Wireless Privacy and the Mobile Internet
June 19, 2001
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Senior VP, Government Affairs, CTIA
Steven K. Berry is Senior VP, Government Affairs for CTIA. Berry was previously partner in the law firm of Holland and Knight, and has served on both House & Senate Committees. He also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs at the Department of State.
John J. Collins
Vice-President for ITS and Telematics Mobility Technologies, Inc.
John Collins coordinates deployment of the TrafficPulse network and manages the telematics line of business. He is point person for the company on its traveler information deployment contract with USDOT and its state partners. In addition, he leads the company's efforts to provide real time traffic solutions to travelers in vehicles.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Collins was President and CEO of ITS America, the non-profit professional society and trade association that promotes the use of technology in transportation to save lives, time and money and to improve the quality of life. With more than 900 members, a staff of 45 and an annual budget of $9 million, ITS America provides a "big tent" where the people involved in intelligent transportation systems can work together to deploy beneficial technologies.
Prior to joining ITS America, Mr. Collins had is own consulting firm, Transportation Law and Strategy, representing clients in issues involving federal transportation legislation and regulations. The firm also provided strategic advice to transportation industry companies.
Before starting his own firm, Mr. Collins was the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the American Trucking Associations, Inc. ("ATA"). He was responsible for supervising a staff of 60 and developing and promoting ATA's policy views on issues involving transportation technology, truck safety and productivity, economic regulation, environmental issues, intermodal and international issues, labor policy matters, tax policy and highway infrastructure.
Mr. Collins was Assistant General Counsel at the United States Department of Transportation for seven years, prior to joining ATA. In that position he was responsible for a $22-billion a year legislative program that included aviation, highway, maritime, railroad and transit safety issues. He also held various positions with the agency that is now the Federal Transit Administration.
He is a frequent speaker on transportation issues and has testified before Congress on ways to improve transportation safety and productivity.
Mr. Collins' professional background is in both engineering and law. He received a degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University and a law degree from Temple University. This background enables him to grapple with technical and legal issues that affect the transportation industry.
Mr. Collins is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the State of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, as well as member of the Federal Bar Association.
James X. Dempsey
Deputy Director, Center for Democracy and Technology
Jim Dempsey joined CDT at the beginning of 1997 and became Deputy Director in 2001. He is working on privacy and electronic surveillance issues and heads CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI). Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dempsey was Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Dempsey also served as special counsel to the National Security Archive, a non-governmental organization that uses the Freedom of Information Act to gain the declassification of documents on the U.S. foreign policy.
From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Dempsey was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. His primary areas of responsibility for the Subcommittee were oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, privacy and civil liberties. He worked on issues at the intersection of national security and constitutional rights, including terrorism, counterintelligence, and electronic surveillance as well as crime issues, including the federal death penalty, remedies for racial bias in death sentencing, information privacy, and police brutality. Mr. Dempsey has traveled extensively outside the U.S. to speak on civil liberties issues and consult with government officials and human rights organizations.
From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Dempsey was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he practiced in areas of government and commercial contracts, energy law, and anti-trust. He also maintained an extensive pro bono representation of death row inmates in federal habeas proceedings. He clerked for the Hon. Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and from Yale College in 1975.
Mr. Dempsey is author of several articles on Internet policy, including Communications Privacy In The Digital Age: Revitalizing The Federal Wiretap Laws To Enhance Privacy, and co-author of the 1999 book Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (with Prof. David Cole of Georgetown law school).
Chairman and Co-Founder of TRUSTe
Lori Fena has been at the forefront of society's technological changes and has earned a reputation for bringing together and motivating diverse groups - from companies to advocates to governments to individuals - to create enduring frameworks and partnerships that have become the standard for addressing new issues, markets and policy in the networked world.
To address consumer concerns about privacy, Ms. Fena helped build a coalition of industry, advocates and government to form TRUSTe. Best known for its privacy seal program, TRUSTe has become the most recognized trust brand on the web, providing leadership in privacy notice/consent mechanisms and systems of certification and enforcement which are now considered "safe harbors" in U.S. and EU policy.
While co-founding TRUSTe, Fena was the executive director - and ultimately Chairman - of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Under her leadership for five years, EFF regained its visibility as a leading cyber-liberties advocacy organization at a time when the issues of speech and privacy were hitting their peak. During her tenure at EFF, Fena led the organization to:
- Launch the "Blue Ribbon Campaign for Free Speech Online," the most successful grassroots awareness campaign on the web to date, winning the public relations Silver Anvil Award;
- Participate in the successful constitutional challenge of the Communications Decency Act in the U.S. Supreme Court;
- Victory in Federal Court constitutional challenges of the government's right to regulate encryption software;
- Organize industry and public interest groups for ground-breaking debates and provide amici briefs on issues regarding intellectual property, speech, and privacy rights;
- Become one of the most popular websites and staff resources on technology and social policy for journalists, academics, corporate counsel, and government staffers.
Co-author of The Hundredth Window, a book about privacy in the networked world (Simon & Schuster Free Press), Ms. Fena is a recognized expert on interpreting technology's impact on business and social infrastructure and developing new working business models. She is widely quoted in the press, receiving a profile in People magazine, an interview with 60 Minutes, and named as one of Upside magazine's Internet Elite 100. Fena is also a requested speaker at industry events, roundtables, and strategy sessions.
Today, in addition to role as TRUSTe's Chairman, Fena is a partner in Exprise Investments. Ms. Fena also serves on the policy advisory boards of RealNames and Doubleclick. Ms. Fena has a B.S. in Business Information Systems, and enjoys life with her husband and daughter in the Berkshires and Alaska.
Vice President for Federal Government Affairs for QUALCOMM, Incorporated
Jonas Neihardt is Vice President for Federal Government Affairs for QUALCOMM, Incorporated. In this capacity, Mr. Neihardt manages QUALCOMM's public policy agenda and its relationship with the Federal Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress.
Prior to joining QUALCOMM, Mr. Neihardt was Director for Congressional Affairs at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association in Washington, D.C., a trade association representing operators of wireless telecommunications systems worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Neihardt served at the White House Office of Management and Budget as the program examiner for the Federal telecommunications agencies. In this capacity Mr. Neihardt provided budgetary and policy oversight for the Federal telecommunications agencies during the Bush and Clinton administrations (1989-1996).
Mr. Neihardt hold a B.A. and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A from the George Washington University.
Vice-President of Business Development, Vindigo
Marci Weisler is currently Vice-President of Business Development at Vindigo, the leading provider of personal navigation applications for mobile devices. In this role, Marci leads the team responsible for relationships with licensees, technology vendors, content providers, distributors and other strategic partners. Prior to joining Vindigo, Marci had a long history working in new media businesses, most recently as Vice President of Market Development at Flooz.com. She joined Flooz prior to the launch of its service and built relationships with retailers, distribution and marketing partners, and other strategic partners. Earlier, she spearheaded online development for Muze, a leading provider of entertainment information for e-commerce sites. Prior to that, Marci served as Director of Business Development at Air Media, Inc., a supplier of wireless information. Marci began her online career when she left the cable business to build content and commerce relationships for the Prodigy Services Company. Marci holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Cornell University.