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Jerry Berman

Jerry Berman is chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC). He founded the ICAC in 1997 to help educate Congress about the power and potential of an open, decentralize Internet to promote communications, commerce and democracy. He is also the president of the Internet Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the work of the ICAC.

Mr. Berman is also co-founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). He coordinated CDT's free speech and privacy policy working groups comprised of communications firms, associations and civil liberties groups addressing Internet policy issues. Mr. Berman coordinated the successful Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition challenge to the Communications Decency Act. Mr. Berman has led legislative efforts to enact such landmark legislation as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

Prior to founding CDT, Mr. Berman was a Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Mr. Berman was also Chief Legislative Counsel at the ACLU from 1978-1988 and founder and director of ACLU Projects on Privacy and Information Technology.

Mr. Berman received his BA, MA, and LLB at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with honors, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as an editor of the California Law Review at Boalt Law School.


Biography last updated January 2012