Panel Co-Chairs

Susan Crawford, Professor, Harvard Law School.  Professor Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Crawford is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the Federal Communications Commission transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations.  Professor Crawford teaches courses about city uses of technology, Internet law, and communications law. Professor Crawford was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22

Mark Farrell, Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Mark Farrell serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 2.  Supervisor Farrell led a broad coalition to create “Free Wi-fi” in our city parks, plazas and open spaces and is working to expand online access to all communities across our city.   Supervisor Farrell was the lead sponsor of a new law in San Francisco that guarantees tenants the right to pick their own Internet service provider (ISP) in all multi-unit buildings.

Subcommittee Chairs and Expert Panelists

Rahul Chopra, Business Development Specialist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Subcommittee Chair for Business and Revenue. Rahul Chopra is a Senior Advisor for Energy Technologies Area where he focuses on business development, new business ideas and models, and strategic alliances across the industry area. Chopra works closely with the leading venture and PE firms as an advisor on the west coast in diverse industries that span energy, wireless, and healthcare infrastructures creation and optimization. Chopra is a Graduate of Columbia University and the University of California Berkeley.

Allen S. Hammond, Professor, and Director of the Broadband Institute of California, Santa Clara University Law School, Subcommittee Chair for Technology & Infrastructure.  Professor Allen Hammond holds the Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Chair at Santa Clara University and is director of the Law and Public Policy Program at SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. A professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 1998, he currently serves as director of the Broadband Institute of California. He is the author of many articles and the editor, with Barbara S. Cherry and Stephen S. Wildman, of Making Universal Service Policy: Enhancing the Process Through Multidisciplinary Evaluation (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999).

Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University Law School. Professor Catherine Sandoval is a tenured member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty which she joined in 2004.  In January 2011 Governor Brown appointed Professor Sandoval to serve as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) which regulates energy, water, telecommunications, and rail services in California. The California State Senate unanimously confirmed her to serve in that post, and she was the first Latino or Latina to serve as a CPUC Commissioner. Professor Sandoval was appointed to the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services, and the Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She has written numerous articles on Communications Law, Antitrust Law, and Contracts issues, and also teaches and conducts research on Energy Law.  She led the CPUC’s first-in-the nation proceeding on the Water/Energy Nexus, and is a founder of the field of the Communications/Water/Energy Nexus. She graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Latin American Studies, from Oxford University with an M.Litt in Politics where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and the first Latina to win a Rhodes Scholarship, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Kevin Bankston is the director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to ensure that all communities have equitable access to an internet that is both open and secure. Prior to leading OTI’s policy team, Bankston was a senior counsel and the director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. From that position, he spent two years advocating on a wide range of internet and technology policy issues both international and domestic, most recently organizing a broad coalition of companies and civil society organizations to demand greater transparency around the U.S. government’s surveillance practices. Prior to CDT, Bankston worked for nearly a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech and privacy law with a focus on government surveillance, internet privacy, and location privacy. As a senior staff attorney at EFF, he regularly litigated issues surrounding free expression and electronic surveillance, and was a lead counsel in EFF’s lawsuits against the National Security Agency and AT&T, challenging the legality of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program first revealed in 2005.

Michael Bennon, Managing Director, Global Projects Center, Panel Administrator. Michael Bennon is a Managing Director at the Stanford Global Projects Center, developing new initiatives for the GPC as well as managing student programs and industry affiliations. Bennon’s research areas of interest for the center and work experience are in Public Sector finance, infrastructure and real estate investment, and project organization design. He served as a Captain in the US Army and US Army Corps of Engineers for five years, leading Engineer units, managing projects, and planning for infrastructure development in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Thailand.

Lisa Ho, Campus Privacy Officer, University of California at Berkeley, Subcommittee Chair for Privacy and Governance.  As leader of UC Berkeley’s privacy program, Lisa Ho protects and promotes campus privacy values while overseeing regulatory and policy compliance efforts. She previously served as Berkeley’s IT policy manager, and San Francisco State University’s technology strategy officer. Lisa holds an MBA from SF State and studied ethnomusicology at UCLA.

Susan Freiwald, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of San Francisco School of Law.  Professor Susan Freiwald publishes and presents widely in the areas of cyberlaw and information privacy. A former software developer, Professor Freiwald has authored and co–authored amicus briefs in major cases involving electronic surveillance laws.  Professor Freiwald also regularly assists the Electronic Frontier Foundation with electronic surveillance litigation efforts and has served on the board of the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union.  Professor Freiwald organized and authored a letter on behalf of legal scholars from across the country in support of SB 178, legislation to clarify that California law requires government entities to obtain a warrant to access the electronic communications data stored on cell phones and with service providers.

Kit Walsh, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Kit Walsh is a staff attorney at EFF, working on free speech, net neutrality, copyright, coders’ rights, and other issues that relate to freedom of expression and access to knowledge. She has worked for years to support the rights of political protesters, journalists, remix artists, and technologists to agitate for social change and to express themselves through their stories and ideas. Walsh holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in neuroscience from MIT, where she studied brain-computer interfaces and designed cyborgs and artificial bacteria.

Julie Kim, Stanford University Global Projects Center. Julie Kim is Program Developer at the Stanford Global Projects Center and is working to develop sustainable business models for public-private partnerships (P3) in the U.S. market,  drawing upon 30-year P3 experiences and best practices globally and developing new and innovative approaches where needed. Recently, Kim’s research focus has been on P3 political risks and infrastructure banking cooperative. She is currently leading GPC’s P3 Financial Literacy in Public Sector (P3 FLIPS) Initiative. Kim has over 25 years of experience in large-scale infrastructure projects in the U.S. and Asia, with a special expertise in transportation sector.

Hao Yue, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, San Francisco State University. Assistant Professor Hao Yue is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University, with research interests including Computer and Wireless Networks, Cybersecurity, and Computer Science Education. He has published more than 30 research articles on Computer Networks and Cybersecurity.

Dr. Rajiv Sharma, Stanford University Global Projects Center.  Dr. Rajiv Sharma is Research Associate at the Stanford Global Projects Center and a Visiting Research Associate at the Oxford University Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Sharma has conducted research and worked in the field of private institutional infrastructure investment. He received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University where his thesis title was the role of private institutional investors for the development of urban infrastructure assets. He has worked as an economist for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and as a research fellow for the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative. He also has investment management experience working for venture capital private equity firm Oxford Capital Partners and London-based Infrastructure/Private Equity Advisory firm, Campbell Lutyens. Sharma completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours from the University of Auckland.