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Speaker Bios - Legal Frontiers in Digital Media 2021

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Victoria D. Baranetsky, General Counsel, The Center for Investigative Reporting (d/b/a Reveal)
Victoria Baranetsky is general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where oversees all legal matters, including advising the Board. Baranetsky specializes at counseling reporters on newsgathering, libel, privacy, subpoenas, security and other newsroom matters. Prior to CIR, Victoria served as a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times, a fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and a legal counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation. After graduating from Harvard Law School Baranetsky received a master's degree in philosophy from Oxford University and clerked on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School, and currently, is a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. She is barred in California, New York and New Jersey. She also teaches media law at Berkeley Law School as an adjunct professor.

Laura Bisesto, Head of Policy & Privacy, Nextdoor
Laura Claster Bisesto is Head of Policy & Privacy at Nextdoor, where she leads Nextdoor's privacy counseling program and is responsible for developing Nextdoor's global product policy, public policy, and government relations programs. Laura has extensive experience advising technology companies at different stages of growth, including Lyft, Checkr and Verizon Media, which owns internet brands such as Yahoo, Aol, HuffPost, TechCrunch, and Tumblr, prior to divestiture.

Prior to going into tech, Laura spent five years as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego and San Francisco counties where she served as lead prosecutor in over two dozen jury trials with charges that ranged from misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies. Laura received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings. In law school, she externed for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George, and after law school, she clerked for the California Supreme Court's criminal central staff. Laura is a proud Bruin and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA.

Jonathan Blavin, Partner, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
Mr. Blavin has substantial experience in Internet and privacy-related litigation involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He also has significant experience in high-technology intellectual property disputes, including claims brought under the Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Acts, the Lanham Act and state trademark statutes and trade secret laws. Additionally, he has litigated federal antitrust actions, consumer class actions, and constitutional matters.

Mr. Blavin has been named a Top Cyber Lawyer by the Daily Journal in 2020 and 2019, a California Trailblazer by The Recorder in 2020, a top attorney under 40 in the field of technology law by Law360, and was chosen for the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "50 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers." Mr. Blavin has served as co-chair of the Legal Frontiers in Digital Media Conference, sponsored by the Media Law Resource Center and The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He also has served as chair of the San Francisco Barristers Intellectual Property and Internet Law Section, and is on the board of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Blavin is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and is a panel attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts.

Andrew Bridges, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP
Andrew is one of the country's top litigators on cutting-edge and high-stakes intellectual property issues affecting technology, online platform and consumer-oriented companies. Clients of all sizes seek him out not only to solve immediate litigation needs but also to help anticipate the potential policy implications and risks of new business models and technologies. While Andrew has experience in many areas of litigation, he co-chairs Fenwick's copyright litigation practice.

Andrew has a reputation as a vigorous and strategic advocate in tough and important fights, keeping his clients' business and industry success foremost in his mind. Andrew has more than 30 years of complex litigation experience in internet, technology, media, copyright, trademark, advertising, freedom of expression, trade secret, consumer protection, unfair competition, licensing and other commercial law disputes.

Lauriebeth Bugawan, Senior Product & Technology Counsel, Pandora (Conference Co-Chair)
Lauriebeth Bugawan is an experienced in-house counsel, focused on digital media law and internet law. She is well versed in advising technical teams, helping them navigate through critical stages of the product development lifecycle while minimizing legal risks. At Pandora Media, LLC, she advises the product and technical teams on matters related to consumer protection, intellectual property, advertising, and data privacy laws. Immediately prior to joining Pandora, she led the legal team at Flipboard, Inc., focusing heavily on intermediary liability, data privacy and security, and ad tech matters. Lauriebeth received her J.D at UC Hastings, where she served as Executive Managing Editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal.

Remy Chavannes, Partner, Brinkhof
Remy Chavannes is a partner at the technology and communications law firm Brinkhof in Amsterdam, where he specializes in copyright, media, and internet litigation. He represents online platforms, broadcasters, publishers, and artists, in cases at the intersection of copyright, freedom of expression, and privacy. Remy has litigated dozens of cases on issues such as the "right to be forgotten", intermediary liability, and online IP enforcement. He has argued cases before the highest EU and national courts, including the GS Media case about copyright liability for hyperlinking to infringing third-party content.

Remy heads Brinkhof's platforms regulation and litigation team, which advises media and technology companies on EU regulation of online platforms, from supporting public affairs teams in the legislative phase to counseling on national implementation, product compliance, and litigation. The team also advises clients on content licensing; content moderation; telecoms and audiovisual media services regulation; and obligations to remove and produce information in the context of civil enforcement, law enforcement, and national security. Remy studied History (Balliol College, Oxford) and Law (Leiden University). He is a member of AIPPI's Programme Committee and Standing Committee on Copyright, and a regular author and speaker on developments in EU copyright, media, and intermediary liability law.

Chiara Garofoli, Senior Litigation Counsel, Google
Chiara is a Senior Counsel at Google and a member of its International Litigation Team. Chiara joined Google in 2011 and, over the years, she has worked on many high profile cases at the intersection of fundamental rights and ISP liability in various jurisdictions across EMEA and APAC. Chiara is also frequently involved in regulatory matters and advises Google on forthcoming EU legislation impacting online content and platforms.

Before moving in-house, she spent 9 years in private practice. Her main practice areas included Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Telecommunication Media and Technology. She qualified in Italy in 2006 and holds law degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK (LL.M., 2005, St John's College) and Pavia, Italy (summa cum laude, 2002, alumna of Collegio Ghislieri and IUSS).

Dr. Michael Geist, Law Professor, University of Ottawa
Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF's Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie's IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.

Naomi Gilens, Frank Stanton Fellow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Naomi is an attorney specializing in free speech litigation. Prior to joining EFF, she worked on issues of free speech, privacy, and government transparency at the ACLU. Naomi graduated from Harvard Law School and Princeton University, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable David J. Barron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Honorable Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Katy Glenn Bass, Research Director, Knight First Amendment Institute
Katy Glenn Bass is the inaugural Research Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. She is responsible for conceptualizing and executing all of the Institute's research initiatives, including the production of scholarship and research materials, the organization of conferences and symposia, and the Institute's Senior Visiting Research Scholars program.

Glenn Bass co-organized the Institute's most recent symposium, Data & Democracy, with the Institute's former Visiting Scholar Amy Kapczynski of Yale Law School. She also organized the Institute's 2019 symposium, The Tech Giants, Monopoly Power, and Public Discourse. Both events brought together scholars and experts in law, computer science, economics, information studies, journalism, political science, and other disciplines. Prior to joining the Institute, Glenn Bass worked at PEN America, where she supervised the production of reports analyzing free expression issues, including the lack of protections for national security whistleblowers, attacks on journalists covering the 2014 protests in Ferguson, MO, the impact of mass surveillance on online speech, and other topics.

Eric Goldman, Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law
Eric Goldman is Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, Co-Director of the High Tech Law Institute, and Supervisor of the Privacy Law Certificate, at Santa Clara University School of Law. His research and teaching focuses on Internet law, and he blogs on that topic at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog [http://blog.ericgoldman.org].

Caroline Greer, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, TikTok
Caroline Greer is Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at TikTok. Now based in Brussels but having also worked in Ireland and the UK, Caroline has extensive public policy experience in tech, telecoms and the DNS industry. Caroline started her career with the Irish telecoms regulator, moving on to broadband policy with the Irish government. She then worked for several domain name registries and was actively involved in ICANN during this period. Prior to joining TikTok, Caroline was Head of European Public Policy at Cloudflare and she also headed up public policy at the Brussels-based telecoms trade association, ETNO. With a diverse set of policy experiences, Caroline's particular interests lie in content regulation and intermediary liability across the Internet stack.

Thomas Hughes, Director, Oversight Board Administration, Facebook/Instagram
Thomas Hughes was previously the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, an international human rights organisation that defends and promotes freedom of expression and information worldwide. Before that, Hughes was the Executive Director and founder of Diversity, an international advertising network for online news media in human rights restricted countries and a co-founder of VirtualRoad.org, a secure hosting service that protects the websites of news media and civil society organisations. Prior to that he worked as the Deputy Director of the media development organisation, International Media Support (IMS), and has also held positions with the European Commission, United Nations and Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Hughes has been an independent advisor on human rights to previous UK Foreign Secretaries between 2016 and 2019, and is a non-political governor at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

Megan Iorio, Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Megan Iorio is EPIC Counsel. Megan works on EPIC's litigation projects and leads EPIC's amicus work. She has filed amicus briefs on emerging privacy and technology issues in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and the high courts of California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Megan has also argued for EPIC before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Previously, Megan was the Organizing Director of Just Foreign Policy, where she led grassroots campaigns promoting progressive foreign policy reform. Megan graduated from Georgetown Law, where she was a Public Interest Fellow. During law school, Megan worked at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jerusalem and in Georgetown's Human Rights Institute and the Center on Privacy & Technology. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University. Megan is a member of the D.C. bar.

Daphne Keller, Director, Program on Platform Regulation, Stanford Cyber Policy Center
Daphne Keller directs the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, and was formerly the Director of Intermediary Liability at CIS. Her work focuses on platform regulation and Internet users' rights. She has published both academically and in popular press; testified and participated in legislative processes; and taught and lectured extensively. Her recent work focuses on legal protections for users' free expression rights when state and private power intersect, particularly through platforms' enforcement of Terms of Service or use of algorithmic ranking and recommendations. Until 2015 Daphne was Associate General Counsel for Google, where she had primary responsibility for the company's search products. She worked on groundbreaking Intermediary Liability litigation and legislation around the world and counseled both overall product development and individual content takedown decisions.

Ashley Kissinger, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr (Conference Co-Chair)
Ashley Kissinger has represented media and entertainment companies, journalists, online speakers, and other content creators in First Amendment and related matters for over 20 years. Resident in Colorado, Ashley has a nationwide practice; she has defended complex defamation, privacy, and copyright infringement cases in 15 states from coast to coast and in the District of Columbia. She works closely with her clients to help them publish and broadcast their work with minimal risk, get access to government documents and proceedings, and fight against government censorship. She leverages her media law expertise to defend non-media companies facing copyright and defamation lawsuits, and to advise them concerning their social media and other communications.

Ashley is widely recognized as a thought leader on anonymous online speech law. She is also an advocate for the development of a free and independent press in the Arabian Peninsula. Ashley has drafted proposed amendments to press laws, helped reporters develop a code of ethics, and taught free expression law to lawyers, editors, and journalists in Yemen, Kuwait, Jordan, and elsewhere in the region.

Bob Latham, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP
In his more than 37 years as a trial lawyer, Bob Latham has distinguished himself in multiple areas. He has developed nationally recognized experience in the areas of media law and intellectual property litigation and chairs both practice areas at Jackson Walker. At the same time, his trial practice involves complex commercial disputes as well as unfair competition, securities, employment, banking, telecommunications, energy, international, and class action matters. Bob relishes and excels in the courtroom, and if a case cannot be resolved or disposed of in any other way he will be ready, willing, and able to try it.

Bob is a former President of the MLRC Defense Counsel Section and currently serves on the International Board of ARTICLE 19, an NGO based in London that promotes freedom of expression around the world. He is a former board member of the United States Olympic Committee, and has served on the Executive Committee of World Rugby for the last 10 years. As well as a trial lawyer, Bob is a published author and columnist, and a much sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. He has spoken on matters related to the rights of free speech, technology and intellectual property litigation, advocacy and litigation strategy, dispute resolution and sports – from Antwerp to Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro to Glasgow, and Florida to Seattle. His publications sometimes take a humorous look at the legal profession.

Emma Llansó, Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT's Free Expression Project, where she works to promote law and policy that support Internet users' free expression rights in the United States, Europe, and around the world. Emma's work spans many subjects, including human trafficking, privacy and online harassment, terrorist propaganda, and disinformation. She has a particular focus on the capabilities and limitations of automation, including machine learning techniques, in content moderation and analysis of online speech.

Emma leads CDT's legislative advocacy and amicus activity focused on protecting fundamental rights to freedom of expression and preserving strong intermediary liability protections. Emma works to develop content policy best practices with user-generated content services, including meaningful transparency, appeals, and remedy procedures. Emma also focuses on emerging co-regulatory and voluntary collaborative initiatives around content moderation and the consequences these have for people's access to information and opportunities to speak online. Emma is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network, the Christchurch Call Advisory Network, and has served on the Board of the Global Network Initiative. She earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Emma is a member of the New York State Bar. Emma joined CDT in 2009.

Richard W. Miller, Partner, Ballard Spahr
Rich Miller is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Litigation Group. With a strong background and experience in engineering, Rich is able to seamlessly integrate legal issues with clients' core business models. He is capable of looking at client's needs from the eyes of both a patent litigator and counselor, giving unique insight and solutions to the most complex IP issues that may arise.

Rich has handled dozens of patent infringement cases relating to a wide variety of technologies in the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware. He has also taken cases through trial in the International Trade Commission (ITC), and has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rich also has extensive experience litigating copyright, trademark, trade dress, and trade secret cases.

Kandi Parsons, Partner, ZwillGen (Conference Co-Chair)
Kandi Parsons is a Shareholder at ZwillGen. She advises on federal, state, and international privacy, security, and advertising issues and assists clients in responding to Federal Trade Commission and state AG investigations. She represents start-ups to Fortune 100 businesses in a range of industries including media, education, wellness, and gaming. She helps develop user interfaces and disclosures, conducts privacy assessments and develops CCPA and GDPR compliance programs, and provides compliance training to clients' employees.

Prior to joining ZwillGen, Kandi spent eight years as a Senior Staff Attorney in the FTC's Privacy Division, where she conducted policy work, investigated and prosecuted privacy cases and helped implement the 2013 revised COPPA rule. Kandi also served on detail to the US Senate Commerce Committee, working on a variety of consumer protection issues.

Neil Potts, Vice President, Public Policy, Facebook
Neil Potts is the VP of Trust and Safety at Facebook. He has oversight of Facebook's Trust and Safety Policy Team—a team of subject matter experts that provide advice and counsel to the company on a variety of issues including Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Civic Integrity, Safety, and Human Rights. Neil previously led the development and implementation of Facebook's Community Standards: the company's rules about what types of content are allowed on its platform. Neil is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Virginia School of Law. Before joining Facebook, Neil served as a ground intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kaaren Shalom, Chief Privacy Officer, SiriusXM
Kaaren Shalom is the Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer for SiriusXM, with responsibility for SiriusXM's global collection of brands, including its eponymous satellite and streaming audio businesses along with Pandora Media, Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services' telematics offerings, global adtech company AdsWizz, and a dynamic portfolio of podcast companies including Stitcher, Simplecast and 99% Invisible. Kaaren advises product, marketing, engineering and business development teams throughout the enterprise on data protection, privacy rules, regulations, compliance and policies, and governance of collection, use and handling of consumer and employee personal data, as well as on matters related to sales and delivery of advertising on both demand and supply sides. Prior to joining SiriusXM, Kaaren practiced commercial and intellectual property litigation with Fish & Richardson P.C. Before joining the legal profession, she served for over nine years as the head of the digital marketing division for Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Marketing group, where she helped lay the cornerstones for marketing and content distribution on the Internet with digital marketing campaigns for over ninety theatrical movie releases. Kaaren received her J.D. from SMU, where she graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and holds a master's degree in anthropology and film from USC.

Kate Sheerin, Public Policy Manager, Google
Kate Sheerin is Google's Global Head of Intellectual Property Policy. In this role, she also leads the company's work on content regulation in the U.S. A member of Google's public policy team for over 8 years, Kate previously worked on Google's U.S. policy strategy on immigration reform, education, the future of work, and economic opportunity. She also led Google's public policy efforts around one of the most important copyright cases of the decade, Oracle v. Google. Prior to joining Google in 2010, she served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Originally from New York, Kate received her B.A. in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans and studied at the American University of Paris.


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