kevin werbach

Werbach is an associate professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His work examines the intersection of business, policy, and emerging technologies. Werbach co-led the review of the Federal Communications Commission for the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team. He is the co-author of For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business (Wharton Digital Press, 2012, with Dan Hunter), and author of The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust (MIT, forthcoming 2018). Over 400,000 students have enrolled in his Coursera massive open online course, and he was named Wharton’s first-ever “Iron Prof.” Previously he served as Editor of Release 1.0: Esther Dyson’s Monthly Report, and as FCC Counsel for New Technology Policy, where he wrote Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the internet’s implications for communications policy.


yochai benkler

Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (Yale, 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. He has received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University for his contribution to the study of the Internet, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2006.

julie cohen

Cohen is the Mark Claster Mamolen Professor of Law and Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches and writes about copyright, surveillance, privacy and data protection, and the governance of information and communication networks. She is the author of Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale, 2012), Between Truth and Power (Oxford, forthcoming), and numerous journal articles and book chapters, and a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 4th ed. 2015). Professor Cohen is a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

brett frischmann

Frischmann is The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University. An expert on internet and intellectual property law, he is an affiliated scholar of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and a trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino. Frischmann’s books include Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (Oxford, 2012); Governing Knowledge Commons (Oxford, 2014, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg); Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge, forthcoming 2017, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg); and Being Human in the 21st Century: How Social and Technological Tools are Reshaping Humanity (Cambridge, forthcoming, with Evan Selinger).

kartik hosanagar

Hosanagar is the John C. Hower Professor of Technology and Digital Business and a Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Kartik’s research work focuses on the digital economy, in particular the impact of analytics and algorithms on consumers and society, Internet media, Internet marketing and e-commerce. He has been recognized as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40, and he is a ten-time recipient of teaching excellence awards at the Wharton School. Hosanagar cofounded Yodle Inc, a venture-backed firm acquired by He has been an investor, advisor, or board member to startups including Milo (acquired by eBay) and Monetate.

viktor mayer-schönberger

Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He has published ten books, including the international bestseller Big Data (HMH, 2013, with Kenneth Cukier) and the awards-winning Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (Princeton, 2009). He chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy in the New Economy, and in 2014 he received a World Technology Award in the law category. Earlier in his career, he was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000.

deirdre mulligan

Mulligan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, and a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She is the co-author of Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe (MIT, 2015, with Kenneth Bamberger), and in 2016 was co-recipient of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award. Mulligan is a member of the National Academy of Science Forum on Cyber Resilience, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a founding member of the standing committee for the AI 100 project, and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative.

helen nissenbaum

Nissenbaum is Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech and currently on leave from New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science. Her books include Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest (MIT, 2015, with Finn Brunton) and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010). Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot and AdNauseam. She has received an honorary doctorate from Leuphana University at Lüneberg. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

christian sandvig

Sandvig is a Professor at the University of Michigan, who studies the consequences of algorithmic systems that curate and organize culture. Before moving to Michigan, Sandvig founded the Center for People & Infrastructures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as Markle Foundation Information Policy Fellow at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University. Sandvig was named a “next-generation leader in science and technology policy” in a faculty competition organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

siva vaidhyanathan

Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017), The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry (University of California, 2011), Copyrights and Copywrongs (NYU, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited (with Carolyn Thomas) the collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins, 2007). He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

tim wu

Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He is author of the books The Master Switch (Knopf, 2010), The Attention Merchants (Knopf, 2016), and Who Controls the Internet? (Oxford, 2008, with Jack Goldsmith), along with Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination, and other works. In 2013 he was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers, and in 2017 he was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

shoshana zuboff

Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (emerita). Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital; its individual, organizational, and social consequences; and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism. Her new work includes Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization, to be published by Public Affairs in the U.S. and Eichborn in Germany. In 2006, strategy+business named Professor Zuboff among the eleven most original business thinkers in the world. Author of the celebrated classic In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (1988), Professor Zuboff has been called “the true prophet of the information age”.

emerging scholars

karen levy

Levy is an assistant professor of Information Science at Cornell University and associated faculty at Cornell Law School. Her research focuses on social, legal, and organizational dimensions of information flow, with an emphasis on surveillance and monitoring. She is currently writing a book on the surveillance of U.S. long-haul truck drivers, and also conducting research on monitoring in intimate relationships. Before joining Cornell, she was a postdoc at NYU’s Information Law Institute and at the Data & Society Research Institute.

julia powles

Powles is a research fellow at New York University School of Law and Cornell Tech, where she works on the law and politics of technology. Prior to coming to New York, she was a postdoctoral fellow in law and computer science at the University of Cambridge, a policy fellow and contributing editor at The Guardian newspaper, and speechwriter for the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. She has worked as a lawyer, scientific researcher, and clerked in the Federal Court of Australia and Commonwealth Administrative Appeal Tribunal.

lauren henry scholz

Scholz is an assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law. Formerly an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation, she is writing a book on the recent rise of privacy protective technologies and organizational strategies. She has been a fellow at the Project on the Foundations of Private Law and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, both at Harvard Law School, and a fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

discussants and tech talks

ellen goodman

Goodman is a professor at Rutgers Law School, specializing in information policy law. She is co-director and co-founder of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law and contributes to The Guardian and Slate. Her research on algorithmic ethics in government has led to foundation consultations and grants on increasing public access to data. She served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the FCC, is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication, and has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.  

herbert hovenkamp

Hovenkamp is the James G. Dinan University Professor, Professor of Law, and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dubbed “the dean of American anti-trust law” in a 2011 New York Times article, Hovenkamp received the 2008 John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. He is an appointed fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies. Hovenkamp’s dozen-plus books include the landmark 21-volume treatise, Antitrust Law, which is the most-cited anti-trust authority in the country.

michael kearns

Kearns is professor of the Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Founding Director of the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, and the faculty founder and former director of Penn Engineering’s Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS) Program. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alan Turing Institute, the Technical Advisory Board of Microsoft Research Cambridge, and of the Market Surveillance Advisory Group of FINRA. Kearns is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

christopher marsden

Marsden is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sussex. He is author of five monographs on Internet law: Network Neutrality: From Policy to Law to Regulation (Manchester, 2017), Regulating Code (MIT, 2013, with Ian Brown), Internet Co-Regulation: European Law, Regulatory Governance and Legitimacy in Cyberspace (Cambridge, 2011), Net Neutrality: Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution (Bloomsbury, 2010), Codifying Cyberspace (Routledge/Cavendish, 2007 with D. Tambini and D. Leonardi). He is also author-editor of two interdisciplinary Internet policy books.

joel reidenberg

Reidenberg is Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor at Fordham Law School, and Founding Academic Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy. Reidenberg is a member of the American Law Institute and an adviser to the ALI’s Restatement (Third) of Privacy Principles. He has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress on data privacy issues, and served as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has also chaired the Section on Defamation and Privacy of the Association of American Law Schools and is a former chair of the association’s Section on Law and Computers. He was the inaugural Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.

bruce schneier

Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books, including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (W.W. Norton, 2016), as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient.

gigi sohn

Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy, an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow, a Mozilla Fellow, and one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. Most recently, she was Counselor to the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler. Prior to that, she served for twelve years as the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, the leading communications policy advocacy organization serving the interests of consumers in Washington. Her website is

katherine strandburg

Strandburg is Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law at New York University. She works in the areas of patent law and innovation policy and information privacy law. She is the co-editor of Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge, 2017, with Brett Frischmann and Michael Madison), and was an invited panelist at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s May 2015 Public Meeting. She is also an experienced litigator who has authored several amicus briefs to the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts. Prior to her legal career, Professor Strandburg was a research physicist at Argonne National Laboratory.

josepth turow

Turow is Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. He is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and was presented with a Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. In 2012, TRUSTe designated him a “privacy pioneer” for his research and writing on marketing and digital privacy. Turow has authored ten books, edited five, and written more than 150 articles on mass media industries. His most recent books are The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power (Yale, 2017) and Media Today: Mass Communication in a Converging World, 6th edition (Routledge, 2016).

sally wentworth

Wentworth leads the Internet Society’s public policy activities. Previously, she was the Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Information Policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, and the principal policy advisor on Internet policy issues at the U.S. Department of State. She organized U.S. participation in several high-level international negotiations, and was instrumental in building coalitions among developed and developing countries and Internet stakeholders on Internet public policy issues to promote a multi-stakeholder approach to ICT for development.

christopher yoo

Yoo is John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on how network engineering and economics provide insights into the regulation of electronic communications. He is the author of The Dynamic Internet: How Technology, Users, and Businesses Are Transforming the Network (AEI Press, 2012), Networks in Telecommunications: Economics and Law (Cambridge, 2009, with Daniel Spulber) and The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush (Yale, 2008, with Steven Calabresi). Yoo testifies frequently before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.