Plenary Panel Speaker

Leslie Harris

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Principal, Harris Strategy Group, LLC

Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris is an internet freedom, civil liberties, and human rights lawyer and public policy expert. Since the internet’s infancy, she has been deeply engaged in building a legal and policy architecture for the internet that supports free expression, innovation, and openness. Harris is currently principal of the Harris Strategy Group, LLC and serves an adjunct professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Graduate Program at Georgetown University. From 2005 to 2014, Harris served as president/CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology and played a leadership role in the seminal internet policy debates of the decade. A pioneer on corporate social responsibility in the internet sector, she co-led the creation of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and served on its founding board for six years. Earlier, Harris was the founder and president of a mission-driven tech policy firm in Washington, Leslie Harris and Associates (LHA), committed to closing the digital divide, developing the internet’s democratic potential, and strengthening the voice of civil society in internet policy. She has also held senior policy leadership positions in two prominent civil liberties organizations, including as chief legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Office, and practiced law in Washington.

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