Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

Export Controls - Panelist Bios

Certain Internet monitoring, filtering, and blocking technologies are likely to be misused by repressive governments for censorship and surveillance in violation of international human rights standards. This panel will focus on whether and how the export of some technologies manufactured in the U.S. or other western countries could be controlled, and the possible role of voluntary agreements.


Peter Harrell (Moderator) - U.S. Department of State

Peter Harrell is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions (TFS) in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, Harrell leads and coordinates the Department’s economic sanctions and counter threat finance efforts across a range of sanctions regimes and policy priorities.

Prior to joining EB, Harrell served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff from March 2009 to June 2012. While on the Policy Planning Staff, Harrell handled a range of sanctions, trade, and economic issues, and worked on several specific projects, including the Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Before joining the State Department, Harrell served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. He has worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous articles and one book, Rwanda’s Gamble: Gacaca and a New Model of Transitional Justice. Harrell is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale Law School. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

Collin Anderson - Independent Internet Freedom Researcher

Collin Anderson (@CDA) is a developer and researcher interested in global trends affecting online free flow of information, electronic surveillance and Internet censorship. He has been involved in documenting the international flow of repressive technology, exploring alternative means of communications that bypass channels of state control, and investigating the complex role of export regulations and sanctions on democratization movements.


Nicholas Matheson - Embassy of the United Kingdom 

Roszel Thomsen - Thomsen & Burke LLP

Roszel C. Thomsen II is a Partner in the law firm of Thomsen and Burke LLP, with offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.  Roz received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. and M.A. from the Washington College of Law and the School of International Service of American University.  He has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1984 and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and various Federal Courts.

Roz provides legal counsel to information technology companies regarding international trade and technology transfer issues.  He also is the founder of, and counsel to, the Alliance for Network Security, a trade association comprised of Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Cisco Systems, Inc., Google, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi Data Systems, Intel Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., McAfee, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Novell, Inc. and Qualcomm.

Randy Wheeler - Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

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