Kashmir Hill has reported on privacy and technology for Gizmodo, Real Future and Forbes, 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.
Janelle Shane is an optics research scientist and humorist 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.
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.