Alessandro Acquisti: Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Robert Barr: Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)
Fred Cate: Professor of Law, Indiana University
Daniel P. Cooper: Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, London
David Fagan: Associate, Covington & Burling LLP
Michael Froomkin: Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Albert Gidar: Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Beth Givens: Director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Reece Hirsch: Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
Chris Hoofnagle: Director of Information Privacy Programs, BCLT
Christine E. Lyon: Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Joanne McNabb: Chief, California Office of Privacy Protection
Mark Melodia: Partner, Reed Smith
Deirdre Mulligan: Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Information
Anita Ramasastry: Professor of Law; Director, Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology
Vasant H. Raval: Director, infoGROUP, Inc. and Syntel, Inc.
Priscilla Regan: Professor, George Mason University
Sasha Romanosky: PhD Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Schwartz: Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
Adam Shostack: Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group
Senator Joe Simitian: 11th District of CA
Peter Swire: Professor of Law, Ohio State University
Jane Winn: Professor of Law; Director, Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology


Alessandro Acquisti is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, and a member of Carnegie Mellon Cylab. His work investigates the economic and social impact of IT, and in particular the economics of privacy and the behavioral economics of privacy and information security. Alessandro’s work has also focused on the economics of computers and AI, agents economics, computational economics, ecommerce, cryptography, anonymity, and electronic voting. His research in these areas has been disseminated through journals (including Marketing Science, Journal of Comparative Economics, IEEE Security & Privacy, and Rivista di Politica Economica); edited books (“Digital Privacy: Theory, Technologies, and Practices.” Auerbach, 2007); book chapters; and leading international conferences. His findings have been featured in media outlets such as NPR Fresh Air, NBC, MSNBC.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the New Scientist.

Robert Barr

Robert Barr is Executive Director of BCLT and the former Vice President for Intellectual Property and Worldwide Patent Counsel for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where he was responsible for all patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Robert has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Political Science from MIT and a JD from Boston University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker on patent reform and has testified twice at the Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy. He was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California in 2003, and as one of the top 10 in-house intellectual property lawyers in 2004.

Fred Cate

Fred Cate is a distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University. He is a leading authority on privacy, security, and other information law and policy issues. He participates in a wide range of projects for the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams, and is actively engaged in advising government and industry leaders about information privacy and security.His work examines the impact of different tools for protecting privacy and security, the costs and benefits of using laws and regulations, and the broader context implicated by privacy and security and efforts to protect them, especially in global and electronic information flows. Educating policymakers and executives about these issues is a key focus of Professor Cate’s activities and the foundation of rational regulation and effective compliance.

Dan Cooper

Daniel Cooper is a partner with Covington & Burling LLP, resident in the firm’s London office. Mr. Cooper is qualified to practice both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Mr. Cooper heads up the firm’s growing privacy and data security practice in London, and counsels clients in the information technology, pharmaceutical research, sports and financial services industries, among others, on European and UK data protection, data retention and freedom of information laws, as well as associated information technology and e-commerce laws and regulations. Mr. Cooper also regularly counsels clients with respect to Internet-related liabilities under European and US laws. Mr. Cooper sits on the advisory boards of a number of privacy NGOs, privacy think tanks, and related bodies.

David Fagan

David Fagan is an associate at Covington & Burling LLP. His practice covers national security law, international trade, financial institutions regulation, and privacy and data security. Mr. Fagan has represented clients before federal government agencies and Congress a range of issues, including regulatory approvals of large international investments, national security-related criminal investigations, FTC regulatory and enforcement actions in the data security area, and numerous bank regulatory matters. He has particular expertise in the Exon-Florio Amendment to the Defense Production Act of 1950, including the recent amendments contained in the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, and has represented numerous foreign and domestic clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He also frequently counsels clients on implementing information security programs, complying with regulatory requirements, such as Gramm-Leach-Blilely, and industry best practices on privacy and security and responding to data security breaches. Mr. Fagan also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a seminar on “National Security Law and the Private Sector.”

Daniel Froomkin

A. Michael Froomkin is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in Internet Law and Administrative Law. He is a founder-editor of ICANNWatch, and serves on the Editorial Board of Information, Communication & Society and of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. He is on the Advisory Boards of several organizations including the Electronic Freedom Foundation and BNA Electronic Information Policy & Law Report. Prof. Froomkin is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He is also active in several technology related projects in the greater Miami area.Professor Froomkin writes primarily about Internet governance, electronic democracy, and privacy. Other subjects include e-commerce, electronic cash, the regulation of cryptography, and U.S. constitutional law.

Albert Gidari Jr

Albert Gidari, Jr. is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP where he represents a broad range of companies on privacy, security, Internet, electronic surveillance and communications law. His practice also includes both civil and criminal litigation, investigations and regulatory compliance counseling. He serves as the editor of the firm’s Internet law blog, DigestibleLaw.com. Mr. Gidari is a nationally recognized privacy lawyer. He successfully defended Google in 2006 against a Department of Justice subpoena seeking billions of customer search queries and Web pages from Google search in Gonzales v. Google. Mr. Gidari advises Chief Privacy Officers and privacy managers regarding the development and implementation of privacy policies,and in the conduct of privacy audits andprivacy best practices.  Within the communications industry, he is a recognized authority on the use, disclosure and access to Customer Proprietary Network Information or “CPNI.” Most recently, Mr. Gidari has represented numerous wireless carriers and CTIA-the Wireless Association before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and state agencies in responding to proposed new rules to combat “pretexting” or the unlawful access to CPNI by data brokers. On behalf of numerous carriers, Mr. Gidari and his litigation team successfully sued and enjoined number data brokers to prevent unlawful pretextingof customer information.

Beth Givens

Beth Givens is founder and director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, established in 1992. She has developed the Fact Sheet series as author and/or editor. She authored the encyclopedia entries on identity theft for Encyclopedia of Privacy (2007), World Book Encyclopedia (2004) and Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002). She is author of The Privacy Rights Handbook: How to Take Control of Your Personal Information (Avon, 1997) and is co-author of Privacy Piracy: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft (1999). She contributed a chapter on consumer and privacy rights to the 2006 book, RFID: Applications, Security and Privacy. Givens represents the interests of consumers in public policy proceedings at the state and federal levels (California Legislature, U.S. Congress, and federal and state regulatory agencies). Her contributions to legislative hearings, regulatory workshops, and public policy conferences are found in the Speeches & Testimony section of the web site.

Reece Hirsch

Reece Hirsch is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.  He is a privacy and data security expert who counsels and represents a wide range of organizations, including health plans, insurers, retailers and financial institutions, with respect to state, federal and international privacy and security laws and regulations.  Mr. Hirsch has also advised companies responding to security breach incidents pursuant to California S.B. 1386 and similar state laws and assisted in the development and implementation of privacy and security compliance programs and security incident response plans.  Mr. Hirsch is listed in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Mr. Hirsch is a member of the editorial advisory boards of BNA’s Health Law Reporter, Healthcare Informatics and Briefings on HIPAA.  He writes a blog on healthcare privacy and security issues for Healthcare Informatics magazine at www.healthcare-infomatics.com.

Chris Hoofnagle

Chris Jay Hoofnagle is the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s information privacy programs and senior fellow to the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. He is an expert in information privacy law.

Hoofnagle’s recent work focuses on promoting competition among financial institutions to prevent identity theft. In Identity Theft: Making the Unknown Knowns Known, he discusses the problem of “synthetic identity theft,” a form of crime where an impostor fabricates personal information and yet still can obtain credit accounts. Hoofnagle argues that the rise of this form of fraud demonstrates a fundamental failure in banks’ anti-fraud gatekeeper function, and proposes market reforms for reducing identity theft.

Christine Lyon

Christine Lyon is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where her practice concentrates on privacy and employment law. She is a senior editor and contributing author of the Guide to Employee Privacy Law (A S Pratt & Sons and Thompson Publishing. 2007).

Ms. Lyon’s practice also involves all aspects of employment law, including counseling, litigation, and transactional work. She represents clients in litigation and administrative proceedings; provides labor and employment advice and support in multinational corporate transactions; conducts seminars and training sessions related to employment law; and advises clients about a variety of labor and employment issues.

Joanne McNabb

Joanne McNabb is Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection. McNabb is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and is co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Government Working Group. She also serves on the Privacy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. Before starting the Office of Privacy Protection, McNabb had over 20 years experience in public affairs and marketing, in both the public and private sectors, including five years with an international marketing company in France. Her marketing background gives her an understanding of the commercial uses of personal information that have become a significant privacy concern. McNabb attended Occidental College and holds a master’s degree in Medieval Literature from the University of California, Davis.

Mark Melodia

Mark Melodia is a partner in Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group, and Head of the Global Data Security, Privacy & Management Group.  He has recognized experience in litigating putative class actions and other “bet-the-company” suits filed against financial services and other companies. At issue, typically, are the products, practices or policies of a banking, securities or other consumer products or services company. He has succeeded in getting complaints dismissed, class certifications denied and/or favorable settlements negotiated on behalf of these clients. Mark’s national litigation experience has involved the alphabet soup of regulation found in RESPA, TILA, FCRA, FDCPA, ECOA, FHA, RICO, and various state and federal consumer fraud and securities statutes. Other complex commercial matters defended over the past twenty years include the following types of disputes: data security, antitrust, trade defamation and libel, trade secrets/restrictive covenants, intellectual property, business fraud and trade regulation, franchise and dealer relations, bankruptcy, general contracts, and torts. He has represented large corporations in federal and state courts throughout the country concerning disputes ranging in alleged value from $100,000 to $8 billion. Overall, Mark has defended more than 100 class and 100 mass actions. This practice has taken him to trial and appellate courts in 16 states from Maine to Washington, and from Florida to California. Arbitration and mediation are also methods of dispute resolution in which Mark regularly engages.

Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley I School. She came to the I School from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was a clinical professor of law and the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. She served previously as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington.Professor Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. Current projects include qualitative interviews to understand the institutionalization and management of privacy within corporate America, and role of law in corporate information security policy and practice. Other areas of current research include digital rights management technology and privacy and security issues in sensor networks and visual surveillance systems, and alternative legal strategies to advance network security. Mulligan is currently participating in a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Global Network Initiative, to advance and preserve freedom of expression and privacy through collaborative efforts aimed to resist government efforts that seek to enlist companies in acts of censorship and surveillance in violation of international human rights standards.

Anita Ramassastry

Anita Ramasastry is the Director of the Center for Law, Commerce & Technology and a Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. She joined the faculty in 1996. Her research interests include law and technology, international commercial law and banking, self regulation of the Internet, on-line dispute resolution and consumer protection and payment systems. Her current research focuses on the accountability of economic actors in conflict and weak governance zones. Ramasastry is a Faculty Associate of the University’s Center for Internet Studies. During 2008, she will be a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Irish Center for Human Rights – NUI Galway. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Ramasastry was a staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has also worked as an attorney for the international law firm of White & Case in Budapest, Hungary, and as an assistant professor of law at the Central European University in Budapest (founded by financier George Soros). She is currently a law reform consultant to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Vasant H. Raval

Vasant H. Raval has been a faculty member in the Department of Accounting at Creighton University since 1981. He was Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Business Programs (1988-1996) and Chair of the Department of Accounting (2001-2006) at Creighton’s College of Business. He served (2002-2008) as a director of InfoUSA, Inc., a provider of business and consumer information products, database marketing services, and sales and marketing solutions. Since January 2004, Dr. Raval has been a director of Syntel, Inc., a global information technology services and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) company based in Michigan, and chairs its audit committee.  His research and teaching interests include corporate governance and information security. He has coauthored two books (Accounting Information Systems; Risks, Controls, and Security), both Wiley publications, and directs the Information Security Assurance Lab (ISAL) at Creighton University.

Priscilla Regan is a Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. Prior to joining that faculty in 1989, she was a Senior Analyst in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (1984-1989) and an Assistant Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound (1979-1984). Since the mid-1970s, Dr. Regan’s primary research interest has been the analysis of the social, policy, and legal implications of organizational use of new information and communications technologies. Dr. Regan has published over twenty articles or book chapters, as well as Legislating Privacy: Technology, Social Values, and Public Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1995). As a recognized researcher in this area, Dr. Regan has testified before Congress and participated in meetings held by the Department of Commerce, Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, and Census Bureau. Dr. Regan received her PhD in Government from Cornell University in 1981 and her BA from Mount Holyoke College in 1972.

Sasha Romanosky

Sasha Romanosky, CISSP, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada. He has been working with internet and security technologies for over 10 years, predominantly within the financial and e-commerce industries at companies such as Morgan Stanley and eBay. He is coauthor of “J2EE Design Patterns Applied” and “Security Patterns: Integrating Security and Systems Engineering” and has published other works on information security. He developed the FoxTor tool for anonymous web browsing and is co-developer of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), an open framework for scoring computer vulnerabilities. Sasha is a member of CMU’s CyLab and the Usable Security and Privacy laboratory. Sasha is currently a PhD student at the Heinz College, School of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where he researches the Economics of Information Security.

Paul M. Schwartz

Paul M. Schwartz, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, is a leading international expert on information privacy, copyright, telecommunications and information law. He has published widely on these topics. In the US, his articles and essays have appeared in periodicals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and N.Y.U. Law Review. His co-authored books include Data Privacy Law (1996, supp. 1998) and Data Protection Law and On-line Services: Regulatory Responses (1998), a study carried out for the Commission of the European Union that examines emerging issues in Internet privacy in four European countries. Professor Schwartz has provided advice and testimony to numerous governmental bodies in the United States and Europe. During 2002-2003, he was in residence as a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. He has also acted as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union on privacy issues. For his latest publications, please visit his website.

Adam Shostack

Adam Shostack is part of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle strategy team, where he is responsible for security design analysis techniques. Before Microsoft, Adam was involved in a number of successful start-ups focused on vulnerability scanning, privacy, and program analysis. He helped found the CVE, International Financial Cryptography association, and the Privacy Enhancing Technologies workshop. He has been a technical advisor to companies including Counterpane Internet Security and Debix.


Senator Joe Simitian

Senator Joe Simitian was elected to the California State Senate in November 2004 to represent the 11th State Senate District, which includes portions of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. His public service over the years includes stints as a State Assemblymember, member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Mayor of Palo Alto and President of the Palo Alto School Board. He has also served as an election observer/supervisor in El Salvador and Bosnia, and participated in refugee relief and resettlement efforts in Albania and Kosovo. In the Senate, Simitian chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and serves as a member of the following committees: Appropriations; Business, Professions and Economic Development; Education; Energy, Utilities and Communications; and Transportation and Housing. Since serving in the Legislature, Simitian has been widely recognized for his commitment to service and the passion he brings to his job. He has received Legislator of the Year awards from a wide range of organizations, including the California School Boards Association, AeA (the American Electronics Association), the California Library Association and NOW (the National Organization for Women).  He regularly receives “100%” environmental ratings from the California League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and Vote the Coast.

Peter Swire

Peter P. Swire is the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. From 1999 to early 2001 he served as the Clinton Administration’s Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In that position, he coordinated Administration policy on the use of personal information in the public and private sectors, and served as point of contact with privacy and data protection officials in other countries. He was White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules, and played a leading role on topics including financial privacy, Internet privacy, encryption, public records and privacy, ecommerce policy, and computer security and privacy. Professor Swire has published extensively, testifies regularly before the Congress, and is quoted frequently in national and international press. Many of his writings appear at www.peterswire.net.

Jane Winn

Jane Winn is Charles I. Stone Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and co-director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology, and Fulbright Scholar. She is a leading international authority on electronic commerce law and technological and governance issues surrounding information security. She joined the faculty in 2002. Her current research interests include electronic commerce law developments in the United States, the European Union, and China. She is coauthor of Law of Electronic Commerce and the casebook Electronic Commerce.