pii2014 Silicon Valley Speakers

  • JohnAckerly

    John Ackerly

    Virtru, Co-founder and CEO

    John is the co-founder and CEO of Virtru. As a senior technology advisor for the White House before and after the events of 9/11, followed by six years in the private equity busienss, John saw a real need to provide individuals and businesses with the power to protect their digital communications. Joining forces with Will Ackerly, inventor of the TDF standard and former head of cloud security at the NSA, John founded Virtru to to make it possible for everyone to keep their private information private.


  • JimAdler

    Jim Adler

    Metanautix, Vice President, Products and Chief Privacy Officer

    Jim is a business executive, entrepreneur and thought leader on big data, privacy, security and voting systems. He also serves on the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC) providing advice at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security and the DHS Chief Privacy Officer.


    Most recently, Jim was vice president, data systems at inome and the first chief privacy officer at Intelius. Prior to inome and Intelius, Jim served as president and chief technology officer at Identity.net, an Internet company giving consumers control of their online identity and reputation. He was the founder and CEO of VoteHere, a pioneer in the development of private and secure electronic voting. He is a co-inventor of patents related to cryptographic voting and digital signatures.


    He received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @jim_adler.

  • HarveyAnderson

    Harvey Anderson

    AVG Technologies, Chief Legal Officer

    Harvey joined AVG Technologies in the role of chief legal officer in February 2014. He comes from Mozilla where he was senior vice president, business and legal affairs responsible for the legal, business development, public policy, marketplace and content product teams. At AVG, Harvey leads lead all global legal matters including compliance and ethics and is responsible for accelerating partner and business transactions, IP and partnership innovation, and leading AVG privacy initiatives worldwide.


    Harvey’s background includes expertise in the development of partnerships with mobile operators, search providers and device manufacturers, and industry experience through his involvement in the advancement of innovative web privacy ‘Do Not Track’ initiatives.


    Over the course of his career, Harvey has held positions of responsibility at companies such as Seven Networks, Flywheel Communications, Medscape and Netscape, guiding them in complex transactions, including privacy, equity financing, corporate governance, M&A and IP matters.


  • SoniaArrison

    Sonia Arrison

    Author and Technology Analyst

    Sonia is a best-selling author and analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for the better part of two decades. As a founder, academic advisor and, currently, trustee at Singularity University, her research focuses on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society. Her most recent book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, addresses the social, economic and cultural impacts of radical human longevity. It was a national best-seller and listed as one of the “Best Books of 2012″ by the Financial Times.


    Sonia is also a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver and author of two previous books (Western Visions and Digital Dialog). She was previously a director and senior fellow in tech studies at the Pacific Research Institute, a columnist at TechNewsWorld, and hosted a radio show called “digital dialogue” on the Voice America network.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @soniaarrison.

  • ChrisBabel

    Chris Babel


    Chris is the CEO of TRUSTe, the leading trustmark and recognized authority on Internet trust and privacy. Chris possesses over a decade of experience building online trust, most recently as senior vice president and general manager of VeriSign’s worldwide authentication services business, where he was responsible for strategy, sales, marketing, product and support.


    Chris also previously managed VeriSign’s SSL and managed security services business. In these roles, he helped grow the businesses though the launch of new products to enterprise and small/medium businesses, international expansion in EMEA and Asia and through acquisition and integration of a number of companies. Chris also spent time in corporate development and as chief of staff to the CEO where he led strategic planning and execution of over 20 acquisitions.


    Prior to joining VeriSign, Chris served as an associate in Morgan Stanley’s technology mergers and acquisitions group and its corporate finance group working on transactions like Netscape’s sale to AOL.


    Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics with highest distinction from Northwestern University.

  • Chrys_Bader

    Chrys Bader

    Secret, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

    Chrys is co-founder and chief product officer of Secret. Previously, Chrys launched Photovine at Google and built products such as Fliggo, TwitVid, Vidly and Treehouse as a YCombinator alumni.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @chrysb.

  • RobBanagale

    Rob Banagale

    Gliph, Co-founder and CEO

    Rob  is CEO and co-founder of Gliph, an app that combines secure messaging with easy Bitcoin payments. Gliph is described as “the world’s easiest way to send bitcoin,” and is fundamentally built to protect user privacy.


    Rob has written about cross-platform mobile application development and has advocated for making privacy a priority for startups. At pii2012 in Seattle, Gliph was awarded the Innovator Spotlight Audience Choice award.


    Rob previously worked as director of strategy and innovation for mobile agency Übermind in Seattle (sold to Deloitte Digital). He holds an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Oregon State University.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @jetsetter.

  • AlvaroBedoya

    Alvaro Bedoya

    Center for Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law, Executive Director

    Alvaro is the founding executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, he served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law and to its chairman, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). In this capacity, Alvaro advised Senator Franken in crafting legislation on mobile location privacy, health data privacy and NSA transparency and worked to improve privacy protections for biometric technology like facial recognition and fingerprint readers. Alvaro also advised Senator Franken on immigration, civil and LGBT rights, and intellectual property, and served as the Senator’s lead staffer in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.


    He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

    You can follow him on Twitter at @alvarombedoya.

  • KristinaKerrBergman

    Kristina Kerr Bergmann

    Ignition Partners, Principal

    Kristina joined Ignition as a principal in 2012, bringing over a decade of software industry management experience and a focus on product management, marketing and entrepreneurship. At Ignition, Kristina sources deals in areas such as cloud and “big data”, advises portfolio companies and provides counsel on industry trends.


    Before Ignition, Kristina was most recently group product manager for Microsoft’s SharePoint Server, part of its industry-leading Office division. In that role, she led the enterprise product management group which included business intelligence, enterprise search and composite applications. Later, she led the SharePoint outbound team which included all external-facing engagement. Prior to that, she led the business intelligence product management team.


    Before joining Microsoft in 2006, Kristina worked for Crystal Decisions (acquired by Business Objects), primarily on product marketing for the company’s strategic alliances.


    She holds a bachelor of commerce degree with a specialty in entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria. She started a commercial painting business and a drive-in movie theater in Victoria prior to and during university.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @KristinaKerr.

  • AnneBezancon

    Anne Bezançon

    Placecast, Founder and President

    Anne is the founder and president of Placecast, the leading enterprise platform for monetizing mobile location and user data at scale. The company specializes in providing proven, secure, privacy-first solutions for big data monetization to the largest telecom (AT&T, Rogers, Telefonica), financial institutions and media companies in the world. Over 400 brands have used the Placecast platform, including Starbucks, Subway, HP, JetBlue, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut.


    A native of France, Anne discovered her passion for technology when she helped develop the Minitel, a precursor to the Internet. Anne moved to the Silicon Valley in 1996. She has since started three companies and participated in the launch of two more. In 1995, she organized the NGO Forum of the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, and pioneered private sponsorships from Apple and HP to enable training in word processing and email for 40,000 participants.


    Anne was invited to meet with the French President during his official visit to San Francisco in March 2014. Anne was also named to the 2013 “Mobile Women to Watch” list from Mobile Marketer. In 2011, Anne attended the eG8 Summit, an invitation-only summit of leaders in government and industry focusing on the Internet in the context of global public policy. She has written thought leadership pieces for leading tech and business publications, including Forbes.


    She holds a diploma from Sciences-Po Paris, and an LLM in Business Law. She is the author of ten patents in the field of location-based technology, and speaks frequently at various tech industry and business events.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @abezancon.

  • BrianBrackeen

    Brian Brackeen

    Kairos, CEO

    Brian is the founder and CEO of Kairos, an innovative facial recognition company based in Miami. The Kairos API enables any application or service to use facial recognition in just three lines of code.


    Kairos’s growth was recently noticed by The Wall Street Journal when it was selected as one of the top 25 startups in the country to participate in the WSJ Startup of the Year. Kairos has raised $1.9 million in funding and has over 400 companies in its pipeline, representing over $100 million dollars in revenue.


    Brian cut his technological teeth at Apple where he rolled out HR systems for Apple locations around the world.  He has a daughter (who is 13 and going on 23) and is a rabid Miami Heat and Philadelphia Eagles fan.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @BrianBrackeen.

  • JoniBrennan

    Joni Brennan

    Kantara Initiative, Executive Director & IEEE-SA, Identity and Trust Technology Evangelist

    Deeply embedded in privacy and identity standards development for over a decade, Joni serves as the IEEE-SA technology evangelist for internet identity and trust focusing on issues of governance, policy and technology development that touch digital identity, personally identifiable information and trust services.


    Joni also serves as Kantara Initiative’s executive director focusing on technology evangelism, trust framework identity assurance accreditation and interoperability certification to connect business, consumers, governments, citizens, and users in a more natively trustworthy environment.


    Joni builds diplomatic collaboration relationships within and across communities. Joni helps to drive and formalize strategic partnerships between organizations. She participates in international organizations and industry standards committees including: OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS SSTC, ISO SC27 WG5, and ITU-T SG17 Q6. She has served as the NSTIC / IDESG Trust Framework working group chair. She has also provided testimony regarding trusted identity and access management systems for the US ONC HITSP.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @jonibrennan.

  • BradBurnham

    Brad Burnham

    Union Square Ventures, Managing Partner

    Brad is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. He started working in information technology with AT&T in 1979. Brad spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories in 1989 and joined AT&T Ventures in 1993. Brad co-founded TACODA in 2001 before joining Fred Wilson to create Union Square Ventures in 2003.


    Brad majored in political science at Wesleyan University. He is married with two kids and lives in New York City.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @BradUSV.

  • BeckyBurr

    Becky Burr

    Neustar, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer

    Becky is Neustar’s deputy general counsel and chief privacy officer, responsible for ensuring that the company maintains state-of-the-art privacy and data security to protect customer and consumer information.


    Prior to joining Neustar in 2012, Becky was a partner at Wilmer Hale, practicing in the Communications, Privacy and Internet Law Practice Group. She is a veteran of the Federal Trade Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. She was recognized as a nationwide leader in the privacy and data security field in the 2007 – 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business.

  • DavidByttow

    David Byttow

    Secret, Co-founder and CEO

    David is co-founder and CEO of Secret. Previously, he worked at Square, Medium, Google, and created a handful of video games.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @davidbyttow.

  • JCCannon

    JC Cannon

    Assertive Privacy, Founder

    JC is the founder of Assertive Privacy, a Washington D.C. based consulting agency. He assists startups with privacy reviews, provides input to policy discussions, is an instructor for IAPP’s CIPT certification and a speaker at privacy events.

    He recently retired from a sixteen-year career at Microsoft where he spent twelve of those years focused on privacy. At Microsoft, he performed privacy reviews of dozens of new products, services and websites. He monitored external privacy activities from regulators, researchers, industry and competitors, kept senior executives abreast of business-impacting privacy activities and developed action plans for product, policy and marketing teams to follow.


    He also spent four years in Microsoft’s Corporate Privacy Group during its formative years, leading the creation of the first privacy standard for developers, privacy training, privacy council and product reviews for developers. Before joining Microsoft, he worked as a software consultant for companies in the United States, England, France and Sweden.


    JC is is a member of the IAPP Publication Advisory Board, W3C Tracking Protection Working Group and past-vice president of the University of Washington World Series Board. He is the author of Privacy in Technology: Standards and Practices for Engineers and Security and IT Professionals, Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know and contributed to the books Writing Secure Code and Windows Security Resource Kit. He is also the author of The Euclidian science fiction books.


    JC has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas. He is also a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy where he fixed avionics for A6 aircraft on the flight deck of aircraft carriers.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @jccannon7.

  • AlanChapell

    Alan Chapell

    Chapell & Associates, President

    Alan began his career at a boutique direct marketing agency in Stamford, Connecticut in the early 1990’s. After several years at the agency, Alan took a sabbatical in Mumbai, India. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1996, he moved to New York City and to Jupiter Research, an Internet research firm focusing on the consumer Internet economy. During his 4-1/2 years at Jupiter, Alan also attended Fordham University School of Law where he focused on human rights and European Union Law.


    Alan is the president of Chapell & Associates, a consulting firm he founded in October of 2003 that helps marketers build customer trust through responsible privacy practices. His firm has helped over 100 media and technology companies craft their privacy and data strategy. He was appointed as privacy ombudsman by the U.S. Trustees Office in many of the largest bankruptcy cases in our nations history, including General Motors and Chrysler.


    In addition to his work as vice chairman of the board of the Network Advertising Initiative, Alan is co-chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association’s (MMA) privacy committee, a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and a prolific writer and sought after speaker on interactive marketing topics.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @chapell68.

  • ConstanceChoi

    Constance Choi

    Seven Advisory, Principal

    Constance is the principal of Seven Advisory and serves on the boards of several digital asset companies and supports startups and established companies in strategic market development for digital currencies and distributed ledger technologies, including global financial regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, and product development.


    She also co-founded DATA, the trade organization established in July 2013 for the digital asset industry comprised of over 40 companies worldwide. Prior to these roles, she co-founded the Kraken Exchange, where she served as general counsel and chief compliance officer .


    She is a member of the California State Bar, holds a J.D. from UC
    Berkeley School of Law, and undergraduate degrees from Brown University
    and University of Cambridge. She formerly practiced at Kirkland & Ellis,
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public
    Policy Clinic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie,
    focusing on Internet law, IP law, privacy, data security and
    constitutional rights.

  • LaniCossette

    Lani Cossette

    Data & Society Research Institute, Fellow

    Lani is a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, where she is researching online advertising as the predominant Internet business model for data-centric companies. She is exploring questions such as how the allocation of capital is shaping the Internet; whether consumers will pay for privacy; and how data sets are valued by the market or by other means.


    Lani is also a senior attorney in the office of industry affairs at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Lani worked as a reporter, investigator and litigator. As an attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Zuckerman Spaeder, Lani worked on a range of matters including plaintiffs’ litigation, commercial defense, and white collar criminal defense.


    While attending law school at night, Lani managed a wide array of complex investigations and due diligence matters for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Control Risks Group on behalf of clients ranging from the World Bank and governments investigating tax fraud to various whistleblower incidents and post-911 security threats. She also worked for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations as an investigator examining the role of financial institutions in the collapse of Enron.


    Lani was a Washington correspondent for The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest daily newspaper. She covered the Clinton White House, national security issues and technology, among other special assignments. Her articles appeared in the English version of the paper, the Daily Yomiuri.

  • TerenceCraig

    Terence Craig

    PatternBuilders, Co-founder and CEO & Privacy and Big Data, Co-author

    Terence is CEO and CTO of PatternBuilders, a real-time, big data analytics platform provider that makes the development and use of analytics a reality for organizations and businesses of any size. With over 20 years of experience in both executive and technical management roles with leading-edge private and public technology companies, Terence brings a unique and innovative view of what is needed—from both an operational and technology perspective—to build a world class analytics platform that is focused on the innovative development of analytics that are designed to improve companies’ and organizations’ profitability and efficiencies.
    Terence has an extensive background in building, implementing, and selling analytically-driven enterprise applications across such diverse domains as enterprise resource planning (ERP), professional services automation (PSA), and semi-conductor process control and analytics in both public and private companies.


    Never shy to share his opinion, he had this to say during a round table discussion at pii2011 about big data information collection that was used to break down the door of an innocent family: “It used to be that it took weeks to accumulate that data. Now technology allows stupid people to be stupid much faster.” Terence is also a speaker, blogger (on all things big data and analytics plus lots of other topics), and author of “Privacy and Big Data.”


    You can follow him on Twitter at @terencecraig.

  • CatherineCrump

    Catherine Crump

    UC Berkeley, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

    Catherine Crump is an assistant clinical professor of law and associate director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. An experienced litigator specializing in constitutional matters, she has represented a broad range of clients seeking to vindicate their First and Fourth Amendment rights. She also has extensive experience litigating to compel the disclosure of government records under the Freedom of Information Act.


    Her primary interest is the impact of new technologies on civil liberties. Representative matters include serving as counsel in the ACLU’s challenge to the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ call records; representing artists, media outlets and others challenging a federal internet censorship law, and representing a variety of clients seeking to invalidate the government’s policy of conducting suspicionless searches of laptops and other electronic devices at the international border.


    Prior to coming to Berkeley, she served as a staff attorney at the ACLU for nearly nine years. Before that, she was a law clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from Stanford.


  • ToddCullen

    Todd Cullen

    Ogilvy & Mather, Global Chief Data Officer

    Todd is a recognized expert in the data and marketing services industry. As global chief data officer for Ogilvy & Mather, he works to extend Ogilvy’s leadership in delivering data-driven solutions to many of the finest brands in the world.


    Prior to Ogilvy, he was senior vice president, consumer insight and analytics at Bridgevine, Inc. where he focused on harnessing, constructing and deploying consumer and transactional data to build audiences, enhance consumer experience, and increase lifetime value of customers.


    From 2009 until 2012, Todd served as vice president of Acxiom’s Global Data Products organization.  In that role, he had global strategic, product management and commercial responsibility for Acxiom’s flagship data product lines, including AbiliTec®, InfoBase®, Personicx®, syndicated analytics products, and related data sourcing and product management teams in nine countries. In previous roles at Acxiom, Todd led consulting teams in marketing strategy and analytics, corporate development/M&A and organizational development after having begun his time there in 2000 as a product marketing manager.


    He earned a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration/public policy from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.  His bachelor’s degree is in political science and history from Hendrix College.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @tfcullen.

  • JimDempsey

    James X. Dempsey

    Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, Member

    Since 2012, Jim has been a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency with the executive branch charged with oversight of the nation’s counterterrorism programs.  He is also a senior counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a non-profit public policy organization focused on privacy and other issues affecting the future of the Internet.


    Jim joined CDT in 1997, holding senior roles in the organization, including executive director (2003-2005) and head of CDT’s west coast office in San Francisco (2005-2014). Prior to joining CDT, he served as deputy director of the non-profit Center for National Security Studies and special counsel to the National Security Archive. From 1985 to 1995, he was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights.


    He has been a member of several bodies addressing privacy and national security issues, including the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee advisory board, the Industry Advisory Board for the National Counter-Terrorism Center, and the Transportation Security Administration’s Secure Flight Working Group.

  • RajivDholakia

    Rajiv Dholakia

    Nok Nok Labs, Vice President, Products

    Rajiv is responsible for the development, marketing and strategy of Nok Nok Lab’s products and solutions. His global operating experience in private and public companies spans security, ecommerce, operating systems, and artificial intelligence technologies.


    Prior to Nok Nok Labs, he was vice president and general manager at Symantec, responsible for the operations of PGP TrustCenter, a cloud-based platform for identity, encryption and trust services. Prior to Symantec, he was vice president of strategy and corporate development at PGP Corporation where he was responsible for new product initiatives and M&A activity. He has held senior leadership positions in business, technology and product development at ValiCert, Taligent, Sun Microsystems and IntelliCorp.


    Rajiv is an advisor to startups and incubators in Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia. He has been a frequent speaker at industry events and consults as an expert for policy and legislative initiatives at the state and federal level. He is passionate about science education, robotics, and the maker movement in the local school district where he is both an organizer and volunteer.


    He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

  • KatrynaDow

    Katryna Dow

    Meeco, Founder and CEO

    Katryna is founder and CEO of Meeco, a data independence platform for people. Meeco offers people choice in the way they interact in the digital world and with the Internet of Things. Katryna is a Privacy by Design Ambassador and advocate of personal data rights.


    Prior to Meeco, Katryna consulted in strategy to execution roles for startups and major corporate change and implementation projects in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her industry sector experience includes IT, finance, health services and human resources. Katryna has subject matter expertise in strategy, psychographic segmentation, neuro-economics and change. She is the co-founder of a think tank and incubator and serves on tech advisory boards.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @katrynadow.

  • ElizabethDwoskin

    Elizabeth Dwoskin

    The Wall Street Journal, Reporter

    Elizabeth writes about technology from The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. She covers the growing world of big data across many industries, from health care to politics to advertising. Topics include privacy, innovation, and how predictions and algorithms are changing the way we live.


    Previously, she was a staff writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, covering policy and politics in Washington, D.C.


    Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @lizzadwoskin.

  • StinaEhrensvard

    Stina Ehrensvärd

    Yubico, Founder and CEO

    Stina is founder and CEO of Yubico and co-inventor of the YubiKey, a small device that offers one-touch strong authentication. With an education in industrial product design, Stina is an award-winning entrepreneur and accomplished speaker on Internet security, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    With a proven track record of creating and bringing new technologies to global markets, Stina has been featured in leading press outlets, including Wired, CNET and the BBC. She is also well-regarded as a speaker on both Internet identity and entrepreneurship.

    Stina was born in  the United States and grew up in Sweden. She moved from Sweden to Silicon Valley in 2011 to work closer with the Internet thought leaders, contributing to FIDO open authentication standards.

  • Natalie

    Natalie Fonseca

    Privacy Identity Innovation, Co-founder & Executive Producer

    Natalie is the founder of SageScape LLC and the co-founder and executive producer of the Tech Policy Summit and Privacy Identity Innovation conferences.  In addition to producing her own conferences, she has helped clients on dozens of events ranging from large developer conferences for eBay/PayPal to exclusive gatherings like The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference. She’s also managed a variety of editorial and marketing projects in the media and tech industries.


    Prior to starting SageScape in 2003, she worked in marketing for a tech startup. Before that, she was the director of marketing and events for a nonprofit trade association. Natalie began her career in Silicon Valley in the late 1990’s and was a writer at Upside magazine before joining a user experience evaluation startup named Vividence.


    She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of California at Los Angeles with a specialization in Chicano Studies.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @TechPolicy.

  • LaurenGelman

    Lauren Gelman

    BlurryEdge Strategies, Founder

    Lauren is an experienced attorney, frequent speaker and startup advisor who has worked in the field of Internet law and policy since 1995. She is the founder of BlurryEdge Strategies, a legal and strategy consulting firm located in San Francisco that advises technology companies and investors on cutting-edge legal issues (clients include: Lookout Mobile Security, Nest Labs, Fitbit, Github, Strevus, Krux Digital, BoingBoing, reddit, Euclid Analytics, Wickr, among others). She regularly participates on behalf of clients or as an expert in policy debates.


    Lauren previously led the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and taught at the Law School and the department of engineering. Prior to that, she worked in Washington D.C. on policy issues for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACM Public Policy Committee, and at RealNames in Silicon Valley.


    Lauren received a bachelor’s degree in biology and society from Cornell University, a master’s in science, technology and public policy from The Elliott School George Washington University, and her law degree from Georgetown University.  She is a member of the California Bar.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @laurengelman.

  • ShaneGreen

    Shane Green

    Personal, Co-founder and CEO

    Shane is co-founder and CEO of Personal, a cloud-based data vault for individuals to manage their data and identity. Recognized for its “Privacy by Design” principles, Personal features Fill It, a mobile and web form-filling app that helps individuals capture and reuse more than 1,200 different types of data.


    Shane was previously co-founder and CEO of The Map Network, which was acquired in 2006 by Nokia/NAVTEQ, where he led the global location data and mapping division, which served more than 800 companies and 100 million people daily. Shane’s startup experience also includes helping launch the non-profit International Crisis Group while at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which is now based in Brussels.


    Shane is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has been named an ambassador for Privacy by Design, and actively participates in the Aspen Institute’s Communications & Society program. He serves on the board of the Institute for Education and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, and previously served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development.


    He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @shanegreen.

  • BlakeHall

    Blake Hall

    ID.me, Co-founder and CEO

    Blake is the co-founder and CEO of ID.me, a digital identity network designed to empower consumers to control how their personal data is shared with third parties. ID.me was selected by the United States Department of Commerce to participate in the President’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in 2013 and awarded a $2.8M grant to increase consumer trust in online transactions.


    An Army Ranger, Blake led a platoon of scouts and snipers in Iraq for fifteen months. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for leading his men during a firefight against insurgents in an action senior commanders credit with saving twenty American lives. Thanks to The Economist, Blake holds the distinction of being the first Google result for the phrase ‘muscly entrepreneur.’


    He attained a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @Blake_Hall.

  • AlexHaro

    Alex Haro

    Life360, Co-founder and President

    Alex is co-founder and president of Life360, the world’s largest Family Network serving over 44 million families. Prior to taking on the role of president, Alex was CTO and was responsible for driving the development of Life360 technology platform.


    Prior to Life360, Alex worked on Orbited, a popular open source project that allows real-time communication in the browser. Alex studied computer science at Pomona College/Harvey Mudd and is a lover of all things digital.

  • DerrickHarris

    Derrick Harris

    Gigaom, Senior Writer

    Derrick has been a technology journalist since 2003 and has been covering cloud computing, big data and other emerging IT trends for Gigaom since 2009. He has written the words “cloud” and “Hadoop” possibly more than any other person on the planet.


    Derrick lives in Las Vegas and has a law degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Away from the office, Derrick trains in muay thai and is active in animal welfare issues.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @derrickharris.

  • MaryHaskett

    Mary Haskett

    BeehiveID, Co-founder and CEO

    Mary is the CEO and co-founder of BeehiveID, an identification service with a brand new method for preventing online fraud while keeping individuals in control of their personal information.


    A serial entrepreneur, Mary has started multiple companies, built teams and grown them to profitability. She sold her last company to a defense contractor and stayed on for two years as a vice president managing large scale biometric identification systems for foreign governments.


    She received her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from The University of Texas at Dallas and her master’s degree in education technology from the Texas A&M University.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @maryhaskett.

  • EvaHo

    Eva Ho

    Susa Ventures, Partner

    Eva is a partner at Susa Ventures, a technology seed fund that invests in data-centric enterprises.  Eva is a serial entrepreneur and founder, most recently a founding executive at Factual, a leading location data provider in Los Angeles.


    Previously, Eva was a senior product marketing manager at Google and Youtube.  Prior to Google, she was the head of marketing for Applied Semantics, a company sold to Google in 2003. She also co-founded a Seattle-based health started called Navigating Cancer.  She is deeply involved in supporting entrepreneurs in her role as advisor/mentor at MuckerLab, Common Crawl, WebFWD and newMe accelerator.


    She is also active in the non-profit sector, serving on the boards of First Descents, Iridescent and Whole Child LA. As the co-chair at Iridescent, she focuses on building STEM literacy and capacity for the under-served K to12 population. Eva holds an MBA from Cornell and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @eva_ho.

  • MarciaHofmann

    Marcia Hofmann

    Digital Rights Attorney

    Marcia is an attorney who litigates, writes and speaks about a broad range of technology law issues including computer security, electronic privacy, free expression and intellectual property. She recently launched a boutique law practice focusing on these topics.


    Marcia is special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is also a non-residential fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.


    Prior to starting her law practice, Marcia was a senior staff attorney at EFF focusing on digital civil liberties issues. In addition to cutting-edge litigation, her work included counseling and defending researchers, hackers and others who need help navigating the murky laws surrounding access to computers and digital information. She also co-founded EFF’s open government litigation project.


    Before joining EFF, Marcia was staff counsel and director of the Open Government Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Marcia’s alma maters are Mount Holyoke College and the University of Dayton School of Law.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @marciahofmann.

  • Jane-Horvath

    Jane Horvath

    Apple, Senior Director of Global Privacy

    Jane is the senior director of global privacy at Apple. She has been with the company since September of 2011, and brings more than a decade of information privacy and legal experience to the role. She is responsible for overseeing Apple’s compliance with global privacy laws as well as working internally and externally on developing issues related to privacy.


    Prior to Apple, Jane was global privacy counsel at Google. Before that, she served as the United States Department of Justice’s first chief privacy counsel and civil liberties officer. At the Justice Department, she was a member of the High Level Contact Group and leader of the U.S. delegation of experts tasked with exploring common ground between the European Union’s Third Pillar data protection principles and U.S. federal privacy laws.


    Prior to the Justice Department, she also was the general counsel of Digital City Inc., an America Online, Inc. (AOL) subsidiary, and assistant general counsel at AOL, where she helped draft the company’s first privacy policies.


    Jane holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

  • MikeJanke

    Mike Janke

    Silent Circle, Co-founder and CEO

    Mike is co-founder and CEO of Silent Circle. He is a former Navy SEAL sniper, best-selling author, privacy advocate and Special Operations communications expert. Mike is also the founder and past-CEO of SOC, a global defense and logistics firm.


    As a privacy advocate, Mike works to bring secure communications to human rights groups, deployed military, oppressed citizens and international businesses around the world.


    You can follow Silent Circle on Twitter at @Silent_Circle.

  • NandiniJolly

    Nandini Jolly

    CryptoMill Technologies Inc., Founder and CEO

    Nandini is the founder, president and CEO of CryptoMill Technologies Inc., a company that thrives on innovation. CryptoMill has a suite of data security software that addresses data at rest and in motion. With the shift to cloud computing and the emerging Internet of Things, Nandini and team continue to innovate and develop products that allow organizations to reap the benefits these technologies have to offer while at the same time delivering security and privacy.

    Under her leadership, she encouraged the team to use their skills and knowledge in encryption to develop an email self-destruct app for consumers. Vanishh is now available for download from all the app stores.

    In October 2014, Nandini was featured by the Government of Canada’s Status of Women Canada, as one of Canada’s Inspirational Business Women. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN. As a Privacy by Design Ambassador, she co-authored a white paper in December of 2012 with Dr. Ann Cavoukian and Sunnybrook Hospital entitled “Encryption by Default and Circles of Trust.”

    Prior to founding CryptoMill, Nandini served as senior vice president of global treasury services and financial risk management for Bank of America. Nandini’s career path in the financial sector also included the role of director at Deloitte and Touche where she was part of the National Financial Services Industry group for risk management.

    She received her master’s degree in international finance and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the London Business School, England.

  • MarkKapczynski

    Mark Kapczynski

    Kontrol Media, CEO

    Mark has a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur, chief executive and media industry expert. His advisory venture, Kontrol Media Corp., is a product and business development incubator for growth opportunities in the media and technology markets including social TV, advertising services, mobile experiences and consumer e-commerce. He also serves as an executive director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, helping to foster innovation connected to the university.


    Mark last served as vice president of corporate development and strategy for Experian’s consumer businesses which include leading consumer brands: Experian, FreeCreditReport.com and ProtectMyID. Through executing on over eight M&A transactions, he helped to facilitate Experian’s under-lying growth and profitability.


    Prior to that, Mark was founder and CEO of MESoft, a media and entertainment software company, for which he raised two rounds of seed and venture capital funding exceeding $8MM. Under his leadership, the company also grew its distribution to a global level and partnered with leading IT companies, such as IBM, Sun and AMD, and media companies that include Avid, Ascent Media and Sony. Additionally, he received a patent for a digital media workflow process.


    From 1995 to 2002, he worked at Microsoft Corporation as their director of worldwide media & entertainment solutions group. He got his first taste at being an entrepreneur in 1993 when he founded Digital Genesis—a pioneer in the internet/e-commerce space—which was sold to publicly-traded Netgateway, Inc. three years later.


    Mark graduated from UCLA film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile telecom, technology and consumer internet. He has eight patents to his name and an additional 45 patents pending.


  • Fatemeh-Khatibloo

    Fatemeh Khatibloo

    Forrester Research, Principal Analyst

    Fatemeh is a principal analyst at Forrester Research where she leads research about personal data, privacy and collaborative data sharing. Her current focus is on the emerging systems and processes that will put individuals in charge of how they manage and share their personal data.


    Fatemeh is interested in how businesses can use responsibly acquired data to create better products, services, and experiences without violating customer trust. She’s an advocate for contextual privacy, and firmly believes that privacy will be the next consumer-led market driver.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @fatemehx2.

  • AlexKilpatrick

    Alex Kilpatrick

    BeehiveID, Co-founder and CTO

    Alex has been working in the fields of identity, social network analysis and biometrics for two decades. He has developed biometric and social identity applications in support of the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Darpa, and several foreign government organizations. In support of national-level biometric systems he has deployed to Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Kurdish region of Iraq.


    He is currently working on a system for the DoD that captures biometrics (face, fingerprint, and iris) from continually moving subjects. He is also the CTO of BeehiveID, where is leads the technology effort to develop social authentication technology to prevent online fraud.


    He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering with a specialty in artificial intelligence from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

  • JohnKincaide

    John Kincaide

    Intel, Policy Attorney

    John is a policy attorney on Intel’s global public policy team. John joined Intel in 1984 where he focused on sales and marketing before going to law school in 2006. John returned to Intel in 2009 and initially served as a privacy and security compliance attorney before moving into policy strategy. He is currently focused on privacy and security policy strategies for identity and the Internet of Things.


    John has a J.D. from the University of Wyoming and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Meghan Land

    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Staff Attorney

    Meghan is staff attorney at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a nonprofit organization focused on consumer privacy education and advocacy. Meghan is responsible for executing PRC’s public policy efforts, analyzing privacy-related legal developments, and publishing guides on a variety of consumer privacy issues.


    Prior to joining the PRC, Meghan was a legal fellow at New Media Rights in the area of intellectual property. She is a member of the California Bar and has a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was chief executive editor of the San Diego International Law Journal. She holds degrees in journalism and French from the University of Georgia. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.


    You can follow the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse on Twitter at @PrivacyToday.

  • KarenLevy

    Karen Levy

    Data and Society Research Institute, Fellow and NYU School of Law, Postdoctoral Associate

    Karen is a postdoctoral fellow at New York University School of Law’s Information Law Institute, and a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute. Karen researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life. She is particularly focused on social aspects of surveillance and data-gathering. Her dissertation research examined the impacts of electronic monitoring in the U.S. long-haul trucking industry.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @karen_ec_levy.

  • BillLi

    William Santana Li

    Knightscope, Co-founder and CEO

    Bill has over 23 years of experience and a broad and deep range of expertise gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and a number of startups.


    During his career at Ford Motor Company, Bill held over 12 business and technical positions, focused on four continents, cutting across each functional area. After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and served as COO of GreenLeaf LLC, a Ford subsidiary that became the world’s 2nd largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to a 600-employee operation with 20 locations worldwide and $150 million in sales. At the age of 28, Bill was the youngest senior executive at Ford worldwide.


    After successfully establishing GreenLeaf, Bill was recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish Model E Corporation as its President and CEO. He subsequently co-founded and was President and CEO of Build-To-Order Inc, a new car company based on the direct distribution of build-to-order products. Bill also founded Carbon Motors and, as its Chairman and CEO, focused on developing the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle.


    Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • MaryLudloff

    Mary Ludloff

    Privacy and Big Data, Co-author and PatternBuilders, Co-founder and VP

    Mary is an innovative executive with more than 20 years of experience in the high tech industry. She understands how to develop and implement strategic program initiatives that span marketing disciplines—ranging from the traditional corporate and marketing fields to the latest developments in digital marketing.


    As co-founder of PatternBuilders and through her work at various business intelligence (BI) and supply chain management (SCM) companies, Mary also brings a deep understanding of SCM issues as well as the use of BI tools in data warehousing and analytic application efforts. Mary is co-author of “Privacy and Big Data,” a frequent white paper contributor, and a blogger and speaker on diverse topics such as big data and analytics from a technology and business perspective, data security, data privacy, and marketing in the digital age.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @mludloff.

  • BrendonLynch

    Brendon Lynch

    Microsoft, Chief Privacy Officer

    Brendon is the chief privacy officer of Microsoft Corporation, where he is responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s privacy program, including creating and implementing privacy policy across the company, influencing the creation of privacy and data protection technologies for customers and overseeing communication and engagement with external stakeholders.  The company’s privacy program has, for more than a decade, been building privacy protections into its products & services and prioritizing responsible data stewardship in its business processes.


    Brendon also serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a not-for-profit association with more than 17,000 members across 83 countries. Brendon was the 2013 chairman of the IAPP Board of Directors.


    Before joining Microsoft in 2004, Brendon led the privacy and risk solutions business at software maker, Watchfire (now part of IBM). Prior to entering the software industry, Brendon spent nine years in Europe and North America with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided privacy and risk management consulting services.


    Brendon is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and holds a business degree from the University of Waikato, in his home country of New Zealand.

  • LarryMagid

    Larry Magid

    CBS News, Technology Analyst

    Larry is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, is co-director of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com. He also writes columns that appear in the San Jose Mercury News and on CNET News, Forbes.com and the Huffington Post.


    His technology reports can be heard daily on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.


    He has written several books including the best-selling Little PC Book and Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways.


    Larry served on the Obama Administration’s Online Technology Working Group and the Harvard Law School Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technology Task Force. He is on the board of directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and advisory boards of PBS Kids, Internet Congressional Caucus and Family Online Safety Institute. He has a doctor of education degree from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @larrymagid.

  • MikeMasnick

    Mike Masnick

    Floor64 and Techdirt, Founder and CEO

    Mike is the founder and CEO of Floor64, building up the core idea into reality and recruiting the management team. In addition to providing the strategic direction for the company, Mike oversees all editorial aspects of Floor64′s public and customer sites.


    Mike’s insights into the realms of business and technology are the basis for his frequent posts to the award-winning Techdirt blog. The widely followed, often-quoted blog was launched in 1997 and remains one of the top destinations online for discussions on the future of media, business models and policy. Prior to founding Floor64, Mike worked in business development and marketing at Release Software, an e-commerce startup, and in marketing at Intel.


    Mike has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations and an MBA — both from Cornell University.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @mmasnick.

  • JonathanMayer

    Jonathan Mayer

    Stanford University, Graduate Fellow

    Jonathan is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science and a lawyer at Stanford University where he received his J.D. in 2013. He was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2014 for his work on technology security and privacy. Jonathan’s research and commentary frequently appear in national publications, and he has contributed to federal and state law enforcement actions.


    Jonathan is a cybersecurity fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, a junior affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society, and a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow.


    He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2009, concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @jonathanmayer.

  • CatherineMcCullough

    Catherine McCullough

    Intelligent Car Coalition, Executive Director

    As executive director of the Intelligent Car Coalition, Catherine advocates for public policies that bring the benefits of connected car innovations to consumers. She works where the worlds of law, politics and media merge to create policy in the field of technology. She was raised in Washington and has worked in politics for over twenty years. Much of her work helps innovators in the tech and telecom fields successfully navigate the current Washington state-of-play.


    Catherine previously served as a counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. There she worked on subcommittees that oversaw Internet, privacy, auto safety, insurance and consumer product liability issues. Prior to her Committee service, she worked as an associate director of media relations at one of Washington’s top trade associations explaining technical legal matters to the media.


    Her policy focus includes telecom, tech, Internet, consumer products, connected cars and data use/privacy. She is an attorney and also holds degrees in journalism and political science.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @honestlobbyist.

  • AngelaMcIntyre

    Angela McIntyre

    Gartner, Research Director

    Angela is a research director at Gartner and covers wearable electronics, the Internet of Things and human-computer interfaces. Her research extends to the connected home, home healthcare and consumer privacy.


    Before joining Gartner five years ago, Angela worked at Intel, where she informed product strategy for personal computing. Prior to Intel, she was with Texas Instruments.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @mc_angela.

  • GiladMeiri

    Gilad Meiri

    Neura, Co-founder and CEO

    Gilad is the co-founder and CEO of Neura, providing intelligence for the Internet of Things. Prior to Neura, Gilad co-founded and headed Spicebox Labs, creating connected and smart consumer devices. Gilad previously worked as a management consultant TASC Strategic Consulting, Israel and spent nearly five years in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry officer.


    Amongst the many odd things in his past, Gilad is the author of three outdoors cooking
    books (in Hebrew) and has spent two years backpacking throughout Southeast Asia. He holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he co-founded the Social Venture Fund and has a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and education from Tel-Aviv University.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @giladmeiri.

  • AnnMiuraKo

    Ann Miura-Ko

    FLOODGATE, Co-founding Partner

    Ann is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security and big data. Her board seats include Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Rise, and Inscopix. She was previously a board member and lead seed investor of TaskRabbit and Lyft.


    In addition to serving at FLOODGATE, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. Prior to joining FLOODGATE, Ann worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.


    Ann grew up in Palo Alto (her father is a rocket scientist at NASA) and, as a result, was exposed at an early age to the world of startups, technology and venture capital. Always up for a feisty argument, in high school, she won the Tournament of Champions in Lincoln Douglas debate and placed second in California. She went on to develop an early passion for robotics and majored in electrical engineering at Yale University where she received her  bachelor’s degree. For her senior project, she was part of a five person team that designed four robots to autonomously play soccer which competed at the Robocup competition in Paris, France.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @annimaniac.

  • SairaNayak

    Saira Nayak

    TUNE, Chief Privacy Officer

    Saira is chief privacy officer at TUNE. In this role, she works with TUNE’s legal and product teams to ensure compliance with global privacy and data security requirements. She also leads TUNE’s external outreach to regulators, industry and other stakeholders on privacy and data security matters.


    Saira, a San Francisco native, comes to TUNE with over 15 years of legal experience, having focused on antitrust, intellectual property, privacy and data security matters. Before TUNE, she was director of policy at TRUSTe, where she defined the company’s external policy platform and advised on TRUSTe’s privacy management solutions. Prior to TRUSTe, she worked in-house at the Microsoft Corporation, where counseled product groups on privacy and data security issues, as well as compliance under Microsoft’s antitrust consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and several state AGs.


    Before Microsoft, Saira practiced at Dickstein Shapiro,  where she advised AT&T, Pfizer, RIAA and other clients on antitrust and consumer protection matters. Saira also served as antitrust counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General, where she worked on multi-state antitrust investigations and litigation brought by state AG offices.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @sairanayak.

  • PlamenNedeltchev

    Plamen Nedeltchev

    Cisco Systems, Distinguished Engineer Cisco IT

    Plamen was a Cisco Pioneer Award honoree for Core Cisco Technology twice – in 2004 and in 2011. For the last several years, he has been the principal architect of Cisco IT Borderless Networks, the Cisco IT next generation network and, for the last year, the principal architect of Cisco IT IoE Technologies.


    Over the years, he has published more than 45 white papers, studies and research articles. He authored a Cisco Press book “Troubleshooting Remote Access Networks” in 2002. He holds multiple patents in the U.S. and abroad in computer design, training and Education, communications, networking, security, mobility, media awareness and network intelligence, provisioning and management.


    He has been the home networking, zero-touch deployment and network intelligence evangelist for Cisco and the industry for almost a decade now. He believes that simplicity is “the ultimate sophistication.” He also believes that zero-touch technologies are industry imperatives and have to in the DNA of the network of the future. He believes the network is the major enabler of IoE technologies and the next frontier for Cisco.


    He holds a master’s degree in computer design from Saint Petersburg and a Ph.D. in networking and communications.

  • DanNelson

    Dan Nelson

    Kpass, Founder and CEO

    Dan is the founder and CEO of Kpass, an easy-to-implement identity platform for COPPA compliance. Kpass is a non-social identity that strives to bring trust and transparency back into data sharing to better protect kid’s personal information online and to give more in depth control to parents.


    Previously, Dan was the general manager of AOL Kids & Parental Controls where he worked to redefine how kids connect to the Internet and consume content online. Additionally at AOL, he helped create better products and content for AOL.com and its eight million daily users. Though he considers himself a “recovering accountant,” he started his career consulting and auditing in the financial services office of Ernst and Young.


    He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan.

  • EthanOberman

    Ethan Oberman

    SpiderOak, Founder and former CEO

    Ethan is the founder and former CEO of SpiderOak, which provides cloud-based backup, synchronization, and sharing services.


    Ethan graduated from Harvard University in 1999. After stints as a movie producer and carpenter, he started an email marketing company which he grew until 2004. In 2005, he traveled and was involved in several real estate projects. In 2006, the ideas for SpiderOak started to take hold, and by the middle of 2007 the company was formed. SpiderOak officially launched its service in December of that year.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @ethanoberman.

  • RachelOConnell

    Rachel O’Connell

    GroovyFuture, Founder and CEO

    Rachel is a skilled professional with over 18 years experience of conducting research, engaging in policy making and building effective multi-stakeholder and government relations in the spheres of internet safety, security, privacy, e-health, national programmes of electronic identification and Mobile Identity. She has an academic background and has led highly successful research teams and policy groups in a number of different countries.


    Rachel’s Ph.D. focused on online criminal activity and the implications for investigative strategies and she has run pan-European projects, funded by the European Commission. Rachel was chief security officer at a social networking site called Bebo.com and post acquisition, she held a vice president role with AoL.
    In 2011, Rachel founded GroovyFuture.com, an independent consultancy focused on conducting research, informing policy making and developing programmes of education in a number of areas, including  personal data economy, MobileID, e-identity, e-health, Internet safety, privacy, security and governance and secure electronic transactions. Rachel is a member of the Open Identity Exchange and advises the UK Government on the issue of age verification.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @racheloconnell.

  • CaseyOppenheim

    Casey Oppenheim

    Disconnect, Co-founder and CEO

    Casey is the co-founder and CEO of Disconnect, a startup that makes tools to help users understand and control the data they share online.


    Before founding Disconnect, Casey helped bring the Organic Consumers Association online and establish it as a leading nonprofit in the space. He led projects, partnerships and served as general counsel.


    Casey was also an attorney in private practice representing Internet companies with a focus on privacy, consumer rights and intellectual property.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @caseyoppenheim.

  • RobPegoraro

    Rob Pegoraro

    Technology Columnist

    Rob tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through reporting, reviewing and analysis–from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist, now for a variety of online and print outlets.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @robpegoraro.

  • AlisonPepper

    Alison Pepper

    IAB, Senior Director of Public Policy

    Alison is the director of public policy for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), based out of its Washington, D.C. office. There she is responsible for government relations and communications, including federal and regulatory affairs.


    Before joining the IAB, Alison worked as a legislative analyst for Experian where she covered issues ranging from data security to identity theft. She has extensive experience working in state government, including the Georgia Senate and the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. She is a frequent guest speaker on topics covering data security, privacy, advertising and technology law.


    She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from Georgia State University.

  • RobertQuinn

    Robert Quinn, Jr.

    AT&T Services Inc., Senior Vice President - Federal Regulatory & Chief Privacy Officer

    As AT&T’s senior vice president-federal regulatory and chief privacy officer, Robert leads AT&T’s federal regulatory group which is responsible for all regulatory matters affecting AT&T and its affiliates before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is also responsible for customer privacy policies at the international, federal and state level across all lines of businesses.


    Prior to being appointed to his current position in 2006, Robert served as vice president, federal regulatory affairs for AT&T in Washington, DC where he represented AT&T before the FCC and the United States Department of Justice. Prior to joining AT&T, he spent five years as a trial attorney with the Chicago, Illinois firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown).


    A Chicago native, he graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English. He also received his J.D. with honors from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where he served as managing editor of lead articles for the DePaul Law Review.


  • EdithRamirez

    Edith Ramirez

    Federal Trade Commission, Chairwoman

    Edith Ramirez was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 5, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2015.  She was designated to serve as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission effective March 4, 2013, by President Barack H. Obama.


    Prior to joining the Commission, she was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she handled a broad range of complex business litigation, including successfully representing clients in intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and Lanham Act matters. She also has extensive appellate litigation experience.


    From 1993 to 1996, she was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Los Angeles. She clerked for the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1992 to 1993.


    She graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history magna cum laude from Harvard University.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @EdithRamirezFTC.


  • ErnestoRamirez

    Ernesto Ramirez

    Quantified Self Labs, Program Director

    Ernesto is the program director at Quantified Self Labs, and co-curator of the American and European conference and event programs. As the lead editor for QuantifiedSelf.com, he communicates about how self-tracking and personal data are impacting culture and society.


    Ernesto is also a Ph.D. candidate in public health at the University of California, San Diego, studying how people integrate health technology into their daily lives. He has authored numerous research publications stemming from his work examining physical activity, sedentary behavior and health technology while working in the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at Calit2 (UCSD). Since Feb 10, 2011, he has taken over 13 million steps.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @eramirez.

  • OlgaRaskin

    Olga Raskin

    IBG, Manager of Identity Research

    Olga is a manager of identity research at IBG, A Novetta Solutions Company. She leads identity-related research and consulting projects for government and commercial clients, with a focus on biometrics and online identity intelligence. Areas of research have included mobile biometric devices, stand-off face and iris recognition, online privacy risk, face recognition in social networking services, and location data on mobile phones. Olga has provided subject matter expertise on biometrics for CNN, The Economic Times and the Wall Street Journal.

  • MeMeRasmussen

    MeMe Jacobs Rasmussen

    Adobe, Chief Privacy Officer, VP & Associate General Counsel

    MeMe is chief privacy officer, vice president, and associate general counsel at Adobe. In her role, MeMe oversees Adobe’s privacy strategy and policy. She also leads a team of attorneys and paralegals with responsibility for providing legal services to Adobe’s cloud teams.

    Prior to joining Adobe in 1997, MeMe served as general counsel and later chief operating officer at Rocket Science Games. Previously, she practiced law at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich and at Foley, Hoag & Eliot. She started her career in the early 1980s as a technical instructor at Prime Computer near Boston before joining the company’s in-house legal department.

    She is a member of the California bar. She holds a law degree from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Vermont.

  • MarkRisher

    Mark Risher

    Google, Group Product Manager

    Mark runs the spam and abuse team at Google, protecting services across the company from attacks of all kinds. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Impermium (which Google acquired in 2014), and the “Spam Czar” at Yahoo. He has presented worldwide to government, industry and the media about spam, abuse and cyber security issues.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @mrisher.

  • TonyRomm

    Tony Romm

    POLITICO, Technology Reporter

    Tony is a technology reporter for POLITICO, where he covers the intersection of Silicon Valley and Washington D.C from the nation’s capital. Specifically, he tracks how top tech and telecom companies lobby in Washington — from the ways the industry influences its regulators, to the sector’s activities to shape federal laws.


    Before arriving at POLITICO in 2010 to help launch the tech team and its flagship newsletter, Morning Tech, Tony covered tech policy and general congressional news for The Hill newspaper.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @tonyromm.

  • DavidRose

    David Rose

    Enchanted Objects, Author and Ditto Labs, CEO

    David is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information.  David is the CEO at Ditto Labs, an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, Enchanted Objects, focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work.


    Prior to Ditto, David founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now distributed by CVS, Walgreens and Express Scripts. He founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology, embedding internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors and umbrellas.


    David holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, and parodied on the Colbert Report.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @davidrose.

  • AlexandraRoss

    Alexandra Ross

    The Privacy Guru, Founder

    Alexandra is the founder of The Privacy Guru and senior counsel at Paragon Legal.  Previously, she managed privacy compliance as associate general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores. She is a certified information privacy professional and practices technology and privacy law in San Francisco, California.  She holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in theater from Northwestern University.


    As The Privacy Guru, Alexandra champions privacy awareness and encourages users to develop a privacy practice so that they can make more mindful choices when they share online.  An accomplished writer and engaging speaker, Alexandra brings a unique perspective to the privacy field with fun and accessible presentations, thought-provoking content, and one-on-one consulting services.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @sharemindfully.


  • DebSchultz

    Deborah Schultz

    Tummelvision, Co-founder

    Deborah is an Internet industry veteran, instrumental in creating platforms for early stage, pioneering movements including blogging, social media, the YesandYesYes gathering and Project VRM. She merges expertise in marketing, design and innovation to bring fresh approaches to business. She is widely recognized for her role on how the social web is changing culture, society and business. Her work architecting the Social Media Lab for P&G focused on customer relationships and ultimately resulted in global adoption of new key capabilities and brand building models.


    Deborah was a founding partner at the Altimeter Group, vice president of strategic programs at Neo Innovation, director at Six Apart and spent five years at Citibank where she developed many of the global bank’s first Internet initiatives. She has served on Procter & Gamble’s Digital Advisory Board and has consulted with and advised Fortune 50 companies including Pepsi, General Mills, and GE, as well as numerous Internet startups and VC firms. She is a regular keynote speaker at tech and business conferences, co-founder of the influential creative festival YxYY and co-host of the popular podcast Tummelvision.tv.


    One of her proudest accomplishments was launching the Downtown Info Center, a lower Manhattan community center and online hub to revitalize lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11th. The former Manhattanite is now a tireless road warrior and can be found in SF, NYC or Tel Aviv. But wherever she is, she’s always ‘connected.’


    You can follow her on Twitter at @debs.

  • MattScutari

    Matt Scutari

    Facebook, Manager, Privacy and Public Policy

    Matt manages consumer product privacy for Facebook’s global public policy team. Working closely with other key stakeholders on Facebook’s cross-functional privacy team, Matt evaluates the privacy impact of new products and features, provides feedback on recommended practices throughout the product development process, and advises product managers, designers and engineers on key developments in global privacy law and policy.


    Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he advised clients on privacy and data security issues. Matt has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.

  • NicoSell

    Nico Sell

    Wickr, Founder and CEO

    Nico is a professional artist, athlete and entrepreneur based in California. She is CEO and cofounder of r00tz and Wickr. r00tz Asylum is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching kids how to love being white-hat hackers. Wickr is a free messaging app enabling anyone to send self-destructing messages that are anonymous, private, and secure.


    Nico also helps organize DEF CON, the largest hacker gathering in the world. She has helped start over twenty successful security companies as a venture catalyst and sits on numerous advisory boards.

  • ElissaShevinsky

    Elissa Shevinsky

    Glimpse, CEO

    Elissa is the CEO of Glimpse. She has been building software since 1999. She likes the EFF and bourbon, and is very serious about silly photos.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @ElissaBeth.

  • SteveShoaff

    Steve Shoaff

    UnboundID, Co-founder and CEO

    Steve is the CEO of UnboundID Corp., the leader in consumer identity and access management. He is an internationally recognized expert and trusted advisor on identity and security issues for Global 100 companies.


    Prior to founding UnboundID, Steve was the technical director and chief of staff for the identity management product division, as well as director of global engineering and support for the directory server product family at Sun Microsystems. Steve co-founded the OpenDS and SLAMD open source projects and performs technical due-diligence for venture capital firms. He also held senior positions at Netscape Communications and has been a key technical adviser to the US Department of Justice.


    Steve has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Mason University.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @sshoaff.

  • TishShute

    Tish Shute

    Syntertainment Inc., Director of Product Experience

    Tish is director of product experience and member of the founding team at Syntertainment. Tish worked with Will Wright in his think tank Stupid Fun Club prior to joining his new venture, Syntertainment. Tish has an extensive career in design and technology, working on projects as diverse as developing real time systems for cinema, theme parks and aerospace, to creating internet scale social augmented experiences.


    She is also co-founder and chief content officer of Augmented World Expo (formerly Augmented Reality Event) and AugmentedReality.org. She has played a leading role in the emergence of augmented reality into consumer markets and is co-founder of ARWave, an open source mobile social interaction platform for sharing geolocated data and augmented reality content, and founder of the blog Ugotrade.


    Tish has an MFA from Hunter College and a Ph.D in anthropology from New York University. Her recent speaking engagements include SXSW, Design Week SF, TEDxSiliconAlley, Where, Games for Health, and more. Among her recent publications are articles for O’Reilly Media, Interactions Magazine and OWNI.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @tishshute.

  • JulieSnyder

    Julie Snyder

    The MITRE Corporation, Lead Security and Privacy Engineer

    Julie is a lead privacy and security engineer at MITRE. She works in various areas of privacy and cybersecurity with a focus on program development, risk management and engineering.


    Julie is a key contributor to MITRE’s Privacy Engineering Framework, which puts the notions of Privacy by Design into practice. Her customer base spans Federal agencies in healthcare and public health, transportation, intelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, defense, aid and commerce. She also supports the Committee on National Security Standards (CNSS) Privacy Overlay Tiger Team that is standardizing and simplifying the process of selecting appropriate security and privacy controls for organizations, programs, and systems. In addition to MITRE sponsor work, Julie works internally for MITRE’s chief privacy official.


    Prior to joining MITRE, Julie worked for PwC where she supported Fortune 500 companies in various industries with improving their cybersecurity programs and led the federal privacy practice.


    Julie received her bachelor’s degree in information and operations management from Texas A&M University.

  • JustinSomaini

    Justin Somaini

    Box, VP & Chief Trust Officer

    Justin is vice president and chief trust officer at Box, where he is responsible for working globally and collaboratively across Box’s growing customer base, technical operations, business development teams and partners to ensure the company is consistently delivering on its information security commitments, investing to meet the rapidly evolving security environment, and building transparent, deeply trusted relationships with its customers.


    Previously, Justin created and held the role of chief information security officer (CISO) at Yahoo!, driving security planning and operations for the company. Prior to Yahoo!, Justin was CISO of Symantec where he developed the company’s information security enterprise risk management process and drove implementation of controls for both a significant threat environment and regulatory needs. In addition to his roles at Yahoo! and Symantec, Justin was director of information security at Verisign and an advisor to Palo Alto Networks.


    He received a bachelor’s of science degree in management information systems from Drexel University.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @JustinSomaini.

  • JasonSosa

    Jason Sosa

    IMRSV, Founder and CEO

    Jason is the founder and CEO of IMRSV. A technologist and entrepreneur, he previously founded Mind Spin Research, a radio research software used by radio stations nationwide that was acquired by Troy Research. Jason has been featured by Forbes, CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, among others.

    He is a research fellow at Hybrid Reality Institute and an advisory business board member at LifeBoat Foundation.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @jason_sosa.

  • CraigSpiezle

    Craig Spiezle

    Online Trust Alliance, Founder and Executive Director

    As executive director and founder of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), Craig is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the organization while representing OTA to industry, business and governmental organizations. He is recognized as a thought leader on enhancing trust and the need to move from a compliance mindset to stewardship.


    Prior to OTA, Craig spent over a decade at Microsoft in several management roles.  Most recently, he was the director of security & privacy product management, driving development of anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-malware and privacy-enabling technologies. Hired by Microsoft in 1992, he held various managerial positions, including international channel development, product management, licensing and product support.  During his tenure, Craig championed digital inclusiveness and the societal impact of Internet literacy and access.
    Craig is on the board of the Identity Theft Council and the Federal Communications Commission’s Communication Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.  In addition, he is an active member of InfraGard, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Anti-Phishing Working Group and the London Action Plan.


    He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Seattle University.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @craigspi.

  • DaveSteer

    Dave Steer

    Mozilla Foundation, Director of Policy and Advocacy

    Dave is Mozilla Foundation’s director of policy and advocacy, where he shapes the organization’s public policy position and develops programs that enable web users to have a voice in advancing and protecting the free and open web.


    Dave joined Mozilla in 2014 from Facebook, where he was responsible for the company’s global policy programs in a variety of areas including teen safety, education, digital citizenship, jobs and economy and veterans affairs. Prior to Facebook, he held leadership positions at Common Sense Media and GreatSchools.org, and ran Trust & Safety marketing at eBay and PayPal.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @davesteer.

  • KimberlyLittleSutherland

    Kimberly Little Sutherland

    LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Sr. Director of Market Planning, Identity Management

    Kimberly  is responsible for identifying and guiding LexisNexis’ solution response to the constantly evolving market needs for identity proofing and authentication in commercial and government organizations.


    With nearly 20 years of experience leading global business strategy and product management, Kim is active in a number of broader industry initiatives including serving as Plenary Chair of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), on the board of the University of Texas-Center for Identity, and as a committee lead with identity proofing standards managed by the North American Security Products Organization.

  • KaraSwisher

    Kara Swisher

    Re/code, Co-executive Editor and Revere Digital, Co-CEO

    Kara is the co-CEO of Revere Digital, co-executive editor of Re/code and co-executive producer of The Code Conference. She started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.


    With Walt Mossberg, she co-produced D: All Things Digital for 11 years, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. Kara and Walt were also co-executive editors of the AllThingsD.com site from 2007 until the end of 2013. She and Walt now co-produce The Code Conference as part of their company Revere Digital and their news, reviews and analysis site Re/code.


    Kara won a Loeb Award while at AllThingsD.com for her coverage of Yahoo. She also writes occasionally for Vanity Fair magazine, which is owned by Condé Nast. Previously, she worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.


    Kara was an undergraduate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and did her graduate work at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


    You can follow her on Twitter @karaswisher.

  • MelanieThomas

    Melanie Dougherty Thomas

    Inform, LLC, CEO and Managing Director

    Melanie has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications, beginning in the broadcast news industry in her native Washington, D.C. at just 17 years old where she worked for the NBC affiliate. She continued to work in network news for organizations like CNN, NewsLink, Conus and Fox while earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Washington University.


    In 1996, Melanie made the short leap to public relations where she represented clients in technology, healthcare, finance, homeland security, defense, consumer markets, public affairs, foreign governments and finance, in both an in-house and firm capacity. Her experience transcends traditional communications, with expertise in strategy, media relations, crisis communications and integrating new media tools to leverage exposure for her clients. She has built in-house communications departments for startups, led corporate communications teams for multinational companies, worked for global public relations firms, and served as a consultant across multiple organizations successfully integrating disparate communications plans.


    Melanie started Capitol Communications (now Inform) over a decade ago to meet the growing need for highly specialized PR talent in D.C. The firm now has nearly a dozen communications veterans, each with over 20 years experience, in D.C., New York and California.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @MelanieDThomas.

  • AnneToth

    Anne Toth

    Slack Technologies Inc., VP of Policy and Compliance Strategy

    Anne is the vice president of policy & compliance strategy for Slack Technologies, Inc. Slack is on a mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive.


    Prior to joining Slack, Anne was the head of privacy for Google+ and was Yahoo!’s chief trust officer until 2011 overseeing privacy, data governance, child safety, advertising content policy, and related policy areas. Anne has testified before Congress about online privacy and behavioral advertising and before the Article 29 Working Party on search data retention policies.


    Anne attended the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.

  • AdamTowvim

    Adam Towvim

    TrustLayers, Co-founder and CEO

    Adam is the co-founder and CEO of TrustLayers, a new company commercializing MIT research to automate data policy compliance. He has over two decades of experience with data and privacy.


    Prior to TrustLayers, Adam was vice president of business development at Jumptap where he was responsible for data, audience monetization and privacy strategy. While at Jumptap, Adam co-founded the DAA’s mobile advisory committee. Prior to Jumptap, Adam led Radialpoint’s entry into the U.S. security market to create a $25mm subscriber data business. Before Radialpoint, he directed Lightbridge’s product management organization to define new subprime growth areas.


    Adam has also served as a consultant with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now PwC Diamond Advisory), where he served on the interim executive launch team of Switzerland’s first true 3G operator and Europe’s first app marketplace. Before Diamond, he led launch teams for American Management Systems’ U.S. and European mobile telecom practice.


    He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University where he studied under Alan Westin, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @atowvim.

  • KevinAlanTussy

    Kevin Alan Tussy

    FacialNetwork, Founder and CEO

    Kevin is a lifelong entrepreneur and inventor. He created the first and only real-time facial recognition application “NameTag” for Google Glass and oversaw the creation and development of cloud-based facial recognition products and applications designed for use in government, law enforcement, retail, transportation, health care, entertainment, e-commerce and hospitality.


    He is also a senior partner at Seed Capital, which has connected more than 5,000 entrepreneurs with more than $360 million in funding since 2008. Seed Capital works with some of the most recognizable business names in the country such as Subway, Meineke, and FedEx. While in college in San Diego, Kevin co-founded BlueHornet, an ASP platform for customer service communication and marketing. Clients included Domino’s Pizza, T.G.I. Friday’s, Olive Garden, WWE and Microsoft. BlueHornet was sold to Digital River (Nasdaq: DRIV) in 2004.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @kevinalantussy.


  • StephanUfford

    Stephen Ufford

    Trulioo, Co-founder and CEO

    Over the last decade, Stephen built and sold several consumer data-focused startups while working in the role of CEO. His first company iQuiri.com was one of the first companies to make consumer credit reports and scores available online and was acquired by Experian in 2003. His second company NDS was founded in 2004 and was the marketing division of Canada’s first credit bureau, which was acquired in 2006 also by Experian. His third company Pharos Global was a consumer identity management and restoration firm that leveraged both national and international partnerships with large consumer credit bureaus to bring world class products and services to Canada, the US and Australia. Kroll Marsh bought out Pharos’ interests in the business in 2009.


    In 2011, Stephen launched Trulioo, a global ID verification company focused on building a framework of trust online, implementing best privacy practices, and advancing financial inclusion. Trulioo aims to solve global problems associated with verifying identities online. This has profound implications for e-commerce and online security in developing countries where many people do not possess recognized identification, such as government-issued ID cards, credit, utility, voter registration, etc.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @StephenUfford.


  • PaddyUnderwood

    Paddy Underwood

    Facebook, Product Manager

    Paddy is a product manager at Facebook working on privacy products. Before becoming a product manager, he was a lawyer at Facebook focused primarily on privacy and product counseling for a variety of product groups.

    He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.

  • TarunWadhwa

    Tarun Wadhwa

    Forbes, Contributor

    Tarun is a writer, researcher and entrepreneur working at the intersection of development, policy and advancing technologies. He is the author of a forthcoming book, Identified, that explores the global rise and changes in digital identification systems, and a contributor to Forbes and Huffington Post.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @twadhwa.

  • TobyWeirJones

    Toby Weir-Jones

    Blackphone/SGP Technologies, CEO

    As CEO of SGP Technologies SA, the parent company and owner of Blackphone, Toby is responsible for building and supporting the team necessary to bring Blackphone to market on schedule and at the quality standards demanded by customers around the world. He moved into this role in March 2014 after starting as the chief product officer of Silent Circle in November 2013.
    Prior to that, Toby spent 14 years working for Counterpane Internet Security and British Telecom, which acquired Counterpane in 2006. Toby was one of Counterpane’s founding employees in 1999 and had worked in several different capacities within the organization including leading the sales engineering and product management groups.


    Prior to joining Counterpane, Toby oversaw the customer service organization at ValiCert  while organizing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and assisting with the filing and prosecution of its key technology patents. He also worked at Walker Digital, a patent think tank responsible for developing properties such as Priceline, where he was a patent researcher and inventor.
    Toby is a named inventor for eight patents, and holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in engineering ethics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He also has MBA degrees from both Cornell and Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @tweirjones.

  • AaronWeller

    Aaron Weller

    PwC, Managing Director, Data Protection & Privacy

    Aaron is a managing director in PwC’s Data Protection & Privacy practice, with responsibility for leading this practice for the Western United States. Aaron also has national responsibilities for development of privacy thought leadership and liaison with other PwC privacy practices internationally.


    Aaron has over 15 years global consulting and industry experience, including several years in each of Europe, Australia and the U.S. Aaron also held interim CISO roles for two companies to help stabilize their information security programs and provide roadmaps for future improvements. Aaron’s primary areas of expertise relate to information governance, information privacy and strategies and information security program development and management.


    He holds a number of information security, privacy and controls certifications including: CISSP, ISSMP, CISM, CISA, CGEIT, ISO 27001 Lead Implementor, ITIL v3 Foundations, CIPP/US, CIPP/IT and a Certificate in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from the University of Washington.


    You can follow him on Twitter @GotPrivacy.

  • BobWest

    Bob West

    CipherCloud, Chief Trust Officer

    Bob joined CipherCloud after more than a decade in security leadership roles with financial and professional services organizations where he oversaw security strategy, audit and compliance and across global teams. He has held chief information security officer roles at Fifth Third Bank and Bank One, led Ernst & Young’s security practice, and was a senior systems officer with Citicorp. He most recently served as founder and CEO of Echelon One, a fast growing risk consulting firm.


    Bob has also served on the advisory boards of Securent (acquired by Cisco) and TriCipher (acquired by VMWare), and as a member of RSA Security’s Customer Advisory Council and the ISS Customer Advisory Council. He was also a member of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and of the International Cybercrime Subcommittee.


    Bob is on the board of management for the Jericho Forum, and on advisory boards for Agiliance, AirPatrol, CipherCloud, the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council, and Trusteer.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @rkw59.

  • ReggieWideman

    Reggie Wideman

    Janrain, Senior Director, Strategy

    Reggie is a strategist with more than fourteen years of experience in digital engagement, marketing and marketing technology. He began his career in 2000 defining digital experiences for the National Academy of Sciences before moving West in 2004 to work for startups and agencies supporting global brands that included Samsung, adidas, Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola.


    In 2012, his team launched a social commerce app called Tweet-a-Beer to critical acclaim at SXSW, following which he joined Janrain in early 2013 to lead their strategic services organization. Reggie has an undergraduate degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in writing, and has lived in Portland, Oregon for the past eleven years with his wife and two daughters.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @reggiewideman.

  • SteveWildstrom

    Steve Wildstrom

    Tech.pinions, Co-founder and Columnist

    Steve is a founder and contributor to Tech.pinions, a web site of technology industry analysis and opinion. He also writes regularly for Cisco Newsroom and others and consults for major technology companies. He wrote BusinessWeek’s Technology & You column from its creation in 1994 until BusinessWeek’s acquisition by Bloomberg in December, 2009. The goal of the column, which appeared weekly in print at at BusinessWeek.com, was to help readers understand and use personal technology to enhance their jobs and their lives.


    Before starting Technology & You, Steve served as senior news editor in BusinessWeek’s Washington bureau and edited the Washington Outlook column. Since joining the magazine in 1972, he has served in variety of capacities, covering politics, economics, and labor in Washington and Detroit and was also deeply involved in the computerization of editorial operations in the 1980s. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.


    Steve also has deep interests in education and the arts. He is a founding board member and secretary of the Children’s Chorus of Washington. He also was co-chair of the parents’ network of the Center for Excellence in Education. He served as a member of local arrangements committee and as the volunteer publicity director for the International Math Olympiad 2001.


    A native of Detroit, Steve is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife Susan, a mathematics teacher, in Kensington, Maryland.


    You can follow him on Twitter at @swildstrom.

  • Kim Zetter

    WIRED, Senior Staff Reporter

    Kim is an award-winning investigative journalist and author, covering privacy, security, cybercrime, civil liberties and cyber warfare. She has been covering computer security and the hacking underground since 1999, first for PC World magazine, and then for WIRED, where she has been reporting since 2003 and is currently a senior staff writer.


    Kim has broken a number of important national stories over the years, including one about a secret NSA spy room, and has been repeatedly voted one of the top ten security journalists in the country by her peers. In 2011, she wrote an extensive feature article about Stuxnet, a sophisticated digital weapon apparently launched by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage centrifuges used in Iran’s uranium enrichment program.


    She recently completed a book on the topic titled Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon to be released by Crown/Random House in November.


    You can follow her on Twitter at @KimZetter.