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 health care 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: the 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.
Keith Enright serves as Google’s chief privacy officer and leads the global privacy legal team. He joined Google in March 2011. He has more than 20 years of experience in creating and implementing programs for privacy, data stewardship, and information risk management.
Prior to joining Google, Enright 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.
Enright has been a featured speaker discussing online privacy and related subjects on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN, NPR Talk of the Nation and other major media outlets. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is frequently featured at industry events focusing on technology, privacy and data protection.
Enright serves on the Board of Directors of Zoom Information, Inc., and previously served a five-year term on the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 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 International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Jane Horvath is the chief privacy officer at Apple. She has been with the company since September of 2011, and brings more than a decade of information privacy and legal experience to the role. She is responsible for overseeing Apple's compliance with global privacy laws as well as working internally and externally on developing issues related to privacy.
Prior to Apple, Horvath was Global Privacy Counsel at Google. Before that, Horvath served as the DOJ’s first Chief Privacy Counsel and Civil Liberties Officer. At the DOJ, she was a member of the High Level Contact Group and leader of the U.S. delegation of experts tasked with exploring common ground between the European Union’s Third Pillar data protection principles and U.S. federal privacy laws. Prior to the DOJ, she also was the General Counsel of Digital City Inc., an America Online, Inc. (AOL) subsidiary, and Assistant General Counsel at AOL, where she helped draft the company’s first privacy policies.
Horvath holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.
In her research at M.I.T Media Lab, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini — a Black women — made a startling discovery: facial recognition technologies could not detect dark-skinned faces, nor could they accurately identify women. This discovery was the beginning of a much bigger realization: that machine-learning algorithms — intended to avoid prejudice — are only as unbiased as the humans, and the data sets, programming them. Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya was so captivated by this story that she captured it in what later became the critically acclaimed documentary “Coded Bias.”
From Buolamwini’s initial discovery to the movement for transparency and accountability that followed, Kantayya’s film offers a stunning exploration of how we can protect our civil liberties in the face of artificial intelligence — which is growing more ubiquitous by the day. Called “the most cleareyed of several recent documentaries about the perils of Big Tech” by the New York Times, “Coded Bias” zeroes in on the human cost of these technologies, which are designed to improve our lives but instead perpetuate existing racial and gender-based inequities. Pragmatic, honest, and hopeful, this film follows many unsung heroes — data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world — in their fight to expose the discrimination built into the algorithms we use every day.
Kantayya’s production company, 7th Empire Media, works to create a culture of human rights through imaginative media. Also an eco-activist, Kantayya knows sustainable energy isn’t just right for the environment, but also promises untold economic opportunities. In her feature documentary “Catching the Sun,” she tells a modern story of innovation—one that’s disrupting outmoded industries and putting power into the hands of those who need it most. It explores the race for the clean energy future through the stories of solar entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. It’s also part of American Film Showcase, and will be shown at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world. The film won the best feature award at the San Francisco Green Film Festival, and was released globally on Netflix with executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio. “Catching the Sun” has been nominated by the Environmental Media Association for the EMA Award for best documentary, and has been translated into 35 languages.
Recently, Kantayya directed “Breakthrough” for National Geographic: a series profiling trailblazing scientists who will transform our future (executive produced by Ron Howard). Her award-winning sci-fi film about the world water crisis, “A Drop of Life,” was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. “A Drop of Life” was used as a tool to organize for water rights in 40 villages across Africa—making a real-world impact in the lives of thousands. Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s “On the Lot,” a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director.
Kantayya is a Sundance Fellow and a TED Fellow. She was also a finalist for the ABC/Disney Directing Program. A William D. Fulbright Scholar, she has lectured at Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and USC, among others. She has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, IFP Spotlight on Documentary, New York Women in Film and Television, and the Jerome Hill Centennial.
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018.
Slaughter brings to the commission more than a decade of experience in competition, privacy, and consumer protection. She builds consensus for a progressive vision, and staunchly advocates for our nation’s consumers and workers. Slaughter believes that the FTC’s dual missions of promoting competition and protecting consumers are interconnected and complementary, and she is mindful that enforcement or rulemaking in one arena can have far-reaching implications for the other.
A proponent of greater resources, transparency, and comprehensive use of the FTC’s authorities, Slaughter is outspoken about the growing threats to competition and the broad abuse of consumers’ data. Targeted merger retrospectives, corrective enforcement, and expansion of the commission’s rulemaking authorities are among the approaches that she has championed during her time at the FTC. Along with advocating for consumers, particularly those traditionally underrepresented and marginalized, Slaughter strongly supports working families and work-life balance.
Before joining the FTC, Slaughter served as chief counsel to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the current Senate majority leader. She was an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP before entering federal service.
Ms. Slaughter received her bachelor’s in anthropology magna cum laude from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their four children.