Kashmir Hill has reported on privacy and technology for Gizmodo, Real Future, Forbes, and the Times, focusing on changing notions of privacy in the digital age. Her interest in privacy started when she blogged for an online publication for lawyers. She started writing about Facebook and soon branched off into other technologies. She uses a humorous first-person approach to bring a human perspective to the balance between law, technology and information privacy. Hill has hacked a smart home, lived in a monitored home, created a fake business, bought a fake reputation, worked as a crowdsourced girlfriend, lived on Bitcoin, and spent a while week writing in all-capital letters. “The best way to prepare people for future possible tech dystopias is for me to live in them and report back,” she said.
Travis LeBlanc is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. LeBlanc was previously the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau Chief and earlier served as senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he oversaw California’s complex litigation and policy in areas such as technology regulation, high-tech crime, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, and telecommunications. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and was appointed in 2017 as an arbitrator of disputes under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. A.B., Princeton University; M.P.A., Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., University of Cambridge.
Alastair Mactaggart has been building housing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. He believes that all Californians, and people worldwide, should have the fundamental right of data privacy and be able to control their OWN personal information. He believes that it's not right that companies you’ve never heard of can buy more information about you (and sell it for a profit) than even your closest friends know ̶ and that you have no control over the process. As a father to three young children, he advocates for the online privacy of children and believes that parents should have a choice about how their family's data is sold. Mactaggart is married and lives in the Bay Area.
Stacey Schesser is the supervising deputy attorney general for the Consumer Law Section’s Privacy Unit of the Office of the California Attorney General. She began her career at the Attorney General’s Office in Jan. 2007 in the Criminal Division and was hired as one of the first deputies into the newly formed Privacy Unit in 2012. She has also served as a staff attorney for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and was a law clerk in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office’s High-Tech Crimes Unit. Schesser is a graduate of University of California—Berkeley School of Law, where she wrote on privacy law issues for the California Law Review, and was a member of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. Before attending law school, she was a grassroots organizer for two non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.
Janelle Shane is an optics research scientist and blogger who writes about her experiments on the strange side of artificial intelligence on her blog, AIweirdness.com. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, Popular Science, All Things Considered, and Slate. In 2019, she was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business. Her April 2019 TED talk is a funny and insightful look at the nature of machine learning algorithms. Her upcoming book, “You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How AI Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place,” uses cartoons and humorous pop-culture experiments to look inside the minds of the algorithms that run our world, making artificial intelligence and machine learning accessible and entertaining.
Shane received her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, her Master of Physics degree from the University of St. Andrews, and her doctorate from the University of California San Diego.
Dominique Shelton Leipzig
Privacy and cybersecurity attorney Dominique Shelton co-chairs Perkins Coie’s Ad Tech Privacy and Data Management practice. A former litigator for 22 years, her compliance counseling includes defending companies under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, attorneys general offices and other regulatory and government authorities.
Recognized as a “Woman Leader in Tech Law” by The Recorder and as one of the most influential lawyers in digital media and e-commerce law by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Leipzig has deep experience advising publicly traded and privately held companies in healthcare and med tech, media, entertainment, e-commerce, financial services and other industries. She leads companies in legal assessments of data security, cyber preparedness and compliance with such regulations as the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), HIPAA, the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
A past-member of the Federal Bar Association’s board of directors, Leipzig served for five years on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at leading conferences and meetings, where she addresses such topics as cross-border data transfer litigations and investigations, privacy concerns in health tech and emerging cybersecurity issues.
Once called the “Bo Jackson of telecom” by President Obama, Tom Wheeler is a businessperson, author, and former chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) under President Obama from 2013 to 2017. Wheeler’s experience in the digital revolution, his avocation as an historian, and his time as chairman—overseeing one-sixth of the national economy—offers unique insight into the challenges of dealing with technology-driven change.
Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services for over four decades. His chairmanship has been described as “the most productive commission in the history of the agency.” Wheeler led FCC efforts that resulted in the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers and increased cyber security, among other policies.
Prior to his appointment as FCC chairman, Wheeler was managing director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He is CEO of the Shiloh Group, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services. He co-founded SmartBrief, the Internet’s largest curated information service for vertical markets and launched or helped launch several companies providing cable, wireless, and video communications services.
From 1979 to 1984, Wheeler was president and CEO of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), and from 1992 to 2004 was president and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). He is currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute.
Wheeler is the author of Take Command: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War and Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War. His commentaries have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other leading publications. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University.