BATYA FRIEDMAN is a professor in the Information School and holds adjunct appointments in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She codirects the Value Sensitive Design Lab and the UW Tech Policy Lab.
Dr. Friedman pioneered value sensitive design (VSD), an approach to account for human values in the design of technology. First developed in human-computer interaction, VSD has since been used in architecture, civil engineering, computational linguistics, computer security, energy, human-robotic interaction, information management, legal theory, moral philosophy, and transportation. Dr. Friedman has worked on technologies and values in a wide range of systems, from security for implantable medical devices to informed consent for cookies and web browsers, reputation in knowledge base systems, privacy in mobile technology, and equitable representation in large-scale computer simulation for land use and transportation planning.
To bring VSD into engineering and tech policy research and practice, she has developed practical methods and toolkits. Among these, Envisioning Cards help technologists consider stakeholders, values, time, and pervasive uptake in their technical work; Security Cards, with a focus on threat analysis, help to develop a security mindset; and Diverse Voices aims to create more inclusive tech policy. Her new book Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination (coauthored with David G. Hendry) was published by MIT Press in spring 2019.
Dr. Friedman is currently working on multilifespan design—generating design knowledge for envisioning and building information systems to support sociotechnical solutions as they unfold over longer periods of time, on the order of 50 or 100 years. Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal, which explores the design of information systems to support transitional justice and healing from cyclical violence and genocide, is a first project in the multilifespan design research program.
Among her honors, Dr. Friedman was selected as the University of Washington’s University Faculty Lecturer and received the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award in 2012. She is also a sculptor and mixed media artist. She received her BA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
DIANE GREENE is CEO of Google Cloud and a director of Alphabet. Before Google, she cofounded and ran three technology companies: VMware, which she took public for a $19.1B first-day closing valuation; VXtreme, a low-bandwidth streaming video company that was bought by Microsoft; and Bebop, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup acquired by Google. She previously worked at Sybase, Tandem, and SGI as a software engineer and, before that, as a naval architect in the shipping and offshore oil industries. She also ran engineering for Windsurfer International.
In addition to her service on the board of Alphabet, Ms. Greene is a lifetime member of the MIT Corporation, sits on the supervisory board of SAP, and is a member of the UC Berkeley School of Engineering advisory committee. She served on the board of Intuit from 2006 through 2017.
In 2017 she received the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award and a University of Vermont honorary doctor of science. In 2018 she was elected to the NAE.
Ms. Greene has an MS in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in naval architecture from MIT, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. She is married with two children and is a lifelong sailor. She was the 1976 Women’s National Dinghy Champion.
AANCHAL GUPTA is director of security at Facebook, leading a global team responsible for assessing and mitigating security risks
across Facebook. Her team provides security guidance to the company’s diverse product offerings, including Messenger, Instagram, Oculus, and WhatsApp, and is responsible for ensuring the security of Facebook’s corporate infrastructure, defining security policy, red-team exercises, vendor security reviews, and ensuring compliance. She is passionate about building diverse teams, and her team runs security programs and operations that partner with universities to build a diverse pipeline of security experts.
Before joining Facebook, Ms. Gupta was chief information security officer at Microsoft for Skype and Skype for Business. In this role she managed several broad areas, including security, privacy, compliance, online safety, efforts to fight abuse, and business continuity. Before joining Microsoft, she led Yahoo’s Global Identity team, contributing to authentication and authorization open standards such as OpenID and OAuth.
Ms. Gupta has more than two decades of experience leading geographically distributed teams developing secure and trustworthy software used by billions. She serves on technical advisory boards for security startups, CloudKnox Security, and ThreatWatch. She is an active speaker at industry and digital innovation events, and has served on the review board for the Grace Hopper and Black Hat conferences.
Growing up in India, Ms. Gupta learned to love math, science, and technology from her dad, an electrical engineer. She is multilingual and holds a master’s degree in computer science from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son, and you can follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
LEA KISSNER is the global lead of privacy technology at Google, driven to build respect for users around the world into products and systems. She works with teams across Google and Alphabet to improve the privacy of products, design and build privacy-enhancing infrastructure, and perform novel research into both theoretical and practical aspects of privacy. She has worked at Google for 11 years on projects
including logs anonymization, infrastructure security, and privacy infrastructure.
Dr. Kissner is a member of the Advisory Board of the IAPP Privacy Engineering Section and an organizer of the OURSA conference.
She earned a PhD in computer science (with a focus on cryptography) at Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley.
MIKE WALKER is a principal researcher at Microsoft working on security AI. Before joining Microsoft, he led DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a two-year $58M contest to construct and compete the first prototypes of reasoning cyberdefense AI. In 2016 at the DEFCON hacking contest, these prototypes took their first flight into the game of hackers, Capture the Flag (CTF), landing zero-day exploits and writing patches in a fully autonomous battle.
Mr. Walker has worked in a policy advisory role, testifying to the President’s Commission on Cyber-security and serving as a contributor and panelist to CSIS’s Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit. Before joining DARPA he worked as a research lab leader and principal vulnerability researcher focusing on tools to amplify vulnerability research abilities with the power of supercomputer automation. He has played in DEFCON CTF finals, coached CTF teams, and built CTFs throughout his career.
He received his BS in computer science from Case Western Reserve University.
ALI VELSHI is an anchor and business correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He has covered a broad range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including US presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the global financial crisis.
Before joining NBC News and MSNBC, he hosted Ali Velshi On Target, a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. Before that, he was CNN’s chief business correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s World Business Today, host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable Your Money, and cohost of CNN’s American Morning.
An award-winning journalist, Mr. Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting for “How the Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. His work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red-light camera scandal in 2016 earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, adding to a nomination in 2010 for his terrorism coverage. Additionally, he has taken his economic analysis to Oprah, The View, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Mr. Velshi is the author of Gimme My Money Back (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and coauthor, with CNN’s Christine Romans, of How to Speak Money (Wiley, 2010).
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Active in the community, he serves on the board of trustees of the Chicago History Museum and volunteers with New York’s Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program. Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Mr. Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, which awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws in 2016.
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