr. Segal has briefed members of congress, is regularly interviewed by national and international media outlets and provides his expertise at conferences around the world on issues of terrorism, anti-Semitism and extremism online.
In February 2015, Mr. Segal participated in a landmark White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). He focused his remarks on the nature of violent extremist movements in the United States, as well as how Americans of all religions, races and backgrounds are being reached and recruited by international terrorist organizations online. He also discussed the partners with whom ADL cooperates to combat these threats, including law enforcement, the tech industry and various community groups, highlighting the importance of a multi-faceted approach to addressing the challenge of violent extremism.
In 2006, Mr. Segal was recognized by the FBI for his exceptional service in the public interest. A graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Mr. Segal, a native New Yorker, has previously worked for The New York Times.
As the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Cathy Russell leads the State Department’s efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls around the world. In this role, she focuses on addressing gender-based violence, promoting women’s full participation in society, investing in adolescent girls, and integrating women’s issues into U.S. foreign policy. She also serves as co-chair of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council, and as a board member for the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Trust Women initiative, the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Initiative, and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise.
Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden focusing on military families and higher education. During her tenure at the White House, Ambassador Russell coordinated the development of the Administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. She previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international women’s issues. During the Clinton Administration, Russell served as Associate Deputy Attorney General. She has also served as Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senior Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and a J.D. from George Washington University.
Chris Rothey is President of Content Watch where he focuses on helping families effectively manage technology in their home. With more of our lives moving into a digital world, Content Watch is focused on providing the tools parents need to become digital parents.
Chris has extensive experience in the mobile space, with particular focus on geolocation and advertising. He has done led global teams in technology management, product development, and product marketing. Prior to Content Watch, Chris was the CEO of Radiate Media, a company he started through the spinout of assets from Nokia, where he was a Vice President running Nokia’s global Location Based Advertising group. Prior to Nokia, Chris was an executive at NAVTEQ, the world’s largest digital mapping company. There, Chris focused on providing live traffic content into the map, monetized through location-based advertisements.
Chris arrived at NAVTEQ through their acquisition of his company, Traffic.com, in 2007 where Chris was a co-founder and COO. Traffic.com was a start-up based on design work that he and Michael Burns completed while getting their Masters degrees. There he helped grow the start-up to $65 million in annual revenue and 750 employees by the time it went public on the NASDAQ in 2006. Chris was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the IPO, including writing the S-1 prospectus and completing the road show.
Chris began his career as an officer in the US Navy where he served for five years as a submarine officer.
Prior to the Navy, Chris attended the University of Pennsylvania on a Navy scholarship. There he completed the University’s Management and Technology Program, earning a Bachelors degree in Finance at the Wharton School as well as Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Moore School.
Chris is married to his wife, Kelly. Together they have four children.
Future of Privacy Forum
Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 110 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on Big Data, Mobile, Location, Apps, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars and Student Privacy.
Jules previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.
Jules serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information. He has served on the boards of a number of privacy and consumer protection organizations including TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2011-2012, Jules served on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
In 2001, Crain’s NY Business magazine named Jules one of the top technology leaders in New York City.
Jules is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events and has testified or presented before Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission.
His writing and research can be found on Google Scholar and SSRN.
Chief Operating Officer
Gene Policinski is chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, which includes the Religious Freedom Center, the First Amendment Center, and NewseumED.
One of the founding editors of USA Today, he oversees all programs of the Newseum Institute and also is a longtime proponent of diversity in journalism as an essential element of a free press. A veteran multimedia journalist, he also writes, lectures and is interviewed regularly on First Amendment issues. In 1996, he began working at the Freedom Forum, the foundation that is the principal founder of the Newseum and Newseum Institute. He hosts a variety of online audio and video programs produced by the Newseum Institute, including the “Journalism/Works” podcast, and is co-author of the bi-monthly, nationally distributed commentary “Inside the First Amendment.”
Augusta is the Program Coordinator for FOSI's Good Digital Parenting. In this role, Augusta uses her creative vision to help build awareness and grow the audience of GDP. She manages all of the social media accounts and assists in content creation and management.Augusta graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Communications: Public Relations and also minored in English: Print Journalism. Previously, Augusta managed social media accounts and online content for a D.C./Baltimore based law firm.
University of Washington
Dr. Megan A Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and an adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington. She is Principle Investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Dr Moreno’s training includes a MD from George Washington University, a Master’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s In Public Health from the University of Washington.
Dr. Moreno’s research interests focus on the intersection of technology and adolescent health. SMAHRT is a transdisciplinary research team with emphasis on trainee mentorship, collaboration, and diversity of members. Dr Moreno and her research team focuses on 3 core research areas: 1) innovative approaches to adolescent health using social media, 2) internet safety education and 3) measuring technology use and misuse. Grant funding has included support from NIH institutes including NIDA, NCI and NIAAA, Department of Justice, as well as private foundations. An important aspect of her research is in translation of research findings into practices and tools for use in communities by parents, educators and providers. She is author of a parenting handbook for internet safety based on research and collaborations with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr Moreno is a member of the executive committee on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communication and Media and the lead author on the 2016 policy statement “Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents.” Dr. Moreno was a committee member on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s 2016 report: “Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice.”
Director of Policy
NetSafe, Aotearoa - New Zealand
Neil is the Director of Policy at NetSafe, Aotearoa - New Zealand. Before joining NetSafe he worked in the education sector where his interest in the potential of digital technology for learning was ignited. Around the same time, Neil’s experiences on the periphery of a serious ‘cybersafety’ incident sparked a parallel interest in the challenges accompanying the use of technology that has continued through to his current role.
Working at the interface between NetSafe and its government partners’, Neil provides expert advice on the role and impact of digital technology in the lives of children, young people, family and whānau.
Neil played a key role in preparing NetSafe for its appointment earlier this year to a statutory role under New Zealand’s Harmful Digital Communications Act. In this role NetSafe will use advice, negotiation, mediation, and persuasion to resolve complaints about harm caused to individuals by digital communications.
Federal Trade Commission
Terrell McSweeny was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 28, 2014, to a term that expires on September 25, 2017.
Prior to joining the Commission, McSweeny served as Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. She joined the Antitrust Division after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President from January 2009 until February 2012, advising President Obama and Vice President Biden on policy in a variety of areas, including health care, innovation, intellectual property, energy, education, women’s rights, criminal justice and domestic violence.
McSweeny’s government service also includes her work as Senator Joe Biden’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director in the U.S. Senate, where she managed domestic and economic policy development and legislative initiatives, and as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on issues such as criminal justice, innovation, women's rights, domestic violence, judicial nominations and immigration and civil rights. She also worked as an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
McSweeny is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law School.
Camille Francois is Principal Researcher at Jigsaw, a think thank and technology incubator within Alphabet. Jigsaw tackles global internet security challenges to make vulnerable users safer. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary challenges such as online harassment and hate speech, online propaganda and algorithmic bias.
Before joining Jigsaw, Camille served as Special Advisor to the Chief Data Officer of France, implementing open data & open government policies. She spent two years in residence as a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society, working on the intersection of human rights and cyber conflict, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. She has led cybersecurity research initiatives for Mozilla, the French-American Foundation and the Software Freedom Law Center.
Camille also serves as a member of the Freedom Online Coalition international working group on An Internet Free and Secure, and on the Scientific Committee of the French Wikimedia Foundation.
A Fulbright Fellow, Camille holds an M.A. in Human Rights from the French Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po) and an M.A. in International Security from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs
The Meet Group, Inc.
Fred Beckley is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business affairs at The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET), a portfolio of mobile social entertainment apps designed to meet the universal need for human connection. The Meet Group leverages a powerful live-streaming video platform to empower its global community to forge meaningful connections. Through its primary apps - MeetMe®, LOVOO®, Skout®, and Tagged® - The Meet Group keeps millions of mobile daily active users entertained and engaged, and originates untold numbers of casual chats, friendships, dates, and marriages. In addition to his role as General Counsel, Mr. Beckley oversees content moderation, customer service, safety, and human resources.
Prior to joining The Meet Group, Mr. Beckley was the Executive Vice President, Business Development & General Counsel of TruePosition, a pioneer in wireless geolocation hardware and software development and manufacturing. In addition to the legal group, Mr. Beckley led the corporate development, regulatory and technical standards teams, and served as an officer or on the boards of TruePosition’s technology acquisitions, including EmFinders, Zoombak, and Useful Networks.
Before TruePosition, Mr. Beckley served as Senior Counsel, Business Development at Verizon Wireless, and in a number of capacities prior to that within the Verizon group of companies, including as General Counsel of Grupo Iusacell, Mexico’s second largest wireless operator, and of Bell Atlantic Professional Services, an international provider of staffing, construction, engineering and training services.
Mr. Beckley began his career doing mergers and acquisitions work at two large law firms in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale Law School, and Yale Divinity School.
D-MA 5th District
Congresswoman Katherine Clark proudly serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts. She was first elected in a special election in December of 2013.
Katherine’s career in public service is driven by her commitment to helping children and families succeed. She is a vocal advocate for ending wage discrimination, protecting women’s health care, access to affordable, high-quality child care, paid family leave, safer schools, and other reforms to address the challenges women and families face. She believes that Congress must work to end the glaring disconnect between the needs of families at home and priorities in Washington.
In Congress, she brings her experience as a state senator, state representative, general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general.
Katherine represents a diverse district comprised of 24 cities and towns that stretch from the coastal communities of Revere and Winthrop through the economic engine of MetroWest.
Katherine serves on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In the House Democratic Caucus she serves as a Senior Whip, and is a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. Katherine is a member of several caucuses in Congress, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Women’s Caucus.
Katherine, her husband Rodney and their three boys Addison, Jared and Nathaniel live in Melrose.
Senior Research Scientist
Data & Society Research Institute
Amanda Lenhart is a Senior Research Scientist at the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research focuses on online harassment and abuse, and on the attitudes and practices of young people on important civic and social issues – with a particular emphasis on how young people and families with children use and manage the networked technologies in their lives.
Prior to joining Data & Society, Amanda spent 16 years at the Pew Research Center. As Associate Director for Research, she oversaw research on how young adults, teens, children and families use technology. Amanda authored more than 30 reports for the Center’s Internet Project including Teens, Technology and Friendships, Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships, and Teens, Social Media and Privacy.
Amanda also regularly speaks about her work to policy makers, at conferences and hearings and to the full range of print, broadcast and digital news media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, among many others. For her research about and knowledge of youth and their use of technology, Amanda has testified before congressional subcommittees, the FTC and the U.S. States’ Attorneys General. She taught at American University and served on the international advisory board for the EU Kids Go Online 2 Project, a massive 33-country research project based at the London School of Economics. Amanda currently serves on the media and communications advisory board to the Society for Research on Adolescence and is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
R-IN 5th District
Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight urban, suburban and rural counties in Central Indiana, including the north side of Indianapolis. She uses her background as a Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis, a U.S. Attorney and a community college administrator to improve education, jobs, health and homeland security.
Congresswoman Brooks currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the Health, and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees. Through her membership on the Energy and Commerce Committee, she is working on mental health, substance abuse, biodefense and Medicaid reform issues. As a member of the Ethics Committee, she works with her colleagues to restore confidence in Congress. She also serves on the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.
Before joining the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Brooks received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, then went on to pursue a Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed her as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. In this position, she received bipartisan acclaim for her efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft. Prior to her election, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College with a focus on statewide workforce development strategies.
Director of Kids and Family
Kurt is the Director of Kids and Family for Amazon, where he leads all digital and hardware products for kids and families, including Amazon FreeTime, Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and Fire Kids Edition tablet. Kurt is a seasoned global business leader with experience in the US, Asia, and Europe. He has led major international media businesses for Amazon in Beijing, China, where he ran the physical media product categories for Amazon.cn and also launched the Amazon Kindle.
An Amazon veteran since 2005, Kurt began his Amazon career as the founder and head of Amazon’s global enterprise print-on-demand (POD) fulfillment service. Prior to Amazon, Kurt was a Senior Consultant with Princeton Consultants, Inc.
Kurt has two master’s degrees in Chinese Language and Literature, one from Princeton University and one from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Lehigh University. Outside of Amazon, Kurt has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Arthritis Foundation.
Chief Legal Officer
The Pokémon Company International, Inc.
Don McGowan is the Chief Legal Officer and Business Affairs of The Pokémon Company International, Inc., where he and his team oversee all legal and business affairs activities for the Pokémon property.
Recent projects for the company have included the launch of Pokémon GO and the negotiation of a feature film deal with Legendary Pictures. Prior to Pokémon, Don was the lead attorney for Microsoft Game Studios, Microsoft’s Xbox and PC games division. Before that he was in Microsoft’s security and cryptography legal team where he worked on all international security and encryption issues for the company, and before that he was a litigator in Montreal, Canada. Don is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal for law school, graduate school (environmental science), and undergraduate studies (philosophy and theology). He is married with a 16-year-old stepdaughter and lives just outside of Seattle, Washington
Director of Global Safety
Antigone spearheads the efforts of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from across the globe that provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices, as well as its Global Safety Network.
Antigone also serves on the International Advisory Board for WePROTECT and the boards of the Family Online Safety Institute, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years working for a State Attorney General. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped establish the office’s first online privacy and safety unit. She also led the National Association of Attorneys General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.”
Before serving in the public sector, Antigone used her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a corporate attorney and her masters in education as a middle school and high school teacher. Antigone received her B.A. from Columbia University.
VP, Legal & Policy
Family Online Safety Institute
Jennifer Hanley is the Vice President of Legal and Policy for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Jennifer directs FOSI’s government outreach and policy strategy. Jennifer helps FOSI build relationships with government officials as well as external partnerships and advises leading technology companies on best practices, policy developments, and emerging issues around online safety. Jennifer implements FOSI’s global projects and initiatives and manages the Washington, D.C. staff team. She also leads FOSI’s research work. Jennifer develops policy positions on Internet safety issues including online privacy, mobile safety, cyberbullying, sexting, controversial content, student data privacy, encouraging positive online content for kids, and federal and state legislation and regulations. Jennifer also represents FOSI on panels and in the press.
Chief of Staff
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Josh Connolly has worked for Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) since 2010 and currently serves as her Chief of Staff and previously served as Legislative Director for the Congresswoman. Josh also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (OR-5).
Founder & CEO
Get Kids Internet Safe
Dr. Bennett is the founder and CEO of GetKidsInternetSafe. She is a mother of three, licensed clinical psychologist, and adjunct faculty at California State University Channel Islands - CSUCI (Addiction Studies, Parenting, and Clinical Psychology). She’s worked with children, teens, adults, and families in private practice for over 20 years.
Assistant Attorney General
New York Office of the Attorney General.
Aaron Chase is an Assistant Attorney General in the Bureau of Internet and Technology (BIT) at the New York Office of the Attorney General. His work focuses on enforcing state and federal laws that protect consumers of technology, including in the areas of data protection, privacy and deceptive business practices. Mr. Chase’s work at BIT involves considering and responding to novel issues raised by emerging technologies and disruptive business models within the existing regulatory framework. His work has covered a wide range of industries and businesses, including IoT security devices, daily fantasy sports platforms, event ticketing, and broadband internet providers. Prior to joining BIT, Mr. Chase was an associate in the Intellectual Property group at White & Case in New York. Mr. Chase received a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University in Montreal.
New America’s Open Technology Institute
Kevin Bankston is the Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to promote policy and regulatory reforms to strengthen communities by supporting open communications networks, platforms, and technologies. He previously served as OTI's Policy Director.
Prior to leading OTI’s policy team, Kevin was a Senior Counsel and the Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. From that position, he spent two years advocating on a wide range of Internet and technology policy issues both international and domestic, most recently organizing a broad coalition of companies and civil society organizations to demand greater transparency around the US government’s surveillance practices. He also has served since 2005 on the board of the First Amendment Coalition, a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech and a more open and accountable government, and previously was a nonresidential fellow at the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society.
Prior to joining CDT, he worked for nearly a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech and privacy law with a focus on government surveillance, Internet privacy, and location privacy. As a Senior Staff Attorney at EFF, he regularly litigated issues surrounding free expression and electronic surveillance, and was a lead counsel in EFF’s lawsuits against the National Security Agency and AT&T, challenging the legality of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program first revealed in 2005. He originally joined EFF as an Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow, studying the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, he litigated Internet-related free speech cases at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City as a Justice William Brennan First Amendment Fellow. He received his JD at the University of Southern California Law School after receiving his BA at the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy
Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA)
Sara Kloek is the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy. Most recently, Sara was the senior privacy and technology fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. Much of her time there was spent leading interagency discussions and subsequent negotiations on joint guidance on student privacy and educational technology. She also provided technical assistance to states, districts, schools and companies through ED’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center. Prior to her fellowship, she led the development of privacy and transparency best practices at Know What’s Inside and served as an education policy advisor to a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Sara is an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and is an enthusiastic advocate for education technology, clear privacy policies, and bees.
Director, Free Expression Project
Center for Democracy & Technology
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.
Senior Attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Kristin Cohen is a Senior Attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Her work focuses primarily on enforcing federal statutes and regulations that pertain to information security and consumer privacy, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Ms. Cohen previously served as the Chief of the FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation. This Office conducts research on emerging applied technologies, including with respect to privacy and data security issues. Prior to joining the FTC, Ms. Cohen was an associate at Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson) and clerked for the Honorable Robert B. King on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Cohen received a BS from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Virginia Law School.
Partner in Communications, E-Commerce and Privacy
Jim Halpert is a partner in DLA Piper's Communications, Electronic Commerce and Privacy practice. He advises clients regarding compliance strategies for with transnational, federal and state privacy and security regulations, industry best practices and self-regulatory initiatives, and has represented clients in major privacy cases in the federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Halpert represents and counsels Fortune 500 and smaller companies on a broad range of privacy and data management issues, including data security, trans-national data flows, government regulation of marketing practices, health care privacy, privacy issues raised by recording or accessing private communications, privacy regulation of various communications media, employee data, student privacy, due diligence in sales of corporate assets, records management and government surveillance requests. For example, he counseled clients regarding responses to more than 150 data security breaches since 2005.
Representing a coalition of Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Halpert has helped to draft most of the US state data security and security breach notification laws, all of the state spyware laws and many of the recent state spam laws, as well as California’s online privacy law. He has also helped to draft many of the United States federal Internet privacy laws, including the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Communications Decency Act.
He has litigated major privacy cases in federal courts, including Maine Newspaper Association v. Mills, Parker v. Time Warner Cable and Los Angeles Police Department v. United Reporting Co..
Mr. Halpert has been named by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as one of the leading data protection lawyers in the US. Legal 500 writes that he is "renowned for his 'excellent judgment and awareness of the pressures a modern business faces,'" and "for being 'pro-active and impressively hands-on for such a well-respected lawyer.'" He served as the legal advisor for a report of l’Autorita per la Garanzie nelle Communicatione (the Italian communications regulator) to the Italian Parliament regarding revisions to Italy's Internet laws. He was a law clerk to the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, a former US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Professor & Children’s Media Consultant
George Mason University
Kevin Clark is a professor in the Division of Learning Technologies and the Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research focuses on the educational impact of technology and media on African Americans, broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines, and issues of diversity in children’s media. Kevin has more than 20 years experience as a designer, advisor, and consultant to children’s media organizations, and currently serves as the Strategic Advisor for Diversity in Children’s Content Production to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Clark worked as a senior content designer and senior program manager for a California based educational software company, where he supervised the design and development of interactive children’s educational content for the Sony PlayStation and computer platforms.
Dr. Clark has been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in supporting and accelerating STEM opportunities for African American students, schools, and communities. Dr. Clark was also selected as a Fellow for the Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar. Dr. Clark holds both a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. For more information about Dr. Clark’s work, please visit http://cdmid.gmu.edu
Executive Vice President of External Affairs
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and holds responsibility for leading Nielsen’s global efforts in key areas, including privacy strategy, public policy, and corporate social responsibility.
Previously, Karen was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Under her leadership, the U.S. convened government, technology, and business leaders to develop the first global Internet Policymaking Principles. She led efforts to open access to the OECD’s data and to strengthen its anticorruption efforts. She worked with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to launch both the Gender Initiative and the Middle East-North Africa Women's Business Forum.
Karen served as policy director for President Barack Obama when he served in the Senate. In the Clinton Administration, she was deputy chief of staff at the Treasury Department and director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission. Earlier, Karen was a management consultant at Telesis and an economic forecaster at Townsend-Greenspan & Company.
Karen founded the New America Foundation's Work and Family Program and is a senior fellow for Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Karen has written extensively about technology policy, women, and family policy for The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Washington Post. New York Times columnist David Brooks cited her Democracy article “Families Valued,” focused on “juggler families” as one of the best magazine articles of 2006.
Karen earned a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Insafe Network Coordinator
Hans Martens (PhD) is Digital Citizenship Team and Programme Manager at European Schoolnet. Within this context, Hans coordinates the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres, while leading the Better Internet for Kids project which implements, on behalf of the European Commission, a comprehensive range of digital tools and services that help make the internet a trusted environment for children through actions that empower and protect them online, sharing knowledge, resources, and practices.
Hans’s team is involved in a variety of other campaigns, partnerships, platforms and projects, including, the eSkills 2015-2016 campaign, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, the European Coding Initiative, the eSafety Label, the Web We Want, and I-LINC.
Hans has a background in research and teaching, combined with an advisory role in various Flemish, European, and American media literacy networks and projects.
Vice President Global Public Affairs
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
AT&T Entertainment Group
Tony Goncalves helps AT&T navigate the rapidly evolving consumer marketplace, charged with identifying and assessing new opportunities, setting strategic direction and overseeing capital planning across the company’s consumer-facing video, wireline and mobile businesses. In addition, he oversees AT&T’s joint venture with the Chernin Group in Otter Media, which focuses on streaming video and new distribution models for the younger generation. He serves on the Iona College Hagan School of Business Advisory Board and is a member of the CommonSense Media NY Advisory Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.
Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism
George Washington University
Seamus Hughes is the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. He is a recognized expert on homegrown violent extremism and countering violent extremism (CVE).
Hughes previously worked at the National Counterterrorism Center, serving as a lead staffer on the U.S. government’s efforts to implement the national CVE strategy. He regularly led engagements with Muslim American communities across the country, provided counsel to civic leaders after high-profile terror-related incidents, and met with families of individuals who joined terrorist organizations. Hughes created a groundbreaking intervention program to help steer individuals away from violence through non-law enforcement means and worked closely with FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforces, Fusion Centers, and U.S. Attorney Offices. He has briefed numerous foreign governments and helped coordinate the 2015 White House Summit on CVE.
Prior to NCTC, Hughes served as the Senior Counterterrorism Advisor for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He organized over a dozen congressional hearings on the threat of homegrown violent extremism and led fact-finding delegations to the various European and Middle Eastern countries. He authored two reports for the Senate: “A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government’s Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack” and “Zachary Chesser: A Case Study in Online Islamist Radicalization and Its Meaning for the Threat of Homegrown Terrorism.”
Hughes was also a lead congressional investigator, uncovering evidence of widespread government funding of inaccurate counterterrorism training, which directly lead to the creation of federal standards. He has authored numerous legislative bills, including sections of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act and the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the recipient of National Security Council Outstanding Service and two NCTC Director’s Awards for outstanding service.
Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering and Director of Research in Cyber Security in WMG
University of Warwick, UK
Carsten is Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering and Director of Research in Cyber Security in WMG, University of Warwick. He is the technical lead for the Privacy and Trust stream, and the constellations of projects in Transport & Mobility and Control Systems & Supply Chains in the PETRAS project, the UK Research Hub for the Cyber Security of the Internet of Things. He leads a number of projects funded through national and international organisations such as InnovateUK, EPSRC and industrial sponsors. He is an author of the UK Security Breach Investigations Report in 2010 supported by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and Police Central e-Crime Unit and Cyber Stalking in the UK, a report supported by NSS and the Crown Prosecution Service. Carsten is Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK.
Ralph Acosta is CEO of TeenSafe, the leading parental SmartPhone monitoring service.
TeenSafe is the iOS and Android service of choice among families, with over one million subscriptions to date. Prior to joining TeenSafe, Ralph was VP of Strategic Initiatives for Europlay Capital, and also founded SkuRun, the assets of which were sold to Scientific Games. Ralph is a management committee member at Label Daddy and an advisor to FlashFunders, Red Bull Global Rallycross and mJoose. He holds a MBA from Columbia University and is a leading member of its Southern California alumni relations committee. Ralph graduated from Brown University with a BA degree. He and his wife reside in Los Angeles, CA.
Head of Global Safety Outreach
As Twitter's Head of Global Safety Outreach, Patricia Cartes works to define policy and to ensure user safety and security in the challenging realm of modern social media. Patricia's team works 24x7 to defend and respect the voice of Twitter users and to fight online abuse including targeted harassment, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and cyber-bullying.
Patricia Cartes started working in the technology industry in 2006 when she joined Google’s Webspam team. After building an expertise in site integrity, she joined Facebook as one of the founding members of the company's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During her time in their User Operations team she managed Facebook’s Intellectual Property and Safety teams, focusing on legal issues as well as on suicide prevention and child protection. In 2011 she joined their Public Policy organization where she was appointed their Head of Safety responsible for maintaining relationships with online safety organizations, Law Enforcement & Military agencies, government hotlines and data protection authorities, across EMEA.
Senior Manager of Outreach & Partnerships for Internet Essentials
Nicolas Jimenez is the Senior Manager of Outreach & Partnerships for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s signature community investment initiative aimed at connecting low-income Americans to the power of the internet. In this capacity, he maintains relationships with an extensive network of community, nonprofit and government partners. Nicolas joined Comcast in 2007 as an Intern in the External Affairs department and was most recently Senior Manager of Political Affairs. He was as the Founding Chair of UNIDOS, the Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group at Comcast, and currently serves as their National Liaison responsible for developing chapters in other Comcast markets.
Prior to joining Comcast, he successfully ran a small business while earning his BBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
Very active in his community, Nicolas serves on the Board of Directors of the Pan American Academy Charter School. He serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Mentoring Network. He is also involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, serving both as a Big Brother and Chair Emeritus of their Philadelphia Regional Advisory Board. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, he resides in Philadelphia with his wife Janett and their two children.
The Net Safety Collaborative
A parent, journalist and youth advocate, Anne Collier has been writing about kids and connected media at NetFamilyNews.org since the late-'90s. She is executive director of The Net Safety Collaborative, the national non-profit organization that runs the U.S.'s new social media helpline for schools. Anne has served on three national task forces on youth internet safety, and currently serves on the safety advisory boards of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Kik. She and her family live in Salt Lake City.
Technology Policy Fellow
R Street Institute
Anne Hobson is a technology policy fellow with the R Street Institute, specializing in free-market approaches to emerging technology. Before joining R Street, Anne was a policy associate at Facebook. She is an alumna of the Mercatus Center's MA Fellowship at George Mason University, where she worked with the technology policy program. Anne graduated with a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and has a master’s degree in applied economics from George Mason University.
Web Content Analysts Group Manager
Konstantin Ignatev joined Kaspersky Lab in 2007 as analyst for developing a new child protection feature for Kaspersky Lab’s consumer products. In this role, he developed multiple advanced technologies for the company’s Parental Control feature, including web categorization, safe search, anti-banner etc. In 2009, Konstantin became head of a web-content analysis group that was developing new and existing unique technologies for Kaspersky Lab’s online child security products, contributing to making these some of the leading security solutions for children online, according to independent tests. Konstantin is a reputable expert taking part in IT security events and educational initiatives for teachers and students. He is a specialist in topics such as content filtering and kids’ online security in specialized media.
Counsellor for the Digital Economy
Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Mr. Andrea Glorioso has been the Counsellor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA, in Washington D.C. since June 2014.
In this role, he acts as the liaison between the EU and US on policy, regulation and research activities related to the Internet and Information & Communication Technologies. Mr Glorioso worked for eight years at the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium) on cyber-security, privacy / personal data protection, cloud computing and Internet governance.
Before joining the European Commission, he worked at the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society of the Politechnic University of Turin, at the Media Innovation Unit of the Chamber of Commerce of Florence, at the Centro Tempo Reale Research Centre for Contemporary Music and in the private sector as a software developer and IT project manager for a number of multinational firms.
A native of Padua (Italy), Mr Glorioso has a MSc (summa cum laude) in Political Sciences / Sociology from the University of Padua, an LLM (summa cum laude) in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Turin / WIPO Worldwide Academy and post-graduate degrees in IT law (Centro Study Informatica Giuridica), international diplomatic law (Diplo Foundation / University of Malta) and global Internet governance (Diplo Foundation). He is since 2015 a Fellow of Columbia University's Institute for Tele-Information.
Public Policy Manager
Sarah Holland is Public Policy Manager for Google, where she focuses on consumer privacy and data innovation, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and online safety and digital literacy. Immediately prior to joining Google, she served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor on matters related to technology and communications, privacy and consumer protection, and foreign policy. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Johns Hopkins University, and studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She currently serves as Chair of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Board of Directors and member of the iCanHelpline.org Advisory Committee. She also serves as Community Club mentor.
Telecommunications Policy Analyst
U.S. Department of Commerce
Dr. Travis Hall is a Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Office of Policy and Development, focusing on Surveillance and Consumer Privacy. His portfolio includes IoT, UAS, and Blockchain, and he recently successfully concluded two privacy multistakeholder processes. He has a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, and his dissertation research focused on the cultural contexts and histories of state identification programs, specifically those that use bodies as the media of identity (biometrics, tattoos). He has acted as a consultant for advocacy groups, academic institutes, and private companies on the technical and policy details of identification and the potential impacts of these technologies on privacy rights. Before joining the Department of Commerce, Travis taught at American University and was a research fellow at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, Germany. He received his MA in International Communications and BA in International Relations from American University.
Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice
A conversation with Julie Brill is like chatting with a well-informed, straight-talking neighbor who just happens to be a renowned global leader in data security law. She has been named "one of the top minds in online privacy" and a "key player in U.S. and global regulations." Colleagues extol her "charm, knowledge, and perseverance." Julie is an endless fount of forward-thinking ideas to empower those fortunate enough to fall under her representation. While a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Julie was "widely seen as the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues." She brings her voice and knowledge to the clients of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, of which she is a partner and co-leader. Julie is plugged into data, device and systems vulnerability and is focused on emerging data security issues. Her deep understanding of big data helps companies navigate the complex rules around the use of data. Companies benefit from her keen intelligence and reservoir of knowledge about consumer privacy protection, financial fraud prevention, and maintaining competition in the healthcare and high-tech industries.
While at the FTC, she became one of the key U.S. regulators on advertising law, including ad tech, native advertising, and other cutting-edge ad issues. Julie’s role as one of the nation's top antitrust officials makes her a natural fit to assist in leading our Antitrust practice. Prior to serving as FTC Commissioner, Julie was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. For more than 20 years she served as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont. There she led many multi-state investigations, anchored the state's' Privacy Working Group, and testified before Congress at hearings related to consumer protection and financial data privacy. She taught at Columbia Law School. She also was an associate at a New York-based law firm.
Chief Online Safety Officer
Jacqueline F. Beauchere is the Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft. In this role, Ms. Beauchere is responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s online safety strategy, including cross-company policy creation and implementation, influence over consumer safety features and functionality, and outreach to and engagement with a variety of external audiences. She also currently serves as the chair of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) board of directors, and is Microsoft’s representative to the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) board, as well as INHOPE’s Advisory Board and the Board of the Technology Coalition. In March 2015, she was invited to represent the technology industry on the U.K. government’s WePROTECT Children Online International Advisory Board, now known as the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Abuse Online. Ms. Beauchere has spent more than 16 years at Microsoft leading various groups and efforts that evangelize the company's commitment to help create safer, more trusted Internet experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Before joining Microsoft in December 1999, Ms. Beauchere was an attorney in private practice in New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. A second-career lawyer, she spent 12 years as a real-time financial news correspondent and Editor in Charge, most recently with Reuters America Inc., in New York.
Founder & CEO
Family Online Safety Institute
For the past 30 years, Stephen Balkam has had a wide range of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in the both the US and UK. He is currently the Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. FOSI’s mission is to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes the top thinkers and practitioners in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate and to create a “culture of responsibility” in the online world.
Prior to FOSI, Stephen was the Founder and CEO of the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) and led a team which developed the world’s leading content labeling system on the web. While with ICRA, Stephen served on the US Child Online Protection Commission (COPA) in 2000 and was named one of the Top 50 UK Movers and Shakers, Internet Magazine, 2001.
In 1994, Stephen was named the first Executive Director of the Recreational Software Advisory Council (RSAC) which created a unique self-labeling system for computer games and then, in 1996, Stephen launched RSACi – a forerunner to the ICRA website labeling system. For his efforts in online safety, Stephen was given the 1998 Carl Bertelsmann Prize in Gutersloh, Germany, for innovation and responsibility in the Information Society and was invited to the first and subsequent White House Internet Summits during the Clinton Administration.
Stephen’s other positions include the Executive Director of the National Stepfamily Association (UK); General Secretary of the Islington Voluntary Action Council; Executive Director of Camden Community Transport as well as management positions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and Inter-Action. Stephen’s first job was with Burroughs Machines (now Unisys) and he had a spell working for West Nally Ltd – a sports sponsorship PR company.
Stephen received a BA, magna cum laude, in Psychology from University College, Cardiff, Wales in 1977. A native of Washington, DC, Stephen spent many years in the UK and is now has dual citizenship. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, appears often on TV and has appeared on nationally syndicated TV and radio programs such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR and the BBC and has been interviewed by leading newspapers such as the Washington Post, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, radio and in the mainstream press. He has given presentations and spoken in 15 countries on 4 continents.