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Link Hoewing

Vice President of Internet and Technology Policy, Verizon Communications

C. Lincoln (Link) Hoewing is Vice President of Internet and Technology Policy for Verizon, one of America’s largest telecommunications providers providing wireless voice and data services, Internet backbone and businesses services, and local phone, television and broadband services. Verizon also provides services, primarily to large enterprises, throughout Europe where it has approximately 4,700 employees.

Mr. Hoewing is responsible for identifying and assessing emerging issues, developing corporate positions on Internet and Technology industry issues, and assessing key technology and communications industry trends. Mr. Hoewing develops relationships with high technology industry members, interactive technology associations, research institutes, and think tanks. He is a frequent speaker on high technology issues, such as net neutrality and network management, has written articles on using the Internet in the public policy process, and blogs frequently.

Mr. Hoewing’s prior responsibilities include three years in marketing, network interconnection negotiations and external affairs positions at Bell Atlantic and Telecom in New Zealand. In New Zealand he was responsible for negotiating Verizon's agreements between carriers, promoting the sale of New Zealand's Telecom stock and working on inter-connection policies with the Government. He helped developed the company's consumer policies and improved their customer service. He worked as well in Australia.

He also served eight years as a Congressional Legislative Aide and Deputy Staff Director on the U. S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. As Deputy Staff Director he managed the scheduling of hearings, committee legislative structures, and oversight and budget authorization procedures. He initiated oversight hearings on defense programs that resulted in major reform to the management of defense programs.

Link Hoewing has a Bachelor's degree from Carthage College, Wisconsin and a Masters degree in Public Administration from American University.

Jeff Jarvis

Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York - Graduate School of Journalism

Jeff Jarvis, a national leader in the development of online news, blogging, the investigation of new business models for news, and the teaching of entrepreneurial journalism, writes an influential blog, He is author of the books What Would Google Do? and Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live as well as the e-book Gutenberg the Geek. He has also consulted for media companies including the Guardian, Digital First Media, Postmedia,, Burda, Advance Publications, and The New York Times company at

Prior to coming to CUNY, Jarvis was president of, the online arm of Advance Publications, which includes Condé Nast magazines and newspapers across America. He was the creator and founding managing editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine and has worked as a columnist, associate publisher, editor, and writer for a number of publications, including TV Guide, People, the San Francisco Examiner, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Daily News. His freelance articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Guardian, The New York Times, the New York Post, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and BusinessWeek. Jarvis holds a B.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He was named one of the 100 most influential media leaders by the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Konstantinos Komaitis

Policy Advisor, Internet Society

Konstantinos Komaitis is a Policy Advisor at the Internet Society, focusing primarily on the field of digital content and intellectual property.
Before joining the Internet Society in July 2012, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. Konstantinos holds a PhD in Law and his thesis focused on issues of intellectual property and the Internet, with particular focus on the intersection of trademarks and domain names. Between 2010-2012, Konstantinos served as the Chair of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency at ICANN and he was a member of ICANN's Special Trademark Issues (STI) team, which drafted the recommendations for the rights protection mechanisms for new gTLDs. He is the author of the book "The Current State of Domain Name Regulation" and he also serves as a domain name panelist for the Czech Arbitration Court.
Konstantinos is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fernando Laguarda

Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner Cable

Fernando Laguarda is Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor for Time Warner Cable. In this role, Fernando helps the company develop and advance its policy positions and oversees its relationships with civil society policy stakeholders, such as foundations, think tanks, academic instutitions, and civil and human rights organizations. Fernando launched and directs the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications, which seeks to expand scholarship of relevance to the industry.

Prior to Time Warner Cable, Fernando was a partner at two prominent communications law firms. He received his A.B. from Harvard and his J.D. from Georgetown. He is an appointed member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the program committee for TPRC, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Corporate Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino and the Harvard Alumni Association.
He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and four children.

Molly Land

Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School

Drawing on her human rights expertise and background as a litigator in the areas of intellectual property and technology, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on access to knowledge and the intersection of intellectual property, information law, and human rights. Her current work explores the extent to which human rights law can provide a foundation for claims of access to the Internet as well as the opportunities and challenges for using new technologies to achieve human rights objectives. Professor Land’s articles have been published in the Yale, Harvard, and Michigan journals of international law, among other places.

At New York Law School, Professor Land is affiliated with the Institute for Information Law and Policy, the Center for International Law, and the Justice Action Center. She is a member of the American Society of International Law and is currently serving on the Program Committee for the Society’s 106th Annual Meeting. She recently completed a two-year tenure as co-chair of the Junior International Law Scholars Association. Professor Land has advised several nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations on new developments in the area of human rights and technology, including the World Bank and Witness.
Prior to joining New York Law School, Professor Land was a Visiting Lecturer in Law and the Robert M. Cover / Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School. While there, she co-taught the course International Human Rights and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Professor Land has extensive experience in both litigation and fact-finding in the area of human rights. She has filed amicus briefs with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Second and Ninth Circuits, among others, and has led fact-finding teams reporting on the intersection of new technologies and human rights, domestic violence against immigrant women in Minnesota, HIV/AIDS and women’s rights in Zambia, the lack of remedies for human rights violations in Kashmir, and the effect of zero-tolerance policies on the right to education in Connecticut.
Professor Land is a graduate of Yale Law School. While in law school, she was Student Director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. At graduation, she was awarded the Khosla Memorial Fund for Human Dignity Prize for advancing the values of human dignity in the international arena and the Raphael Lemkin Prize for the best student paper in international human rights. Professor Land clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. After her clerkship, she was named a Robert L. Bernstein Fellow in International Human Rights and worked as a human rights researcher for Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Between 2003 and 2005, she litigated copyright, trademark, cybersquatting, and patent cases with Faegre & Benson LLP. Prior to law school, Professor Land was a Fulbright Scholar and an intern in the German Parliament in Bonn, Germany.

Jill Lesser

Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information

Jill Lesser currently serves as the Executive Director of CCI.  Lesser’s background includes serving as the Deputy Director of Public Policy and Director of the Civic Media Project at People for the American Way (“PFAW”), a Washington, D.C.-based civil liberties organization.  At PFAW, her duties included directing the organization's public policy initiatives relating to new technologies and the First Amendment.

After PFAW, she became a Senior Vice President, Domestic Public Policy, for AOL Time Warner, Inc., serving as a lead advisor on technology, intellectual property and telecommunications issues as well as other issues affecting the media industry. Prior to AOL’s merger with Time Warner, Lesser led industry-wide efforts on cutting-edge Internet issues such as privacy and free speech.  She also served as AOL’s representative on the U.S. Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and testified before several Congressional Committees and the Federal Trade Commission on privacy.

Most recently, Lesser has advised non-profit and corporate clients on media and communications policy issues, with a particular focus on consumer protection, intellectual property and free expression and is a Board Member of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Declan McCullagh

Chief Political Correspondent, CNET

Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET, which is part of CBS Corporation. Previously he was a senior correspondent for CBS News' Web site. He became the chief political correspondent for CNET News in 2002 and lives in the San Francisco area after spending over a decade in Washington, DC.

An award-winning journalist, McCullagh writes and speaks frequently about technology, law, and politics. From 1998 to 2002, he was Wired's Washington bureau chief. Previously he was a reporter for Time Magazine, Time Digital Daily, and The Netly News, as well as a correspondent for HotWired. McCullagh previously wrote for the Taking Liberties section of CBS News' Web site, the successor to a weekly column he started in October 2008 titled Other People's Money.

McCullagh's articles have appeared in scores of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy magazine, George magazine, The New Republic, Communications of the ACM, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, ABC News' Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, Court TV, and CNN. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has been a lecturer at American University in Washington, DC where he has taught a graduate journalism class (COMM-710).

McCullagh moderates Politech, a well-known mailing list looking broadly at politics and technology that he founded in 1994, and has been online since 1988. He was the first online reporter to join the National Press Club; he participated in the first White House dot com press pool; and was one of the first online journalists to receive credentials from the press gallery of the U.S. Congress. McCullagh has spoken at schools including Stanford University, MIT, Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University, and has testified twice before the Federal Trade Commission.

Victoria Sheckler

Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Victoria Sheckler is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  She helps develop strategy for industry-wide projects for the music industry, and serves as corporate and compliance counsel to the RIAA.

Before joining the RIAA, Ms. Sheckler was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP.  Ms. Sheckler represented clients in several industries in licensing, commercializing, acquiring or divesting intellectual property and related assets, as well as counseling clients on privacy, data security, and general corporate matters.

Ms. Sheckler graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, magna cum laude.  Ms. Sheckler received her Bachelors of Science in electrical engineering from The George Washington University. 

Ben Sheffner

Vice President of Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Ben Sheffner is a copyright/First Amendment/media/entertainment attorney and former journalist. Currently Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, Ben has previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain's presidential campaign where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign's copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. From 2006-2008, Ben served as Co-Chair of the Media Law Resource Center's California Chapter. Ben also served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001.
Ben previously blogged at, which was named as a top 100 legal blog by the American Bar Association in 2009 and 2010, and wrote a regular column on legal issues in the music industry for Billboard.

Prior to attending law school, Ben worked as a political reporter in Washington, DC at Roll Call newspaper, where he covered congressional elections, the term limits movement, campaign finance reform, and various other issues related to Congress' internal politics and administration. Before that, he was Assistant Editor of the Cook Political Report, where he covered campaigns for the House of Representatives and served as a consultant to CBS News during the 1994 election cycle, helping prepare producers and correspondents for the election night broadcast.

Ben received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2000. Ben was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Newport Beach, California.

Aram Sinnreich

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information

Aram Sinnreich is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information, in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. Sinnreich's work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of two books, "Mashed Up" (published in 2010), and "The Piracy Crusade" (to be published in 2013), and has written for publications including the New York Times, Billboard and Wired. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Sinnreich served as Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California, and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.

David Sohn

General Counsel and Director of CDT's Project on Copyright and Technology, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)

David Sohn joined CDT in 2005. He is General Counsel and Director of CDT's Project on Copyright and Technology, which seeks to promote reasonable pro-consumer approaches to copyright and related policy issues raised by the emergence of the Internet, new digital media, and digital rights management (DRM) technology.
Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Sohn worked for nearly five years as Commerce Counsel for Senator Ron Wyden, where he advised the Senator on technology and telecommunications issues coming before the Senate Commerce Committee. In that capacity, Mr. Sohn worked on legislation relating to such matters as spyware, digital copyright, and online privacy, and played a major role in enactment of the first federal anti-spam law. Before joining Senator Wyden's office, Mr. Sohn practiced law in Washington, D.C. at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, with a focus on telecommunications law and regulation.
Mr. Sohn received his B.A. degree from Amherst College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He also received an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics.

Gigi Sohn

President & CEO, Public Knowledge

Gigi Sohn is an internationally known communications attorney. In September 2001, she founded Public Knowledge with Laurie Racine (then President of the Center for the Public Domain) and activist/author David Bollier.
Gigi serves as PK's chief strategist, fundraiser and public face. She is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, as well as in trade and local press. Gigi has been published in the Washington Post, Variety, CNET and Legal Times. In addition, she has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the Today Show, The McNeil-Lehrer Report, C-SPAN's Washington Journal and National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Morning Edition.  
Gigi is a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, Graduate Studies Program in Australia. She has been a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  
Gigi served as a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation's Media, Arts and Culture unit and as Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm that represents citizens' rights before the FCC and the courts. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. In May 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Gigi its Internet "Pioneer" Award. In August 2011, the Non-Profit Times named Gigi one of its "Power and Influence Top 50" non-profit executives. She was recently named one of "20 of Tech's Most Underrated Founders" by The Next Web.  
Gigi currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group and as a member of the boards of the Sports Fans Coalition and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC). She is a member of the advisory board of the Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). Gigi served on the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors from 1997-2000.  Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Ronald Wheeler

Senior Vice President, Content Protection, Fox Entertainment Group

Ronald Wheeler is Senior Vice President, Content Protection, with Fox Entertainment Group (FEG) in Los Angeles. In this capacity, he supervises the negotiation of content protection technology licenses and the content security-related aspects of digital content licensing deals and oversees the company's worldwide anti-piracy and copyright litigation activities. He also represents Fox at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and in a number of multi-industry standard-setting efforts, and is closely involved in domestic and international legislative and regulatory issues regarding content protection.
Prior to taking his current position, Wheeler was Vice President, Legal Affairs for Fox's Home Entertainment subsidiary, where he provided worldwide antitrust and anti-piracy counseling, litigation management and transactional work on a wide variety of acquisitions, licensing and distribution deals. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude.