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Whitfield Diffie

Whitfield Diffie, who is best known for his 1975 discovery of the concept of public key cryptography, has occupied the position of Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems since 1991. Prior to this, he was Manager of Secure Systems Research at Northern Telecom, a position he had held since 1978. Diffie is a graduate in mathematics of MIT and Dr. sc. techn. (hc) of the ETH in Zurich. Since 1993, Diffie has worked largely on public policy aspects of cryptography. His position --- in opposition to limitations on the business and personal use of cryptography --- has been the subject of articles in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Wired, Omni, and Discover and has been the subject of programs on CNN, the Discovery Channel, Equinox TV in Britain, and the Japanese TV network NHK. Diffie is a fellow of the Marconi Foundation and author, jointly with Susan Landau, of the book Privacy on the Line.


Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen is an associate professor at the George Washington University Law School and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He is also the author of The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, which the New York Times called "the definitive text to privacy perils in the digital age." Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School. After clerking for Chief Judge Abner J. Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he joined the New Republic in 1992. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and National Public Radio, he lives in Washington D.C.


Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, computer security, and communications privacy. He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD and the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO. He is editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor (with Phil Agre) of Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape (MIT Press 1998). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He is the winner of the 2000 Norbert Wiener Award for Professional and Social Responsibility, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Distinguished Service Award and a finalist for the World Technology Award in Law.


Richard M. Smith

Richard Smith is the Chief Technology Officer of the Privacy Foundation, a Denver-based research and educational organization. Mr. Smith is responsible for choosing the Foundation's research activities. He also has primary responsibility for explaining the Foundation's findings to the media and at public events. Prior to his appointment at the Privacy Foundation, Mr. Smith was an independent security consultant based in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he lives. Prior to being a consultant, he was President of Phar Lap Software, a position he held for more than 13 years.


Robert Ellis Smith

Robert Ellis Smith is a journalist who uses his training as an attorney to report on the individual's right to privacy. Since 1974, he has published Privacy Journal, a monthly newsletter on privacy in a computer age based in Providence, R.I. Smith is a frequent speaker, writer, and Congressional witness on privacy issues and has compiled a clearinghouse of information on the subject: computer data banks, credit and medical records, the Internet, electronic surveillance, the law of privacy, and physical and psychological privacy. Smith is the author of Ben Franklinās Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity from Plymouth Rock to the Internet (Spring 2000), the first and only published history of privacy in the U.S. He is also the author of Our Vanishing Privacy (1993), The Law of Privacy Explained (1993), Privacy: How to Protect Whatās Left of It; Workrights, a book describing individual rights in the work place; and The Big Brother Book of Lists. Privacy Journal also publishes Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws, Celebrities and Privacy, and War Stories, a collection of anecdotes on privacy invasions. A 1962 graduate of Harvard College, Smith received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He served as a member of the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission until 1986. In 1997, Vice President Gore named him to the Civil Liberties Panel of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.


John D. Woodward, Jr., Esq.

John D. Woodward, Jr., Esq. is a senior policy analyst at RAND where he works on national security, intelligence, and technology policy issues. In June 2000, he testified about biometrics before the congressionally-created Commission on Online Child Protection. In May 1998, he testified before a congressional hearing on "Biometrics and the Future of Money." Prior to joining RAND full-time in 2000, John served as an Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency for twelve years. His overseas assignments included tours in East Asia and East Africa. John received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He was a Thouron Scholar at the London School of Economics, University of London, where he received his M.S. in Economics. He received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Roderick R. McKelvie, a U.S. District Court Judge in Wilmington, Delaware.