Keynote

Cyrus Farivar 
Cyrus Farivar is an investigative tech reporter at NBC News in San Francisco. In addition to being a radio producer and author, Farivar was most recently a senior tech policy reporter at Ars Technica. He was also previously the sci-tech editor and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster, from 2010 to 2012. Farivar is the author of multiple books, including Habeas Data (2018) and The Internet of Elsewhere (2011). Praised by The New Yorker, among others, Habeas Data takes a look at legal cases that have had an outsized impact on surveillance law in America. His first book focuses on the history and effects of the internet on different countries around the world.

Farivar has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Slate and many others news channels. In 2017, Farivar and colleague Joe Mullin won the Technology Reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, for their August 2016 story: “Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught.” Farivar received his BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Oakland, California.

PANELISTS

Panel 1: Understanding the Social Impacts and Challenges of Facial Recognition Technology

Dr. Chris Gillard
Dr. Chris Gilliard is a professor, speaker and writer whose work on privacy, surveillance, facial recognition and digital redlining has been featured in Motherboard, Real Life magazine, EDUCAUSE Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Kade Crockford
Kade Crockford is director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Crockford works to protect and expand core First and Fourth Amendment rights and civil liberties in the digital 21st century, focusing on how systems of surveillance and control impact not just society in general but also their primary targets: people of color, Muslims, immigrants and dissidents. The Information Age produces conditions facilitating mass communication and democratization, as well as dystopian monitoring and centralized control. The Technology for Liberty Program aims to use our unprecedented access to information and communication to protect and enrich open society and individual rights by implementing basic reforms to ensure our new tools do not create inescapable digital cages limiting what we see, hear, think and do. Toward that end, Crockford researches, strategizes, writes, lobbies and educates the public on issues ranging from the wars on drugs and terror to warrantless electronic surveillance. Crockford has written for The Nation, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, WBUR and many other channels, and regularly appears in local, regional and national media as an expert on issues related to technology, policing and surveillance.

Find Crockford’s blog, “Privacy Matters,” at privacysos.org/blog, the ACLU of Massachusetts’ dedicated privacy and technology website.

Brenda Leong
Brenda Leong, CIPP/US, is senior counsel and director of strategy at Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). She oversees strategic planning of organizational goals, as well as managing the FPF portfolio on biometrics, particularly facial recognition, along with the ethics and privacy issues associated with artificial intelligence. She authored the FPF’s “Privacy Expert’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” and co-authored the paper, “Beyond Explainability: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk in Machine Learning Models.” She also facilitated the development of and authored the publication of FPF’s “Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications.” She works on industry standards and collaboration on privacy concerns, partnering with stakeholders to reach practical solutions to privacy challenges for consumer data uses. Prior to working at FPF, Leong served in the US Air Force, including policy and legislative affairs work from the Pentagon and the US Department of State. She is a 2014 graduate of George Mason School of Law. Learn more about Leong’s work by reading AI and Machine Learning: Perspectives with FPF’s Brenda Leong.

Panel 2: Regulatory Possibilities and Problems

Clare Garvie
Clare Garvie is a senior associate with the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. She was a co-author and the lead researcher on “The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America,” a report that examines the widespread use of face recognition systems by state and local police and the privacy, civil rights and civil liberties consequences of this new technology. Her current research focuses on the use of face recognition-derived evidence in criminal cases, and she serves as an informational resource to public defenders, advocates and journalists. She received her JD from Georgetown Law and her BA from Barnard College in political science, human rights and psychology. Previously, she worked in human rights and international criminal law with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).

Jennifer Lynch
As surveillance litigation director, Jennifer Lynch leads the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) legal work challenging government abuse of search and seizure technologies through the courts by filing impact lawsuits and amicus briefs in federal and state courts, including the US Supreme Court. Lynch founded EFF’s Street Level Surveillance Project, which informs advocates, defense attorneys, and decision-makers about new police tools, and in 2017, the First Amendment Coalition awarded her its Free Speech and Open Government Award for her work opening up public access to police surveillance records. Lynch has written influential white papers on biometric data collection in immigrant communities and law enforcement use of face recognition. She speaks frequently at legal and technical conferences as well as to the general public on technologies such as location tracking, biometrics, algorithmic decision-making and AI, and has testified on facial recognition before committees in the Senate and House of Representatives. She is regularly consulted as an expert on these subjects and others by major and technical news media.

Sue Glueck
Sue Glueck is senior director of academic relations for Microsoft’s legal department, where she works on AI and ethics, the future of work, privacy and a myriad of other fascinating topics. Previously, Glueck was an assistant general counsel in Microsoft’s Regulatory Affairs team, where she led a legal team that provided privacy advice to engineering groups that create software products and online services. Glueck co-authored Microsoft’s “Privacy Guidelines for Developing Software Products and Services,” and is the co-editor of an international standard (ISO 29100 Privacy Framework). Her real claim to fame was when theSeattle Times proclaimed that the privacy policy she created for Internet Explorer 8 “breaks the mold with what may be the best written privacy policy for any software product ever.”

Glueck is a graduate of Stanford University with a BS in industrial engineering and a BA in psychology, and has a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a computer programmer for IBM.

Moderator

Natasha Singer
Natasha Singer is a reporter at The New York Times, where she covers the intersection of technology, business and society with a particular focus on data privacy, fairness and tech industry accountability. She was a member of a Times reporting team whose privacy coverage was a finalist this year for a Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. She also developed and teaches a tech innovation ethics course at The School of The New York Times, the newspaper’s summer program for high school students. A Boston native, Singer graduated from Brown University with a degree in comparative literature and has a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University. Before joining The Times, she was a correspondent for Outside magazine, covering the environment and biodiversity, and was a health editor at W magazine. She also worked in Russia as the Moscow bureau chief of The Forward, the editor-at-large of Russian Vogue, and as a correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily.

Conference Co-Chairs

Woodrow Hartzog
Professor Hartzog joined the faculty of Northeastern University School of Law in 2017, and holds a joint appointment with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, where he teaches privacy and data protection issues. His research focuses on the complex problems that arise when personal information is collected by powerful new technologies, stored and disclosed online. Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law JournalColumbia Law Review, California Law Review and Michigan Law Review, and popular national publications such as The GuardianWIRED, BBC, CNN, BloombergNew ScientistSlateThe Atlantic and The Nation. He has testified twice before Congress on data protection issues. His book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies (Harvard University Press, 2018), has been called “one of the most important books about privacy in our times.”

Evan Selinger
Evan Selinger is a professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology and a senior fellow at The Future of Privacy Forum. His most recent book, co-authored with Brett Frischmann, is Re-Engineering Humanity. His most recent anthology, co-edited with Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene, is The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy. Cambridge University Press published both texts in 2018. Committed to public philosophy, he has written for many newspapers, magazines and blogs, including The GuardianThe AtlanticSlateThe NationWired and The Wall Street Journal.

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