• The Law, Technology & Governance of Data

    The Data Governance Design Conference (DGDC) convened policymakers, industry, academia, and legal practitioners to explore models, needs, and enabling environment for data governance.


    The DGDC featured expert-level content, for a select audience of data governance leaders, toward establishing a practice-led research agenda that unlocks the field’s tremendous potential.


    Review the Agenda.


    Meet the Speakers.


    Read the Code of Conduct.


    Watch the plenary sessions.

  • The DGDC ran three, concurrent tracks: law, technology, and governance.


    Each track brought together intersectional group of experts and highlight cutting edge issues surrounding the design of effective data governance systems.


    The Law track focused on the practical legal issues arising out of data governance, and particularly:

    1. the role and limitations of public institutions in creating an enabling environment;
    2. duties and trust in the digitization of public spaces; and
    3. the practical challenges around jurisdiction, international regulatory competition, and harmonization.


    There are a significant number of fundamental questions about how to engineer technology to manage the foundational requirements of data governance, including:

    1. data rights and consent supply chains;
    2. participatory approaches to permissions architecture; and
    3. enforcement approaches and design elements.


    The governance track focused on the emergent political science of digital spaces, focusing on:

    1. theories of individual, group, and collective agency;
    2. functional and operational approaches to participation; and
    3. customer advocacy - the role of the digital citizen.
  • Academic & Nonprofit Sponsors

    Indiana’s Ostrom Workshop​

    Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab

  • Corporate Sponsors

    Covington and Burling, LLP


  • Hosted By

    Duke Center on Law & Technology

    Preparing students and practitioners for the growing landscape of technology in the legal profession

    Digital Public

    Public governance for a digital world

  • Agenda

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    Duke in DC

    1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    Washington, DC 20004

    8:00 am

    Registration + Light Breakfast

    8:45 am - 9:00 am

    Welcome + Introduction

    Location: Duke in DC Upstairs


    >> Watch the recording

    9:00 am - 9:45 am

    Opening Keynotes

    Andrea Downing, The Light Collective & Patient Advocate

    >> Watch the recording


    Ravi Naik, Impact Litigator

    >> Watch the recording


    >> Watch the question and answer period after the keynotes

    9:45 am - 11:15 am

    Plenary Panel: Situating/ Framing Data Governance

    Law: Jurisdiction, innovation and corporate arbitrage

    Technology: Service oriented architecture and externalities

    Governance: From rules systems to decision systems

    • Merritt Baer, Amazon Web Services
    • Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida
    • Marc-Etienne Ouimette, ElementAI
    • Chris Taggart, OpenCorporates
    >> Check back soon for the recording of this panel!

    11:15 am - 11:45 am


    11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Break Out Panels: Unbundling in Practice


    Law: Service-Oriented Incorporation: the Legal Infrastructure of Digital Supply Chains

    How legal forms and agreements are used to manage data liabilities and access.

    Location: Hogan Lovells Conference Room

    • Neil Britto, Intersector Project
    • Lily Hines, Covington & Burling LLP
    • Thom Townsend, OpenOwnership
    • Kate Wing, Intertidal Agency

    Technology: Meta : Service-Oriented Data Provenance

    The opportunities and challenges of building traceable provenance in and between companies

    Location: Hogan Lovells Conference Room

    • Kin Lane, API Evangelist
    • Michael Schwartz, Ride Report
    • Rian Wanstreet, University of Washington

    Governance: Digital Political Science: Defining Representation in Data Governance

    Framing the need for ongoing, dynamic, and multi-party decision-making systems in digital platforms - and how digital governance systems measure, give agency to, and prioritize behaviors, users, and input.

    Location: Duke in DC Upstairs

    • Nasma Ahmed, Digital Justice Lab
    • Lucy Bernholz, Stanford University
    • Kevin Webb, Shared Streets
    • Bianca Wylie, Tech Reset Canada

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


    Location: Duke in DC Upstairs

    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    Break Out Panels: Architecting Digital Governance


    Law: Jurisdiction & Data Governance

    Platforms are global, data governance regulation is domestic - this panel talks about the way different jurisdictions and theories of law affect data governance in practice

    Location: Duke in DC Lobby Conference Room

    • Kate Klonick, St. John’s University
    • Tiffany C. Li, Boston University
    • Nani Jansen Reventlow, Digital Freedom Fund
    • Carolina Rossini, Portulans Institute

    Technology: Federating Compliance: Data Architecture for a Fragmenting Internet

    Data governance regulation has significant implications for platform architecture - in particular, how to be compliant competing jurisdictions. This panel will describe how platforms are and aren't federating, and why.

    Location: Duke in DC Lobby Conference Room

    • Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Independent Consultant
    • Beverley Hatcher-Mbu, Development Gateway
    • Tom Lee, Mapbox
    • Seamus Tuohy, Human Rights Watch

    Governance: Devolution vs. Decentralization: Opportunities and Challenges of Nested Authorities in Digital Spaces

    While decentralization is the political languages of technology, devolution is how most legal authorities work. This panel examines the differences between the political economies of decentralized vs. devolved platforms.

    Location: Duke in DC Upstairs

    • Greg Bloom, Open Referral Initiative
    • Eric Shih, Spendrise
    • Laura Walker McDonald, Digital Impact Alliance
    • Jeff Ward, Duke University

    3:15 pm - 3:30 pm


    3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

    Break Out Panels: The Solution Space


    Law: Standards, Trusts, and Fiduciaries: Private Law Approaches to Public Good

    The panel focuses on private law approaches to improving representation and professional practices in digital spaces

    Location: Duke in DC Lobby Conference Room

    • Elaine Brock, C3Authority
    • Janine Hiller, Virginia Tech
    • Kevin Kehoe, Microsoft
    • Anouk Ruhaak, Mozilla

    Technology: Governing Platforms, Platform Governance: Technical Best Practice for Participatory Digital Governance

    A practical look at the challenges and engineering governance into platforms

    Location: Duke in DC Lobby Conference Room

    • Joanne Cheung, IDEO
    • Keith Porcaro, Digital Public
    • John Wilbanks, Sage BioNetworks

    Governance: Data Unions, Cooperatives, Commons, and other Models for Shared Resource Governance

    If not the traditional governance model, what are the structures of ownership, influence, or service that provide meaningful alternatives

    Location: Duke in DC Upstairs

    • Stacy Bullard, Data for Black Lives
    • Peter Colohan, The Internet of Water
    • Josh Nussbaum, The Movement Cooperative
    • Angie Raymond, Ostrom Workshop

    4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Summary + Closing

    Location: Duke in DC Upstairs

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Reception at The Occidental

    Truman Bar

    1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    Washington DC 20004

  • Speakers

    Nasma Ahmed

    Nasma Ahmed is a technologist based in the city we now know as Toronto. Nasma is currently the Director of the Digital Justice Lab, whose mission is to build towards a more just and equitable digital future. She has experience working alongside the public service and the non-profit sector, focusing on technology capacity building. In 2017, she was an Open Web Fellow with Mozilla and Ford Foundation, focusing on organizational digital security. Nasma is passionate about community engagement, knowledge translation and speculating the possibilities of the future.

    Merritt Baer

    At Amazon Web Services, Merritt Baer is Principal Security Architect in AWS Worldwide Rapid Prototyping, building strategic initiatives around emerging technologies on the bleeding edge. When Merritt began at Amazon, she was Principal Security Architect for Global Accounts, where she providing technical cloud security guidance to complex, regulated organizations like the Fortune 100, and advised the leadership of AWS’ largest customers on security as a bottom line proposition. Merritt has experience in all three branches of government and the private sector. Most recently, she served as Lead Cyber Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. Merritt’s insights on business strategy and tech have been published in Forbes, The Baltimore Sun, The Daily Beast, LawFare, Talking Points Memo, and ThinkProgress. Her academic work has appeared in the journals of Temple, Georgetown, Santa Clara, UPenn, and UVA. Merritt is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. She is admitted to the Bars of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court. Based in Washington, DC, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a National Security Fellow at the Center for New American Security and a Cyber Fellow at the East-West Institute; founder of women’s tech expert network Tech & Roses; Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland; and an amateur boxer.

    Lucy Bernholz

    Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com.

    Greg Bloom

    Greg Bloom is the founder of the Open Referral Initiative, which is promoting open access to information about the health, human, and social services available to people in need. He is also a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop on the Commons. Previously, Greg managed communications for Bread for the City in DC.

    Elaine L. Brock

    Elaine L. Brock is President and Senior Partner of Contracts, Compliance, and Conflict of Interest Authority LLC. C3Authority provides comprehensive, effective, and creative services and solutions covering all aspects of research administration, university-industry relationships, policy, and regulation. She is affiliated with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC and Polsinelli PC and is the Contract Accords Manager for the University Industry Demonstration Partnership. Elaine Brock has extensive experience in research administration, contracting, program review, university-industry relationships, policy development, and implementation of regulations. Elaine was also the inaugural Director of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Research. Elaine served as the Director of the caBIG® Data Sharing and Intellectual Capital Knowledge Center from 2008-2012 dealing with data sharing, processes, model agreements, and related issues. She has served on statewide, regional, and national committees including the Contracts and Intellectual Property Committee and the Board of Directors of the COGR.

    Joanne Cheung

    Joanne Cheung is a Design Lead at IDEO. She has been a Fellow at AAUW and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and an Affiliate at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. As a designer who loves research, her current work focuses on the democratic implications of land use practice and social media interaction design. Her design work has been featured in Wallpaper, Wired, New York Times, Fast Company, and Azure Magazine. Joanne has a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Dartmouth College, MFA in Photography from Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and a M.Arch in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

    Peter Colohan

    Peter Colohan is the first Executive Director of the Internet of Water (IoW), a project based at Duke University. Retained in December 2018, he comes to the IoW after nearly a decade of Federal service with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At NOAA, Peter was a key advocate for the development of the National Water Model and the creation of the NOAA Water Initiative. He also served as a Federal Coordinating Lead Author for the Water Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, published in November 2018, and was an active participant in the 2016-2017 dialogue series sponsored by Duke and the Aspen Institute that led to the formation of the Internet of Water. From 2012-2014, Peter served as the Assistant Director for Environmental Information within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama, on assignment from NOAA, where he worked closely with all Federal agencies responsible for climate, water and environmental science and technology. Prior to his federal service, Peter advised NOAA as a consultant on the development of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He served as that body’s Executive Officer from 2003 to 2005. He holds degrees from American University and the College of William and Mary.

    Andrea Downing

    Andrea Downing is a Community Data Organizer. She helps patient support groups and health care organizations on social media to look through a hacker's eyes. As an ePatient hacker, Downing discovered a security vulnerability which affected the privacy and safety of all closed groups on Facebook and launched a congressional inquiry. For the past year, she and her team have been working to get vulnerable patient groups to safety through The Light Collective. Andrea will share her own struggles as an ePatient have led her down an unexpected path that is shaping the future for BRCA data-sharing. Prior to her career as an ePatient hacker, she had co-developed a support network of cancer previvors and survivors online who face tough decisions relating to testing positive for a BRCA mutations.

    Beverley Hatcher-Mbu

    Beverley Hatcher-Mbu is an international lawyer with experience in project implementation, client management and policy analysis. Focused on connecting client needs to technical and policy solutions, Beverley manages DG's work in Haiti and Nigeria in addition to supporting data assessments on the extractives industry and country data use ecosystems. Previously she worked for the World Bank Group where she helped develop a web-based legal analysis tool to assist users in analyzing and comparing African mining laws, as well as providing broader legal advisory services and negotiation support to the Transport, Digital Development and Development Finance teams. Beverley has worked in 7 countries and speaks French. She holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and a BA cum laude in Political Science from Wellesley College.

    Lily Hines

    Lily Hines is a technology and intellectual property lawyer at Covington & Burling LLP. She regularly works on transactions involving the sale, licensing, collection or other commercialization of data. In this capacity, she advises clients such as professional sports leagues and teams, leading software and IT providers, airlines, and global music companies. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in engineering, and studied law at Stanford. Prior to entering law practice, she clerked for a federal district court judge in her home town of Chicago.

    Anahi Ayala Iacucci

    Anahi Ayala Iacucci is an independent consultant that for the past 12 years has been consulting for more than 50 NGOs and international organizations on the use of new technologies and responsible data, merging her skills in Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid with her technical expertise on the use of technology for development. Anahi has extensive experience in working on data ownership and data privacy and security, with a specific attention to risks and threats associated with data collection and data sharing in armed conflicts and disasters. In 2012 Anahi was nominated Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders by Diplomatic Currier, and she holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Bologna; a Master Degree in International Affairs from Colombia University; a Master Degree in Human Rights from the University of Padua; and a Post-Graduate Degree on Humanitarian Assistance from the Center for the Rights of People of the Padua University. She is also the co-founded of the Standby Task Force, an online network that supports data gathering and processing during emergencies; a member of the International Network of Crisis Mappers; and a Board Member of Elva, a non-profit technology organization that provides products and services that bridge the gaps between citizens and decision makers worldwide.

    Kevin Kehoe

    Kevin Kehoe is an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs group (CELA). He has served in Microsoft’s legal department for over seventeen years in various roles. Kevin currently leads the patent conflict and licensing team in Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group where his work focuses on advancing licensing and governance structures to facilitate organizational data sharing. Previous roles included leading teams supporting Microsoft’s antitrust compliance and Windows development with a focus on GDPR and privacy law compliance. Before coming to Microsoft, Kevin practiced in the litigation group of Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP in New York.

    Kate Klonick

    Kate Klonick is an Assistant Professor at St. John's University Law School and an Affiliate Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Her research on networked technologies' effect on social norm enforcement, freedom of expression, and private governance has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, New York Times, New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian and numerous other publications.

    Kin Lane

    Kin Lane has been covering the technology, business, and politics of APIs since 2010 on his research site API Evangelist, was a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013, and is currently the Chief Evangelist at Postman. He has been studying how leading technology providers like Google, Facebook, and Twitter leverage APIs as part of their platform to deliver web and mobile applications, and data, content, and other resources to 3rd party developers. Working to understand how individual technology platforms grow their communities, and extend their reach using APIs, but also how new industries, business, and political influence emerges from within these fast changing API-driven ecosystems. Mapping the underlying schema, and APIs that exist behind every leading tech platform today, developing a better understand of the underlying capabilities possessed by companies leading the technology conversation across our professional and personal lives today.

    Tom Lee

    Tom Lee is Policy Lead at Mapbox. He previously led Mapbox's location search team and assisted in the design of its mobile telemetry pipeline. An engineer by training, he now coordinates advocacy work on issues like privacy, open data policy, patent reform and net neutrality. Prior to Mapbox he served as CTO at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit focused on using technology to improve government transparency and accountability.

    Tiffany Li

    Tiffany C. Li is a technology attorney and legal scholar. She is an expert on privacy, artificial intelligence, and technology platform governance. Li is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Law and a Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. Li’s writing has appeared in popular publications including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, NBC News, and Slate. She is regularly featured as an expert commentator in national and global news outlets across television, radio, podcasts, and print, and digital publications. Li has been honored as a Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellow (Global Public Policy Institute/ New America Foundation), a Fellow of Information Privacy (International Association of Privacy Professionals), an Internet Law and Policy Foundry Fellow (Internet Education Foundation), and an ABA Intellectual Property Law Fellow (American Bar Association). Li has also held past affiliations with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and UC Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society and Policy. Li is a licensed attorney and holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a global law scholar, and a B.A. from University of California Los Angeles.

    Laura Walker McDonald

    Laura Walker McDonald is a social impact technologist and strategist with more than 12 years of global experience in the aid and development space. As Senior Director for Insights & Impact at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), she leads on policy development and influencing and specializes in responsible data use. Before joining DIAL in 2019, Laura was Director of Innovation at the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI), where she led an organizational strategy process, guided the development of a collective platform on data ethics, and oversaw research on new technologies like blockchain. Prior to GAHI, Laura lead SIMLab, a non-profit thinktank and consultancy for inclusive technologies; and FrontlineSMS, a text messaging engine specializing in last-mile use cases, and started her career at the British Red Cross. She has consulted with organizations and startups on responsible data; evidence and product; and project and organizational strategy. Laura holds an L.L.M. in international development, law and human rights from the University of Warwick, UK, and an L.L.B. in law, French and German from the University of the West of England, UK.

    Jasmine McNealy

    Jasmine McNealy is an associate professor at the University of Florida, a fellow at the Stanford University Digital Civil Society Lab, and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Both an attorney and social scientist, she studies media, information, and emerging technology, with a view toward influencing law and policy. Her current research focuses on privacy, surveillance and data governance with an emphasis on marginalized communities. She earned a PhD in mass communication and a JD at the University of Florida, and a BS in both journalism and Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin.

    Ravi Naik

    Ravi Naik, the Law Society’s 2018 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, is a multi-award winning Partner, with a ground breaking practice at the forefront of data rights and technology. Ravi represents clients in some of the most high profile data rights cases. These include the leading case against Cambridge Analytica for political profiling, claims against Facebook for their privacy policies and data practices, challenges to financial profiling companies and the leading regulatory complaint against the Advertising Technology industry.


    Ravi is a well-known advocate and speaker on developing rights in technology and has written extensively on the new data rights movement. Ravi also conducts pioneering research on data and democracy in the digital age and has emerged as a leading voice in this nascent field. Ravi is also often sought for his commentary in the media on a range of data rights issues.

    Josh Nussbaum

    Josh Nussbaum has worked for a decade in progressive politics, and founded TMC in early 2018 to solve problems he consistently experienced as an organizer and political campaign staffer. He started his career in Democratic campaigns in roles ranging from campaign manager on a Chicago Alderman's race to managing the field and data departments on a DSCC targeted Senate campaign. He also has extensive experience in movement politics and the intersection between data, technology, and social movements, working as the organizing director on Minnesotans United, one of the four ballot initiatives that first won on marriage equality in 2012, where he designed a nationally recognized program that mobilized and trained over 10,000 volunteers to have over a half-million deep conversations; as senior advisor to an NGO in India where he developed a technology platform for female activists in urban India to crowdsource efforts to combat sexual harassment and assault in dozens of Indian cities; serving as the National Mobilization Director at Everytown for Gun Safety where he designed and managed the organization’s rapid response and mobilization efforts to high-profile mass shootings; and serving as a Senior Advisor to Indivisible, where he designed the foundational data and technology infrastructure as the organization and network scaled in its first year.

    Marc-Etienne Ouimette

    Marc-Etienne Ouimette is Head of Public Policy at Element AI, a global AI product company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. He advises organizations and governments on R&D, scale up support, and technology governance policy, both domestically and internationally. He sits on the board of the Quebec AI cluster and is a deputy board member of the World Economic Forum's Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has given numerous talks on AI and data policy, notably for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global AI Summit, and MozFest, Mozilla's annual gathering. He builds and manages multi-stakeholder coalitions, supporting regulation to frame data collection and AI deployment using a human rights framework. Marc-Etienne holds degrees in politics, philosophy, and law.

    Keith Porcaro

    Keith Porcaro is a lawyer, technologist, and a co-founder of Digital Public, an organization that builds governance models for data and technology projects. Keith is an affiliate with Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center and Duke’s Center on Law and Technology, and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. There, Keith’s research focuses on how technology mediates decision-making, and how people can learn to better navigate an increasingly digital world. Prior to founding Digital Public, Keith was CTO and General Counsel at SIMLab, an international technology nonprofit. Keith has a JD from Duke Law School, and is licensed to practice law in California.

    Angie Raymond

    Anjanette (Angie) Raymond is the Director of the Program on Data Management and Information Governance at the Ostrom Workshop, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Maurer Law School (Indiana). She is currently completing her PhD at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London where she is researching the creation of policy to assist in Managing Bias, Partiality, and Dependence in Online Justice Environments. Angie has widely written in the areas of online dispute resolution, data governance, artificial intelligence governance, privacy, international finance and commercial dispute resolution.


    Angie is currently one of the US National Consultant delegates to UNCITRAL reporting on the Electronic Commerce related issues and has previously attended the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Online Dispute Resolution Working Group, Non-Governmental Organization (Institute of International Commercial Law) and was the former research assistant to the US delegate to UNCITRAL and the Reporter for the revision of the sales and leases articles of the Uniform Commercial Code.

    Nani Jansen Reventlow

    Nani Jansen Reventlow is a human rights lawyer specialized in strategic litigation and freedom of expression. Nani is the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. Nani is also an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute. She is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was a 2016-2017 Fellow. Nani has been an advisor to Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic since 2016.

    Carolina Rossini

    Carolina Rossini has over 20 years of experience in technology law and policy, including ICT for development, internet, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She is the founder of iNova Partners Consulting - assisting non-profits in executing effective and long-term change and impact -, and Yong Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She serves on the advisory board of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil) and #IamtheCode (Global). She is a results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in policy change and advocacy, strategic organizational impact, growth, and fundraising. Previously, she was the RightsCon Director at Access Now, she worked at Facebook as a Global Policy Manager for Connectivity and Mobile. In the USA, she also worked as the Vice President for International Policy at Public Knowledge (PK), a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and a 3-year Fellow at the Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Back in Brazil, where she was born, she was an in-house counsel Telefonica, and a law lecturer at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (CTS/FGV). Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, a MBA from Instituto de Empresas, a MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from the University of Sao Paulo – USP.

    Anouk Ruhaak

    Anouk Ruhaak is a Mozilla Fellow who creates new models of data governance for the public good. As an architect and advocate of data trusts, she promotes governance models that safeguard privacy and protect society from the negative externalities of data sharing. Anouk will embed with AlgorithmWatch to explore the creation of a data donation platform. Before joining Mozilla, Anouk worked as a consultant for the Open Data Institute and a data journalist for Platform Investico, where she researched investigative stories around surveillance and privacy. She has a background in political economics and software development, and founded several communities in the tech space.

    Michael Schwartz

    Michael Schwartz is the Head of Customers and Policy at Ride Report. He has more than a decade of experience implementing data-driven transportation plans, policies, and infrastructure. Before starting at Ride Report, Michael worked as a Principal Transportation Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and also co-founded the successful political advocacy organization Transport Oakland. His work in the public, private, and non-profit advocacy sectors informs his wide ranging perspective on how to use data to manage and evaluate micromobility while maintaining citizen privacy. At Ride Report, Michael supports city agencies as they contemplate and implement micromobility programs, serving as a consultant on data and policy while also helping staff effectively leverage Ride Report's software tools.

    Eric Shih

    Eric Shih is a community organizer and founder of Spendrise, an organization of consumers building grassroots power for economic, environmental, and social change. Prior to Spendrise, he led consumer organizing initiatives for Groundswell in Washington, D.C. and also worked with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco campaigning for workers rights and environmental justice.

    Chris Taggart

    Chris Taggart is the Co-Founder & CEO of OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world, with data on over 180 million companies in 130+ jurisdictions. OpenCorporates' primary mission is to open up and connect company data from across the globe, making it more useful, usable and understandable for the public benefit and is a critical tool for investigative journalists, NGOs, academics, due diligence professionals, law enforcement and government agencies from across the globe. Chris was originally a magazine journalist, but has been working in the field of open data for over 10 years, and is considered a world expert on official company data.

    Thom Townsend

    Thom Townsend is Executive Director of Open Ownership which supports governments around the world to implement open information about who ultimately controls and benefits from companies registered in their jurisdictions. This data supports the ending of the abuse of anonymous companies, enhances the business environment and provides essential information for better understanding who ultimately benefits from trade. Prior to joining Open Ownership, Thom was Head of Data Policy for the UK Government.

    Seamus Tuohy

    Seamus Tuohy is the Director of Information Security at Human Rights Watch. He is responsible for ensuring that the organizations information security efforts are genuine enablers; embodying our mission and values, aligned with our strategies and objectives, rooted in the realities of our work, and supporting us in meeting our legal and moral duty of care. He was previously the principal consultant at Prudent Innovation LLC where he provided technical and security guidance, development, research, and programmatic support to organizations working in complex or hostile environments. He has worked with Human Rights defenders, Civil Society, donors, and International NGOs around the globe to assess, address, and adaptively manage risks in their work. He is also one of the chief architects of "The Security Auditing Framework and Evaluation Template for Advocacy Groups" (SAFETAG), which adapts traditional risk assessment methodologies to be relevant to low-resourced non-profit organizations based or operating in the developing world.

    Rian Wanstreet

    Rian Wanstreet is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington. She researches the rise of algorithmically-mediated technologies in the agricultural sector, with a focus on ethical, environmental, and security impacts. Prior to matriculation at UW, Rian worked at Access Now, where she ran the conference RightsCon and launched the Digital Rights Grants program.

    Jeff Ward

    Jeff Ward is Director of the Duke Center on Law & Tech (DCLT), Associate Dean for Technology & Innovation, and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Duke Law, where he teaches courses at the intersection of law and emerging technologies such as Law & Policy Lab: Blockchain and Frontier A.I. & Robotics: Law & Ethics. Jeff also teaches ethics, business law, and entrepreneurship in the Master of Engineer Management program at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering.


    Among other efforts, the DCLT offers the Duke Law Tech Lab (a pre-accelerator program for early stage legal tech companies), connects legal technology stakeholders from broad backgrounds through Duke Law By Design, and uses the tools of the law to help ensure that new technologies ultimately both empower and ennoble all people and expand access to quality legal services.

    Kevin Webb

    Kevin Webb co-directs SharedStreets, a non-profit organization that builds tools for public-private collaboration around transport data. Blending technology and policy, we're building standards, digital infrastructure, and governance models to support new ways of managing and sharing data about our transport systems. He previously worked at OpenPlans, Sunlight Foundation, the open data transport consultancy Conveyal, and as an entrepreneur in residence at Sidewalk Labs.

    John Wilbanks

    John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks. Previously, Wilbanks worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Fortney “Pete” Stark, served as the first assistant director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, founded and led to acquisition the bioinformatics company Incellico, Inc., and was executive director of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons. In February 2013, in response to a We the People petition that was spearheaded by Wilbanks and signed by 65,000 people, the U.S. government announced a plan to open up taxpayer-funded research data and make it available for free. Wilbanks holds a B.A. in philosophy from Tulane University and also studied modern letters at the Sorbonne.

    Kate Wing

    Kate Wing is a consultant and founder of Intertidal Agency, a networked organization designing solutions for natural resource information systems. She’s especially interested in accurate, affordable, and ethical ocean monitoring, like the open-source fish identification projects at fishnet.ai and N+1 Fish. She’s a core team member of the Net Gains Alliance, which supports ocean and fishery data modernization. As part of her fellowship with the Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, she presented “Public fish, Public Data?” at the 2018 Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange.

    Bianca Wylie

    Bianca Wylie is an open government advocate with a dual background in technology and public engagement. She is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada and is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She worked for several years in the tech sector in operations, infrastructure, corporate training, and product management, most recently at Thomson Reuters. As a facilitator at Swerhun Inc., she designed, delivered and supported public consultation processes for various governments and government agencies. In 2014, Bianca founded the Open Data Institute Toronto. She is a columnist, guest lecturer, and speaker on open government and public sector technology policy and a member of the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council.

  • Code of Conduct

    Attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at the Data Governance Design Conference are expected to agree with the following code of conduct.
    Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.
    We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

    Need help?

    Please contact Sean McDonald.

    The Quick Version

    The Data Governance Design Conference strives to be a dynamic, inclusive space to help foster an emerging space for collaboration between researchers, policymakers, engineers, technologists, political scientists, funders, sociologists, and hopefully many more disciplines. The goals of this event are to find commonality - structural issues and questions that frame the emerging field of data governance, coming together from a range of disciplines to share, learn, and articulate the shared questions we believe unlock better practice.

    The Data Governance Design Conference is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, legal status, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

    We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any of our sessions or breakouts, breaks or reception, or on Twitter and other online media as related to the conference.


    Conference participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

    The Less Quick Version

    Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, legal status, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Deliberate intimidation is construed broadly by the organizers - this is a learning space, be kind.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

    Sponsors and organizers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

    If a participant engages in harassing behavior or makes others feel unsafe, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Sean McDonald immediately.

    We expect participants to follow these rules during the conference and break-out sessions/workshops and the reception.


    Original source and credit for this Conference Code of Conduct: adapted from MERL Tech by Kurante, JS Conf, and The Ada Initiative. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.