Forecasting Tech Policy in the Face of Uncertainty

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Orange Silicon Valley, 60 Spear St., San Francisco
Charles Belle, Startup Policy Lab; Jochai Ben-Avie, Mozilla Corporation; Betsy Cooper, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley; Lee Tien, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Co-sponsored by the Startup Policy Lab & the UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Policy & Society (CTSP)

Uncertainty is poised to be the buzzword of 2017 as the Trump Administration has deviated from the conventional political playbook. What can we expect in the realm of technology policy in 2017 and beyond? Will previous policies like net-neutrality be reversed? What positions will a Republican-led Congress and White House take on cybersecurity or privacy legislation? Join the discussion as our all-star panel weighs in on these and other tech policy issues as we attempt to forecast where the Trump Administration will take us in 2017.

Appetizers and libations will be provided.


  • Charles Belle, Startup Policy Lab

  • Jochai Ben-Avie, Mozilla Corporation

  • Betsy Cooper, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley

  • Lee Tien, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Jen King, Center for Technology, Policy & Society, UC Berkeley (moderator)


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Charles Belle, Startup Policy Lab

Charles Belle is the founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. He has worked in open data & privacy, procurement reform, drone policy, and law enforcement data requests. Prior to SPL, he was the Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation Law at UC, Hastings College of Law.  He is also a non-residential Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society. Charles has an AB and AM from the University of Chicago, and a JD from UC, Hastings College of the Law.

Jochai Ben-Avie, Mozilla Corporation

Jochai Ben-Avie is the Internet Policy Manager at Mozilla. Before Mozilla, he led the Policy Team at Access ( Jochai is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition's Working Group 1 on an Internet Open and Secure and has previously served on the steering committee of the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. Prior to Access, he researched terrorism and reconciliation as part of Dr. Kathleen Malley-Morrison’s Personal And Institutional Rights to Aggression Study (PAIRTAS). Jochai graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a BA in Political Science and Social Psychology.

Betsy Cooper, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley

Betsy Cooper is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. Betsy comes to UC Berkeley from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy. Betsy is also the author of over twenty manuscripts and articles on US and European immigration and refugee policy. In addition to her law degree, Betsy holds a DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Lee Tien, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Lee Tien is a Senior Staff Attorney and the Adams Chair for Internet Rights at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech law, including intersections with intellectual property law and privacy law. Before joining EFF, Lee was a sole practitioner specializing in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. Mr. Tien has published articles on children's sexuality and information technology, anonymity, surveillance, and the First Amendment status of publishing computer software. Lee received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University. Lee went to law school at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley and did graduate work in the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at UC-Berkeley.

Jennifer King, co-director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Policy, and Society

Jen King is in her final year as a PhD Candidate at the School of Information. Prior to entering academia, Jen worked her way through several early internet start-ups in product management roles, including working in online community, customer trust and security at Yahoo!. She was also the resident technologist at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley Law. Jen has a MIMS degree also from the School of Information, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science (Honors) from the University of California, Irvine. 

Last updated:

February 16, 2017