|DOT-COM/InterAction Speaker Series
Cyber-Security Issues in International Development Environments (dot-GOV)
|September 16, 2004
Academy Hall, AED Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- Jim Dempsey
Executive Director, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
Policy Director, Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI)
Jim Dempsey specializes in issues relating to privacy and electronic surveillance and heads CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), a joint project between CDT and Internews.
As head of CDT's international project, Mr. Dempsey has prepared expert analyses of legislative proposals from many countries, including the Russian e-commerce legislation, the Indian convergence bill, the Nigerian IT bill, and the Indonesia cyberlaw proposal. He has been involved in the debate regarding the COE Convention on Cybercrime and was a key consultant on a major project for the American Bar Association on cybercrime and cybersecurity issues and a contributor to the World Bank's Information Technology Security Handbook.
In the US, Mr. Dempsey has extensive experience in the legislative arena, serving from 1985 to 1994 as assistant counsel to the Judiciary Committee in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Dempsey is the co-author (with Prof. David Cole) of the book Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (second edition, 2002), as well as law journal articles on communications privacy, Internet security and online freedom of expression. Mr. Dempsey testifies frequently before the US Congress on Internet policy issues.
- Jody Westby, Private Consultant
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tulsa; J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; Order of the Coif. Drawing upon a unique combination of more than twenty years of technical, legal, policy, and business experience, Jody Westby founded The Work-IT Group in January, 2000. Prior to that, Ms. Westby ran a start-up company, managed the domestic policy department for the world's largest business organization, was senior fellow and director of information technology (IT) studies for one of the nation's leading think tanks, practiced law with two top-tier New York firms, and spent ten years in the computer industry specializing in database management systems.
The Work-IT Group provides privacy/security risk management consulting to corporations and governments, focusing on the legal and organizational considerations pertaining to information/infrastructure security, privacy, cybercrime, continuity of business operations, information warfare, and Homeland Security. Its clients include the U.S. Government's Agency for International Development, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Office of Personnel Management, The World Bank, the University of Maryland’s IRIS Center, plus numerous private sector corporations. Ms. Westby serves as Consulting Counsel to Wiley, Rein & Fielding, a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm.
Ms. Westby also specializes in the legal/regulatory framework for IT and using technology as an economic driver and booster of competitiveness for developing countries. In January 2003, she developed a methodology and approach for USAID for determining reform priorities for growth of e-commerce and development using ICTs. She has commented on and/or drafted e-commerce legislation for Armenia, Bangladesh, and Bulgaria. Ms. Westby has advised government officials and industry in Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Armenia, Serbia, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, and South Africa.
Prior to founding The Work-IT Group, Ms. Westby was Chief Administrative Officer and Counsel of In-Q-Tel, Inc., a non-profit corporation devoted to finding unclassified, commercial solutions to IT problems facing the U.S. intelligence community. As a practicing attorney, Ms. Westby practiced international trade, technology, and intellectual property law with the New York firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Shearman & Sterling. As Senior Fellow and Director of Information Technology Studies for The Progress & Freedom Foundation, she directed and managed IT projects on an array of cutting-edge issues.
Previously, Ms. Westby was Director of Domestic Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for a wide range of business policy issues under her purview. Her department was responsible for influencing national policy in both the legislative and regulatory arenas in each of these areas. Ms. Westby organized and managed national coalitions and supervised U.S. Chamber involvement in 33 industry coalitions.
Ms. Westby is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Colorado and Pennsylvania and the American Bar Association. She is chair of the ABA's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee and was chair, co-author and editor of its International Guide to Combating Cybercrime, International Guide to Cyber Security, and International Guide to Privacy. Ms. Westby is a member of the World Federation of Scientists’ Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security. She also serves on the advisory board of The Intellectual Property Counselor and Eruces, Inc. Ms. Westby is the author of numerous articles on information security and speaks globally on privacy/security, cybercrime, Homeland Security, and legal issues pertaining to the use of technology.
Contact The Work-IT Group
The Work-IT Group Tel: 703.533.0611
6010 Oakdale Road Fax: 703.533.1935
McLean, VA 22101 USA Cell: 202.255.2700
- Richard Downing, U.S. Department of Justice
Richard W. Downing is senior counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. In that role, he addresses a wide variety of complex legal and policy issues that arise in connection with new technologies. Mr. Downing has specialized in the development of U.S. legislative policy that relates to computer crime. He participated in the development of two important pieces of legislation in 2001 and 2002 that updated the computer hacking statutes and modernized the legal tools that law enforcement uses to collect electronic evidence. Mr. Downing also regularly trains U.S. investigators and prosecutors on the legal and policy implications of emerging technologies and related criminal conduct.
In 2002, Mr. Downing created and presented a seminar for an international audience on the legal and substantive laws needed to combat computer crime. In addition, he oversees an APEC project devoted to assisting countries in the region to develop comprehensive legal frameworks to combat cybercrime. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Downing held the position of Deputy Chair of the APEC e-Security Task Group.
Mr. Downing graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in political science, and he received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law.
Jonathan Metzger, USAID Asia and Near East (ANE), Internet Development Adviser
Jonathan Metzger serves as United States Agency for International Development's Asia and Near East Bureau's Internet Development Advisor. Twenty ANE Missions and partner countries are part of the regional Bureau's effort to utilize the Internet as a tool for
development. He has been actively promoting the Internet since 1989 when he was a founding member of the organization SatelLife with their worldwide HealthNet Program, the world's first multiple low-earth orbiting satellite email service. The HealthNet Program introduced some of the first email networks in developing countries and was designed for health professionals to gain access to the latest medical information.
In addition to consulting for numerous institutions like the World Bank, he helped design and implement USAID Africa Bureau's Leland Initiative. The Leland Initiative focused on Internet development in twenty-one sub-Saharan countries. He supported Leland from 1995 through Feb of 2000 when he assumed his current position in the USAID Asia and
Near East Bureau.
Internet Development Advisor
USAID Asia and Near East - ANE - Bureau
Tel: 202-661-5856 Fax: 202-661-5890
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