Alvaro Bedoya is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology. He is an expert on digital privacy issues. His most recent research focuses on how commercial data collection and government surveillance affects people of color and immigrants.
Prior to joining the Center, Alvaro served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, and to then-chairman, Sen. Al Franken. In this capacity, he was the staff negotiator for significant portions of both the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan surveillance reform bill.
Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology
Areas of Expertise: Legislation, National Security, Military, War and Peace, Privacy
Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.
McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.
Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns
Deen Freelonis an associate professor of communication at American University. He is an expert in political expression through digital media and the use of computational methods to extract, preprocess and analyze large datasets. Freelon is the creator of ReCal, an online application with intercoder reliability, that is used by researchers worldwide. His data findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Information, Communication & Society. Freelon is located in Washington, DC.
Sundararajan’s research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. His current research focuses on crowd-based capitalism, which he believes will evolve into a dominant model of organizing economic activity in the 21st century, altering how we consume, what it means to have a job, the nature of regulation, and the basis for trust in society. Sundararajan has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony and to a variety of city, state and federal government agencies. His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in print publications like the New Yorker, the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, as well as a variety of radio shows and TV programs.
Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at New York University
Areas of Expertise: All Things Digital, The Sharing Economy, The Future Of Work, Tech In Emerging Markets, and Online Privacy
Korina Lopez consults at the World Bank on social media and online campaigns on international development. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as a journalist for more than 15 years with USA Today and The Washington Post. Her current research focuses on the intersection between international development and pop culture, and capturing a larger audience.
A self-styled “pop-culture pundit, video host, content strategist, social media maven and innovative storyteller,” Lopez is also an experienced leader and mentor who has worked with both veteran and budding journalists. Her expertise covers the entertainment industry as well as international development.
Social Media Campaigns Consultant at the World Bank
Areas of Expertise: Social Media, Digital Strategy, Online Campaigns, Video Hosting.