The Internet Education Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting informed policymaking in the field of Internet and technology, is pleased to announce that Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager for Access and Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Engine have joined the leadership of its board of directors. Amie is a leading advocate in the surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy space. As executive director of Engine, Julie is uniquely positioned to represent the perspective of start-ups in the broader Internet policy dialogue. Both bring important balance to the Internet Education Foundation (IEF) board, which is designed to reflect the diversity of views among Internet stakeholders.
“Julie and Amie are thought leaders in the Internet policy field and both bring vast experience to IEF,” said Shane Tews, IEF’s board vice-chair. “Julie’s relationships and superior work on behalf of the start-up community will greatly benefit our organization. Further, as privacy and cybersecurity issues are discussed with increasingly urgency, Amie provides welcome insight from the standpoint of the advocacy community.”
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Amie heads projects on digital due process and the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Prior to her position at Access, Amie was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in Committee Hearings before the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the state level. Amie also served as co-chair for the 2014 Computer, Freedom, and Privacy Conference and is the Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities’ Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Working Group. She received a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. from the Florida State University.
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Julie Samuels is a frequent commentator on tech and policy issues for national media, particularly in the patent space. She has filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congressional Committees. Julie came to Engine by way of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein.
Prior to law school, Julie worked as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
About the Internet Education Foundation
The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and association representative of the diverse Internet community. IEF takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, our organization serves as 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. Our projects include the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.