Lillie Coney

Thumbnail image for coney-highres.jpgLillie Coney is Associate Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. She has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Privacy and Cybercrime Enforcement and the House Committee on Homeland Security on the topic of watch lists. She has also testified before the House Committee on Science regarding Smart Grid and privacy. She also testified several times before the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee on domestic surveillance, CCTV Surveillance, and "Fusion Centers". Ms. Coney has testified before the Election Assistance Commission on the subject of voter privacy related to voter registration databases, electronic voting system standards development, and developing reliable measures for voting administration and equipment management. She co-chaired the 2011 Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference the Future is Now held at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC. She chaired the Public Voice Jerusalem Conference in 2010, the Mexico City 2011 meeting and the Punta del Este Uruguay 2012 meeting. In 2012, she was elected as the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) US Chair for the Information Society Committee

Her work at EPIC encompasses forecast and analysis of emerging technology and government policy and its implications for privacy. Past efforts in this regard include Automated Target Recognition (Whole Body Scanning) and Air Travel, Fusion Centers, Smart Grid, e-Deceptive Campaign Practices, DHS Chief Privacy Office, role of civil society and cyber-security policy, E-verify, Automobile Event Data Recorders (Black Boxes), and Secure Communities. She coordinates EPIC’s coalition efforts, which include the Privacy Coalition and The Public Voice. In 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Ms. Lillie Coney to the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors (2010-2011). She wrote the chapter, Mobilize Underrepresented Voters, in the New York Times Best Seller, 50 Ways to Love Your Country.

Ms. Coney serves in an advisory capacity to Verified Voting, ACCURATE, Voting System Performance Rating, and Open Voting Consortium. She is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery's Public Policy Committee.

She also provides advice and input on privacy issues related to Cloud Computing.

Ms. Coney was the former Public Policy Coordinator for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The ACM is the largest and oldest organization of computing professionals in the world. Prior to that, Ms. Coney served as special assistant to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on a variety of issues ranging from energy and information technology policy, election reform, to education policy. Her background includes extensive work in computer systems and technology policy. She has over 20 years of experience working on science and technology issues. She also has worked with civil rights and grassroots organizations on issues of voting and civil rights.

Ms. Coney received a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is a former Systems Administrator who has designed and developed web sites for Congressional offices.

Contact Information:

Electronic Privacy Information Center
1718 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009
+1 202 483-1140 x 111 (office)
+1 202 483 1248 (fax)


Lamar University Public Administration M.A. 2000; Political Science B.A.
Research Assistant Dr. James True, Jack Brooks Chair in Government and Public Service (1999-2000)

Chaired Meetings

The Public Voice 2010 Jerusalem Meeting
2011 Computers Freedom and Privacy, Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC
The Public Voice 2011 Mexico City Meeting
Computers, Freedom and Privacy 2011 - The Future is Now
The Public Voice 2012 Uruguay Meeting

Testimony and Comments to Federal and States Agencies:

Comments on Event Data Recorders in Automobiles, National Highway Transportation Administration (February 12, 2013),br> Comments on E-Verify June 2011, Department of Homeland Security (June 8, 2011)
Comments on Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (October 1, 2010)
Letter to Howard Schmidt on Cybersecurity, (May 12, 2010)
Government 2.0 Workshop: Privacy and Best Practices, Department of Homeland Security June 2, 2009
Smart Grid Comments to National Institute of Standards and Technology, December 2, 2009
Smart Grid Comments State of California Public Utilities Commission (September 18, 2008) House Committee on Homeland Security (September 9, 2008)
Election Commission on New Voting Guidelines (April 24, 2008)
House Judiciary Committee (December 18, 2007)
Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (September 19, 2007)
Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (June 7, 2006)
Congressional Oversight of EAC's Enforcement of HAVA (October 4, 2005)
EAC Hearing on New Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (August 23, 2005)
EPIC Comments to the DOJ on Georgia Voting ID Preclearance (July 29, 2005)
EAC Agency Rulemaking on Statewide Centralized Voter Registration (May 25, 2005)
EAC Hearing on Statewide Centralized Voter Registration (April 28, 2005)
EAC Comments on Survey of States on Voter Registration: (March 1, 2005)
FTC Comments on the Children's Online Privacy (February 14, 2005)
NIST Federal Employee IDs (February 14, 2005)
EAC's TGDC on Voter Privacy (September 22, 2004) Letter to SSA on Change to Routine Use of the SSN, (September 3, 2004)

Law Review Articles:

Papers, Reports, and Articles:
Elections Must Be About More Than Winning, ABA Human Rights Article Vol. 39 No 1, page 26 (August 2012) Smartphones and the 2012 Elections e-Deceptive Campaign Practices 2010 "e-Deceptive Campaign Practices Report." EPIC Publication, October 20, 2008
"e-Data Breaches and Privacy Protection Statues: State v. Federal," 2nd Annual ABA Cyber Law Conference, June 18-20, 2008
"Race & Ethnicity Implications on the Right to Vote in Public Elections" [PPT Slides], The Revealed I Conference Ottawa October 27, 2007
Why Audit for Transparency?, [PPT Slides] 2007 Post Election Audit Summit, October 26, 2007
audit.pdfaudits.pdf">Election Reform: Auditing, House Committee on Administration, Submitted Statement, (March 20, 2007)
Statewide Database of Registered Voters, Association for Computer Machinery, USACM (February 2006)
Towards a Privacy Measurement Criterion for Voting Systems (April 2005)
MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country, Chapter, Mobilize Underrepresented Voters (2004)

E-verify, Privacy Rights and Racial Profiling, Rights Working Group (March 12, 2013)
Cybersecurity and Privacy (January 29, 2013) Building the Digital Fortress: A Toolkit for Cyber Security Computers Privacy and Data Protection Conference, Brussels (January 23, 2013)
Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2012 (December 6, 2012)
Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Discussion of the FTC's Privacy Framework, AARP National Policy Council Roundtables, Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2012)
34th Annual International Conference on Data Protection Privacy in the Balance, Punta Del Este Uruguay, (October 24, 2012)
Our Digital Doppelgängers Oregon State Bar CLE From Privacy, Piracy, and Patents: Computer Law 2012 (September 14, 2012)
ext Challenge - How to Handle Big Data in the Cloud, Internet Governance Forum (July 26, 2012)
Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (July 11-13, 2012)
"First Do No Harm. Does Technology Harm Patients?" (June 6, 2012)
Consumer Privacy Rights Resolution, Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (June 5, 2012) Data Center Converged (September 12, 2012)
Workshop on Governance of Technology, Information, and Policies (GTIP) (December 5-6, 2011)
"Privacy in Perspective: Implications of Government Surveillance on Human Rights and Civil Liberties" (December 1, 2011)
"Protecting Consumer Privacy and Internet Regulation" National Press Club (October 11, 2011)
Cybersecurity Policy and the Role of .Orgs, Computers Freedom and Privacy (June 18, 2010)
ACS Panel: Living Online - Privacy and Security Issues in a Digital Age, November 3, 2009
Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Panel June 3, 2009
Privacy Issues and Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation Research Board, January 12, 2009
Federal Secrecy in State and Local Governments' Fusion Centers, American Association of Access Professionals (December 2, 2008)
Privacy and Civil Liberties Roundtable, House Committee on Homeland Security (December 3, 2008)
Roundtable Discussion on E-Deceptive Campaign Practices Report: Technology and Democracy 2.0, Press Briefing (October 20, 2008)
Privacy Symposium 2008, Havard University (August 18-21, 2008)
Second Annual Institute on CyberLaw: Expanding the Horizons, ABA, Washington DC June 18, 2008
ACLU 2008 Membership Conference, Washington DC, June 2008
Tutorial on e-Deceptive Campaign Practices: Elections 2.0, May 20, 2008
The 21st Century Panopticon, Computers Freedom and Privacy 2008 May 22, 2008
Where People and the Surveillance Society Collide, Computing Freedom and Privacy Montreal May 1-4, 2007
Moderator: Data Mining Panel American Society of Access Professionals Annual Meeting, September 27, 2007
National Network to End Domestic Violence, Trainer, August 14, 2007
Instructor: American Bar Association Computing and the Law: From Steps to Strides into the New Age, June 25, 2007
Moderated Panel: Where the Surveillance Society and People Collide, Computers, Freedom and Privacy, May 2007 Lecture: Constructing a Surveillance Society: Unintended Consequences, West Point Military Academy, February 20, 2007
Safety Net's Training for Trainers: Coalitions and Collaboration, August 14-17, 2006
Privacy that is Assured Through Transparency, June 6-7, 2006
Technology, Democracy and Privacy Impacts on Hurricane Evacuees, May 4, 2006
Computers Freedom and Privacy: The Color Coded Society, April 12, 2005
National Academy Seminar on Concealed Threat Detection, March 2, 2005
Electoral Flashpoints, American University, October 14, 2004
Justice for All Civil Rights 2004 Conference, October 9-10, 2004
Symposium "Election 2004: Is e-voting ready for prime time?" October 1, 2004


Broadband Networks, Smart Grids and Climate Change (Editors: Noam, Eli M.; Pupillo, Lorenzo Maria; Kranz, Johann J. Publisher Springer (2013) Academic Text Book: Debates on U.S. Immigration (Editors: Judith Gans, Elaine M. Replogle and Daniel J. Tichenor) Chapter Labor Market - Secure ID Cards - Sage Publications (2012)
12th Edition Understanding Computers Today and Tomorrow (Editors: Deborah Morley and Charles Parker) Publisher Course Technology

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