Meet Our Speakers
Dr. Aaron Massey joined FPF in August 2022 as Technologist and Senior Policy Analyst for Advertising Technologies and Platforms. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His academic research focused on computer security, privacy, software engineering, and regulatory compliance in software systems. Aaron is a recipient of the Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship and a recipient of a Google Policy Fellowship. Before UMBC, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing. Aaron earned a PhD and MS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and a BS in Computer Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, IAPP, and the ACM’s US Technology Policy Committee.
Annette Bernhardt (she/her) is director of the Technology and Work program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. She previously was visiting professor in the UC Berkeley Sociology Department, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and policy co-director at the National Employment Law Project. A leading scholar of low-wage work, Dr. Bernhardt has helped develop and analyze innovative policy responses to economic restructuring in the United States. She was one of the principal investigators of the landmark study Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers, which documented high rates of minimum wage and other workplace violations in the low-wage labor market. Her current research focuses on the gig economy and the impact of AI and other digital technologies on employment and job quality. Dr. Bernhardt has published widely in academic and policy journals; she received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1993.
Avi Ginsberg is a cybersecurity and data privacy attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP based in Boston. He has substantial industry experience in cybersecurity and international business transactions. He regularly helps corporate clients respond to ransomware attacks and data breaches, evaluate privacy risk and compliance strategies for complex data sets, and develop kids’ privacy approaches for online games and metaverse experiences.
Avi focuses his practice on nuanced cybersecurity and data privacy issues, including:
- advising clients on data privacy and information security programs,
- cybersecurity risk mitigation and incident response,
- artificial intelligence privacy compliance and reputational risk mitigation,
- website, web application, and mobile application privacy compliance,
- online trust and safety issues, and
- performing diligence in technology transactions.
Avi has over a decade of experience with web application design and programming, cybersecurity, databases, website exploit discovery/penetration testing, automation, bot development, software development, and reverse engineering.
Benjamin Benhan is a global privacy and cybersecurity counsel. A former ethical hacker and a network security engineer, he has over 10 years of specialized experience advising clients on complex and evolving cybersecurity landscape including both technical and legal insights.
Charles Harwood has been the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Northwest Regional Office, located in Seattle, since 2014. He was also the Northwest Region Director between 1989 and 2009. From 2009 through 2013, he was Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and during that period he also briefly served as the Acting Director of the Bureau. From 2008 to 2021, Mr. Harwood concurrently served as a Commissioner of the Department of the Interior’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Before joining the FTC, Mr. Harwood was a staff attorney for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee between 1983 and 1989. He is a member of the Oregon and DC bars and a graduate of the Willamette University College of Law.
With over a decade of experience in the dynamic technology regulatory domain. Christine has worked in most of the major continents and across a spectrum of sectors. Her expertise spans the realms of telecommunications, mobile technology, venture capital, e-commerce, and consultancy, providing her with an invaluable insight and practical understanding of the nuanced privacy challenges and opportunities each industry presents. Her ability to bridge the gap between complex regulations and actionable strategies makes her a hands-on expert, helping businesses to navigate the intricacies of the privacy and technology interplay.
In the recent years, Christine has expanded her privacy horizon by taking on diverse responsibilities with leading technology companies. Her journey has included various pivotal roles in software product engineering, privacy program management, cloud governance and compliance, and digital workflow transformation. Most recently, she has been at the forefront of enterprise privacy operations and information governance in the life sciences sector.
Christine is also a regular speaker at various technological forums and makes editorial contribution to industrial digital medias. In her free time, Christine loves to travel, and enjoys learning about new technologies and cultures. Matt Scherer is Senior Policy Counsel for Workers’ Rights and Technology Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His work focuses on the use of AI in hiring and other employment decisions, workplace surveillance and privacy, and helping workers use data and technology to empower themselves. He works with other civil society organizations to advocate for governments and private organizations to adopt policies that protect workers’ digital rights and ensure that new technologies enhance social justice and equality.
Cody Venzke is a Senior Policy Counsel in the ALCU’s National Political Advocacy Department, working on issues in surveillance, privacy, and technology. Cody focuses on comprehensive consumer privacy legislation, safe and nondiscriminatory AI, children’s privacy, and civic uses of data. He is an author of a treatise published by LexisNexis on education data and student privacy.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Cody worked as a Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he worked on student privacy and civic technology. He also served as an Attorney Advisor and Honors Attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and clerked for federal judges on the Third Circuit and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Cody previously worked as a litigator with an international law firm, where he served clients in emerging technologies such as clean energy, medicine, and media. In his pro bono work, Cody has represented tenants in eviction actions and assisted applicants under the U visa program. Prior to starting his law career, Cody taught math at a large public high school in Houston, Texas through Teach For America.
Cody graduated from Stanford Law School and St. Olaf College.
David Danks is Professor of Data Science & Philosophy and affiliate faculty in Computer Science & Engineering at University of California, San Diego. His research interests range widely across philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, including their intersection. Danks has examined the ethical, psychological, and policy issues around AI and robotics across multiple sectors, including transportation, healthcare, privacy, and security. He has also done significant research in computational cognitive science and developed multiple novel causal discovery algorithms for complex types of observational and experimental data. Danks is the recipient of a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, as well as an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He currently serves on multiple advisory boards, including the National AI Advisory Committee.
Elaine Harwell focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging risks and conduct privacy risk assessments, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. She has been involved in numerous trials, as well as arbitration proceedings, related to contract and general business disputes, trade secret matters, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability. Elaine has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) credentials through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and is the leader of Procopio’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and the firm’s Privacy Officer.
Harry Nelson is the Managing Partner of Nelson Hardiman, LLP, one of the leading specialty healthcare and life sciences law firms in California. He is also the author of “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain,” a leading analysis of the policy challenges underlying the crisis, and a co-author of “From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care.” Harry has earned a reputation as a leading expert on a wide range of healthcare legal issues, including healthcare privacy regulation and the corporate practice of medicine. He has won numerous awards for his advocacy work to address leading behavioral health industry challenges.
Ian Ballon is a litigator who is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group and represents companies in the defense of data privacy, AdTech, and cybersecurity breach class action suits and IP and technology litigation.
Ian has been listed in Best Lawyers in America consistently every year since 2003 and was named Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology in 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2013. In 2022, Ian was named to Lawdragon’s list of the Top 500 Lawyers in America and has been included on the Daily Journal’s annual list of the Top 100 Layers in California. In 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 he was recognized as one of the Top 1,000 trademark attorneys in the world for his litigation practice by World Trademark Review. In addition, in 2019 he was named one of the top 20 Cybersecurity lawyers in California and in 2018 one of the Top Cybersecurity/Artificial Intelligence lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He received the “Trailblazer” Award, Intellectual Property, 2017 from The National Law Journal and he has been recognized as a “Groundbreaker” in The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards for winning a series of TCPA cases. In addition, he was the recipient of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Law section’s Vanguard Award for significant contributions to the development of intellectual property law. He has also been listed in Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America (in the areas of information technology and intellectual property) and Chambers and Partners USA Guide in the areas of privacy and data security and information technology. He has been recognized as one of the Top 75 intellectual property litigators in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal in every year that the list has been published (2009 through 2023). He was also listed in Variety’s “Legal Impact Report: 50 Game-Changing Attorneys” (2012), was recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in L.A. by the Los Angeles Business Journal and is both a Northern California and Southern California Super Lawyer.
Ian is also the author of the leading treatise on internet and mobile law, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition, the 5-volume set published by West (www.IanBallon.net) and available on Westlaw, which includes extensive coverage of data privacy and cybersecurity breach issues, and a novel transactional approach to handling security breaches and trends in data privacy, cybersecurity breach and CCPA class action suits. In addition, he is the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). In addition, he serves as Executive Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for the Digital Economy. He also chairs PLI’s annual Advanced Defending Data Privacy, Security Breach and TCPA Class Action Litigation conference. Mr. Ballon previously served as an Advisor to ALI’s Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transactional Disputes (ALI Principles of the Law 2007) and as a member of the consultative group for ALI’s Principles of Data Privacy Law (ALI Principles of Law 2020).
Ian holds JD and LLM degrees and the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Jennie Wang VonCannon
Jennie Wang VonCannon is a trial lawyer and advisor with a proven track record of success in both the courtroom and the boardroom — with extensive experience and deep understanding of corporate defense in both criminal and civil contexts, cybersecurity, and intellectual property matters. She served for over eleven years as a federal prosecutor, culminating in her selection to serve with distinction as the Deputy Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section of the National Security Division of the U.S. Attorneyʼs Office for the Central District of California. Jennie helps clients in crisis with litigation, internal investigations, law enforcement and regulatory inquiries and subpoenas, and cybersecurity and privacy incidents. In an increasingly interconnected world, Jennie understands the critical importance of safeguarding sensitive information and intellectual assets. With her extensive knowledge of cybersecurity laws, regulations, and best practices, she advises companies on proactive measures to mitigate cyber threats and provides creative solutions to surviving cyber incidents. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Jennie was a securities litigator at the largest law firm in the world devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration.
Jennie prioritizes building strong relationships with her clients, recognizing the unique challenges faced by corporations. She adopts a collaborative approach, working closely with in- house legal teams to provide comprehensive and strategic legal solutions. She understands the importance of delivering timely, practical advice that aligns with clientsʼ business objectives, ultimately providing peace of mind and protecting their corporate interests.
Jennie also has a remarkable aptitude for assimilating extensive amounts of information efficiently and effectively. Her keen analytical skills allow her to delve deep into complex legal cases, regulatory frameworks, and technical details, enabling her to grasp the nuances and key elements crucial to building persuasive arguments or providing comprehensive advice. Jennieʼs ability to distill complex information in a clear and concise manner sets her apart. Whether addressing juries, board members, or clients, she is able to convey complex legal concepts in a straightforward and accessible manner with the understanding that her audience will often possess diverse backgrounds and varying levels of legal knowledge. She adeptly tailors her communication to present legal matters in a manner that aligns with her clientsʼ objectives and provides clarity on potential risks and opportunities, which enables them to make informed decisions that align with their organizationsʼ best interests.
Jennie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, a founding member and former Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Privacy and Cybersecurity Section, and an executive committee and life member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She has spoken at numerous industry programs on key topics such as AI and the legal profession, the California Privacy Rights Act, and cybersecurity enforcement trends.
Jennifer Mitchell is a Partner in BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management (DADM) practice, and the leader of the Los Angeles and Costa Mesa DADM practice group. She focuses her practice on privacy compliance and advisory services, as well as privacy regulatory response work. Having most recently served in executive privacy leadership roles for two global Fortune 100 companies, Jennifer provides practical business solutions to maintaining compliance with evolving U.S. and international privacy laws. Jennifer counsels clients in a broad range of industries, including entertainment, media, telecommunications, and wellness, and also advises health care and medical device entities on compliance with HIPAA and U.S. state law requirements relating to consumer health data and sensitive personal information. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US/EU) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Jennifer serves on the Executive Committee for the Privacy Section of the California Lawyers Association.
Joe Kanada is a Managing Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. His work focuses on consumer protection and data privacy matters. Prior to joining the Washington AGO, he investigated and litigated corporate fraud at the California Department of Justice. Joe began his legal career with Morrison & Foerster LLP litigating intellectual property and securities class action cases.
Julie Rubash is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Sourcepoint, the data privacy software company. Julie brings over 15 years of legal experience both at law firms and as internal counsel in the media, technology, and advertising sectors. Prior to Sourcepoint, Julie served as the VP of Legal at advertising platform Nativo. She coordinates legal efforts for Sourcepoint and ensures that the product suite innovates and expands to meet the demands created by the changing regulatory landscape.
Kristen Hilton is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. In that role, Kristen handles data breach and privacy related matters impacting Oregonians, including violations of the Oregon Consumer Information Protection Act and the forthcoming Oregon Consumer Privacy Act. She frequently collaborates with other attorneys general offices on multistate investigations and was a lead negotiator in the Google location tracking matter that resulted in the largest multistate consumer privacy settlement to date.
Before joining the Oregon DOJ in 2020, Kristen spent 13 years in private practice as a commercial litigator, first in Santa Monica as an associate at two multinational law firms and, most recently, as a partner in a Portland, Oregon firm. Kristen has been a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. since 2017, and she received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Lisa B. Kim
Lothar Determann practices and teaches international data privacy, technology, commercial and intel- lectual property law.
At Baker McKenzie in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compliance and taking products and business models international. Admitted to practice in California and Germany, he has been recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright Attorneys and Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francisco & Los Angeles Daily Journal and as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and others.
Prof. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin (since 1994), University of California, Berkeley School of Law (since 2004), Hastings College of the Law (since 2010), Stanford Law School (2011) and University of San Francisco School of Law (2000-2005). He has authored more than 150 articles and treatise contributions as well as 5 books, including Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law (5th Edition, 2022, also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turk- ish and Vietnamese) and California Privacy Law – Practical Guide and Commentary on U.S. Federal and California Law (5th Ed. 2023). His Field Guide to Artificial Intelligence Law is scheduled to be published in January 2024. Recent papers include Healthy Data Protection (http://ssrn.com/abstract=3357990), Electronic Form over Substance (http://ssrn.com/abstract=3436327) and No One Owns Data (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3123957).
Matt Scherer is Senior Policy Counsel for Workers’ Rights and Technology Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His work focuses on the use of AI in hiring and other employment decisions, workplace surveillance and privacy, and helping workers use data and technology to empower themselves. He works with other civil society organizations to advocate for governments and private organizations to adopt policies that protect workers’ digital rights and ensure that new technologies enhance social justice and equality.Matt Scherer is Senior Policy Counsel for Workers’ Rights and Technology Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His work focuses on the use of AI in hiring and other employment decisions, workplace surveillance and privacy, and helping workers use data and technology to empower themselves. He works with other civil society organizations to advocate for governments and private organizations to adopt policies that protect workers’ digital rights and ensure that new technologies enhance social justice and equality.
Mark is the US Managing Partner responsible for overseeing the operations of Fieldfisher in the United States. He is an English lawyer located full time in Silicon Valley. When businesses capitalize on technology, intellectual property, and data to drive revenue, they encounter the very issues in which Mark excels. A recognized leading privacy and AI lawyer, with a wealth of experience working alongside the world’s leading tech companies, he consistently finds innovative solutions to complex legal challenges.
Mark’s primary role as a lawyer is to facilitate the process of international expansion, compliance, and sales. As a leader at Fieldfisher he has been instrumental in establishing, nurturing, and expanding Fieldfisher’s presence, operations and services in the United States.
Myriah Jaworski is a Data Privacy partner at Clark Hill. Focusing her practice on the intersection of law and technology, Myriah represents clients in defense of data breach class actions, privacy torts and statutory claims (IRPA/BIPA/VPPA/CIPA), pixel tacking and commercial surveillance matters, internet defamation, technology disputes, and media liability claims. Myriah defends clients in response to regulatory inquiries and investigations arising out of data incidents and privacy practices, including before state Attorney General offices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Human and Health Services – Office of Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). Myriah litigates in many state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States. Myriah has defended clients in headline-making cyber bullying and data breach class actions, obtained a first-of-its-kind federal trial damages award in a misdirected wire transfer/business email compromise case, and represented the app developer at the center of the Cambridge Analytica matter in federal court proceedings. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E) as certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Myriah began her career as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).
Nicholas You is an Associate Director with Protiviti Legal Consulting. As an emerging legal risk consultant, Nicholas is well-established in the areas of data privacy, AI governance, records retention, and sustainability. Nicholas’ focus is on building organizational trust and resilience in the digital age, advising general counsel and boards of global companies to help enterprises effectively manage and govern their data assets and emerging technologies. As stakeholder expectations on ethical AI, privacy, and ESG accelerate, Nicholas has become a go-to expert for interpreting complex legal landscapes and translating multifaceted concepts into tailored business practices that strategically optimize transparency and accountability. He works closely with both legal and executive leadership to conduct rigorous risk assessments, enhance corporate responsibility postures, shape data governance frameworks, and architect holistic controls that foster privacy-by-design.
Noël Luke is a dedicated and experienced privacy professional who brings a deep understanding of global privacy laws and industry best practices to her role as Chief Assurance Officer at TrustArc. As the CAO she is responsible for overseeing and enhancing TrustArc’s robust assurance programs, which are at the forefront of privacy and compliance excellence.
Prior to joining TrustArc Noël spent 8 years as a practicing attorney in California and is licensed to practice in California and Washington State.
She holds the Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) recognition from the IAPP as well as the following CIPP certifications: CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/A, and CIPM.
Shannon Yavorsky is the head of Orrick’s global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation group, co-head of the firm’s AI practice and a leading authority on United States (U.S.) and European (EU) privacy, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) issues. She is uniquely qualified in California, England and Wales and helps global companies navigate the increasingly complex global privacy, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence regulatory landscape. Shannon helps clients undertake comprehensive privacy, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence risk assessments, evaluates privacy, security and artificial intelligence risks in corporate transactions and drafts and negotiates data-related contracts. Additionally, she counsels clients on cross-border data transfers, data breaches and developing global privacy and artificial intelligence compliance programs.
Stacey Schesser is the Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the Privacy Unit in the Consumer Protection Section of the Office of the California Attorney General. Her recent matters include People v. Glow, People v. Equifax, and leading the team that drafted regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). She began her career at the Attorney General’s Office in 2007 in its Criminal Division and has worked in the Privacy Unit since its inception in 2012. In 2019, Stacey was recognized as one of the Recorder’s “Women Leader in Tech Law” and was the only public sector recipient of this award. Stacey received her J.D. at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, where she wrote on privacy law issues for the California Law Review, and received her B.A. at Douglass College, Rutgers University.
Tanya is an Associate General Counsel at Snap Inc., where she’s deeply engaged in teen online safety and privacy, generative AI, and emerging technologies. Her previous roles include Senior Counsel for Privacy and Cybersecurity at Uber and Postmates. Earlier in her career, Tanya held the position of Vice President and General Counsel at a global cybersecurity firm, and Legal Director at Kite Pharma. She is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Publications Advisory Board, and volunteers for organizations promoting the advancement of women in STEM fields. Tanya is a designated IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) and Privacy Law Specialist (PLS), and holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/C, CIPM, and CIPT IAPP certifications.
TiTi Nguyen is a Deputy Attorney General in the Privacy Unit in the Consumer Protection Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. Her recent matters include People v. Glow, People v. Equifax, and People v. Google. Prior to joining the Privacy Unit over ten years ago, she was a patent litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. TiTi received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and was also a member of the Berkeley Journal for Gender, Law, & Justice and the Asian American Law Journal. She has a B.A. in Law & Society and a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara.
Tom Kemp is a Silicon Valley-based author, entrepreneur, investor, and policy advisor. Tom is the author of Containing Big Tech: How to Protect Our Civil Rights, Economy, and Democracy. Tom was the founder and CEO of Centrify, a leading cybersecurity cloud provider that amassed over two thousand enterprise customers, including over 60 percent of the Fortune 50. For his leadership, Tom was named by Ernst & Young as a Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California. In addition, Tom has served as a technology policy advisor for political campaigns and advocacy groups, including leading the campaign marketing efforts in 2020 to pass California Proposition 24 (the California Privacy Rights Act) and advising and contributing to state privacy bills in 2023 such as California SB 362 (the California Delete Act) and Texas SB 2105.