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Wednesday, July 14

11:00am EDT

Welcome Session
Introduction and what to expect at the IGF-USA 2021.

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Melinda Clem

Co-Chair, IGFUSA
Melinda Clem is an experienced leader in the internet infrastructure and technology markets. She covers disciplines of corporate development, strategy and marketing where her work includes creating and executing growth strategies in competitive markets, evaluating policy impacts on... Read More →
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Dustin Loup

Co-Chair, IGF-USA
Dustin Loup has served as the Co-Chair of the IGF-USA since 2018. He is also the Executive Director of ISOC-DC, where he leads the chapter is a wide range of programs, including facilitating Internet policy dialogues and supporting connectivity efforts across the country. In addition... Read More →

Wednesday July 14, 2021 11:00am - 11:15am EDT

11:30am EDT

Building Better Online Markets and Communities
The Internet enables countless innovations that transform markets and communities, changing the way we hail a ride, order food, stay in touch with our family, access information, and so much more. This session highlights innovations that make online markets and communities more efficient, inclusive, responsible and trusted. We begin with lightning talks with successful innovators who will describe their companies and obstacles and barriers they face. These will be followed by a panel of experts who will discuss optimizing online markets and communities that work better for us all.

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Allison Davenport

Senior Public Policy Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Allison Davenport is a Senior Public Policy Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she works on domestic and global policy issues related to copyright, intermediary liability, and freedom of expression. She first joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2017 as a legal fellow, and has... Read More →
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Justin Curtis

Senior Director of Academic and Strategic Initiatives, The Bryn Mawr School
Justin Curtis is the Director of Bryn Mawr Online and the Senior Director of Academic andStrategic Initiatives at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD. Bryn Mawr Online is an all-girls,diploma awarding, online High School offering a nationally ranked academic program tostudents across... Read More →
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Matt Dunne

Founder and Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation
Matt Dunne is the founder and executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation, a national nonprofit action tank committed to creating economic opportunities in rural America through the development of inclusive digital economy ecosystems that support entrepreneurship and job... Read More →
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Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, journalist and technology activist. He is a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends... Read More →
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Sylvia Morse

Assistant Director, Cooperative Development Program, Center for Family Life
Sylvia Morse is Assistant Director of the Cooperative Development Program at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (CFL), where she helps implement initiatives to scale immigrant worker-owned cooperative businesses in New York City and nationally. Since September 2016, she has... Read More →
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Katie Salen

Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
Katie Salen is a designer working at the intersections of youth, online play, and learning. Her research focuses on various aspects of social-emotional learning in online game communities, including conflict resolution, peer mediation, collaboration, and problem-solving.@katieatp... Read More →
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Michelle Fang

Chief Legal Officer, Turo
Michelle Fang serves as Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at Turo, the global leader in peer-to-peer car sharing. She has supported the business’s rapid expansion in the USA, Europe, and Canada since joining the company in 2015 and has scaled her team from 0 to 20 during... Read More →
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Derrius Quarles

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, BREAUX Capital
Derrius Quarles is a sought-after public speaker and author of the education bestseller Million Dollar Scholar: Winning The Scholarship Race. He has been highlighted by CNN, MTV, Huffington Post, TEDx, and Time and has been honored by the White House for his effort in expanding education... Read More →

Wednesday July 14, 2021 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Why don’t we have better digital identity? What could we do if we did?
27 years after Pete Steiner’s famous cartoon in the New Yorker, we’re still struggling to figure out who is a “dog on the Internet.” Identity provides the attack vector for most major breaches and each year leads to billions of dollars in cyber crime and millions of identity theft victims. The events of the last year – where the impacts of inadequate identity infrastructure have only been exacerbated with the elimination of many in-person transactions – suggests it would be a good time to revisit the state of online identity, and the roles that both government and the private sector might play in identity solutions that can deliver a more secure, trusted, and inclusive Internet.

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Jeremy Grant

Coordinator, Better Identity Coalition

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Pamela Dingle

Director of Identity Standards, Microsoft
Pamela Dingle is a long-time member of the identity management world, and currently runs the Identity Standards team at Microsoft. The team works in standards bodies like W3C, IETF, and the OpenID Foundation on specifications like OAuth 2.0, FIDO, SCIM, and OpenID Connect, as well... Read More →
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Anne Wallwork

Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy and Innovation, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Anne Shere Wallwork is Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy and Innovation in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC), where she focuses on new and emerging technologies in the financial sector, primarily as they relate to... Read More →
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Patrick Kinsel

Notarize, CEO and Co-Founder
Pat is the co-founder and CEO of Notarize, the first company to offer legal online notarizations and to enable anyone to buy or sell their home, execute their mortgage, buy or sell a car, or complete countless other transactions entirely online.Pat was previously a partner at Polaris... Read More →

Wednesday July 14, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

100% Online: How to close the Internet access gap once and for all
The COVID-19 pandemic made clear just how important Internet connectivity is for daily life—from jobs to healthcare to education. And while the Internet helped make life during the pandemic more bearable, millions of Americans, and billions of people around the world, didn’t have access and remain offline today. So how do we close this gap once and for all? And what lessons can policymakers learn from different countries’ approaches to bridging the digital divide?

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Jane Coffin

Senior Vice President, Internet Growth, Internet Society
Jane Coffin is responsible for the Internet Society’s Internet Growth project teams. The Internet Growth project teams are focused on Community Networks, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) & interconnection, peering, and community development, and a new critical project on measuring... Read More →

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Donald R. Cravins, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, National Urban League
Donald “Don” Cravins, Jr. joined the National Urban League in 2021 as EVP and COO. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with President Morial to set and maintain goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure departmental and organizational objectives and operating... Read More →
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Sonia Jorge

Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet
An expert in the confluence of development and communications policy, Sonia has over 25 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors. As a policy advisor, Sonia has led numerous digital policy and development projects in... Read More →
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Alonso Melendez

Digital Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
Alonso V. Melendez is Mexican-American originally from the Southwest, and has lived in Oregon for over 30 years now. He has worked in Social Services for approximately 10 years, focusing on equity and inclusion, community engagement, and has provided computer workshops since the early... Read More →
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Michelle Connolly

Professor of the Practice, Economics Department, Duke University
Michelle P. Connolly is Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department at Duke University. She was the Economics Director of Duke in New York: Financial Markets and Institutions Program for 2007-2009 and the Director of EcoTeach for several years. She served as one of two Arts... Read More →

Wednesday July 14, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:15pm EDT

The Social Platform Dilemma: Governance Approaches to Moderate Legal But “Objectionable” Content
This panel explores the role of government, private sector, and civil society in content moderation decisions and reviews how social media platforms are addressing societal and state pressure to moderate and remove content that offends, may be considered hateful or violent, and possibly misleading, but is not illegal in the United States. It explores new models of public-private partnerships and coordination and the risk and opportunities these present.

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Courtney Radsch

Dr. Courtney C. Radsch is a journalist, practitioner, and published author with more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of technology, media and human rights. She writes and speaks frequently about global tech policy, disinformation, content moderation, online harassment and digital security, media sustainability, journalism, and free expression and serves on the masthead of Tech Policy Press. Radsch provides strategic advocacy consulting to leading human... Read More →

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Farzaneh Badiei

Director of Social Media Governance Initiative, Yale Law School
Farzaneh Badiei is the director of Justice Collaboratory's Social Media Governance Initiative based in Yale Law School. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Internet Governance Project at Georgia Institute of Technology. For nearly a decade, Farzaneh has been a part of... Read More →
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Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières
Julie Owono is an expert in digital rights and international technology law, and an advocate for  Business and Human Rights principles in the technology industry. She is Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières, an organization which defends digital rights and access to the... Read More →
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Alex Feerst

General Counsel, Neuralink
Alex Feerst is General Counsel at Neuralink, a company developing implantable brain-machine interfaces.He spent four years as Head of Legal and Head of Trust and Safety at publishing platform Medium, where he led enforcement of the platform’s content policies, and continues to serve... Read More →
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Rob Rakowitz

Initiative Lead - The Global Alliance for Responsible Media, World Federation of Advertisers
Rob Rakowitz is a connector and builder of both teams and solutions to createbreakthrough work in the overlap space between media, data, marketing, andtechnology.Rob Rakowitz joined the WFA as the Initiative Lead for the Global Alliance forResponsible Media in July 2019. In this role... Read More →
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James Taylor

President, Heartland Institute
The Board of Directors unanimously elected James Taylor president of The Heartland Institute on March 18, 2020. Taylor is also director of Heartland's Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy.Taylor is also the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environme... Read More →
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Steve DelBianco

President and CEO, NetChoice

Wednesday July 14, 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT
Thursday, July 15

10:30am EDT

Facilitating Interoperability – Bridging the Gaps in Supply Chain Security
We have to move to a proactive security posture to harden the internet.   There are security communities in place, but there is a gap between communities that is often closed in reaction to a threat event.  We need to have that gathering of skills from across industry and government(s) to influence the supply chain to build interoperable secure services, software and components.
Interoperability of the functional Internet is driven by three primary disciplines: policy, technology, and intelligence. While each is mature in its own right, the collaboration between any two and among the three currently leaves potential for improved cooperation where the disciplines intersect. This panel discussion will explore the gaps in interoperability and how to ensure more interoperability, collaboration, and cooperation in addressing security concerns and threats in the converging supply chains.

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Melissa Griffith

Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Nathan Simington

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Nathan Simington was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2020.Commissioner Simington brings both private and public-sector experience to the Commission. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor... Read More →
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Melinda Clem

Co-Chair, IGFUSA
Melinda Clem is an experienced leader in the internet infrastructure and technology markets. She covers disciplines of corporate development, strategy and marketing where her work includes creating and executing growth strategies in competitive markets, evaluating policy impacts on... Read More →
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Tatyana Bolton

Director, Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats, R Street
Tatyana Bolton is the Policy Director for R Street’s Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats team. She crafts and oversees the public policy strategy for the department with a focus on secure and competitive markets, data security and data privacy, and diversity in cybersecurity. Other... Read More →
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Greg Rattray

Co-Founder/Partner, Next Peak
Greg Rattray is Partner and Co-Founder of Next Peak LLC, a cybersecurity and risk managementfirm, and an adjunct Senior Research Professor at Columbia University. Previously, Greg was atJP Morgan Chase where he served as Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) andheaded the... Read More →
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Hemanshu Nigam

Partner, Venable
Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam is a Partner at Venable LLP providing cyber security, privacy, and safety services through Venable’s award-winning eCommerce, Privacy and Cybersecurity group as well as its Cybersecurity Risk Management Services group. Mr. Nigam was previously the founder and... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

The Road to IoT Security: Industry and Government Working Together
Across the globe, governments are exploring policy and technical approaches to securing the Internet of Things (IoT). Learn how a coalition of industry groups is working with NIST and other government partners to improve results and raise expectations for security in IoT products and deployment, as well as promote policy harmonization internationally.

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Shane Tews

President, Logan Circle Strategies
Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Global Internet Strategy program that focuses on cyber security and Internet governance as part of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane... Read More →

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Adam Sedgewick

Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, NIST
Adam Sedgewick serves as Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he has worked since 2012. In this role, Adam advises NIST leadership on cybersecurity, privacy, and related technology issues.Prior to NIST, Adam was... Read More →
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Dr. Amit Elazari

Director of Global Cybersecurity Policy, Intel
Dr. Amit Elazari is Director, Global Cybersecurity Policy, Government Affairs at Intel Corp. and a Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Information Master in Cybersecurity program. She graduated her Doctor of Science of the Law (J.S.D.) from UC Berkeley School of Law. Her work on security... Read More →
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Michael Bergman

Vice President of Technology and Standards, CTA
Mike Bergman is vice president of technology and standards at the Consumer Technology Association, where he leads association work on cybersecurity and internet standards. Mike has been in the electronics industry for more than 30 years, in memory chip design, wireless communications... Read More →
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Paul Eisler

Senior Director of Cybersecurity, USTelecom
Paul Eisler is the Senior Director of Cybersecurity at USTelecom. An attorney with more than a decade of experience in cyber policy, he serves on the Secretariat of the Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE), a partnership of 13 global ICT companies that publish influential... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

The Future of Data: Privacy Foundations and Legislative Approaches
Please join our panelists for a discussion of how the U.S. can consider and incorporate the foundations of privacy, whether derived from global, human rights principles or the US Constitution, into federal legislative efforts. The discussion will take a thematic approach building from a discussion of the definition of privacy to the construction of a framework that should be applied to legislative initiatives. The panel will discuss the tensions between operational and legislative imperatives and what businesses can reasonably be expected to execute in compliance with proposed laws. How can Congress design a forward looking, risk-based law that will provide a strategic approach for today’s environment and flexibility for the future?

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Stu Ingis

Chairman, Venable
Stuart Ingis, a partner at Venable LLP, is nationally recognized as a leading attorney on privacy, marketing, advertising, eCommerce, and Internet law. He co-leads Venable's eCommerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity practice, which won the Chambers USA Award for Excellence for the top... Read More →

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Marty Abrams

Executive Director, The Information Accountability Foundation
Martin Abrams, Executive Director and Chief Strategist for the Foundation, has 35 years of experience as an information and consumer policy innovator. Multi-stakeholder collaboration has been a key for Abrams in developing practical solutions to dilemmas in information policy. His... Read More →
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Jennifer Huddleston

Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, American Action Forum
Jennifer Huddleston is the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum.Jennifer’s research focuses on the intersection of emerging technology and law.Her work has appeared in a wide range of outlets including Morning Consult, USA Today, the Chicago... Read More →
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Peter Winn

Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, United States Department of Justice
Peter A. Winn currently serves as the Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO) of the United States Department of Justice.The CPCLO is responsible for ensuring the Department’s compliance with the laws, regulations and established policies designed to protect the... Read More →
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Jane Bambauer

Professor of Law, University of Arizona
Jane Bambauer is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Professor Bambauer's research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data, surveillance, and communications technologies. She has recently served as the Reporter for the Uniform Commission of Law's effort to... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Reexamining Antitrust in a Digital Economy
Few policy issues have seen the sort of meteoric rise in attention that antitrust has received over the past several years. Driven by the growing importance of digital markets and online platforms, antitrust has moved to the forefront of our modern political landscape. Perhaps not surprisingly, various reform proposals have started to emerge from both sides of the political spectrum.
Advocates of reform argue that the United States’ current approach to competition policy is ill-equipped to deal with the problems posed by a twenty-first century, digital economy and that a new approach is needed to reign in the anticompetitive conduct engaged in by the dominant firms. On the other hand, skeptics of reform argue that our long-standing approach to antitrust enforcement is robust enough to handle these problems effectively and that any proposals for reform should be narrowly tailored to the specific issues they are trying to address.
This panel will be an in-depth discussion surrounding the United States’ unique approach to antitrust law as well as several of the reform proposals that are currently under consideration. It will also highlight some of the finer points of the current debate surrounding antitrust reform and the impact that reform is likely to have on various sectors of the economy.

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Ben Brody

Senior Reporter, Protocol

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Rachel Bovard

Senior Director of Policy, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel has over a decade of experience fighting for conservative policies in Washington. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul.Rachel went on to serve as policy director for the Senate Steering... Read More →
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Dr. Ling Ling Ang

Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Dr. Xiaoling (Ling Ling) Lim Ang is an economic expert witness specializing in antitrust, banking, consumer financial services, consumer protection, securities, and labor economics. She focuses on applying rigorous economic and econometric methods in civil litigation, regulatory actions... Read More →
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Elyse Dorsey

Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Elyse Dorsey is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. She recently served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her work at the Antitrust Division encompassed a wide... Read More →
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Dr. David Teece

Chairman and Principal Executive Officer, Berkeley Research Group
Berkeley Research Group, LLC, was cofounded and is led by Dr. David J. Teece, a renowned economist and an authority on matters of industrial organization, technological change, and innovation, particularly as it relates to antitrust and competition policy and intellectual property.He... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Scenarios for 2026: Will everything work everywhere?
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This session will examine the political forces and drivers that could cause fragmentation of the Web and the Cloud–both within the United States and worldwide. Speakers will share examples of how such fragmentation could be enforced (through firewalls, filters, real-name ID requirements, new laws for platforms, data localization requirements, and criminalization of certain technologies or business practices). To illustrate how this could happen, a series of scenarios have been developed that reflect how governments might respond to: (1) cyber attacks, (2) growing concerns about online privacy and surveillance, (3) worries about “foreign” content and apps, and (4) abuse of the Internet for criminal activities and terrorism. Panelists will also describe ways to address these concerns without partitioning the Internet or imposing a patchwork of different national regulations on the global Internet.

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Mike Nelson

Senior Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mike Nelson is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decision makers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to... Read More →

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David Bray

Director, GeoTech Center and GeoTech Commission, Atlantic Council
Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as the non-partisan Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission... Read More →
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Deji Bryce Olukotun

Director of Policy & Corporate Social Responsibility, Sonos
Deji Olukotun is the Director of Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility at the audio technology company Sonos. Before joining Sonos, he managed global advocacy at Access Now and established the digital freedom program at PEN America, the writers advocacy organization. He is also... Read More →
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Harriet Pearson

Senior Counsel, Hogan Lovells
Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management... Read More →
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Melissa Hathaway

President, Hathaway Global Strategies
Melissa Hathaway is globally recognized as a thought leader in the fields of cybersecurity and digital risk management and has relationships with the highest levels of governments and international institutions.  She served in two U.S. presidential administrations, spearheading... Read More →
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Nick Merrill

Director, Daylight Lab at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
Dr. Nick Merrill directs the Daylight Lab at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. His lab produces tools for understanding and addressing critical security issues.LinkedIn... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
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