Internet Privacy Conference Speakers

Lori Andrews

Distinguished Professor Lori B. Andrews

Lori Andrews is a Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology. She teaches a course on the law of social networks. She has taught at Princeton, written for a television legal drama, and served as the chair of the federal advisory committee to the Human Genome Project. She advises governments around the world about the legal and social issues raised by emerging technologies. She's written eleven non-fiction books and three mysteries. The American Bar Association Journal described her as "a lawyer with a literary bent who has the scientific chops to rival any CSI investigator."

Select Publications

"Facebook is Using You," The New York Times, February 5, 2012 (op ed),

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You DidSocial Networks and the Death of Privacy (Simon and Schuster, 2012). 

"A Pound of Flesh: Patient Legal Action for Human Research Protections in the Biotech Age," Impatient Voices: Patients as Policy Actors for U.S. Health Care, (Beatrix Hoffman, Rachael Grob and Mark Schlesinger, eds., Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2010) (with Julie Burger). 

Lori Andrews and Jordan Paradise, "Genetic Sequence Patents: Historical Justification and Current Impacts," in Living Properties: Making Knowledge and Controlling Ownership in the History of Biology, Berlin, Germany (Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Daniel J. Kevles, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger eds., Monograph, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2010). 

"Assessing Values to Set Policies for Consent, Storage, and Use of Tissue and Information in Biobanks" in New Challenges for Biobanks: Ethics, Law and Governance (Kris Dierickx and Pascal Barry eds., Intersentia, 2009).

Justin Brookman

Justin Brookman

Justin Brookman is the Director for the Center for Democracy & Technology's Project on Consumer Privacy. Prior to joining CDT in January 2010, Mr. Brookman was Chief of the Internet Bureau of the New York Attorney General's office, where he brought several groundbreaking cases to protect the rights of online consumers. He brought the first regulatory actions against spyware and adware companies, as well as against the advertisers who funded those companies.

Mr. Brookman brought several privacy cases against companies who misused or misappropriated consumers' personal information, including the first enforcement of Gramm-Leach-Bliley's restrictions on the use of consumer financial data. In 2009, Mr. Brookman brought the first case against a company for "astroturfing"—or seeding internet message boards and blogs with fake positive reviews. He also brought important actions to preserve free speech online and to preserve network neutrality. Mr. Brookman previously worked as a litigation associate for six years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in both its New York and Washington offices.

Select Publications

Justin Brookman, "European Commission Proposes Stronger Data Privacy Legislation," Center for Democracy & Technology, (Feb. 2, 2012),

Justin Brookman, "House Tweaks Video Privacy Law for Frictionless Sharing," Center for Democracy & Technology, (Dec. 7, 2011),

Justin Brookman, "CDT Files Complaint Against Medical Justice," Center for Democracy & Technology, (Nov. 29, 2011),

Justin Brookman, "The Constitutionality of the Good Friday Holiday," 73 New York University Law Review 193 (1998).

Jay Edelson

Jay Edelson

Jay Edelson is the founder and managing partner of Edelson McGuire, LLC, a national consumer class action firm based in Chicago. Mr. Edelson's firm has been recognized by the federal courts as a "pioneer[] in the electronic privacy class action field, having litigated some of the largest consumer class actions in the country on this issue."  In re Facebook Privacy Litig., No. C 10-02389 (N.D. Cal.).

Mr. Edelson has prosecuted cutting-edge cases involving interdisciplinary issues of privacy, law, and technology.  To date, his firm has waged lawsuits against industry leaders such as Apple, Pandora, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon.  He is currently involved in cases involving the alleged surreptitious tracking of consumers' real-time locations through their smart phones, the unlawful retention, interception, and disclosure of private information, as well as failing to provide users with proper opt-out mechanisms. Many of his firm's settlements have resulted in industry-wide business practice reforms.

Mr. Edelson was named one of the top 40 Illinois attorneys under 40 by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in 2009, was described as "one of the best in the country" when it "comes to legal strategy and execution," and was praised for his "reputation for integrity" in the "rough and tumble class action arena."  He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and as a top Illinois class action lawyer by Benchmark Plaintiff.  The ABA has recognized Mr. Edelson as being one of "the most creative minds in the legal profession."

Mr. Edelson is frequently asked to speak about the cases he has prosecuting, including serving as a panelist on national symposium on tort reform and, separately, serving as a panelist on litigating high-profile cases. He has taught classes on class action law at Northwestern Law School and The John Marshall Law School and for several years co-chaired a multi-day national symposium on consumer class action issues.  Mr. Edelson is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching a seminar on class action litigation.

Select Publications

Jay Edelson, "Nine Mistakes Companies Make In Defending Themselves Against Consumer Class Action Lawsuits," Law360 (Jan. 2011),

Jay Edelson, "Trust Young Lawyers and They Won't Let You Down," ABA Journal's Legal Rebels – Remaking the Profession (Oct. 15, 2009). 

Jay Edelson, "The YouTube Generation: Implications for Medical Professionalism," Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 51, No. 4, 517–524 (2008).

Harry Lewis

Harry Lewis

Harry Lewis is the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Professor Lewis is the author of books and articles on various aspects of computer science, cyberspace policies, and the social impact of data aggregation. Among his articles are The Internet and Hieronymus Bosch: Fear, Protection, and Liberty in Cyberspace (2011), published in The Harvard Sampler, and Digital Books, published in the International Journal of the Humanities. His book about higher education, Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future, has been translated into Chinese (in both Taiwanese and mainland editions) and Korean. He is coauthor with Hal Abelson and Ken Ledeen of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (2008; also Chinese and Russian translations), which explains the origins and public consequences of the explosion of digital information.

Professor Lewis has worked extensively on the algorithmic solvability of logical, computational, and combinatorial systems, attempting to clarify the relations between them and to identify their common characteristics. He is also actively involved in the use of computers in education, and his books have had a significant influence on the teaching of the foundations of computer science to undergraduates. During his almost forty years of teaching, Professor Lewis has helped launch thousands of Harvard undergraduates into careers in computer science. His former students include Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

Select Publications

Harry Lewis, Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education (PublicAffairs: New York City, NY 2006). 

Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, & Harry Lewis, Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (Addison-Wesley Professional: Boston, MA 2008). 

Harry Lewis, "The Internet and Hieronymus Bosch: Fear, Protection, and Liberty in Cyberspace," chapter in The Harvard Sampler, 57-90 (Shephard, Kosslyn, and Hammonds, eds.) (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA 2011). 

Harry Lewis, "After the Digital Explosion: Education and Civil Liberties in the Internet Age," chapter in Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education, 183-192 (Feith, David, ed.) (Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD 2011). 

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann and Harry Lewis, What is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education (Teachers College Press, 2011). 

Harry Lewis, "Digital Books," International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 7, no. 8, pp. 59-66.

Jon M. Peha

Jon M. Peha

Jon M. Peha is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and has served as Associate Director of the university's Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking. He served as the Chief Technologist of the Federal Communications Commission from 2008 to 2010, and then as Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy from 2010 to 2011 where he focused on Communications and Research. He has been Chief Technical Officer of three high-tech start-ups, and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft. He has also addressed telecom and e-commerce issues on legislative staff in both the House and Senate of the US Congress, and helped launch and lead a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure.

Professor Peha consults for industry and government agencies around the world. His research spans technical and policy issues of communications networks, including privacy in Internet and mobile services, online dissemination of copyrighted material, spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, secure Internet payment systems, e-commerce, and network security. He has taught courses on topics such as Policies of Wireless Systems and the Internet, Municipal Wifi Systems, Wireless Communications Systems for Emergency Responders, Spyware, Broadband Networks, Introduction to Telecommunications Networks, Packet-Switched Networks, and Universal Access to Computers and Computer Networks.

Professor Peha is an IEEE Fellow and an AAAS Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Sc. from Brown University.

Select Publications

Aleecia McDonald & Jon Peha, "Track Gap: Policy Implications of User Expectations for the 'Do Not Track' Internet Privacy Feature," Proceedings of 39th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, (TPRC: Arlington, VA 2011). 

A. Mateus & J. M. Peha, "Quantifying Global Transfers of Copyrighted Content using BitTorrent," Proceedings of 39th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, (TPRC: Arlington, VA 2011),

M. G. Morgan & J. M. Peha, Science and Technology Advice for Congress (RFF Press: Washington, D.C. 2003),

J. M. Peha, Bringing Broadband to Unserved Communities, Brookings Institution Press, July 2008,

J. M. Peha, "The Benefits and Risks of Mandating Network Neutrality, and the Quest for a Balanced Policy," International Journal of Communication, 2007, pp. 644-668,

Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

Henry H. Perritt, Jr. is a Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Throughout his academic career, Professor Perritt has made it possible for groups of law and engineering students to work together to build a rule of law, promote the free press, assist in economic development, and provide refugee aid through "Project Bosnia," "Operation Kosovo" and "Destination Democracy." He's been retained as an advisor in the Davis v. Facebook case.

Professor Perritt is the author of law review articles and books on international relations and law, technology and law, and employment law, including Law and the Information Superhighway and the casebook Digital Communications Law. He served on President Clinton's Transition Team, working on telecommunications issues, and drafted principles for electronic dissemination of public information, which formed the core of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments adopted by Congress in 1996. He has also served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Policy Board of the National Research Council, and on a National Research Council committee on "Global Networks and Local Values." He's also written a musical about Kosovo, You Took Away My Flag, which was originally performed to sold-out houses at Strawdog Theatre in Chicago in June 2009.

Select Publications

Henry Perritt, "The Internet's First 20 Years: Developing a Constitution for Cyberspace," William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (forthcoming). 

Henry Perritt, "Cut in Tiny Pieces: Ensuring That Fragmented Ownership Does Not Chill Creativity," Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (forthcoming). 

Henry Perritt, Digital Communications Law (Wolters Kluwer rev. ed. 2010). 

Henry Perritt, Law and the Information Superhighway (Aspen Publishers 2d. ed. 2001).

Robert Sloan

Professor Robert Sloan

Robert Sloan is a Professor and the Department Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1989. For two years starting in January 2001 he served as the Program Director of the Theory of Computing Program at the National Science Foundation, where he managed that multi-million dollar program through two funding cycles.

His current scholarly work in computer science is divided between two areas. One area is problems near the boundary of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, including learning, knowledge representation, and commonsense reasoning. His second current research area is computer security and privacy public policy. In the past Dr. Sloan has also published in cryptography and in technical areas of computer security, primarily access control.

Select Publications

R. Warner and R. H. Sloan, "Vulnerable Software: Product-Risk Norms and the Problem of Unauthorized Access," University Of Illinois Journal Of Technology, Law, And Policy, accepted for publication, 2012. 

M. Russom, R. H. Sloan, and R. Warner, "Legal Concepts of Privacy Meet Technology: A 50-State Survey," Workshop on Governance of Technology, Information, and Policies (GTIP), 2011 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (online proceedings). 

M. Langlois, R. H. Sloan, B. Szörényi, and G. Turán, "Horn Complements: Towards Horn-to-Horn Belief Revision," Proc. Twenty-Third AAAI Conf. Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-08), pp. 466–471, 2008. 

J. Solworth and R. H. Sloan, "A Layered Design of Discretionary Access Controls with Decidable Safety Properties," Proc. 2004 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, pp. 56–67, 2004. 

T. S. Messerges, E. A. Dabbish, and R.H. Sloan, "Examining Smart-Card Security under the Threat of Power Analysis Attacks," IEEE Transactions on Computers, 51:541–552, May 2002.

Christopher Soghoian

Christopher Soghoian

Christopher Soghoian is a Washington, DC based Open Society Fellow, supported by the Open Society Foundations. Mr. Soghoian was the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. Prior to his year in government, he created a privacy enhancing browser add-on that was downloaded more than 700,000 times in its first year before he sold it to Abine, Inc.

Mr. Soghoian is also a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. His current Ph.D dissertation work is focused on the role that companies play in either resisting or facilitating surveillance of their customers.

Mr. Soghoian has used the Freedom of Information Act and several other investigative techniques to shed light on the scale of and the methods by which the US government spies on Internet communications and mobile telephones. This work has been cited by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and featured on the Colbert Report. A long article about him appeared in Wired, entitled "The Pest Who Shames Companies into Fixing Security Flaws."

Select Publications

The Law Enforcement Surveillance Reporting Gap," (forthcoming), Christopher Soghoian, " 183-192 (Feith, David, ed.) (Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD 2011). 

Stephanie Pell & Christopher Soghoian, "Can You See Me Now?: Toward Reasonable Standards for Law Enforcement Access to Location Data that Congress Could Enact," 26 Berkeley Technology Law Journal (March 2012), 183-192 (Feith, David, ed.) (Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD 2011). 

Christopher Soghoian, "An End to Privacy Theater: Exposing and Discouraging Corporate Disclosure of User Data to the Government," 12 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 191 (2011), 183-192 (Feith, David, ed.) (Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD 2011). 

Christopher Soghoian, "Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era," 8 Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law 359 (2010), 183-192 (Feith, David, ed.) (Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD 2011). 

Christopher Soghoian, "Deep Packet Inspection: Bring it On," Collection of Essays for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (2009),

Richard Warner

Professor Richard Warner

Richard Warner is a Professor of Law at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he teaches Contracts, Remedies, Jurisprudence, Internet Law, and E-Commerce Law. He is also the faculty director of Chicago-Kent's Center for Law and Computers, and the director of Chicago-Kent's Project Poland.

Professor Warner's research covers the regulation of business competition on the Internet and Internet security, as well as the nature of human rights and their grounding in personal freedom. His work spans philosophical, social, and legal topics, such as "Undermined Norms: The Corrosive Effect of Information Processing Technology on Information Privacy" and "Turned on Its Head?: Norms, Freedom, and Acceptable Terms in Internet Contracting." A former philosophy professor at the University of Southern California, he is also the author of the E-Commerce, the Internet and the Law casebook and the co-author of the forthcoming book Unauthorized Access: The Crisis in Online Privacy and Information Security with Robert Sloan.

Professor Warner has lectured on Internet security at the second United Nations Economic Commission for Europe workshop, "E-Regulations: E-Security and Knowledge Economy," in Geneva, Switzerland, and, at the invitation of the FBI, on global cybercrime before the Chicago Crime Commission. He was the principal investigator for "Using Education to Combat White Collar Crime," a US State Department grant devoted to combating money laundering in Ukraine from 2000 to 2006. He is currently a member of the US Secret Service's Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force.

Select Publications

Richard Warner and Robert Sloan, Unauthorized Access: The Crisis in Online Privacy and Information Security (Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, forthcoming 2011). 

Richard Warner, "Undermined Norms: The Corrosive Effect of Information Processing Technology on Informational Privacy," 55 Saint Louis University Law Journal 1047 (2011). 

Richard Warner, "Turned on Its Head?: Norms, Freedom, and Acceptable Terms in Internet Contracting," 14 Journal of Internet Law 18 (2010). 

Richard Warner, Graeme Dinwoodie, Harold Krent & Margaret Stewart, E-Commerce, the Internet and the Law: Cases and Materials (Thomson West: Eagan, MN 2007). 

Maciej Barczewski, Michal Milosz & Richard Warner, When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property, High Technology and the Law (Wolters Kluwer Polska 2008).