Presenters and organizers
Tracy Mitrano is a principal in the consulting firm Mitrano & Associates LLC. Formerly the director of information technology policy at Cornell University, Mitrano has been a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and universities on the subjects of "virtual global universities" and the creation of international inter-institutional courses; online education; digital literacy and undergraduate Internet competencies; social networking; electronic surveillance; policy development, organizational development, and leadership programming; information management; and privacy, security, compliance, and risk management.
Before retiring from Cornell, Mitrano taught computer information science and social policy. She also taught American legal history at Syracuse University, American history at the University of Buffalo, and Internet law at Università Cattolica in Piacenza, Italy. In 2014 she taught courses in intellectual property in Ithaca College's executive master's program and Internet media at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.
Mitrano is currently working for Internet2 on its National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, and she is also the author of the Inside Higher Ed blog "Law, Policy—and IT?" She holds bachelor of arts degrees in English and history from the University of Rochester, a master's and doctorate in American history from Binghamton University, and a JD degree from Cornell Law School.
Ben Cole is a product manager at Kickstarter, where he is responsible for the company's consumer-facing functionality. He's previously worked at Google and Facebook in roles spanning product management, user experience, engineering, and data science. An avid traveler, Cole has launched localized products on three continents and has spent several years living and working abroad.
In his spare time, Cole teaches product management courses at General Assembly and advises startups and larger organizations on product development and technology issues. He holds a bachelor's degree in information science from Cornell University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Scholar.
Dipayan Ghosh works at the White House in the Executive Office of the President, where he collaborates with the nation's senior advisor for technology policy on a wide range of policy issues at the intersection of technology and the American economy.
Ghosh holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University. In his doctoral thesis, he argues that while engineers can design technical solutions for privacy, it is usually difficult to adopt private or "privacy-aware" technologies in practice due to the conflicting objectives of various stakeholders.
Ghosh's doctoral research provides an approach to solving this problem by applying game theory and cryptography to design privacy-aware technologies. Further, his thesis discusses the set of economic conditions required to ensure the adoption of privacy-preserving technical solutions. Ghosh's work has resulted in a series of policy recommendations and economic findings on the assurance of privacy in technology.
Robert (Bob) Hamilton
Bob Hamilton has extensive experience in general commercial litigation in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, and in First Amendment and media cases, including libel, privacy, public access, copyright, and trademark litigation.
Over the past twenty-six years, Bob has litigated a wide variety of matters in many of the nation's largest and most complex bankruptcy cases, including 1031 Tax Group; Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation; Appalachian Fuels; Breed Technologies; Boscov's Department Stores; Cardinal Industries; Chrysler; City of Detroit; Dana; Federated Department Stores; FLYi; HQ Global; Harry & David; Hostess, Kmart; Loewen; Macy's; Metaldyne; National Century Financial Enterprises; NextWave; Patriot Coal; Spansion; Tower Automotive; and World Kitchen.
Bob represented CompuServe in Cubby, Inc. v. CompuServe Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 1991), the first case that addressed the liability of an ISP for unlawful third-party content. He also represented CompuServe in CompuServe Inc. v. Cyber Promotions (S.D. Ohio 1997), the first case to establish an ISP's right under the common law of trespass to an order enjoining a defendant from sending spam to subscribers.
Other media clients he has represented include AOL, Cleveland magazine, Gannett, ICANN, the Motion Picture Association of America, Multimedia Entertainment, National Enquirer, Nextel, Ohio magazine, Playboy magazine, Post-Newsweek Stations, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Columbus Dispatch, The Washington Post, and Trinity Broadcasting.
Bob was featured as one of four leading e-commerce "Pioneers" by IP World in December 2000. He has taught Internet law as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Law and Capital University Law School.
Anne R. Kenney
Anne R. Kenney received her bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1972, a master's degree in history from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 1975, and a master's degree in library science in 1979 from the University of Missouri–Columbia. She came to Cornell University Library in 1987 and served as associate director for the Department of Preservation and Conservation until 2001. During that time, and from 2002 to 2006 as associate university librarian for instruction, research, and information services, she helped spearhead a period of change and growth that has made Cornell Library a pioneer in digitization, network access, and preservation. She served as interim university librarian from February 2007 until her appointment as university librarian in April 2008.
Active in the archival and preservation communities, Kenney is a fellow and past president of the Society of American Archivists. She currently serves on the Social Science Research Council's Committee on Libraries and Archives of Cuba and is a member of Advisory Committee of Portico, a nonprofit digital preservation service. Kenney has served as a commissioner of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (National Archives), the National Science Foundation/European Union Working Group on a Digital Preservation Research Agenda, was a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team, and has testified before a Senate subcommittee on government affairs. Her research interests include digital imaging, preservation, and public services in research libraries.
Kenney is known internationally for her pioneering work in developing standards for digitizing library materials that have been adopted by organizations around the world, including such important archives as JSTOR, the Scholarly Journal Archive. She is the co-author of three award-winning monographs and more than fifty articles and reports. She has been the recipient of several awards, including Yahoo en español's 2002 award in the category "Internet y computadoras"; the Society of American Archivists' Best Book Award (Leland Prize) in 1997 and 2000 for books on digital imaging for libraries and archives; the SAA Preservation Publication Award in 1995 and 2004; and the 2001 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology from the American Library Association.
As the chief academic and administrative officer of the university's extensive library system, Kenney leads one of the world's largest research libraries, with a total budget of over $50 million, a staff of more than 450, and close to eight million volumes. Cornell has twenty constituent libraries located in Ithaca, Geneva (NY), New York City, and Doha (Qatar), and it also actively serves scholars around the globe.
Doug Lederman is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs, and other features.
Lederman speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. He was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. From 1986 to 1999, Lederman worked at The Chronicle in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings.
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. Jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, CNI includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI's wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.
Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of library automation. Lynch, who holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California–Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.
Lynch is co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) and serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association's Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education's Homer Bernhardt Award.
Anne Manning is an administrative solutions technologist in the Library and Technology Services Division of Wellesley College and is responsible for providing technical leadership for twenty-six departments. She led the college’s HIPAA task force and was a member of the Emergency Management, Disability Service Providers, and Data and Network Security groups. She was on a committee funded by an Andrew W. Mellon grant to study the impact of social media/electronic discourse on our campus community.
Anne recently completed a two-year term as the public policy coordinator for the Massachusetts State Advisory Board of NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) and is now serving on the Massachusetts Democratic Party Public Policy Subcommittee. She was a member of the Education and Technology Subcommittee for the Commonwealth Readiness Project, a statewide initiative to develop a ten-year strategic plan for Massachusetts public education.
Manning received a BA from UMass Amherst and completed a project management certification program at Bentley University.
Steven J. McDonald
Steven J. McDonald is general counsel at Rhode Island School of Design and previously served as associate legal counsel at Ohio State University. He has handled a number of Internet-related legal matters, ranging from investigations of computer break-ins to alleged infringements of copyrighted materials on student web pages.
McDonald began his legal career in private practice at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case. He also has taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State's College of Law and at Capital University Law School.
McDonald is a fellow and past member of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the editor of NACUA's The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium. He received his BA from Duke University and his JD from Yale Law School.
David G. Post
David G. Post is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative, as well as a non-resident fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Until his retirement in fall 2014, he was the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he taught intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace. He also has taught at the law schools at Georgetown and George Mason University.
Post is the author of In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford), a Jeffersonian view of Internet law and policy, and co-author of Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West). He has published numerous scholarly articles on intellectual property law, the law of cyberspace, and complexity theory, including the most-frequently-cited law review article published in the last seventy-five years in the field of intellectual property, Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace. His writings and additional information can be found online at www.davidpost.com.
Margie Hodges Shaw
Margie Hodges Shaw teaches on the intersection of law and health care, medical judgment and decision-making, and bioethics. She serves as a member of the clinical ethics consultation team. Her dissertation explored coaching as a form of instruction and as a component of medical ethics education. Her current research interest include law and ethics instruction in medical school curriculum and issues in applied ethical decision-making in health care.
Previously, Shaw served as judicial administrator for Cornell University. She cofounded (with Steve Worona) and served as director of the Cornell University Computer Policy and Law Program, now the Cornell University Institute for Internet Culture, Policy, and Law.
Shaw received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University (1987), where she was inducted as a member of the Golden Chain Senior Honor Society. She received her JD from Cornell University Law School (1991), her MA in philosophy from the University of Rochester (2004), and her PhD in education from the University of Rochester (2011). She completed her Fellowship in clinical ethics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2012.
As the chief information security officer at Brown University, David Sherry has institutional responsibilities to provide proactive security expertise and guidance, engineer robust security architecture, champion identity policy, and enhance the culture of security awareness. As the university spokesman for both information security and privacy, Sherry also plays a key role in the records management program, regulatory compliance, and copyright law. Prior to moving to the higher education arena, he spent several years in financial services, with responsibilities for enterprise security governance and regulatory compliance, access controls and operations, identity management, and the security awareness program.
Sherry serves on the Educause Higher Education Information Security Council as well as several subcommittees and will be the chairperson for the 2016 Educause Security Professional Conference. A graduate of Providence College, with an MBA from Northeastern University and the certifications of CISSP and CISM, he is a frequent conference speaker on emerging security topics and best practices, as well as a guest lecturer throughout the academic year at several New England institutions.
Steven L. Worona
Steve Worona is a founding co-director of Cornell's Computer Policy and Law Program. He speaks and consults on Internet policy and law and produces and hosts webinars for campus and professional groups.
Worona recently retired from his position as senior policy director at EDUCAUSE, the professional association for IT leaders in higher education. He was the creator, producer, director, and host of EDUCAUSE Live!, a webinar series featuring conversations with leaders of information technology in higher education. Steve joined EDUCAUSE after a 35-year career at Cornell University, where he developed CUinfo (the first campus-wide information system) and Dear Uncle Ezra (the first online counseling service).
Worona taught courses in Cornell's Computer Science Department and Graduate School of Management and managed award-winning projects in electronic publishing, digital libraries, programming languages, and factory automation. He has lectured internationally on a wide range of topics, focusing on the impact of technology on our social and legal systems. At EDUCAUSE, he worked on a broad spectrum of campus and national IT policy issues, such as intellectual property, privacy, network neutrality, broadband initiatives, and management of the .EDU top-level Internet domain. He holds degrees in philosophy and computer science from Cornell and hangs out on IM and twitter as SLWorona.