Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and
NICHOLAS MERRILL Executive Director, The Calyx Institute
The World Technology Summit & Awards, presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, Science, and Kurzweil Technologies, among others, at the TIME Conference Center has been called a gathering of "the people creating the 21st Century" -- the most innovative people in the world in science and technology and related fields. The conference theme this year is "SURVIVE 2012, PREPARE FOR 2021." Speakers ranging from Ray "Singularity" Kurzweil to Dan "Back of the Napkin" Roam to James "The Information" Gleick to Susan "President of the ACLU" Herman to Art "Scenarios" Kleiner take on the toughest issues facing us today so we can figure out how to navigate to tomorrow. An assortment of on-stage "demos" by Finalists from this year's World Technology Awards ensures that the audience has its finger on the pulse of current technological innovation. Culminating in the World Technology Awards gala ceremony from the United Nations Delegate's Dining Room, the overall experience is a concentrated peek at the future.
Susan N. Herman
Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.
Nicholas Merrill was the first person to challenge the National Security Letters provision in the USA PATRIOT Act in a court of law. He is the Executive Director of The Calyx Institute, a non-profit organization focused on promoting best practices with regards to privacy within the Telecommunications Industry.
He founded Calyx Internet Access Corporation in 1995. Calyx Internet Access was one of the first commercial Internet service providers operating in New York City and soon opened a sister company in Amsterdam. Calyx served many journalists, civil liberties groups and non-profit organizations on a pro bono or low-cost basis, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Independent Media Center (Indymedia.org) and Democracy Now! Radio. Calyx also worked with for-profit businesses, including Mitsubishi Motors, IKEA, Snapple, and Tanqueray.
In 2004, after a request for information from the FBI, Calyx became involved with the ACLU in using the legal system and the media to resist illegal government requests for information on Internet users. For six and a half years, Merrill and the ACLU tirelessly challenged the orders contained in the letter, resulting in the establishment of two key legal precedents overturning aspects of the national security letter program.
Jay Stanley researches, writes and speaks about technology-related privacy and civil liberties issues and their future. Stanley has authored and co-authored a variety of influential ACLU reports on such topics as government and private-sector surveillance, network neutrality, scientific freedom, privacy-enforcing institutions, data mining, NSA spying, video surveillance, and airline passenger security.
Stanley was co-chair of the successful 2009 Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) conference in Washington DC. Before joining the ACLU in 2001, he was an analyst at the technology research firm Forrester, where he focused on Internet policy issues. Stanley also served as the American politics editor of Facts on File's World News Digest. He is a graduate of Williams College and holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia.
Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, outlines the key factors that are contributing to the way technology affects the privacy of individuals. "Since 9/11 it has really turned its telescope inward among the American people," argues Stanley.