She is the Co-CEO of the Leola Group based in Oakland California a stealth startup focused on creating the decentralized semantic data technology. Prior to this she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium (http://www.pde.cc) a network of startups around the world building tools for people to collect manage and get value from their personal data. She co-founded and continues to lead the twice a year Internet Identity Workshop (http://www.internetidentityworkshop.com) the world’s leading innovation forum for user-centric identity and personal data technologies. She was born and raised in Vancouver Canada. Her first career was as a water polo player peaked winning a Gold Medal at the 1999 Pan-American Games.
Technical writer and editor Doris Baker co-authored ‘Cryptography Decrypted’ and partnered on the DoCrypt program, whose goal is to help users better understand encryption protections and choose tools to meet the individual’s crypto needs.
Liz Woolery is a 2014 Google Policy Fellow with the Open Technology Institute, where her work focuses on the transparency reporting practices of internet and telecom companies, as well as issues related to data collection in public places. Liz is completing her Ph.D. at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she researches legal and regulatory issues in media and technology. She works closely with the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, and in 2013, interned with the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She received her M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University, and her B.A. from Beloit College.
Marc Warren is a senior counsel in the Aviation and Administrative Law & Regulatory practice groups in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Marc has a wide range of experience in aviation matters, including those involving U.S. and foreign airlines, aerospace manufacturing, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commercial space transportation, airports and infrastructure, business aviation, product certification, safety management systems, government contracts, rulemaking and policy, and litigation and government investigations.
He also has significant experience in national security law, public international law, and military law. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Marc served as acting chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Marc was previously the executive director of the American Inns of Court Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia and also served as the deputy chief counsel and deputy chief counsel for operations at the FAA. Before his FAA appointment, he served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, from which he retired in 2007 after having been selected for promotion to brigadier general. Marc’s military service included assignments as the senior legal officer for Multi-National Forces Iraq, V Corps, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Joint Special Operations Command.
Marc received both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida; an LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army (TJAGSA); and a master of strategic studies (2002) from the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the bars of Florida, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Marc is co-holder, with the late Colonel Waldemar A. Solf, of the Solf-Warren Honorary Chair in International and Operational Law, TJAGSA. He is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School. He was the American Bar Association Outstanding Young Army Lawyer, received the Florida Bar Association Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence, is in the University of Florida Hall of Fame, and was the Federal Bar Association’s “Transportation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012.
Anne Swanson is a partner in Cooley’s Regulatory Communications practice and resident in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Swanson was a partner with Dow Lohnes, which merged with Cooley in 2014.
Ms. Swanson is an administrative law expert who helps communications, equipment, and navigation companies solve their regulatory problems. During her 30-plus year career, she has worked on a wide variety of agency rulemakings, enforcement matters, mergers, and financial transactions involving media firms, GPS and other device manufacturers, and investors. More and more, her practice focuses on complex spectrum issues and new technologies, such as unmanned vehicles and “smart transportation” systems.
A DC native, Ms. Swanson draws on her experience in all three branches of government to achieve regulatory “wins” for her clients. While her work frequently focuses initially on agency-based challenges – usually before the FCC, NTIA, or FAA – she has utilized clever legislative and judicial strategies, when necessary, to obtain the administrative results clients desire.
Ms. Swanson’s professional activities have included service as the Federal Communications Bar Association’s president, president-elect, delegate to the ABA, treasurer, and assistant treasurer as well as on the FCBA Nominations Committee; she has served as co-chairman of several of its committees, and she was recently elected to another two-year term as the FCBA’s ABA delegate. In the 1990s, she also served a three-year term on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on Communications. Ms. Swanson is vice president of the DC Capitol Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International, and she serves on the chapter’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Swanson holds a joint JD-MPA degree from Yale Law School and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, an LLM from Georgetown University’s Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from WVU. Prior to private practice, she clerked with The Honorable Charles B. Renfrew in the Northern District of California and The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit.
Prior to attending graduate and law schools, she spent a year at the White House as editor of the President’s daily news summary, and, throughout college, served as a National Security Council staff intern.
Stephen I. Vladeck
Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Scholarship at American University Washington College of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, national security law, and international criminal law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), and has co-authored party and amicus briefs in a host of other major lawsuits, many of which have challenged the U.S. government’s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects. Vladeck, who is a co-editor of Aspen Publishers’ leading national security and counterterrorism law casebooks, has authored reports on related topics for a wide range of organizations, including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
Professor Vladeck has won numerous awards for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service to the law school. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog, the Supreme Court Fellow at the Constitution Project, and a fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law.
A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a law student, he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post-9/11 Litigation Project, and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Outstanding Moot Court Oralist. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Distinction in History and Mathematics from Amherst College in 2001, where he wrote his senior thesis on “Leipzig’s Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present.”
Rob Sherman manages Facebook’s engagement on global public policy issues surrounding privacy and data protection. Collaborating with Facebook’s cross-functional privacy team, policymakers, regulators, privacy experts, and other key stakeholders, Rob works to build the company’s core privacy commitments into every aspect of the Facebook service.
Rob is an experienced privacy lawyer, having joined Facebook from the Covington & Burling LLP law firm, where he played a leading role for Facebook and other leading technology and digital media companies on regulatory and public policy issues relating to privacy, data security, electronic marketing, and digital content. While in private practice, Rob was recognized by Chambers USA as one of the nation’s leading media regulatory lawyers.
Rob speaks regularly on privacy and social media. He has testified on Facebook’s behalf in the United States Congress and Canadian Parliament and represents the company in a range of policymaking initiatives around digital privacy, including before many national governments and at the World Wide Web Consortium and the Digital Advertising Alliance. He also works to build capacity in the privacy profession at large, having served on the Education Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Privacy and Data Security Committee.
Rob earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his undergraduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Maryland. He lives with his wife and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.
Alex Abdo is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He is counsel in the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging the NSA’s phone-records program. He has been involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Navy brig in South Carolina. Mr. Abdo is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and to the Hon. Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Michael D. Ostrolenk
Michael D. Ostrolenk, a social entrepreneur, is a leading expert in the field of transpartisanpublic policy. He has successfully convened policy initiatives in the areas of transparency, privacy, defense, foreign policy and national security
Michael co-founded and serves as National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and transparency.
A radio host and public speaker, Michael has authored numerous articles appearing in a variety of publications ranging from USA Today to The American Conservative Magazine.
Erin Russell is the owner and manager of The Russell Firm, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. She maintains a national intellectual property and privacy litigation practice. Ms. Russell represents anonymous non-party subpoena targets in pre-suit litigation matters, and in copyright litigation in federal courts throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maryland and state courts in Illinois and Georgia. She provides consultation and representation to subpoena targets in downloader and BitTorrent cases to protect Internet subscribers from abusive litigation tactics on the part of copyright owners. She also represents individuals in defamation and privacy litigation in cases involving online communications.
Ms. Russell is licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois and Georgia, and is admitted to the United States District Courts of the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin and District of Colorado. Ms. Russell is also admitted to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.