INET San Francisco 2014

Cyber Surveillance: Silicon Valley Impacts and Responses

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society held the 2nd Cyber Surveillance Conference at the Mayer Theater on the Santa Clara University Campus on Friday, 9 May.

Participants joined us for an interactive forum as we discuss the topic from a unique perspective: what harm have the recent revelations (whether you consider them valid or not) about NSA cyber surveillance activities had upon Silicon Valley companies? What will happen if nothing is done to change those activities? What can Silicon Valley companies do to mitigate that risk? What can or should public policy advocates do to help?

INET San Francisco featured panels of experts from the business community, public policy advocates and even members of the press weigh in on:

Panel #1: Perspectives from individual businesses. Representatives from Silicon Valley businesses expressed their concerns about impacts upon their customers and their businesses.

Panel #2: The technological perspective. Companies current and planned technological responses to protect their customers and themselves.

Panel #3: Members of the press voiced their opinions about those news stories that have had the most impact upon Silicon Valley companies.

Panel #4: Public policy experts expressed their views about what public policy changes should be made to protect Silicon Valley business and their customers—and what public policy advocates should do to advance those changes.

Panel #5: Business and public policy panel members joined to discuss what opportunities—and challenges—exist for better collaboration between the business community and those involved in the world of public policy and governance.

Featured speaker: David Brin. David Brin is a bestselling and multiple award winning Science Fiction author, physicist and futurist who has written broadly on the topic (including an influential non-fiction book, The Transparent Society). He has also appeared in a number of documentaries on The Science Channel.


9 May 2014
09:00 to 09:30Registration & Continental Breakfast
09:30 to 09:45Welcome & Video Greeting   Welcome & Annoucments: Konstantin Kalaitzidis, Vice-President, Internet Society – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Video Greeting: Vint Cerf
09:45 to 10:00Internet Society – Goals and Concerns about Cyber Surveillance   Paul Brigner
Regional Bureau Director – North America, Internet Society
10:00 to 10:30An Overview of Research and Opinions   Mike Snell
Internet Society – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
10:30 to 11:15Panel 1: Business Impact & Technical Opportunities – Challenges to Mitigating Impacts   Panel # 1 – Business Impacts and Technical Opportunities
11:30 to 12:30Panel 2: Press Discuss their Perceptions of Cyber Surveillance   Brandon Bailey, Technology Reporter, SJ Mercury News Declan McCullogh, former Sr. Correspondent, CNET
12:30 to 13:30Lunch Break
13:30 to 14:30Panel 3: Public Policy & Legal Experts   Emily Barabas, Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy and Technology Nate Cardozo, Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontiers Foundation
14:45 to 15:45Panel 4: Opportunities and Challenges for Better Collaboration   Business and public policy panel members join to discuss what opportunities—and challenges—exist for better collaboration between the business community and those involved in the world of public policy
15:45 to 16:45Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?   David Brin, Physicist, Futurist, best-selling and award-winning author


Brandon Bailey

Brandon Bailey is a longtime Silicon Valley reporter who writes about major Internet companies and related policy issues for the San Jose Mercury News and Digital First Media.

Emily Barabas
Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy & Technology

Emily Barabas is a Policy Analyst at CDT’s San Francisco Office. Her work focuses on global Internet policy and human rights.
Emily began her career working in community development, serving as a project manager overseeing the development of affordable housing at Fifth Avenue Committee, a community-based organization in Brooklyn, NY. She then spent three years working on open government issues in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, using the 311 information system to improve public access to health and human services. Prior to joining CDT, Emily was a graduate student researcher at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. She researched issues related to privacy, security, and trust in technical systems, as well as intellectual property.

Emily holds a Master’s of Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley and a BA in Public Policy from Brown University.

David Brin
Scientist, best-selling author, tech-futurist

David Brin is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth, The Postman (filmed in 1997) and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Brin’s newest novel EXISTENCE explores the ultimate question: billions of planets are ripe for life. So where is Everybody? David’s main thread: how will we shape the days and years ahead — and how will tomorrow shape us? – See more at:

Nate Cardozo
Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Nate is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s digital civil liberties team. A former EFF Open Government Legal Fellow, Nate focuses on free speech and privacy litigation, as well as continuing to dabble in FOIA. Nate is currently working on projects involving automotive privacy, coders’ rights, anonymous speech, ECPA reform, and resisting the expansion of the surveillance state. Nate has a B.A. in Anthropology and Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings, where he teaches first-year legal writing and moot court.

Kenneth Carter
Counsel, CloudFlare

Kenneth Carter remembers the 10¢ pay phone call, rotary dial, PONG, and 300-baud dial-up to the Digital Equipment VAX pdp 11/44. He is an attorney, a technologist, and a communications business analyst. As a lawyer-turned-MBA, his work applies the principles and tools of Management Science to law and public policy, bringing strong legal analysis and a quantitative approach.
Mr. Carter is Counsel at CloudFlare in San Francisco, CA. CloudFlare protects and accelerates websites by automatically optimizing the delivery of web pages so visitors get the best performance possible. He was previously Policy Counsel for Advanced Networks and Access Services at Google in Mountain View, CA. At Google, he was responsible for developing the company’s global telecommunications policy strategy. Mr. Carter also served as policy counsel for two of Google’s most important products: Android and Fiber.

Before joining Google, he was a Senior Consultant in the NGN and Internet Economics Department at WIK Consult GmbH, in Bad Honnef, Germany. At WIK, he advised both private- and public-sector clients on matters relating to Next Generation Networks, particularly emerging issues or issues of first impression which cross traditionally-defined industries and classifications. Mr. Carter also proposed a newmechanism for spectrum trading and assignment which can be as much as 80% more efficient than conventional auctions. Mr. Carter was Senior Counsel for Business and Economics in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis (OSP) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At the FCC, he provided the Chairman, Commissioners, and other senior staff with financial, business, and market analysis regarding emerging trends and their implications for strategic policy objectives. He co-authored OSP Working Paper #39, “Unlicensed and Unshackled”, widely-cited as an authority on the FCC’s Part 15 Rules. In addition, the Chairman recognized Mr. Carter and two other colleagues with the Commission’s Excellence in Economic Analysis Award for their cutting-edge experimental economics work on market-informed radio spectrum policies.

Before the FCC, he served as the Deputy Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University, the leading academic research institute focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and mass media. Mr. Carter remains a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute. He is also a GLOCOM Fellow at the Center for Global Communications at International University of Japan. Mr. Carter has served on several advisory boards and committees, including the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) and the Policy Program Committee of IEEE DySPAN. In 2008, he served on an International Advisory Forum on Next Generation Broadband Networks to Minister Eamon Ryan of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the Republic of Ireland.

Mr. Carter holds an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a BA from Colgate University. He lives near Mountain View, CA with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Jaydon, daughter, Eliana, and Shiba Inu, Lucy.

John Crain
Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer, ICANN

John is responsible for establishing strategy, planning and execution for ICANN’s external Security, Stability and Resiliency programs. He works on a cross functional basis with the ICANN executive team, staff and the community to enable and enhance capabilities that improve the overall security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s Identifier Systems and associated infrastructures and represents ICANN in operational and technical dialogues and forums to ensure the full communities engagement with these programs.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions.

Prior to his time at ICANN, John worked as part of the executive management team at the RIPE NCC in Amsterdam ( The RIPE NCC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) that provides Internet resource allocations for Europe and surrounding areas. John has been directly involved in the administration of Internet Identifiers since his start at the RIPE NCC in 1995 and has worked in all areas of IP address administration. John also has extensive experience in the area of DNS administration and managing Internet infrastructure services. Currently he is responsible for the management of, one of the Internet’s 13 “Root Servers” (

Before becoming involved in Internet Administration John worked as a Design Engineer in composite materials research and development. In that role John was also responsible for local area networking of Computer Aided Design Systems and for writing and developing custom software applications.

Blanca Gordo
Principal Investigator, International Computer Science Institute

Blanca Gordo is a principal investigator at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, CA, where she leads a research team conducting an evaluation of the California Connects Program, a federal public policy initiative in California. The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the US Department of Commerce funds California Connects. Blanca holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in social problems and technology. Her perspective synthesizes regional and local economic development, urban poverty, technology development processes, organizational analysis and development, public policy, ethnic populations (African American and Latino), demographics, and social inequality structures. She has taught related courses in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and the Department of Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University.

Prof. Dorothy Glancy
Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Dorothy J. Glancy is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. A graduate of Wellesley College (B.A.) and Harvard Law School (J.D.), she is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and in California. A certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Professor Glancy writes about legal issues related to law and technology, particularly how privacy interacts with intelligent transportation systems. She is the privacy auditor of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Bay Area network of toll tag readers known as Traffic Watch, a real time traffic surveillance system and serves on the Court Technology Advisory Committee to the State of California Judicial Council.

In the past, she co-chaired the 2010 Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference. She served as a consultant to the United States Department of Transportation with regard to privacy policy issues and earlier directed a 1995 study of interactions between privacy and intelligent transportation systems under a grant from the Federal Highway Administration. After graduating from law school, Professor Glancy was privacy counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights under Chairman Sam J. Ervin, Jr. during the Watergate investigations. Her publications cover a wide range of topics, including privacy law, autonomous vehicles, Justice William O. Douglas, and urban planning.

Mike Snell
Chairman & President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society

Mike Snell spent 12 years in various IT responsibilities at Cisco Systems, largely managing teams delivering a variety of global Networking and Storage related IT services. Titles included IT Program Manager, IT Business Process Architect and Sr. IT Manager. Groups Mike worked on included: Transport Design & Engineering, Infrastructure Business Planning, Networking & Data Center Services Program Office and both the Networking and Storage global service teams. Before changing to an IT career, Mike worked for Compaq, Tandem Computers and Digital Equipment Corporation in various facilities and corporate real estate management responsibilities (including data center and lab construction). He also ran his own facilities management consulting firm for several years, specializing in IT-related facilities design and construction projects.

In 2011, Mike took advantage of Cisco’s Enhanced Early Retirement Program because it was, well… pretty enhanced. While he is taking advantage of that to reinvent himself as a freelance writer on networking and the internet, he is helping the SF Bay Chapter develop their proposal for an Inter-Planetary Network Project. He’s also a member of the SF Bay Chapter Core Team. He’s very happy to be living in Gilroy, California, with his wife of thirty-five years.

Michael Snell is the Chairman/President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Internet Society.

Date and Time

Friday 09 May 2014


Santa Clara University - Mayer Theater