Boston Bar | Privacy and Cybersecurity Conference

Keynote Speakers


Julie Brill
Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Privacy and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation


Daniel J. Weitzner
Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
and Principal Research Scientist
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

In August 2017, Julie Brill joined Microsoft in an executive leadership position at the forefront of many of the global regulatory issues that underpin digital transformation. She leads legal, regulatory and policy initiatives focused on privacy; data protection; internet governance; telecommunications; online safety and speech moderation; accessibility; and corporate standards. Julie spearheads Microsoft’s preparations for the European General Data Protection Regulation, as well as other privacy and regulatory mandates around the globe.

Prior to Microsoft, Julie joined the global law firm Hogan Lovells as Partner and Co-Director of its Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She assisted clients with navigating the complex regulatory environment governing privacy, data breaches, cybersecurity, advertising and competition issues around the globe. Under her leadership, Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity lawyers were named the top privacy practice in 2017 by Chambers. That same year, National Law Journal named Julie a “Cybersecurity Trailblazer” for her thought leadership on these issues.

Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Julie Brill served for six years as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.  As Commissioner, Julie worked actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including consumers’ privacy, appropriate advertising substantiation, financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech.

Julie was named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues,” a “key player in U.S. and global regulations,” “one of the top minds in online privacy,” one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate,” “one of the top 50 influencers on big data,” and a “game-changer.”

Prior to becoming a Commissioner of the FTC, Julie served as Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice; and as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years.

Julie graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

Daniel J. Weitzner is the Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. His group studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 2011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he lead initiatives on online privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies to promote the free flow of information. He also was Associate Administrator for Policy at the United States Commerce Department National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Weitzner was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, crafting laws that provide protection against government surveillance of email and web browsing data. His work on US legislation limiting the liability of Internet Service Providers laid the foundations for social media services and supporting the global free flow of information online. Weitzner’s computer science research has pioneered the development of Accountable Systems architecture to enable computational treatment of legal rules and automated compliance auditing.

At the World Wide Web Consortium, he lead the development of security and privacy standards, and Linked Data architectures now used to make data on the Web easier to analyze. While at MIT he launched the Web Science Research Initiative with Tim Berners-Lee, Wendy Hall, Nigel Shadbolt and James Hendler, a cross-disciplinary research initiative promoting research on the technical and social impact of the Web. Before joining MIT, Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He has testified before the United States Congress, the European Commission, and leading international bodies. Weitzner has law degree from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine and Social Research. In 2012 he was named to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top Navigator of global Internet public policy. He received the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award in 2013.

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