The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities

On Thursday, September 12, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Technology Partnership held our inaugural fall policy forum featuring keynote speaker Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission, followed by two panels of community and policy experts who discussed The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities. From the future of broadband to security, privacy and confidentiality in a digital world, this forum brought together LGBT organizational leaders, government policy makers and experts to conduct an open dialogue about the impact of communications, security and technology policies on LGBT communities.

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Keynote Speaker


FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai was nominated to the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. On May 14, 2012, he was sworn in for a term that concludes on June 30, 2016.

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First Panel

The National Broadband Plan, LGBT Communities and The Future of Broadband


picture-2033-1347297990Blair Levin   @BlairLevin Fellow, The Aspen Institute, Former Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, Executive Director, National Broadband Plan

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558031_182107498606401_1977897226_n Denise Spivak @CenterLink Director of Membership, Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers

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jd_profileimg_med-1Jessie Daniels, PhD @JessieNYC Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, Hunter College
MichaelCrawfordProfileFlippedMichael Crawford @dmcrawford Director of Online Programs, Freedom to Marry

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Moderator394277_392699800749510_259808697_n Joseph Kapp @LGBTTech Co-founder, LGBT Technology Partnership

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Second Panel

Security, Privacy and Online Safety: How to keep LGBT Communities Safe Online


AlisonGill32 Alison Gill  @TrevorProject Government Affairs Director, The Trevor Project

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Microsoft Word - Brooke Oberwetter - Facebook Bio.docx Brooke Oberwetter @brookeob1 Associate Manager, Public Policy Facebook, Inc.

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Chris-Wolf-atty Christopher Wolf @PrivacyWolf Partner, Hogan Lovells, LLP and Co-founder, Future of Privacy Forum

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emilyEmily Eckland @STOPTHNKCONNECT Director of Digital Strategy & Awareness Campaigns, National Cyber Security Alliance

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Berin Szoka_portrait Berin Szoka @TechFreedom President, TechFreedom


Moderator Allyson-Robinson Allyson Robinson @AllysonRobinson Former Executive Director, OutServe/SLDN

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