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Ren Bucholz is a lawyer at Paliare Roland Barristers in Toronto, where he focuses on technology and intellectual property litigation, as well as public and constitutional law. Ren has published academic and popular articles on intellectual property, file sharing, and electronic voting. Ren held a variety of activism and international policy positions at EFF from 2001-2007. He rejoined EFF in 2008 as a Google Policy Fellow before returning to Canada to practice law.

Ryan Calo is a law professor at the University of Washington and a former director at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.  You can find his published work on SSRN and follow his thoughts on privacy, robotics, and other topics on Twitter (@rcalo).

A. Michael Froomkin is a professor of law at University of Miami School of Law and an expert in Internet law and administrative law. He maintains a personal site at, and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of JOTWELL - the Journal of Things We Like (Lots).

Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is active on copyright, privacy, and Internet issues and was a founder of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. He blogs at

James Gosling is the chief software architect at Liquid Robotics, where he spends his time writing software for the Waveglider, an autonomous ocean-going robot. He spent many years as a VP & Fellow at Sun Microsystems, where he did the original design of the Java programming language and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. He has been a contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java and researched software development tools at Sun labs while serving as Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products Group and the CTO of Sun's Client Software Group. He briefly worked for Oracle after the acquisition of Sun and spent some time at Google.

Joseph Gratz is a partner at Durie Tangri LLP, and is an adjunct professor teaching Cyberlaw at UC Hastings. Joe's practice is focused on litigating Internet-related copyright and patent cases.

Megan Gray is a lawyer focused on Information, Internet, Innovation, and Intangibles.  Within those fields, she has worked as corporate counsel, litigator, and lobbyist for startups, established companies, non-profit organizations, individuals, and trade associations.  In the privacy and free speech arena, Megan has been a key player in a number of precedential matters, including the first case alleging violation of a FTC Consumer Privacy Consent Order (Google/Safari, $22.5 million settlement), the first lawsuit against a leading Internet portal for privacy violations (AquaCool v. Yahoo!), the first FTC enforcement action against online distribution of identification templates (FTC v. InfoWorld), and the first motion to quash a subpoena seeking the identity of an anonymous Internet poster (Xircom v. Doe).  Currently, Megan is at a leading consumer protection agency; previously, she represented a substantial and diverse client base at her own law firm (Gray Matters), Baker & Hostetler, and O'Melveny & Myers.  She graduated cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law while concurrently obtaining a Master's Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. 

Jim Griffin is the CEO of Cherry Lane Digital, a company dedicated to the future of music and entertainment delivery. Griffin also founded the Pho list, where thousands of members meet to discuss digital media.

David Hayes is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Fenwick & West LLP and is an expert on copyright law and digital media, software patents, open source issues, and technology transactions. He has served as counsel for a number of precedent-setting software copyright infringement cases, including Apple v. Microsoft and the Napster case.

Bernt Hugenholtz is Professor of Law at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR). He is an expert on international and European copyright law, co-author of ‘International Copyright’ (Oxford University Press, 2010) and has acted as an advisor to WIPO, the European Commission, and the European Parliament.

Jeff Jonas was an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Context Computing. Jonas’ work in context-aware computing was originally developed at Systems Research & Development (SRD), founded by Jonas in 1985, and acquired by IBM in January, 2005. Recently, Jonas has launched his next start up, working on a new generation of context computing code named “G2.” This technology will be used by organizations to make better decisions, faster. This unique technology will play a wide range of roles ranging from advanced anti-money laundering detection and continuous insider threat monitoring to forecasting asteroid impacts.

Mitch Kapor is one of EFF's founders as well as the founder of the Lotus Development Corporation. He’s the co-Chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and an active impact investor.

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor at Stanford Law School and is director of the Stanford Center for Law, Science and Technology. He is the author of several books and over 130 articles and has testified before Congress and the FTC on patent, antitrust, and constitutional law matters. He is a partner at Durie Tangri.

Joe McNamee is Executive Director at European Digital Rights (EDRi), the European association of digital civil rights organisations. With 32 member organizations in 20 different European countries, EDRi members have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. Prior to working with EDRi, Joe worked for a consultancy, where he wrote three studies on telecoms policy issues for the European Commission, and in the European Parliament. In that consultancy role, he also represented EuroISPA, the world's largest association of Internet Services Providers (ISPs), representing over 1,800 ISPs across the EU and EFTA countries.

Eben Moglen is Executive Director of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School. Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School since 1987 and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society. Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.

Thomas E. Moore III has practiced law in Palo Alto continuously since 1984, representing individuals and start-up to mid-size technology companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters.  Tom is a member of Royse Law Firm, PC, which provides sophisticated, yet affordable, legal services to a variety of Silicon Valley clients.  Tom has collaborated with EFF on a variety of projects beginning in January 2000 with the DVD Copy Control Association’s case against Andrew Bunner.  Since then, he has defended the rights of on-line journalists, argued that famous trademarks do not hold a monopoly on ordinary English words and helped to explain how IP addresses can reveal important information about person’s movements and associations.  Most recently, Tom has joined EFF in its efforts to curtail the government’s mass surveillance of the American public.  He is a graduate of Stanford, and he received his law degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Deirdre Mulligan is an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Professor Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. She was previously a clinical professor of law and the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic.

Craig Newmark is a self-described nerd, Web pioneer, speaker, philanthropist, and advocate of technology for the public good through his craigconnects initiative. In 2013 he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work with the department to enhance services to veterans. Craig is the founder of craigslist, started in 1995 and now one of the world’s most-visited websites. He has continued to work with craigslist as a customer service representative for 18 years. Today, Craig’s primary focus is craigconnects, which he launched in March 2011. The mission of craigconnects in the short term is to promote and enhance the use of technology and social media to benefit philanthropy and public service. He uses the craigconnects platform to support effective organizations working for veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, journalistic ethics and accountability, fact-checking, consumer protection, election protection and voter registration.

Michael Page is a partner at Durie Tangri. Michael specializes in cutting-edge copyright litigation, representing such clients as Grokster, Troy Augusto, Shepard Fairey, 321 Studios, and others.

Abigail Phillips specializes in copyright and online content issues. She is a former Senior Staff Attorney at EFF and before that led copyright product and policy at Yahoo!. Abigail was the Berkman Center for Internet & Society's first webmaster and has been passionate about Internet law ever since.

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist.  He is the author of 12 books -- including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers.  His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people.  Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an Advisory Board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Co3 Systems, Inc.

Barbara Simons is on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. She was a member of the workshop, convened at the request of President Clinton, that produced a report critical of Internet Voting in 2001. She also co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of DoD’s Internet voting project (SERVE) because of security concerns. Simons, a former ACM President, co-chaired the ACM study of statewide databases of registered voters, and she co-authored the League of Women Voters report on election auditing. She is co-authoring a book on voting machines with Doug Jones. Simons is retired from IBM Research.

Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is a Senior Policy Advisor at Hogan Lovells. He is also the founder of TeachPrivacy, a company that provides privacy and data security training programs to businesses, schools, healthcare institutions, and other organizations.  Professor Solove is also co-reporter of the American Law Institute's Restatement of Information Privacy Principles. Professor Solove is the author of several books, including: Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale University Press 2011), Understanding Privacy (Harvard University Press 2008), The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press 2007), and The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU Press 2004).  Professor Solove is also the author of several textbooks, including: Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing, 4th ed. 2012), Privacy Law Fundamentals (IAPP, 2nd edition 2013), and Privacy, Information, and Technology (Aspen Publishing, 3rd ed. 2012) (all textbooks with Paul M. Schwartz).  He has written more than 50 law review articles in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, NYU Law Review, Michigan Law Review, U. Pennsylvania Law Review, U. Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and many others. Professor Solove blogs at LinkedIn as one of its “thought leaders,” and he has more than 840,000 followers. 

Michael Traynor is President Emeritus of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and Senior Counsel at Cobalt LLP in Berkeley.

Jim Tyre is an attorney and Special Counsel to EFF. He has represented free speech interests for more than 30 years. He is a founder of The Censorware Project, which provides public information about censorware products.

Richard Wiebe is a San Francisco lawyer with his own law practice, handling civil appeals as well as trial court litigation on a broad array of topics.  Rick also works as outside counsel with EFF on lawsuits protecting civil liberties and individual rights in the digital world, and has done so since 2001.  These lawsuits address a wide variety of public policy issues, including balancing intellectual property rights with the public interest and freedom of expression, protecting First Amendment rights of individuals and journalists, protecting individual privacy against government surveillance, and protecting voting rights.

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab.  He is the author of "Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection", published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

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