A List of Female Technology Policy Experts

By Susan Hennessey
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1:45 PM

Update: That escalated quickly. This list started with 15 names of women with insight on a particular issue of law and technology policy. In just over 24 hours, we have over 230 names of a wide variety of experts and over 100 more not yet added. They represent the spectrum of seniority, experience, political and policy views.

The overwhelming response has revealed a need for a resource for journalists and conference planners that is more accessible and comprehensive, both in field and people, than a list. and are awesome examples of how scholars in foreign policy and political science are tackling the problem of public engagement representation—and resources everyone should now about. And is taking on the “man panel” without mercy.

Following their footsteps, we hope to have an announcement very soon about what this will become and how you can be involved. We’re pausing updating the list here—including the many names proposed but not yet added—to begin that transition.

For now, we will leave this up as a tiny sampling of the talent pool. Exhibit A: Anyone claiming "no women were available," just was not looking.



Yesterday, Amie Stepanovich of Access Now tweeted:

The comment is in response to a peculiar trait of some recent media coverage and panels on vunerabilities disclosure and government hacking—there aren't many women.

The intelligence community  that improving diversity, both of gender and other factors, in the workforce is a critical part of our national security strategy. The same is true of the public conversation and debate on national security issues. Those who work in the field are well aware that there is no lack of female luminaries in national security law and policy, though of course there is room for many more. Still, in a number of areas of interest to Lawfare readers, female representation on panels and in the media does not reflect the genuine composition of experts, scholars, and journalists in the field.

As Amie’s tweet references, technology policy is one area where representation issues seem particularly acute. Rather than examine the reasons why that might be the case, here is a modest contribution to solving the particular problem, inspired by . Below is a list of female experts to talk to when assembling panels, researching, or reporting on issues at intersections of technology, the law, privacy, civil liberties, and national security.

I’ve started with the list of names offered in response to Amie’s tweet and will keep it updated for future reference. **UPDATE: In order to be fully inclusive and reflective of the community, this list also includes technology policy experts who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, or otherwise.** If you should be on this list or know someone who should be, please share a name, title, and link to bio or contact page on Twitter @Susan_Hennessey or email me .  


, U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now

: Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

: Director of Civil Liberties at The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School

: Cryptography Fellow at The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School

: Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Managing Editor of Lawfare

: Cybersecurity Fellow at the New America Foundation

: Information Controls Fellow at the Open Technology Fund

: Duo Technology, former Technology Director at Access Now

: Consultant, former Legislative Counsel at the ACLU Washington Legislative Office

: Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan

: Frank Stanton Legal Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

: Senior Researcher, Jigsaw/Google & Affiliate, Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society

: Policy Counsel and Government Affairs Lead for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation

: Chief Policy Advisor, Science and Technology

: Professor of Social Science and Policy studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery

, President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

, Director, Free Expression Project,  Center for Democracy and Technology

, Vice President for the National Security Program, Third Way

, Acting Director, Privacy & Data Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy and Technology

, Journalist, The Intercept

, Journalist, Wired

, Independent Journalist and Blogger at EmptyWheel

, Journalist, Washington Post

, Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

, Senior Counsel, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

, Security and Privacy Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law

, Professor, University of Virginia Law School

, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

, Professor, Harvard Law School

, Associate, Upturn

, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission

, Brunswick Group

, Privacy and Technology Fellow, Center for Democracy and Technology

, Government Relations Manager, Free Press

, Law Fellow, Georgetown Law School, Center on Privacy and Technology

, Professor, Georgetown Law School

, Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Journalist, ProPublica

, ACLU Legislative Counsel

, Professor, University of Maryland Law School

, Professor, American University School of Communication

, Director of Strategy for Arizona State University Global Security Initiative

, Executive Editor, Recode

, Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy in the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft

, Director, Ranking Digital Right, New America

, Program Manager Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

, Executive Director, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, Berkeley School of Information

, CEO, Center for Internet Security

, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

, Director of Intermediary Liability, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

, Professor, UC Davis School of Law

, Legal Compliance Attorney, ZwillGen PLLC

, Consumer Protection Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center

, State Policy Coordinator, Electronic Privacy Information Center

, Appellate Advocacy, Electronic Privacy Information Center

, Deputy Executive Director 18F, General Services Administration

, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

, VP of International Policy, Public Knowledge

, Lawyer, former Internet Professional

, Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Non-Residential Fellow, The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School

, Clinical Professor, Berkeley Law School

, Senior Analyst on Asia, Eurasia Group

, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

, Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission; Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

, Founder and Principal, Zeitgeist Law PC; Special Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Professor, Stanford Law School; Director, Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School

, Director, Brunswick Group

, Harvard Law ‘16, Zeitgeist Law

, Special Advisor, Wikimedia

, Executive Director, Wikimedia

, Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Security Architect, Etsy; Writer; Hacker

, Digital Security Trainer, Freedom of the Press Foundation

, Technology Attorney; Privacy Fellow, Wikimedia Foundation

, Teaching Fellow, Technology Law and Policy clinic at NYU Law

, Senior Public Policy Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association

, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Media Justice; Co-founder, Media Action Grassroots Network

, Independent Human Rights Consultant and Writer

, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub

, Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab

, Technology Critic and Research Fellow, at Columbia University

, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Director, Youth and Media,

, Director, Global Voices Advocacy

, Founder, NuVu Studio

, Legal Fellow, Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology

, Journalist, Vice Motherboard

Sarah Myers West, Doctoral student, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, USC

,  Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University

, Professor, Berkeley School of Information

, Former President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

, Distinguished Professor, Department of Defense Analysis

Naval Postgraduate School

, Head of Information Security Engineering Team, Google

, Executive Director, Information Society Project; Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Criminal Defense Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, International Rights Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

, Professor,  American University College of Law.

Derechos Digitales

, Iran Editor, Global Voices; Internet Researcher

, MENA Advocacy Editor, Global Voices; Research Fellow, Social Media Exchange

, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

, Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

, Engineer, Brave

, Professor, NYU; Director, Information Law Institute

, Professor, NYU Law Law

, PhD Student,  Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU

, Tech Policy Fellow, R Street Institute

, Founder, Wickr

, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tech Policy Fellow, R Street Institute

, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy

, Senior Policy Counsel, Coin Center.

, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law

, Professor, Harvard University

, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS

, Professor, Berkeley School of Information

, Research Consultant, Privacy, Technology, and Surveillance Project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy

, Senior Director, Global Public Policy (Security & Privacy), Visa; Co-Founder, Women in Security & Privacy (WISP)

, Assistant Professor and Cyber Ethics Fellow at West Point’s Army Cyber Institute

, Senior Adviser for Cyber Security, National Security College, Australian National university

, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School

, Program Manager,

, Interim General Counsel (Legal Director), Wikimedia Foundation

, Attorney, Blank Rome

, Senior Privacy & Data Protection Management Executive (Independent Consultant) and Co-founder, Vice Chair & Chief Evangelist of Women in Security and Privacy

, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7

, Chief Privacy Officer,

, Privacy & IP Counsel at GitHub

, Director of Legal Affairs, Minds + Machines

, Associate Product Counsel, Twitter

, Cyber, Tech & Intellectual Property Attorney

, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law

, Director, Science, Technology, & Policy, RAND

, Professor and  Chair, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

, Associate Dean & Professor of Computer Science, Cornell Tech

, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research

, Principal Engineer, Cisco

, Professor, University of Washington

, Deputy Cybersecurity Advisor, NIST

, Copyright, Internet Policy, and Technology Lawyer; Board Member, Free Software Foundation

, Professor, Georgetown Law School

, Program Director of the Privacy and Technology Project at the Institute for Innovation Law and Adjunct Professor of Law in Data Privacy, UC Hastings College of the Law

, Counsel, ZwillGen Law LLP

, Privacy officer and Corporate Counsel, 23andMe

, Attorney, Greenberg Traurig

, Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Policy, Internet Association

, Co-Director, Social Media Exchange

, Founder and Manager, I. Conseils

, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

, Co-Chair, Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute

, Attorney, Saul Ewing

, Executive in Residence, American University Kogod School of Business

, Threat Intelligence Lead, Global Services at Rapid7

, Executive Assistant Director Science and Technology, FBI

, former Legal Director (Associate General Counsel), Google Inc.

, Director of Legal, Google Inc.

, Director of Legal, Google Inc.

, Legal Director, Software Freedom Law Center

, Vice President of Legal, Google

Victoria Baranetsky, First Look Technology Fellow, Reporters Committee

, General Counsel, Twitter

, Legal Director for Privacy, Twitter

, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist in Trustworthy Computing's Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft

, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

, Journalist, CNN

, Writer, Aid Worker, and PhD Candidate

, Director, Forum on Cyber Resilience; Associate Director & Senior Program Officer, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

, Cyber Security Policy, QxNch

, Non-Resident Fellow, The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law

, Staff Attorney, ACLU

, Technology and Civil Liberties Project Director, ACLU of California

, tech culture journalist, Wired Magazine/NPR, Boing Boing

, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

, Policy Counsel to World Wide Web Consortium and Visiting Fellow, Yale Law

, Clinical Professor, Harvard Law School; Co-Director Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

, ‎Vice President of Policy, Slack Technologies

, Legal Director, Software Freedom Law Center

, President and CEO, New America

, Executive Director , Privacy and Big Data Institute

, VP Trust & Safety, Twitter

, Policy, Pinterest

, Senior Manager Online Legal Operations, Google

, Executive Director, Tech:NYC.

, Attorney, Hogan Lovells

, Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission

, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

, Director, ACLU National Security Project

, Chief Business and Legal Officer, Mozilla

, Chief Privacy Officer, NetApp

, Senior Fellow at Ranking Digital Rights & PhD candidate at USC Annenberg

, Strategic & Operational Research, U.S. Naval War College.

Global Campaign Manager, Web We Want

, Researcher in Nairobi, Kenya

, ICT and Foreign Policy Expert

, Chief Privacy Officer,  Cisco

, Privacy Associate, Promontory

, Chief Strategy Officer, Twistlock

, BIS MAPP; President & CEO, AMINAcorp

, Professor, Dublin City University

, Global Voices Exchange Program Manager; Advocacy Director, Majal

, Legal Officer, Privacy International

, General Counsel, Privacy International

, Legal Officer, Privacy International

, Head of Partnerships/Women in Security and Privacy, WISP; Vice President of Legal, Airpush.

, Senior Program Manager, Open Technology Fund

, Principal Security Advocate, Symantec

, Professor, UCLA School of Law

, Journalist

, Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab

Partner, O’Melveney

Associate Professor, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

, Senior Analyst at Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence

, Information Scientist, RAND Corporation

, Law Clerk for U.S. District Judge in the District of New Jersey

, Counsel, BakerHostetler

, Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society

, President/CEO, Internet Society

, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, Internet Society

r, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems

, Senior Counsel for Global Privacy Policy, Intel Corporation

, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project

, Journalist, Washington Post

, Founder, Silicon Harbor Consultants; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative

, Director of Global Coordination Division, Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative