Special Envoy for the Christchurch Call and former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Bestselling Author of “Futureproof,” Award-Winning Technology Columnist, The New York Times
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The Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern became the Prime Minister of New Zealand at just 37 years of age. During her time in office, she faced the challenges of a livestreamed domestic terror attack against New Zealand’s Muslim community, a volcanic eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Ardern’s focus on people, kindness and what she has called “pragmatic idealism” saw New Zealand achieve some of the lowest losses of life experienced by any developed nation through the pandemic, the ban of military style semi-automatic weapons in her country, and the creation of the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Violent Extremism Online. Ms Ardern currently holds the role of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the Christchurch Call.
Ms Ardern is a champion of women's empowerment. While in office, New Zealand reached 50 percent representation of women in Parliament, and on government appointed boards. She decriminalised abortion, improved pay equity laws and extended paid parental leave to 6 months - all while being only the second woman in the world to have a baby while leading her country.
Ms Ardern is a passionate advocate on climate action and is a board member of The Earthshot Prize, focusing on solutions to climate change and environmental issues.
Ms Ardern is the 2023 Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Hauser Leader in the School’s Center for Public Leadership, a program where leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors engage with students and faculty on building skills in principled leadership. She is also the inaugural Knight Tech Governance Leadership Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where she will focus on ways to improve content standards and platform accountability for extremist content online.
Ms Ardern holds an Honorary Doctorate from Harvard University
Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Vice President of Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Julie Brill leads the company’s work at the forefront of the tech policy, regulatory, and legal issues that underpin the world’s digital transformation and is the central figure in Microsoft’s advocacy for responsible data use and policy around the globe.
Building on her distinguished public service career spanning more than three decades at the federal and state level, Brill directs Microsoft’s Privacy, Digital Safety, Law Enforcement and National Security, Telecom, Standards, Accessibility regulation operations and solutions. In her role, Brill leads the companies company’s Regulatory Governance operations and spearheads Microsoft’s advocacy for responsible approaches to privacy, safety and data protection around the world.
Prior to her role at Microsoft, Brill was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as a commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As commissioner, she worked actively on issues of critical importance to consumers, including privacy, fair advertising practices, fighting financial fraud, and maintaining competition in all industries, with a special focus on health care and technology. Brill has been elected to the American Law Institute and has received numerous awards for her work. She was named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues” and a Top Data Privacy Influencer, among other honors.
In addition to her role at Microsoft, Julie is active in civil society, serving as a board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a board member of the Center for Democracy and Technology, Governor for The Ditchley Foundation, and co-chair of Business at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Committee for Digital Economic Policy.
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.
Keith Enright serves as Google’s chief privacy officer and leads the global privacy legal, privacy compliance, and consumer protection teams. He joined Google in March 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience in creating and implementing programs for privacy, data protection, compliance, and information risk management.
Prior to joining Google, Keith served as the senior-most privacy executive at two Fortune 500 online and offline retail enterprises, as senior consultant for a leading global consulting practice, and as general counsel for a privately held advertising technology company.
Keith has been a featured speaker discussing online privacy and related subjects on NBC Nightly News, CNN, NPR Talk of the Nation, and other major media outlets. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is frequently featured at industry events focusing on technology, privacy and data protection.
Keith serves on the board of directors of Zoom Information, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DECODE, a nonprofit technology, innovation and entrepreneurship community jointly hosted with UC Berkeley and Stanford student organizations, alumni networks and entrepreneurship centers. He previously served on the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is a member of the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board and the Center for Information Policy Leadership’s Advisory Council.
He is NACD Directorship Certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors, is a member of the Maryland Bar, and holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional certification from the IAPP.
Jane Friedman has 25 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, a paid newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2023, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.
Jane’s latest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), which received a starred review from Library Journal. Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” In collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing.
In addition to being a professor with The Great Courses, Jane has been featured across countless media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, CBC, The Washington Post, NPR, and Fox News. She offers a free newsletter, Electric Speed, published since 2009, that has more than 25,000 subscribers. Her paid newsletter, The Hot Sheet, has more than 2,300 subscribers.
Since 2001, Jane has delivered keynote talks across the globe, including the Writer’s Digest annual conference, Stockholm Writers Festival, San Miguel Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digital Book World.
She’s also served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund, and is currently a board member at The Facing Project. And for a while she even flirted with academia, holding positions as a professor of writing, media, and publishing at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia.
Christina Montgomery is IBM’s chief privacy officer and an IBM vice president. As chief privacy officer, Christina oversees IBM’s global privacy program, compliance and strategy, and directs all aspects of IBM’s privacy policies. She also chairs IBM’s AI Ethics Board, a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the governance and decision-making process for AI ethics policies and practices. During her tenure at IBM, Christina has served in a variety of positions including managing attorney, cybersecurity counsel and corporate secretary to the company’s board of directors. Christina is an Advisory Board Member of the Future of Privacy Forum, Advisory Council Member of the Center for Information Policy Leadership, and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce AI Commission. Christina also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce National AI Advisory Committee, which advises the president and the National AI Initiative Office on a range of issues related to AI. Ms. Montgomery received a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Kevin Roose is an award-winning technology columnist for The New York Times and the bestselling author of three books, “Futureproof,” “Young Money,” and “The Unlikely Disciple.” His column, “The Shift”, examines the intersection of tech, business, and culture. He is a recurring guest on The Daily and appears regularly on leading TV and radio shows. He writes and speaks frequently on topics including automation and artificial intelligence, social media, disinformation and cybersecurity, and digital wellness.
Worried that he was not ready for a world dominated by AI, automation, and mind-morphing algorithms, Kevin decided to do what reporters do: he interviewed experts, read a ton of books and papers, and went in search of answers. The result was his book, “Futureproof,” a guide to surviving the technological future. Originally published in 2021, “Futureproof” is scheduled for an updated rerelease in late 2023 to address the more recent trends in AI and technology and how to work with them rather than against them.
Kevin is the host of two podcasts of the New York Times: “Hard Fork,” a weekly chat show with Casey Newton about the wild frontier of technology, and “Rabbit Hole,” an eight-part series released in 2020 about how the internet is influencing our beliefs and behavior.
Kevin’s first job in journalism was unique: as a sophomore in college, he took a semester off and went undercover at Liberty University, Jerry Falwell’s evangelical Christian school. His goal was to figure out what life was like among people who he considered his polar opposite. From his experience came his first book, “The Unlikely Disciple,” a memoir of a strange and enlightening semester “abroad.”
After college, Kevin joined The New York Times, followed by New York magazine, and wrote a second book: “Young Money,” which chronicled the lives of eight junior Wall Street investment bankers right after the 2008 financial crisis. Before rejoining The Times in 2017, Kevin produced and co-hosted a TV documentary series about technology, called “Real Future.”
At The Times, Kevin writes about technology and its effects on society. Recently, that has meant a lot of coverage of companies like Facebook and YouTube, as well as profiles of internet person-alities like PewDiePie, and social phenomena like online radicalization and workplace automation.
Rob Sherman is the deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook, where he is responsible for managing the company's engagement on public policy issues surrounding privacy, security, and online trust. Collaborating with Facebook's product teams, regulators, and other key stakeholders, Rob works to build the company's core commitments to transparency, control, and accountability into every aspect of the Facebook service. Rob joined Facebook from Covington & Burling LLP, where he represented Facebook and other leading technology and digital media companies on regulatory and public policy issues relating to privacy, data security, electronic marketing and communications, and digital content. While in private practice, Rob was recognized by Chambers USA as one of the nation's leading media regulatory lawyers.
Jennifer Strong is an audio journalist covering the impact of AI on the way we live and work. She is the creator of several tech podcasts for newsrooms, including ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal, and MIT Technology Review. Her podcast SHIFT, with the Public Radio Exchange, covers "the far-reaching impact of automation on our daily lives," according to Apple Podcasts.
Her reporting has been widely regarded, including six Webby and three Podcast Academy Award nominations. Her narrative podcasts were finalists at the New York Festivals for the last two years, and a finalist for Podcast of the Year by The Drum Awards in London for a taping she did inside an experimental fighter plane.
Strong has also produced a business show for NPR and reported on national security for PRI. She has been a keynote stage host and moderator at the AI for Good Global Summit, The Future of Everything Festival, and Web Summit, among others.
Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School. He is also a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, director of the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder and director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
His research interests include the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence; battles for control of digital property; the regulation of cryptography; new privacy frameworks for loyalty to users of online services; the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture; and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.
Zittrain established the Assembly Program, a three-track fellowship program that convenes cohorts of experts, professionals and students to develop solutions to complex technology policy issues, including those in cybersecurity, AI and online disinformation. He also championed the development of the Caselaw Access Project, which has expanded free public access to U.S. case law.
Zittrain is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has served on the board of advisors for Scientific American, as a trustee of the Internet Society, and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader. He was the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, where he chaired the Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book, “The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It”, predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers.