Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist at the independent news organization ProPublica.
From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, will be published by Times Books in 2014.
In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of "Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America" (Random House, March 2009).
She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
David Brin is a scientist, inventor, and New York Times–bestselling author. With books translated into 25 languages, he has won multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. A film directed by Kevin Costner was based on Brin’s novel The Postman. Other works have been optioned by Paramount and Warner Bros. Brin’s science-fictional Uplift Saga explores genetic engineering of higher animals, like dolphins, to speak. His new novel from Tor Books is entitled Existence.
As a scientist/futurist, Brin is seen frequently on television shows such as the ArchiTechs, Universe and Life After People (the most popular show ever on the History Channel), with many appearances on PBS, BBC and NPR. An inventor with many patents, he is a sought-after speaker on future trends, keynoting for IBM, Google, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Microsoft, Qualcomm, the Mauldin Group and Casey Research, as well as think tanks, Homeland Security and the CIA.
With degrees from Caltech and the University of California-San Diego, Brin serves on advisory panels ranging from astronomy, NASA innovative concepts, nanotech and SETI to national defense and technological ethics. His nonfiction book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? explores the dangers of secrecy and loss of privacy in our modern world. It garnered the prestigious Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association. For more information, visit www.davidbrin.com.
Scott Charney is Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group. Mr. Charney is responsible for a range of corporate programs that influence the security, privacy, and reliability of Microsoft’s products, services, and internal networks. He also manages the Engineering Excellence Team, a group focused on promoting best-of-breed engineering practices and ensuring compliance with Microsoft’s mandatory engineering policies.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Charney served as a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led the firm’s Digital Risk Management and Forensics Practice. Before that, Mr. Charney served as
Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) where he was responsible implementing the Justice Department's computer crime and intellectual property initiatives. Under his direction, CCIPS investigated and prosecuted national and international hacker cases, economic espionage cases, and violations of the federal criminal copyright and trademark laws. His section also proposed and commented on legislation; represented the United States internationally; and supported the development and implementation of U.S. information technology policy. Prior to leading CCIPS, Mr. Charney served an Assistant United States Attorney responsible for the investigation and prosecution of complex cases involving organized crime and as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, where he was responsible for prosecuting persistent violent felony offenders and then served as Deputy Chief of the Investigations Bureau.
Mr. Charney has received numerous awards during his career, including the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service. He currently serves on the President’s National Security and Telecommunications Advisory Committee; was a co-chair of the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency; and served three years as Chair of the G8 Subgroup on High-Tech Crime.
Mr. Charney graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law with honors, and received his undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin graduated in France from the HEC School of Business Management (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), the National Administration School (Ecole Nationale d’Administration) and the Multimedia Institute (Institut Mutltimédia).
She first held various posts with the French State Council (Conseil d’Etat), as an “auditeur” from 1986 to 1989, a “maître des requêtes” (counsel) from 1989–2001 and was responsible for relations with the print and broadcast media from 1988–1991. Falque-Pierrotin also served as deputy chair of the French Ministry of Culture and French-Speaking World Matters from 1993–1995. She became state counselor (conseiller d’etat) in November 2001. After serving as chair of the Interministerial Commission on Internet Affairs in 1996, she was appointed as an expert adviser for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1997 and as “rapporteur général” of the report of the French State Council on Internet and Digital Networks from 1997–1998. From 2001 to December 2010, Falque-Pierrotin was chair of the advisory board and general delegate (déleguée générale) of the French Internet Rights Forum (Forum des droits sur l’internet).
Falque-Pierrotin has been a member of the French Data Protection Authority, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), since January 2004. Appointed as deputy chair of this authority from February 2009–September 2011, she became its chair on September 21, 2011.
Christopher Graham became UK information commissioner in June 2009, with responsibility for overseeing the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act regime—upholding information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. He is the vice chair of the Article 29 Working Party of the European Data Protection Authorities.
Graham was director general of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from April 2000 to June 2009. From 2003–5, he was chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), the federation of advertising self-regulatory bodies across the EU single market.
Prior to joining the ASA, Graham was for three years secretary of the BBC. He first joined the broadcaster as a news trainee in 1973. He was a current affairs producer for BBC radio and TV before becoming managing editor of news programmes for TV and radio.
Before his appointment as chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority in 2004, Jacob Kohnstamm was active in Dutch politics as member of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, as state secretary for internal affairs and as a member of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament (between 1981 and 2004). Before then, he worked as a lawyer in Amsterdam.
Since February 2010, Kohnstamm has served as chairman of the Article 29 Working Party of European Data Protection Authorities.
Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time.
After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received an Emmy for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN in 2002, where he now serves as senior analyst. Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on the Bernie Madoff scandal, the case of Roman Polanski, and profiles of numerous Supreme Court justices.
Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh.
He is the author of several critically acclaimed best-sellers, including The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court and others.