Privacy and Free Speech: It's Good for Business

Andrew Bridges (Winston & Strawn, LLP), Lauren Gelman (Blurry Edge Strategies), David Hornik (August Capital), Raman Khanna (ONSET Ventures), Brian Knapp (Loopt), Nicole Ozer (ACLU of Northern California)
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Expensive lawsuits, bad press, being hauled to Washington for government investigations – none of these are conducive to business success. Get the inside track from VCs, privacy officers, and lawyers at the ACLU about how to bake good privacy and free speech into the business and product development process and make those early decisions that are good for users and the bottom line.

Drawing from materials highlighted in Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business, a popular primer produced by the ACLU of Northern California, this panel will review real-life business case studies that have landed companies in hot water and good decisions that have helped them avoid serious privacy and free speech problems. From Amazon to AOL, Yahoo to YouTube, learn how to avoid costly mistakes and build on the privacy and free speech successes of other companies.

Geared both to startups and established companies launching new ventures, the panel will include hands-on tools and tips on: keeping users informed; protecting users while gathering data; avoiding improper consumer data disclosures; and preparing policies and practices that protect free speech.

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Andrew Bridges

Winston & Strawn, LLP

Andrew Bridges is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office who litigates and counsels clients in high-stakes and complex commercial matters relating primarily to trademark, copyright, advertising, consumer protection, unfair competition, trade secrets, media, Internet regulation, and e-commerce law. He is vice chair of the firm’s intellectual property practice and leads the firm’s nonpatent intellectual property efforts.

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Lauren Gelman

Blurry Edge Strategies

Lauren Gelman has been a leader in the field of cyberlaw and policy since 1995. Working in Washington DC and in Silicon Valley she played a part in many of the most important issues the Internet community has faced since its early development, specializing in privacy and surveillance, speech, intellectual property, social media and virtual worlds. She founded BlurryEdge Strategies in January 2010 to assist companies and institutions as they navigate the complex legal, policy and business strategy landscape of the social web.

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David Hornik

August Capital

David Hornik is a general partner with August Capital. He has spent the last decade investing broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer software and services. David is an investor in StumbleUpon, Splunk, LiveOps, SAY Media, Gravity, WePay, PayNearMe, Ebates, among others, and has previously invested in the likes of Evite, Tickle and PayCycle. Prior to joining August Capital, David was a litigator, IP and corporate attorney at Cravath, VLG and Perkins Coie.

David holds an AB in Computer Music from Stanford University, an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Intellectual Property, and Harvard Law School, where he teaches entrepreneurship and venture capital.  He is the author of VentureBlog, the first venture capital blog, and VentureCast, the first venture capital podcast, and is the founder and executive producer of The Lobby conference, an annual gathering of the thought leaders of the digital media ecosystem.

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Raman Khanna

ONSET Ventures

Raman Khanna has 20 years of operating experience and 15 years of investment experience in information technology. Raman was named on the Forbes Midas List as a top 100 dealmaker in 2008 and 2009. He has been involved in many start-ups that had exits valued at over $1 Billion. At ONSET, Raman is focused on software, internet infrastructure and digital media sectors. He currently serves on boards of Permuto, Serus, FirstRain and Nitronex.

Prior to becoming a managing director of ONSET, Raman co-founded Diamondhead Ventures in June 2000 where he led the firm’s investments in Cavium Networks (IPO: CAVM), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems), PassMark Security (acquired by RSA Security/EMC), Orative (acquired by Cisco Systems), Intraspect (acquired by Vignette), Serus, FirstRain and Nitronex.

Prior to Diamondhead Ventures, Raman worked at Stanford University for 16 years in various roles, including Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Raman also served on Advisory Boards of many global technology companies. During his Stanford tenure, Raman was actively involved with many high technology start-ups as an angel investor, advisor and board member. His portfolio included Berkeley Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Postini (acquired by Google), Siara Networks (acquired by Redback), SupportSoft (IPO), (IPO), Selectica (IPO) and Entercept Security Technologies (acquired by McAfee).

Raman is one of the early charter members of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), the world’s largest non-profit organization for entrepreneurs. Raman currently serves on the board of TiE Silicon Valley.
Raman received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

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Brian Knapp


Brian is Loopt’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for leading the execution of day-to-day company activities and operations, as well as corporate development, legal affairs, and privacy matters.

Previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with a focus on intellectual property technology transactions. Counseled clients regarding Digital Millennium Copyright Act compliance, data privacy practices, and intellectual property portfolio strategies. Prior to joining WSGR, served as an extern to Justice Ming W. Chin of the Supreme Court of California.

Additionally, before law school, held senior positions in business development with Barnes &, Dun & Bradstreet,, and Penguin Publishing Group. Graduated with a J.D. cum laude, in 2005 from University of San Francisco School of Law; Law Review staff member and elected to McAuliffe Honor Society. Earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from College of William & Mary. Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ralph Gracie.

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Nicole Ozer

ACLU of Northern California

Nicole A. Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California. She works on the intersection of new technology, privacy, and free speech and is spearheading the organization’s new online privacy campaign, Demand your dotRights.

Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, studied comparative civil rights history at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Law and Technology from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley.

Before joining the ACLU, Nicole was an intellectual property attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Nicole was recognized by San Jose Magazine in 2001 for being one of 20 “Women Making a Mark” in Silicon Valley.

Nicole’s legal publications include Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business (ACLU of Northern California, 2009); No Such Thing As Free Internet: Safeguarding Privacy and Free Speech in Municipal Wireless Systems, 11 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 519 (2008); Companies Positioned in the Middle: Municipal Wireless and Its Impact on Privacy and Free Speech, 41 U.S.F. L. Rev. 635 (2007); Rights “Chipped” Away: RFID in Identification Documents, 2008 STAN. TECH. L. REV. 1; Under the Watchful Eye: The Proliferation of Video Surveillance Systems in California (A Report of the California ACLU Affiliates, Schlosberg and Ozer, 2007). Nicole has also written on civil liberties and technology issues for the Daily Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and San Francisco Chronicle. She blogs regularly at Bytes and Pieces at

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