Welcome to Navigate

Let’s Turn the Privacy Dialogue on Its Head

Designed to get us thinking about context, the privacy experience and policy in a new light, Navigate is your opportunity to push the conversation even further. With great risk comes great reward, so we dare you to get involved and take some risks. Enjoy it!


Thursday, June 20

6 – 8:30 p.m.
New England Lobster Bake (All-access Pass holders only)

Friday, June 21

8 – 8:45 a.m.
8:45 – 9 a.m.
Opening Act
9 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11 a.m.
11 – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Talk Soup Portsmouth (All-access Pass holders only) or Lunch on Your Own (General Admission Pass holders)
2 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 – 4 p.m.
Closing Act

Provocateurs Shel Israel, Co-author, Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director, MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, Co-leader, World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives

Art Interventionist Lauren McCarthy, Resident artist, Eyebeam adjunct faculty, Rhode Island School of Design and New York University

Increasingly, we understand that our digital lives are made up of a series of contexts—the data environments within which we travel throughout the day. Marketers certainly see the power of delivering contextualized services through messages and products tailored to who we are and what we are doing at any particular moment (as opposed to an aggregate profile). But privacy norms differ within each data context as well. Navigating these norms while extracting the value of increasingly tailored experiences is no easy task.


Provocateurs Will Dayable, Director, Squareweave, Jason Hong, Associate Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Art Interventionist Kyle Mcdonald, Artist who works with code as medium and theme, Brooklyn

Conceptualizing, understanding and explaining privacy have remained challenging tasks.  The field has been considered through multiple lenses, including human rights, law, consumer protection and economics. But these approaches have left us with unwieldy privacy policies and unworkable policy solutions. So how do we convey the complexity of data flows and opportunities for control in a manner that is easily understood and empowering to data subjects? As user interfaces reduce in size and change in form, how do we ensure that individuals are engaged and active participants in their digital lives? In other words, how do we promote trust while encouraging the robust growth and use of data through the design of user experiences within current and existing technologies?


Provocateurs Woodrow Hartzog, Assistant Professor, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University Technology Policy Program, Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group

Art Interventionist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Information artist exploring art as research and public inquiry, Brooklyn

The public policy tools currently used to respond to societal privacy concerns are relatively limited. The Fair Information Practice Principles—a framework of concepts that aims to manage the collection and use of data—have been implemented in various forms within law, regulation and self-regulation for over 40 years. Yet privacy concerns continue to expand. As we review the current public policy toolkit for managing privacy, we’ll ask a challenging question: Will this work in 5 or 10 years? In a moderated dialogue between provocateurs and audience, we’ll consider the advance of technology and business models and the inevitable strains they place on our ability to manage privacy effectively.


Will Dayable
Woodrow Hartzog
Assistant Professor, Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
Jason Hong
Associate Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Shel Israel
Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers
Ian Kerr
Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Alex "Sandy" Pentland
Director, MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
Co-leader, World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives
Adam Thierer
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
George Mason University Technology Policy Program
Daniel Weitzner
MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group

Speaker Bios

Woodrow Hartzog

Assistant Professor, Cumberland School of Law
Samford University

Woodrow Hartzog is an assistant professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. His research focuses on privacy, human-computer interaction, contracts and robotics. His work has been published in numerous law reviews and popular publications such as the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review and The Atlantic.

Jason Hong

Associate Professor
Human Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Jason Hong is an associate professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, part of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He works in the areas of ubiquitous computing and usable privacy and security. He is also an author of the book The Design of Sites, a popular text on web design using web design patterns. Hong is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which focuses on the human side of computer security.

Hong received his PhD from Berkeley and his undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has participated on DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P) and is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and Kavli Fellow.

Shel Israel

Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers

Shel Israel writes online and for business. He writes The Social Beat blog column at Forbes.com, and he’s working on his fifth book, The Age of Context: How it Will Change Your Work and Life, with Robert Scoble. The two previously co-authored Naked Conversations: how blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers and The Conversational Corporation, a Dow Jones eBook.

Israel is also author of Twitterville, How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods and Stellar Presentations, An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Giving Great Talks. Each of his books has received overwhelmingly favorable reviews in media and on Amazon.com. He has also contributed editorially to BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Business Insider, American Express Open Forum and many other publications.

Israel also writes bylined white papers, guest blogs and serves as a presentation coach for companies of all sizes and has served as a keynote speaker more than 80 times in venues all over the world.

Ian Kerr

Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

Ian Kerr holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, with cross appointments to the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Philosophy and School of Information Studies. Kerr has published books and articles on topics at the intersection of ethics, law and technology and is currently engaged in research on two broad themes: privacy and surveillance; and human-machine mergers. Building on his recent Oxford University Press book, Lessons from the Identity Trail, his ongoing privacy work focuses on the interplay between emerging public- and private-sector surveillance technologies, civil liberties and human rights. His more recent focus on robotics and implantable devices examines legal and ethical implications of emerging technologies in the health sector.

In the past five years, Kerr’s research has attracted five million dollars in support from Canada’s Tri-Council, including recent funding for his work on artificial organs and medical enhancement devices. He is the co-director of the Canada Research Chair Laboratory in Law and Technology, a facility supporting the work of 40 researchers. His devotion to teaching has earned him six awards and citations, including the Bank of Nova Scotia Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Graduate Studies Award of Teaching Excellence and the University of Ottawa AEECLSS Teaching Excellence Award. His innovative, interdisciplinary courses—Building Better Humans? and the Laws of Roboticshave garnered international attention, and Kerr receives regular invitations to lecture and teach at prestigious institutions across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Kerr sits on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is co-author of Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business, a business law text published by Prentice Hall and used by thousands of students each year at universities across Canada. 

Alex "Sandy" Pentland

Director, MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
Co-leader, World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives

Alex “Sandy” Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives and is a founding member of the advisory boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, and a variety of start-up firms. Pentland has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health.

In 2012, Forbes named Pentland one of the “seven most powerful data scientists in the world,” along with Google founders and the CTO of the U.S.

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
George Mason University Technology Policy Program

Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University with the Technology Policy Program. His primary research interests are technology, media, Internet and free speech policy issues, with a particular focus on online child safety and digital privacy policy issues. Thierer has spent almost two decades in the public policy research community. He previously served as president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of Telecommunications Studies at the Cato Institute, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and researcher at the Adam Smith Institute in London.

Daniel Weitzner

MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group

Daniel Weitzner is the director of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group and teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Computer Science Department. From 2001–2012, Weitzner was the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. He led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright and trade policies promoting the free flow of information. He was responsible for the Obama administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the OECD Internet Policymaking Principles.

Weitzner is founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, led the World Wide Web Consortium’s public policy activities and was deputy policy director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2012 he was named to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top “navigator” of global Internet public policy, and in 2013 he received the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Leadership Award.

Lunch and Special Events

All-access Pass holders will be admitted to the following special events during Navigate:


No trip to the Seacoast is complete without one. The night before Navigate, All-access Pass holders will gather by the water at Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke for a fantastic meal with some of the most influential—not to mention unique—minds in privacy and data protection today.


Navigate is sure to fuel your appetite. All-access Pass holders can keep the dialogue going over an entertaining meal in downtown Portsmouth, where we’ve set up intimate group lunches with Navigate provocateurs and artists at some of our favorite local eateries.

See the Portsmouth Restaurant Map to find our featured restaurants.

Portsmouth Restaurant Map

Who's Who

Valerie Andrews
Hazeen Ashby National Urban League Policy Institute
Jonathan Avila Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Samuel Baldwin
Ann Marie Barry Tyco
Alysa Batzios Berkman Center
Lael Bellamy ING U.S.
Barbara Bennett Hogan Lovells US LLP
Thomas Beretich
Elise Berkower The Nielsen Company
Connor Boyle Planet Fitness
Allen Brandt Graduate Management Admission Council
Julie Brill FTC
Paula Bruening
James Campbell Network Advertising Initiative
Nancy Carson Universal Wilde
Mario Carvajal AvePoint, Inc.
Denise Chouinard Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Andrew Clearwater Center for Law and Innovation - Univ. of ME School of Law
John Clippinger
Cesar Coba AvePoint, Inc.
Rachel Coffin IAPP
Sheila Colclasure Acxiom Corporation
Maureen Cooney Sprint Nextel
Robert Cronk Enterprivacy Consulting Group
Mary Culnan Bentley University
Charles Curran
Will Dayable Squareweave
Amalia Deloney Center for Media Justice
Michelle Dennedy McAfee, Inc.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Orrie Dinstein GE Capital
Erik Dodier PixelMEDIA
Sarah Downey Abine, Inc. 
William Doyle Doyle Doyle & Edwards
Marc Dreyfus AvePoint, Inc.
Leslie Dunlap Yahoo! Inc.
Maureen Ebben University of Southern Maine
Daniel Eccher
Keith Enright Google Inc.
Robert Fabrizio Epsilon
Heather Federman Future of Privacy Forum
Andrew Fletcher
Natalie Fonseca Privacy Identity Innovation
John Formella Pierce Atwood LLP
Alfred Frawley, Esq. Law Offices of Alfred C. Frawley
Christine Frye Bank of America
Matthew Garvey The TJX Companies, Inc.
Glen Germanowski InfoMedics, Inc.
Dashmeshdeep Gill
Sheena Gillespie
Jenna Glenn
Kyle Glover Pierce Atwood LLP
Vinay Goel Adobe Systems Incorporated
Nathan Good
David Goodman Granite State Management & Resources
Judith Gosselin JAG & Company Investigations LLC
Anne Marie Graceffa John Hancock
Dazza Greenwood MIT Media Lab
Chris Greiner 3S Artspace
Marc Groman Network Advertising Initiative
Peter Guffin Pierce Atwood LLP
Chris Hamilton
Katie Haritos-Shea AvePoint, Inc.
Woodrow Hartzog Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Anne-Marie Hayden Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada
Thomas Hayes
Rita Heimes University of Maine School of Law
Ross Hickey Office of Research Integrity and Outreach, University of Southern Maine
Gavin Hillard
Lynn Holdsworth
Jason Hong Carnegie Mellon University
Sandra Hughes Sandra Hughes Strategies
Olivia Hunter ZixCorp
Brian Huseman Amazon
Andy Hutchison VCE Company, LLC
Joe Infantino BEW Global
Shel Israel
Julia Jacobson Bingham McCutchen LLP
Ashley Janotta
Joseph Jerome Future of Privacy Forum
Tianyi Jiang AvePoint, Inc.
Daniel Keenan
David Kehn
Barbara Kelly Future of Privacy Forum
Ian Kerr University of Ottawa
Saad Khan
Harmony Kiernan Universal Wilde
Ann Killilea McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Kris Klein Novation LLP
Mike Koster Bew Global
Gabriela Krader Deutsche Post, Representative of Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations (CEDPO) & German Association for Data Protection (GDD)
Michael Kreppel
Yianni Lagos Future of Privacy Forum
Joan Sarles Lee Liberty Mutual Insurance
Ilaria Liccardi Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brendon Lynch Microsoft Corporation
Brian Lynn
Siobhan MacDermott AVG Technlogies
Jamie MacDonald Websense
Katherine Malia
Amy Malone Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Kevin Manning Forsythe Solutions Group
Maggie Mansourkia Mobley Carrier IQ
Sarah Marble Unum
James Mariani Berkman Center
Daniel Marino Raka
Katherine Massey Constant Contact
Debbie Matties CTIA-The Wireless Association
Anthony Matyjaszewski Network Advertising Initiative
Lauren McCarthy
Sherrie McCaskill Alcon
Andrew McDevitt AvePoint, Inc.
Kyle Mcdonald
William McGeveran
Rory McNamara
Terry McQuay NYMITY Inc.
Douglas Miller AOL Inc.
Elek Miller Drummond Woodsum
Angela Moore Kenexa Technology, Inc.
Sarah Morris New America Foundation
Kenneth Mortensen CVS Caremark Corporation
Lebone Moses Ernst & Young
Sandra Mucci Boston Financial Data Services Inc
Julien Murphy University of Southern Maine
Robert Murphy Berkman Center
David Nayes Websense
Joseph Nugent Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Thomas Obrey PixelMEDIA
Mike Obrien Planet Fitness
David O'Brien Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
Kelly O'Neill Berkman Center
Kimberley Overs Pfizer Inc.
Susanne Peck
Sandy Pentland MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
Chip Peter GRT
Christina Peters IBM Corporation
Catherine Petrozzino The MITRE Corporation
Jules Polonetsky Future of Privacy Forum
Kathleen Porter Robinson & Cole LLP
MeMe Rasmussen Adobe Systems Incorporated
Gant Redmon Co3 Systems, Inc.
Rachel Reeves University of Maine School of Law
Kathryn Reid Unum
Kevin Rheaume Pacifera
Laurie Richard Commonwealth Medicine
Eric Roehrig Sailthru
Lisa Russell ZixCorp
Bill Schaumann Ernst & Young
Ryen Schimerman
Boris Segalis InfoLawGroup LLP
Sumit Sehgal Boston Medical Center
Somini Sengupta The New York Times
Greg Shannon Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Fuming Shih CSAIL MIT
Laura Shortill
Bob Siegel Privacy Ref LLC
Edward Sihler University of Southern Maine
Dana Simberkoff AvePoint, Inc.
Marie Simonelli Co3 Systems, Inc.
Zachary Smith
Ashkan Soltani
Cindy Southworth National Network to End Domestic Violence
James Spaulding
Mike Spinney EMC
Eric Stevens BEW Global
Heather Sussman McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Nicole Tachibana The Western Union Company
Harry Tassell Websense
Scott Taylor Hewlett-Packard Company
Omer Tene College of Management School of Law
Adam Thierer Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Florian Thoma Siemens AG
Merton Thompson Burns & Levinson LLP
Jer Thorpe ITP Program, New York University
Henriette Tielemans Covington & Burling LLP
Teresa Troester-Falk The Nielsen Company
Dan Tynan Family Circle, PCWorld and InfoWorld
Eduardo Ustaran Field Fisher Waterhouse
Kit Walsh Cyberlaw Clinic, Berkman Center
Hilary Wandall Merck & Co., Inc.
Richard Weaver
Casey Webster
Eric Weiss Locately
Daniel Weitzner US Department of Commerce
Meredith Whipple Center for Democracy & Technology
Norm Whitaker PixelMEDIA
Rachel Wilka Berkman Center
Jonathan Wilkinson DMI Inc
Mary Willinger Future of Privacy Forum
Tim Willis University of New Hampshire ORPC
Anne Marie Wilson Future of Privacy Forum
Glenn Wilson University of Southern Maine
Christopher Wolf Hogan Lovells US LLP
David Woody
Robert Yonaitis AvePoint, Inc.
Karen Zacharia Verizon
Chris Zoladz Navigate LLC

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