Jim Dempsey


Jim Dempsey is Vice President for Public Policy for the Center for Democacy & Technology. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Executive Director; he currently heads CDT West, in San Francisco. At CDT, Mr. Dempsey concentrates on Internet privacy, government surveillance, and national security issues. He coordinates the Digital Due Process coalition,, a diverse group of companies, advocacy groups and think tanks working to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

On August 27, 2012, after Senate confirmation and Presidential appointment, Dempsey was sworn in as a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency within the Executive Branch, charged with various advisory and oversight functions related to the privacy and civil liberties issues associated with the Nation's counterterrorism programs.

Dempsey is widely quoted in the media and has testified numerous times before Congressional committees. Ars Technica and Tech Policy Central identified Dempsey as one of the top names in tech policy for 2009. The Washington Post Sunday magazine (Oct. 2002) described Dempsey as “a reasoned and respected civil liberties advocate routinely summoned to [Capitol] Hill by both political parties to advise lawmakers about technology and privacy issues.”

Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dempsey was Deputy Director of the non-profit Center for National Security Studies and special counsel to the National Security Archive, a non-governmental organization that uses the Freedom of Information Act to gain the declassification of documents on U.S. foreign policy.

From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Dempsey was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. He worked on issues at the intersection of national security and constitutional rights, including terrorism, counterintelligence, oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and electronic surveillance laws, as well as criminal justice issues.

Dempsey previously headed CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI). In that capacity, he consulted with government officials and human rights organizations on Internet policy and civil liberties issues.

From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Dempsey was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter. He clerked for the Hon. Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1979 - 1980). He is a graduate of Yale College (BA 1975) and Harvard Law School (JD 1979). He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Dempsey is author or co-author of articles in law reviews and other journals on privacy and Internet policy, including “Privacy as an Enabler, Not an Impediment: Building Trust into Health Information Exchange,” Health Affairs, Vol. 28, no. 2 (2009); “Commercial Data and National Security,” 72 G. W. L. Rev. 1459 (2004), “Civil Liberties in a Time of Crisis,” Human Rights magazine (2002), and “Communications Privacy in the Digital Age,” 8 Albany L.J Sci. & Tech 65 (1997). He is co-author of the book Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (New Press, Third edition, 2006) (with Prof. David Cole of Georgetown).

Mr. Dempsey has been a member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age (2004-2011); the Bill of Rights Defense Committee advisory board (2002-2012); the Board of Directors of the Defending Dissent Foundation (2007-2012); the Industry Advisory Board for the National Counter-Terrorism Center (2005-2006), and the Transportation Security Administration’s Secure Flight Working Group (2005).

Robert Gellman


Robert Gellman is a privacy and information policy consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in health confidentiality policy, privacy and data protection, and Internet privacy. A graduate of the Yale Law School, Gellman served for 17 years as chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Government Information in the House of Representatives. Gellman served as a member of the Department of Health and Human Service's National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics from 1996-2000. He maintains a website at

Janet Hovorka


Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters ( They are official printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies and pride themselves in being able to print *any* kind of genealogy chart, from beautiful fine art pieces to 600 foot family reunion charts for writing on. Janet is the author of the Zap The Grandma Gap ( book and workbooks to help people connect with their family by connecting them to their family history. Janet writes the award winning The Chart Chick blog ( the new Zap The Grandma Gap blog and has written for numerous genealogy publications. She is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaching genealogy at Salt Lake Community College.

Fred Moss


Frederick E. Moss, JD, LL.M. is advisor to the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee, a joint effort of FGS, NGS and IAJGS. Former Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Colonel (retired) JAGC, USA.

Deborah C. Peel, MD


Dr. Peel is the nation's leading advocate for patients' rights to control access to sensitive personal health information in electronic systems. She began to work on health privacy rights in 1993 and founded Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) in 2004. PPR has over 12,000 members in all 50 states.

In 2006 she formed the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy representing 10.3M Americans. The Coalition advocates for strong privacy principles and standards, privacy-enhancing technologies, and new legislation to require trustworthy electronic health systems and data exchanges that patients are willing to use.

In 2011, Dr. Peel created the 1st International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy. The annual summits are unique in the world-- the only place where thoughtful discussions about urgent health privacy issues and solutions take place between all stakeholders: privacy experts from advocacy organizations, industry, academia, and top government officials. See:

The 3rd International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy will be held on June 5-6 in Washington, DC. The title is “The Value of Health Data and Privacy, How can the Conflict be Resolved?” Registration to attend or watch via live streaming video is free at

In 2013, PPR introduced its Trust Framework, 75+ auditable criteria based on expanded, strengthened Fair Information Practices principles. The Framework can be used to measure how well health IT systems, applications, and platforms meet the public's expectations for privacy and for research about factors that influence trust in healthcare systems and technologies. Also in 2013, PPR introduced a 5 -year plan to move the U.S. from institutional to patient-controlled health IT systems. [See chapter 6 in "Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment"].

Judy Russell


Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who helps folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are important those studying family history.

She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Ms. Russel has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years, she has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. She is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on my mother’s side and entirely in Germany on my father’s side.

She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Illinois.

Ms. Russell attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and completed Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course inAdvanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis and Thomas W. Jones’ course in Writing and Publishing for Genealogists at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University.

She has written for both the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (see Judy G. Russell, “`Don’t Stop There!’ Connecting Josias Baker to His Burke County, North Carolina, Parents,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, March 2011, 25-41) and the National Genealogical Society Magazine (see Judy G. Russell, “Autosomal DNA testing,” National Genealogical Society Magazine, October-December 2011, 38-43).

Ms. Russell lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in our family history to understanding DNA testing.

Kenneth H. Ryesky


Kenneth H. Ryesky is an attorney who teaches Business Law courses and Taxation courses at Queens College of the City University of New York. He formerly served as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Ryesky is admitted to practice before the courts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court. He received his BBA and JD degrees from Temple University, a MBA degree from La Salle University, and a MLS degree from Queens College CUNY.

He is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, and serves as an International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies member of the Records Preservation & Access Committee.

D. Joshua Taylor


D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Lead Genealogist and Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creators of, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. A frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations, he is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Joshua holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?.

Bradley Jansen (editor)


Bradley Jansen is the director of the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, part of the Liberty and Privacy Network, a Washington DC-based non-profit founded in 2005 to defend privacy, civil liberties and market economics. He is an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Previously at the Free Congress Foundation, Jansen safeguarded privacy and other Constitutional liberties including testifying before Congress on the USA PATRIOT Act proposal, National ID, and other issues. While working for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, he initiated and lead opposition to the "Know Your Customer" proposal. Jansen holds a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University (Ohio), learned Spanish at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and with advanced studies in economic history at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile) and law and economics at George Mason University School of Law.

He is a columnist with The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post and Nolan Chart.