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Steptoe Cyberblog


Steptoe Cyberblog, with its sometimes contrasting insights, serves up opinionated and provocative thoughts on the issues — especially cybersecurity and privacy — that arise at the intersection of law, information technology, and security.

Stewart Baker

Stewart served as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security where he set cybersecurity policy, including inward investment reviews focused on network security. He is the author of Skating on Stilts – Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism, a book on the security challenges posed by technology and a blog of the same name. He also served as General Counsel of the National Security Agency. Stewart was a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court and the Honorable Frank M. Coffin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Watch Stewart speak on “Why Privacy Will Become a Luxury.”

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Markham Erickson

Markham has been involved in the practice of telecommunications and new media law for more than two decades, during which time he has played an integral role in the writing and negotiating of many of the federal laws that govern e-commerce, technology, and the use of the Internet. His practice focuses on complex legal and policy matters involving the Internet and new media. Markham has appeared before the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the US Congress handling high-profile matters ranging from privacy compliance to law enforcement compliance, as well as negotiations over the applications of existing laws to new business models or new areas of technology.

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Michael Vatis

Michael served as the founding director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the FBI, the government’s first organization dedicated to detecting and investigating cyberattacks. He also served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Justice and Special Counsel at the Department of Defense, and was the first Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies at Dartmouth and the founding Chairman of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P). Michael was a law clerk to Thurgood Marshall on the US Supreme Court and Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she was a judge on the DC Circuit. At Steptoe, Michael provides counsel on privacy, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, intelligence, and e-commerce issues.

Watch Michael speak on oversight of Government Secret Programs.

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Jason Weinstein

Jason is a former deputy assistant attorney general of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division where he supervised the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the Organized Crime and Gang Section, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. In this position, he oversaw the most significant cybercrime, data breach, intellectual property theft, and transnational organized crime investigations in the country. Jason also regularly briefed government officials and members of Congress on cybercrime and intellectual property issues and testified on a number of occasions before Senate and House committees on cybercrime, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and intellectual property enforcement. He helped lead the DOJ’s efforts to draft cybersecurity and data privacy legislation. Additionally, he worked extensively on compliance issues for US companies with the EU’s data protection requirements.

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