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Internet Governance for Techies - Panelist Bios

Internet Governance for Techies - Panelist Bios

A diverse set of activities and institutions are responsible for the Internet that we enjoy today. Their responsibilities range from creating technical standards for interoperability and other capabilities, to developing norms and regulations at the international level. Decisions made at every level can impact Internet freedom. This panel will explore various governance structures and activities from the point of view of the technologist. For example, how are technical decisions made in these bodies affecting users’ privacy and ability to access the global Internet? And, how can technologists, and non-technologists alike, participate in these governance bodies?


Danny Weitzner - Decentralized Information Group, MIT Computer Science and Artificia...

Daniel J. Weitzner is the Director and co-founder of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group. His group studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information. Weitzner 's work led to the development of the Obama Administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, adoption of an international agreement on Internet Policymaking Principles by 34 OECD Countries, and the Administration position the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). He also was Associate Administrator for Policy at the United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Weitzner was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. 

Before joining MIT, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  He has testified before the United States Congress, the European Commission, and leading international bodies. Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine and Social Research. In 2012 he was named to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top ‘Navigator’ of global Internet public policy.


Alissa Cooper - Center for Democracy and Technology

Alissa Cooper is the Chief Computer Scientist at the Center for Democracy and Technology where she works to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. Her work focuses on a range of issues including privacy, net neutrality, and technical standards. She currently serves on the Internet Architecture Board and co-chairs the Geographic Location/Privacy working group within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). She is also a member of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) and the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee.


Leslie Daigle - Internet Society

Leslie has been actively involved in shaping the Internet's technical evolution for more than a dozen years. Her role with the Internet Society is to provide strategic leadership on important technical issues as they relate to ISOC's ongoing programs.

She has worked with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1995, and was an appointed member of the related Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from March 2000 to March 2008. As the elected Chair of the IAB from 2002 to 2007, Leslie steered the IAB and the related IETF through a period of important industry and institutional change by working with diverse technical groups to align their interests and develop sustainable relationships.

Apart from her leadership role with the IAB, Leslie has been a strong promoter of the development of Internet identifiers and directory systems, which allow for the creation of standards-based, interoperable application protocols to support end-users across the Internet in their use of remote resources. She recently published standards for DNS-based application service discovery.

Leslie has served as a panelist with the National Science Foundation review committee, evaluating Internet-related research proposals submitted for funding. She holds an M.Sc. in Computing & Information Science from the University of Guelph, and a B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science from McGill University. Leslie was most recently a Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems. Previously she held the position of Director of Directory Research at VeriSign, and Vice President for Research at industry pioneer Bunyip Information Systems, among others.


Robert Guerra - The Citizen Lab

Robert Guerra is a civil society expert specializing in issues of internet governance, cyber security, social networking, multi-stakeholder participation, internet freedom and human rights. Robert is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian based organization that works with private industry and nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy, secures communications, information security, internet governance and internet freedom. Robert also works as special adviser to The Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Robert serves as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), as well as a member of the US IGF Steering Committee. Additionally he has participated as a member of the official Canadian delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS).

Robert has given numerous media interviews and often is invited to share his views on the challenges being faced by social justice organizations in regards to surveillance, censorship and privacy. He advises numerous non-profits, foundations, governments and international organizations, including Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Taking IT Global, Diplo Foundation's Internet Governance and Policy Capacity Building Program (IGPCBP), and The Open Net Initiative.


Jeff Moss - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Jeff Moss has been a hacker for over twenty years. In 1992 Jeff founded DEF CON, the largest hacker community and gathering in the world. Five years later, he started Black Hat, a series of technical conferences featuring the latest security research. In 2009, Jeff was appointed to the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, a group of subject matter experts providing advice to the Secretary of DHS. In 2011 Jeff was named Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers.

ICANN is a non-profit whose responsibilities include coordinating and ensuring the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet's unique global identifiers such as IP address allocations, AS and protocol numbers, and digitally signing and maintaining the root zone of the Internet.

Jeff is uniquely qualified with his ability to bridge the gap between the underground researcher community and law enforcement, between the worlds of pure research and responsible application. As such, he is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and referenced in the Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, Reuters, Vanity Fair, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2011 Moss received the ICSA President's Award for Public Service and in 2012 he was named in Discovery Magazines "top 100 stories of 2012" as story #50.

Prior to ICANN Moss was the founder and CEO of Black Hat, where he remains as Conference Chair. He was a director at Secure Computing Corporation where he helped establish the Professional Services Department in the United States, Asia, and Australia. He has also worked for Ernst & Young, LLP in their Information System Security division. Moss graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Criminal Justice. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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