Corporate, VP, General Counsel, Microsoft
National Security and Cyber Risk Expert, Author of 'The Fifth Domain'
Information Commissioner, U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office
New York Times Bestselling Author
Author, ‘Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life’
Julie Brill is corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for privacy and regulatory affairs at Microsoft Corporation. In this executive leadership position, Brill is at the forefront of many of the regulatory issues that underpin the digital transformation, leading the global policy and legal discussions involving privacy, internet governance, telecommunications, online safety, hate speech, accessibility, and corporate standards. She is spearheading Microsoft’s preparations for the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as other privacy mandates around the globe. Brill has a key role in Microsoft’s interactions with regulators and policy-makers developing regulations and standards around the world.
Prior to Microsoft, Brill joined the global law firm Hogan Lovells as partner and co-director of its privacy and cybersecurity practice. She assisted clients with navigating the complex regulatory environment governing privacy, data breaches, cybersecurity, advertising and competition issues around the globe. Under her leadership, Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity lawyers were named the top privacy practice in 2017 by Chambers. That same year, National Law Journal named Brill a “cybersecurity trailblazer” for her thought leadership on these issues. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Brill served for six years as a commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As commissioner, Brill worked actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including consumers’ privacy, appropriate advertising substantiation, financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving healthcare and high-tech.
Brill has been named: “the Commission’s most important voice on internet privacy and data security issues,” a “key player in U.S. and global regulations,” “one of the top minds in online privacy,” one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate,” “one of the top 50 influencers on big data,” and a “game-changer.” In 2014, she received the Privacy Leader of the Year Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Commissioner Brill has received numerous additional national awards for her work, including: he New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award, being named one of eight "Government Stars” among the “2015 Attorneys Who Matter,” and election to the American Law Institute.
Prior to becoming a commissioner of the FTC, Brill served as senior deputy attorney general and chief of consumer protection and antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She also served as assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. Brill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden scholarship for her commitment to public service.
Carole Cadwalladr is a journalist for The Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom. She worked for a year with whistleblower Christopher Wylie to publish her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with The New York Times. The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price. She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit.
Cadwalladr's work has won a Polk Award and the Orwell Prize for political journalism, and she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 2019. Of her award-winning work, judge Sir David Bell wrote: She "deserves high praise for the quality of her research and for her determination to shed fierce light on a story which seems by no means over yet. Orwell would have loved it."
Richard A. Clarke is a former key advisor on intelligence and counter-terrorism who worked during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Starting in 1998, he also served as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the U.S. National Security Council.
In "The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats," Clarke and fellow cybersecurity expert Robert K. Knake provide a vivid, engrossing tour of cyberspace, introducing us to the scientists, executives and public servants who have learned through hard experience how government agencies and private firms can fend off cyber threats.
Upon leaving the Bush administration in 2003, Clarke began speaking about his experience and future predictions about intelligence and counter-terrorism. He is an on-air ABC News consultant on political and security issues, and lectures at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.Clarke has appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” CNN and more, where he has spoken about cyber war, crisis management, terrorism, the Middle East and other major political issues of our time. Additionally, Clarke has written several op-eds on these subjects for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His 2018 podcast, “Future State,” discussed the issues crucial to voters in the weeks preceding the election with such high-profile guests as former Secretary Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton.
Clarke currently chairs the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He has written seven books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the #1 New York Times bestseller "Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror."
Elizabeth Denham became the UK’s Information Commissioner in 2016. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s regulator for data protection and information rights. It enforces the law, both civil and criminal, against organisations that have violated data protection rules. The ICO provides guidance on and regulates key laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Elizabeth brings an international dimension to her UK role from her previous work as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to protecting information. She was also named as the most influential person in data driven business in the 2018 DataIQ 100 list. Elizabeth has made headlines in the past year for her wide-ranging investigation into data misuse in online political campaigning, a topic which has seen her appear before parliaments in the UK and abroad.
Elizabeth was elected chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in 2018 which seeks to provide international leadership in data protection and privacy as the premier global forum for data protection authorities.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” and “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s top global thinkers. Gladwell’s new book, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know,” offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong. Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings — from history, psychology and infamous legal cases — Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure and challenges our assumptions on human nature and strategies we use to make sense of strangers, who are never simple. He explains why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don’t.
He has explored how ideas spread in “The Tipping Point,” decision-making in “Blink,” and the roots of success in “Outliers.” With his latest book, “David and Goliath,” he examines our understanding of advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege. Gladwell is the host of a 10-part podcast, “Revisionist History,” now in its fourth season. In the weekly podcast, Gladwell re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post. Gladwell is an extraordinary speaker: always on target, aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, informative and practical, poised, eloquent and warm and funny. He has an unsurpassed ability to be both entertaining and challenging.
Amber Scorah is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is author of the memoir “Leaving the Witness,” published by Viking Books.
After growing up in the Jehovah's Witness faith, Scorah learned Mandarin Chinese and moved to Mainland China to become an underground missionary. In China, encountering a new culture and making friends outside the faith for the first time, Scorah came to question the beliefs she had been taught from childhood and ended up leaving the religion. Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery, with no education or support system.
Scorah later moved to New York City, where she began a new life. Several years later, her three-month old son died on his first day in childcare. After this tragedy, Scorah became a parental leave advocate. Combining forces with a Republican mother, their bipartisan efforts brought the cause of parental leave to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
Before coming to New York City, Scorah was creator and host of the podcast “Dear Amber—The Insider's Guide to Everything China,” one of iTunes' Top 10 Podcasts of 2008. She is a TEDx speaker and has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR Morning Edition, CBC’s The Current, CTV’s Your Morning and more. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Cut, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.