Anita Allen

Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, bioethics, and contemporary values, and is recognized for her scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights, and race relations. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. At Penn she is the Vice Provost for Faculty and the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy.  In 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her books include Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide (Oxford, 2011); Everyday Ethics: Opinion-Writing about the Things that Matter Most (Academic Readers/Cognella, 2010); Privacy Law and Society (Thomson/West, 2011) and many more.

Julie Brill

Julie Brill was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 6, 2010. Since joining the Commission, Ms. Brill has been working actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech. Commissioner Brill has been named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues”, a “key player in U.S. and global regulations (link is external)”, “one of the top minds in online privacy (link is external)”, one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate (link is external)”, “one of the top 50 influencers on big data (link is external)”, and a “game-changer (link is external)”. In 2014, she received the Privacy Leader of the Year Award (link is external) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Free Software has been published with Princeton University Press. Her new book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, published by Verso, has been named to Kirkus Reviews’Best Books of 2014.

Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni served as a Senior Advisor to the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard Business School, University of California at Berkeley, and is the first University Professor at George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. He served as the President of the American Sociological Association, and he founded the Communitarian Network. A study by Richard Posner ranked him among the top 100 American intellectuals. He is the author of numerous op-eds and his voice is frequently heard in the media. He is the author of numerous books, including The Active Society, Genetic Fix, The Moral Dimension, The New Golden Rule, and My Brother’s Keeper. His last books are The Common Good, From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations, and How Patriotic is the Patriot Act: Freedom Versus Security in the Age of Terrorism. Dr. Etzioni is married and is the father of five sons.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute / Oxford University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He has published ten books, including the international bestseller “Big Data” (HMH, co-authored with Kenneth Cukier, translated into more than 20 languages) and the awards-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” with Princeton University Press (also available in multiple languages). He is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the governance of information.

Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley and a co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Prior to joining the School of Information in 2008, she was a Clinical Professor of Law, founding Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, and Director of Clinical Programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Mulligan is the Policy lead for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, which brings together researchers at U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. Current projects include comparative, qualitative research to explore the conceptualization and management of privacy within corporations based in different jurisdictions, and policy approaches to improving cybersecurity. MIT Press will publish her study of privacy practices in large corporations in five countries, conducted with UC Berkeley Law Prof. Kenneth Bamberger, in Fall 2015.  Other areas of current research include exploring users' conceptions of privacy in the online environment and their relation to existing theories of privacy.  She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and a Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Prior to Berkeley, she served as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C.


Helen Nissenbaum

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited eight books, including Privacy, Big Data and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, with J. Lane, V. Stodden and S. Bender (Cambridge, 2014), Values at Play in Digital Games, with M. Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010) and her research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science.

Peter Schaar

Chairman of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID), former German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (2003-2013). Mr. Schaar was born in Berlin in 1954 and has a degree in Economics. From 1979 to 1986 various functions in the public administration.1986 to 2002 in the office of Hamburg’s Data Protection Commissioner, initially as the head of the technology unit and later as deputy commissioner. 2002/2003 founder and managing director of a consulting company for data protection. From 2003 to 2013 Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. Since 2007 guest lecturer at the University of Hamburg. Books: Datenschutz im Internet (2002), Das Ende der Privatsphäre (2007), Total überwacht - Wie wir in Zukunft unsere Daten schützen (2014), Das digitale Wir (2015)

Ashkan Soltani

Ashkan Soltani is a researcher focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics, currently serving as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission. His work draws attention to privacy problems online, demystifies technology for the non-technically inclined, and provides data-driven insights to help inform policy. Ashkan was recognized as part of the 2014 Pulitzer winning team for his contributions to the Washington Post’s coverage of the Snowden Files. He has previously served as staff technologist in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission and was the primary technical consultant on the Wall Street Journal’s “What They Know” investigative series. Ashkan has also appeared on several major media programs, including CBS’s 60 Minutes, PBS’s Frontline, and National Public Radio.

Latanya Sweeney

As Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard University, I am a computer scientist working with world-renowned government scholars. This unique cross-fertilization has been fantastic at every turn! My mission is create and use technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and to teach others how to do the same. One focus area is data privacy, and I am the Director of the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard