Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

Building a Safer Web - Panelist Bios

Browsing the web is the most common way that people use the Internet. Repressive governments—and others who are threatened by an empowered citizenry—exploit vulnerabilities in browsers and in web services in order to censor speech and to compromise the computers of activists, journalists, and politically-minded citizens. A safer, more privacy-privacy protecting web contributes to free speech, assembly, and association online. This panel will explore steps that browser manufacturers, online service providers, independent technologists, and policymakers, can take to contribute to a safer web for all users.


Sascha Meinrath (Moderator) - Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People to Watch" and is also the 2009 recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy.

Sascha founded the Commotion Wireless Project (a.k.a., the "Internet-in-a-Suitcase") and, along with Vint Cerf, is the co-founder of Measurement Lab (M-Lab), a distributed server platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network research, and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. He coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of wireless integrators, researchers, implementors and companies dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies. Sascha has worked with Free Press, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the Acorn Active Media Foundation, the Ethos Group, and the CUWiN Foundation.


Ryan Budish - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Ryan Budish is a fellow at the Berkman Center and the Project Director of Herdict, which uses crowdsourcing to present a real-time view of Internet accessibility around the world.

Prior to arriving at Harvard, Ryan was an associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, in Washington, D.C. There his practice included assisting Internet and media clients navigate FCC and FTC regulations and investigations, defending a software company in patent litigation, preparing clients for compliance with the Affordable Care Act, and representing states in disputes with CMS.

Ryan also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ryan has examined the ways in which technology and its intersection with the law can have a significant impact on the everyday lives of people. His recent publications include: Obama Administration's Approach to Cybersecurity, Data Protection Law & Policy (June 2009) (Co-Author); In the Face of Danger: Facial Recognition and the Limits of Privacy Law (Note), 120 Harvard Law Review 1870 (2007); and Developments in the Law of Voting and Democracy, Part VI: Voting in Times of Crisis, 119 Harvard Law Review 1176 (2006).

Ryan received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College


Wendy Seltzer - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Wendy Seltzer is a Fellow with Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, researching openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology; and the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S., dedicated to advancing the web and empowering people by improving Web science, standards, and generative accessibility of Web. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation.

Last year, Wendy was a fellow with the University of Colorado's Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship in Boulder. She has taught Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Antitrust, Copyright, and Information Privacy at American University Washington College of Law, Northeastern Law School, and Brooklyn Law School and was a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute, teaching a joint course with the Said Business School, Media Strategies for a Networked World. Previously, she was a staff attorney with online civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and First Amendment issues, and a litigator with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Wendy speaks and writes on copyright, trademark, patent, open source, privacy and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl and MythTV).


Sid Stamm - Mozilla

Sid Stamm is the Lead Privacy Engineer at Mozilla and is responsible for overseeing a team of engineers focused on integrating transparency and privacy into the fabric of the Web by building tools to give users more choice and control over their personal data
online. Sid joined Mozilla in 2009 and has designed and developed many of the security and privacy-related features in Firefox including Do Not Track and Content Security Policy. He is the author of a number of privacy-related Firefox Add-ons including, Force TLS and Universal Behavioral Advertising Opt-Out. Sid has written and published numerous papers on privacy and security and holds a Ph.D in computer Science from the Indiana University.


Chris Soghoian - American Civil Liberties Union

Chris Soghoian is the Principal Technologist and a Senior Policy Analyst with the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that third party service providers play in facilitating law enforcement surveillance of their customers. Between 2009 and 2010, he was the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he worked on investigations of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Netflix. Prior to joining the FTC, he co-created the Do Not Track privacy anti-tracking mechanism now adopted by all of the major web browsers.

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