Speaker Biographies

Ben Adida Ben Adida studies Cryptography and Information Security at MIT and is a member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. His specific research interests are Electronic Voting and the analysis of Cryptographic APIs. He is an associate of the Berkman Center, where he helps out on issues of cryptography, free software, and web applications.

Elaine Bernard—Dr. Bernard is the Executive Director of the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard Trade Union Program. She also has worked on developing skills and educational programs for union leadership. Before being recruited by Harvard in 1989, Bernard was the Director of Labour Programs at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.

Dan Cantor—Dan Cantor is executive director of the Working Families Party—a large coalition project that uses New York's unique electoral system in order to work both outside and inside the Democratic Party. His party's program includes union rights and environmental protections as well as campaign finance reform, a higher minimum wage and high-quality, universal social services.

Thomas Christin—Thomas Christin is a doctoral researcher at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). His research interests are attitudes towards European integration, political behavior and e-democracy. He is involved in the analysis of citizens' evaluation of the e-voting project in the Canton of Geneva.

Tod Cohen—Tod Cohen is currently Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Government Relations at eBay, Inc. He also serves on the Department of Commerce’s Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Electronic Commerce.

James Crabtree—James Crabtree is a freelance journalist and a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.

Susan CrawfordProfessor Crawford is an assistant professor of law at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. She practiced for 10 years in Washington, DC, focusing on intellectual property, advertising, privacy, domain names, and ecommerce policy issues. She has written extensively about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), digital copyright issues, and the role of the FCC.

Chuck DeFeo—As the eCampaign Manager for Bush/Cheney ’04, Mr. Defeo was in charge of the campaign website georgebush.com. He also oversaw the campaign’s internet efforts to gather grassroots support.

Esther DysonEsther Dyson is editor-at-large at CNET Networks, where she is responsible for its monthly newsletter, Release 1.0, and its PC Forum, the high-tech market's leading annual executive conference. As editor-at-large, she also contributes insight and content to CNET Networks' other properties. Berfore joining CNET in early 2004, she co-owned EDventure and written/edited Release 1.0 since 1983.

Robert Fox—Robert Fox is the Deputy Director of Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

Richard Freeman—Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty Co-Chair of the Harvard University Trade Union Program. He is also director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

Heather Gerken—Professor Gerken is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the law school's faculty, she was in private practice specializing in areas of election law and constitutional law. She also serves on the Advisory Board of voting-rights watchdog Just Democracy.

Dan GillmorDan Gillmor is a columnist with the San Jose Mercury News. His writing focuses on Silicon Valley business and technology and its global, local, and personal impact.

Sunshine Hillygus—Professor Hillygus is an Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include American political behavior, campaigns and elections, political organizations, and IT and society. Her current research examines campaign effects and voter decision-making in presidential elections.

HoderHossein Derakhshan (aka Hoder) was born in Tehran, Iran, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. He started blogging in June 2002, and now maintains blogs in English and Persian.

Tom Igoe -- Tom Igoe teaches Physical Computing at the Interactive Telecom Program at NYU. He is also researcher and physical interaction design consultant for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and other clients. His main area of research and consulting is physical interaction and human-computer interface, especially as related to public space and/or live performance. Recent projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments for Eos Orchestra; an email clock; and "Not Your Mother's Dollhouse", a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. The latter was shown as part of the IV Salón y Coloquio Internacional de Arte Digital in Cuba, June 2002.


Joi ItoMr. Ito is in charge of international and mobility development for Technorati. He has created numerous Internet companies, and in 2000 was commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. He was appointed as a member of Howard Dean’s Net Advisory Net during the Dean campaign.

David Johnson—David Johnson joined New York Law School’s faculty in spring 2004 as a visiting professor. Johnson joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in 1973, where his practice focused on the emerging area of electronic commerce. Johnson helped to write the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, was involved in discussions leading to the Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, and has been active in the introduction of personal computers in law practice.

Alan KantrowAlan Kantrow is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Monitor Company, an international strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Before joining Monitor, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was -- based first in New York, then London, and then Tokyo -- the editor of the McKinsey Quarterly  and the Director of Communications for Europe and Asia-Pacific.  Before that, he was senior editor of the Harvard Business Review.   At Monitor, his responsibilities include building systems and organizational processes for generating, capturing, and transferring knowledge.  He holds an undergraduate degree in anthropology and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization (both from Harvard) and is the author of several books and numerous articles on manufacturing strategy, product development, and the managerial uses of history.

Rebecca MacKinnonRebecca MacKinnon has worked as a journalist in Northeast Asia for over a decade, including serving as CNN’s Tokyo bureau chief and correspondent. MacKinnon was a Spring 2004 Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, writing and researching the role of new technology and new media on informing the public about international affairs. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center, where she is exploring how weblogs and interactive media enhance the way people use information about foreign events.

Tracy Mitrano—Professor Mitrano is an Assistant Professor and Lecturer in American, religious, and social history, as well as constitutional law and social policy at Cornell University. She is the director of IT Policy and Computer Policy and Law Programs for the Office of Information Technologies at Cornell. Professor Mitrano is also a lecturer in the computer science department. She speaks widely on matters of IT policy, including digital copyright and the impact of anti-terrorist legislation on IT and higher education.

Craig NewmarkMr. Newmark has been running craigslist.org since its founding in 1995. Craigslist serves as a non-commercial community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums.

Pippa Norris—Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. A political scientist and public speaker, her research compares election and public opinion, political communications, and gender politics.

Beth Simone NoveckBeth Simone Noveck is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she directs the Institute for Information Law and Policy. She also runs the Democracy Design Workshop, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to deepening democratic practice in the digital age through technology design. Professor Noveck is co-editor (together with Professor J.M. Balkin of Yale Law School) of the book series Ex Machina: Law, Technology and Society (NYU Press).  She is also the organizer of the annual conference, “The State of Play: Law and Virtual Worlds.” Professor Noveck teaches in the areas of e-government and e-democracy, intellectual property, innovation and constitutional law.  A founding fellow and project director of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, she concentrates her research and design on information and technology law and policy with a focus on the intersection between technology and civil liberties.  A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she earned a doctorate at the University of Innsbruck with the support of a Fulbright.

Antonio Oftelie Antonio Oftelie studies business and government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Oftelie is Founder and President of Amotion Consulting ? a strategic ideation firm, and was previously a Director at iSeek Solutions ? a public/private organization in the e-government policy and services market space.

Oh Yeon-ho—A veteran investigative journalist in South Korea, Mr. Oh started his online news service, “Ohmy News,” in South Korea in 2000. Based on his belief that “Every citizen is a reporter,” the site’s importance was demonstrated in 2002 when it received 20 million hits per day leading up to the presidential elections.

Jeff OoiMr. Ooi is a popular Blogger, based in Malaysia, and founder of e-community website usj.com.my.

Andrew Orlowski—Mr. Orlowski is a columnist and investigative reporter based in San Francisco for the popular UK technology website The Register.

John Palfrey—As Executive Director of the Berkman Center, John Palfrey is responsible for working with the faculty directors to set and carry out the Center's ambitious, public-spirited agenda. A long-time affiliate of the Berkman Center, John comes to the Berkman Center from the law firm Ropes & Gray, where he worked on intellectual property, Internet law, and private equity transactions.

Brian Reich—Brian Reich is Strategic Consultant and Director of Boston Operations for Mindshare Interactive Campaigns. During the 1996 election cycle, Brian was the youngest campaign manager in the nation, leading a U.S. Congress challenger-race in Connecticut. Brian served as Vice President Gore's Briefing Director, both in the White House and during his 2000 presidential campaign.

Nick Reville—Mr. Reville is a Director of Downhill Battle, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a more fair music industry.

Jay RosenProfessor Rosen is a press critic and writer whose primary focus is the media's role in a democracy. A member of the faculty at New York University since 1986, he is the current chair of Journalism, and teaches courses in media criticism, cultural journalism, press ethics and the journalistic tradition, among other subjects.

Josh Ross—Josh Ross served as Director of Internet Strategies and Operations for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. The Kerry/Edwards online strategy included a volunteer center, voter outreach, blogs, and record-breaking fundraising.

Tom Sander—Thomas Sander is Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, at the Kennedy School of Government. Tom has also worked for the President's Office at Harvard University, negotiating and consummating the first few debt-for-education swaps in the world. He has consulted to the governments of Ecuador and the Philippines on debt and financial issues. He has also provided strategic consulting to a wide range of public, quasi-public and non-profit organizations including Harvard Business School, Amtrak, the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, and New York Cares.

Debora Spar—Dr. Spar is the Spangler Family Professor at Harvard Business School, where she works on issues of business-government relations and the political environment of international commerce. Dr. Spar's current research focuses on issues of foreign trade and investment, examining how firms compete in foreign markets and how government policies shape and constrain their options.

Stephen Ward—A Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford, much of Dr. Ward’s writing has focused on the internet’s role in participation in politics. His research interests are in the area of e-democracy, particularly, political participation and campaigning online. Since 1997, he has tracked the development of political parties' online campaign efforts.

David WeinbergerMr. Weinberger is the editor of JOHO (Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization), an independent web zine on the effects of the Web on the way businesses work. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and a columnist for KMWorld and Intranet Design Magazine. He also has written for Wired, The New York Times, Smithsonian and TV Guide.

Dave WinerDave Winer is former president of UserLand Software, a web tools developer that makes a powerful scripting and database environment. Winer also started DaveNet, a popular commentary channel, distributed via email and the web. Winer also produced award-winning software, including ThinkTank, Ready and MORE. In 1997 he was chosen as a Seybold Fellow for his pioneering work in web-based publishing systems.

Jonathan Zittrain—Jonathan Zittrain is a co-founder of HLS's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and served as its first executive director from 1997-2000. His research includes digital property, privacy, and speech, and the role played by private "middlepeople" in Internet architecture. He has a strong interest in creative, useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom.

Jonathan Zuck—As a professional software developer and IT executive with more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Zuck brings an insider's perspective to his role as President of the Association for Competitive Technology. Since assuming leadership of ACT, Mr. Zuck has provided analysis, commentary and background information on a wide range of technology issues to the media, the public and Congress.

Ethan ZuckermanEthan Zuckerman helped found Tripod, an early pioneer in web community space. He also founded, in 2000, Geekcorps, a non-profit technology volunteer corps which pairs skilled volunteers from the US and Europe with businesses in emerging nations. His work as a Fellow at the Berkman Center focuses on the impact of technology on the developing world.