The Newest Fellows Join a Growing Global Community of Early-Career Professionals in Internet Law & Policy
Washington, D.C. — Today, The Internet Law & Policy Foundry (The Foundry), a professional development organization composed of early-career professionals working across law, technology and policy, announced its newest class of 91 Fellows, hailing from leading Internet companies, professional services firms and major nonprofits.
Launched by the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), the Foundry fills a career development gap in Internet law and policy, especially as the field tackles critical issues facing society, including content moderation, cybersecurity, Internet access and privacy. This year’s Fellowship class represents the next generation of leaders in Internet law and policy, as they gain experience and showcase their skills while running the Foundry.
“We’re proud that the 2022 Class is the Foundry’s most selective and diverse cohort yet, with Fellows ranging in demographics, geography, ideology and skill sets,” said Tim Lordan, Executive Director at the Internet Education Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the Fellows bring their unique set of experiences to their events and content creation for the technology, law and public policy communities.”
Fellows will aim to foster a community of diverse voices that explore issues in the equitable development and governance of technology and the Internet through writing, network building and constructive debates. Fellows were selected through a competitive process and will hold their positions for two years.
While the Foundry is based in North America, the 2022 Fellows are a geographically diverse group found in: Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
ABOUT THE INTERNET LAW & POLICY FOUNDRY
The Internet Law & Policy Foundry is a collaborative collection of early-career Internet law and policy professionals passionate about technology and disruptive innovation. The Foundry offers members a platform for professional development, constructive debate, and network-building within a cohort of skilled Internet law and policy professionals.
As advocacy spending in technology policy grows and Internet companies become more sophisticated in dealing with legal and public policy issues, the Foundry was created to address the growing demand by early and mid-level law and policy professionals for opportunities to master a range of Internet policy issues and apply their knowledge. The Foundry has created a space where early professionals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives can develop their expertise and identify stimulating opportunities in the technology law and policy field.
Congress is helping create the workforce of the future by investing in computer science and STEM. Our Executive Director Tim Lordan wrote a thread on recently passed legislation that addresses artificial intelligence, cyber security, innovation, among other things.
On Monday Congress took the first step to create the workforce of the future by funding #computerscience and #STEM education - mostly in higher ed. Dozens of CS and STEM bills aimed at Prek-12 are queued up alongside the American Jobs Plan. Here's a quick thread on HR 2225. 1/ pic.twitter.com/yQyEm3a5Ay— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
345 - 67 the House overwhelmingly passed the "National Science Foundation for the Future Act" by @RepEBJ & @RepFrankLucas (H.R. 2225). It invests in America's competitiveness by funding higher ed institutions in the areas of #STEM and #computerscience. 2/ https://t.co/dJZaNHbtut— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
The bill relates to the #USICA and provides $72 million for training #cybersecurity professionals for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments (much needed). It's through the little known Cybercorps Scholarship for Service Program within @USOPM. https://t.co/33TjUu6Ybc 3/ pic.twitter.com/W2ZnjLp43Z— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
It also allocates part of $150 million for AI "traineeships." But it only goes to students pursuing masters or doctorate degrees. The funds are conditioned on requiring "technology ethics" courses and training. #artificialintellgence 5/ pic.twitter.com/fTUnTE3wuU— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
Beyond that HR 2225 funds research into areas to inspire and engage students in #STEM and #computerscience. There is funding to explore before-school, after-school, out-of-school, or summer activities for PREK-8 students - including those underrepresented and rural. 6/ pic.twitter.com/YXtD8un5j9— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
Generally, HR 2225 focuses on funding for students going for STEM degrees beyond K-12 but it does provide funding for students who want to teach STEM and computer science in K-12. It offers funds for research on what programs work for PREK-8 students. 7/— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
What's missing? Direct funding for PREK-12 #computerscience programs and teachers. The American Jobs Plan & @RepBarbaraLee's H.R. 3602 would direct resources to help current K-12 students and teachers pursue computer science and #STEM outcomes. 8/8 https://t.co/5qOXbLn9Hu— Tim Lordan (@tlordan) July 1, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Anna G. Eshoo announced Representative Michael McCaul as House co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Congressman McCaul succeeds Congressman Doug Collins as the Internet Caucus co-chair. Representative McCaul serves as the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member and represents the 10th district of Texas. Representative McCaul also serves as the Chairman Emeritus on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the founder of the Congressional High Tech Caucus
Welcome to @RepMcCaul, who I'm proud to announce will join me as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. The ever-changing landscape in internet policy requires strong, bipartisan leadership and I'm honored he's my partner in leading the Caucus.— Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (@RepAnnaEshoo) May 20, 2021
Several extremely prescient Members of Congress founded the Congressional Internet Caucus in 1996 to address the knowledge gap among House and Senate Members regarding the nascent Internet. Almost a quarter of a century later, the mission of the Caucus — to educate other Members about Internet technology and its implications — remains even more critical today.
The bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus remains among the most prominent and active caucuses on Capitol Hill. The Caucus is chaired by Senators John Thune and Patrick Leahy on the Senate side. Representative Anna G. Eshoo and Senator Leahy are founding Members of the Caucus.
In addition to its educational program for Members and Congressional staff, the Congressional Internet Caucus created the Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge encourages middle and high school students to compete in district-wide coding competitions. It has become the most prestigious computer science award for students. The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy applauds the appointment of Congressman McCaul as the House Caucus co-chair. His activity in tech and cybersecurity legislation has been unmatched. In addition to his bipartisanship, he is among the most influential and respected Members of Congress.
About The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy
The Congressional Internet Caucus Academy (CICA) is a part of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The CICA is a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. More information on the CICA is available at www.netcaucus.org.
By Adelin Cai, Alexander Macgillivray, Clara Tsao, Denelle Dixon, and Eric
Goldman Board of Directors, TSPA and TSF
We are thrilled to announce that Charlotte Willner will be the founding Executive Director of the Trust & Safety Professional Association (TSPA) and its sibling organization, the Trust & Safety Foundation Project (TSF). We launched TSPA and TSF earlier this year to support the global community of professionals who develop and enforce principles and policies that define acceptable behavior online, and to improve society’s understanding of trust and safety. We are delighted that Charlotte will start at the helm of both organizations next month.
We are excited for Charlotte to lead TSPA and TSF because of her pioneering work shaping the field of online trust and safety for more than a decade, grappling with the challenges and complexities of developing and implementing guidelines for online behavior as the internet has grown. She’s an effective and compassionate leader who has built and coached multiple international teams doing this critical work, and she has a record of caring for the professional development of others.
Charlotte joins TSPA and TSF from Pinterest, where she has been the Head of Trust and Safety Operations, overseeing online safety, law enforcement response, and intellectual property matters. She previously led international support, and built out the first Safety Operations team, at Facebook.
* TSPA is a 501(c)6 membership-based organization. TSF is a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 Internet Education Foundation (IEF).
The third event in the Internet Law and Policy Foundry’s
Diversity and Inclusion Series:
The Internet Law and Policy Foundry (ILPF) is excited to invite you to the third event in our Diversity and Inclusion Event Series, which explores how issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity intersect with the internet law and policy spaces.
Powered by artificial intelligence, surveillance technologies such as facial recognition technologies can now identify, track, and analyze individuals and their behaviors in real time and recognize up to 100 people in a single image by can quickly scanning information it collects against databases that feature tens of millions of data points. These surveillance technologies are increasingly being adopted by law enforcement, with few safeguards and oversight, raising concerns related to privacy and data protection among other things. This panel will explore how surveillance technologies have been developed and deployed in the United States, how the use of these tools have contributed to discriminatory outcomes, and what effective policy reforms in this space could look like.
A link to the event will be sent to registered attendees on the day of the event.
Tickets are free. Donation tickets are available in case you wish to support the Foundry activity.
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Jasmine is an Associate Professor of Telecommunication at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses on regulation. She researches media, technology, and law with an emphasis on privacy, surveillance and data governance. She is also the Associate Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at UF, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Evan “a heck of a guitar player,” but she’s perhaps better known as an activist. She’s been on the frontlines of some of the most notable grassroots victories of the last decade, from defending net neutrality to helping free Chelsea Manning to keeping facial recognition surveillance out of music festivals. When she’s not parenting or recording pop-punk songs about surveillance capitalism, Evan writes regularly for outlets like The Guardian, Washington Post, NBC News, and Buzzfeed. Follow her on Twitter @evan_greer
Jeremy Greenberg is a Policy Counsel with Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) where he works to promote responsible data use in emerging technology. Prior to that, Jeremy served as a Policy Fellow with FPF where he worked on issues around privacy legislation, artificial intelligence, and advertising technology. Before joining FPF, Jeremy was a Law Clerk in the Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey where he focused on a number of telecom and privacy items. Jeremy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law and a B.S. in Cinema, Photography and Media Arts from Ithaca College.
Donalene Roberts is a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Research Assistant for the Center on Privacy and Technology.
During law school, Donalene was a privacy law intern at Facebook, a participant in Georgetown’s Iron Tech Lawyer competition, and a student advocate in the Federal Legislation Clinic where she co-wrote a model state bill with MIT engineers on smart cities.
Donalene is currently an Assistant Counsel at Office of Legislative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives. In her free time, Donalene enjoys reading dystopian fiction and exploring hiking trails in the DMV area.
The Internet Law and Policy Foundry (ILPF) is excited to invite you to the second event in our Diversity and Inclusion Event Series, which explores how issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity intersect with the internet law and policy spaces.
Time and time again, research has indicated that a diverse workforce can introduce a broad array of perspectives into an organization and can yield a significant number of additional benefits including increased employee engagement, more informed and creative decision-making, increased innovation, greater productivity, and decreased employee turnover. Despite this, entities in the technology policy space still struggle to integrate diversity and inclusion in their workplaces. Join the Internet Law and Policy Foundry for a virtual panel discussion on how tech policy organizations can hire and build diverse workforces, establish workplace cultures that promote an inclusive environment, and address issues of implicit and explicit bias.
Event will take place on Thursday at 3 PM EST. Register here. Webinar information will be provided to registrants on the day of the event.
About this Event
The digital divide disproportionately impacts communities of color and other marginalized groups, who often lack reliable and affordable access to the internet. These issues have been compounded by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s policy will convene a diverse set of students and early career professionals to ideate solutions related to disparities in access to the internet.
Registration will be open until November 7 via this link (you could additionally register through Eventbrite only if you wish to donate to the foundry and help us grow.)
Registered guests will receive more details about the event.
The Internet Law and Policy Foundry’s Diversity and Inclusion Event Series: Understanding Algorithmic Discrimination.
About this Event
Please join the Internet Law and Policy Foundry for a panel discussion on how algorithms can perpetuate historical biases in areas such as housing, employment, and credit and how policymakers and internet platforms can tackle these issues.Link will be provided before the event.
Speakers and bios:
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation, and serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief of TechTank. Dr. Turner Lee comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC). Prior to joining MMTC, Dr. Turner Lee was vice president and the first director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Dr. Turner Lee graduated from Colgate University magna cum laude and has a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.
Hodan Omaar is an analyst focusing on AI policy at ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. Previously, she worked as a senior consultant on technology and risk management in London and as a crypto-economist in Berlin. She has an MA in economics and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh.
Morgan Williams is the general counsel for the National Fair Housing Alliance. Williams is responsible for leading NFHA’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives and affairs. Williams leads NFHA’s efforts to pursue pioneering litigation under the federal Fair Housing Act, often utilizing testing-based evidence and working in partnership with NFHA’s network of local fair housing centers.
Spandana Singh is a policy analyst with New America’s Open Technology Institute, where she researches and reports on policies and practices related to algorithmic decision-making, content moderation, transparency reporting, intermediary liability, and disinformation. She is currently also a Fellow at and the Vice President of the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, as well as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Esya Centre in New Delhi.