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Rochester Institute of Technology
Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty

Panel Moderators and Featured Speakers

Annual Symposium: “Balancing Security, Liberty, and Privacy in a Post 9/11 World"
April 8 – 9, 2015

Christopher Egert currently serves as Associate Director, for RIT’s MAGIC Center and Associate Professor within the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences School of Interactive Games & Media. His interests include educational, social, and cultural impacts of entertainment and game technologies, the preservation of game history and related technologies, and the use of games for education and social change.

Nathan Fisk is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the RIT College of Liberal Arts Department of Public Policy. To date he has authored books titled, Understanding Online Piracy, and Digital Piracy and he serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Games Criticism. His next book, commissioned by MIT Press, is titled Cyber Bullies and Cyber Citizens. He currently teaches Values and Public Policy among other courses.

Lisa Hayes is Vice President for Programs & Strategy at the Center for Democracy and Technology located in Washington, D.C. In this role, she helps CDT to conceptualize and implement public policies that will keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. Specific goals pertain to preserving the decentralized and user-controlled nature of the Internet, enhancing freedom of expression, protecting privacy, and limiting government surveillance. Prior to CDT she served with the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy (ACS) as Vice President for Development & Senior Counsel. Before ACS, she was the Director of Outreach at the Alliance for Justice, where she managed relations with the organization’s 100 members, acted as the organization’s online voice, and conceived and orchestrated events around the country.

Jessica Lyons is a Visiting Assistant Professor with RIT’s Department of Public Policy. She holds an MA Degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests include conservation politics and policy, applied anthropology, indigenous studies, and medical anthropology especially in relation to auto-immune diseases, medical technologies, and infectious diseases. She has published on a wide variety of environmental policy topics and her work can be found in Political Power and Social Theory and the online edition of Cultural Anthropology.

Samuel McQuade is the author of several books related to cybercrime and cyber safety. His RIT career has spanned criminology/criminal justice, multi/interdisciplinary studies and public policy. Formerly he served as Study Director for the National Research Council, Program Manager for the National Institute of Justice (of the U.S. Department of Justice), and as a law enforcement officer.

Rick Mislan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the RIT-GCCIS Department of Computing Security. He has numerous years of practitioner, teaching and research experience pertaining to mobile device forensics, security and human computer interaction. Prior faculty appointments were at Purdue University's College of Technology, and Ferris State University's College of Business. Credentials also include technology director, a communications electronic warfare officer for the U.S. Army, and reviewing editor for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on guidelines for cellphone/PDA forensics.

Patrick Morrissey is a former Special Agent with the US Secret Service. In 2003, he became the agency’s first Deputy Director for Law Enforcement and Intelligence at the newly created National Cyber Security Division within the US Department of Homeland Security. After two supervisory protection assignments (Vice President Cheney 2005-2006, Counter Assault Team 2006-2008), he became the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Secret Service in 2008 and in 2011 a position in Corporate Security with Research In Motion/BlackBerry to become the Director - Investigations and Protection Operations. Currently employed by beamCitizen, he is focused on mobile computing within emergency first responder markets.

Andrew Phelps is the founding Director of RIT’s MAGIC Center. He is an educator, digital artist, and technologist with over 15 years of experience. He holds the rank of Professor in the School of Interactive Games & Media that he founded in 2011. His work in games education, digital media, and interactive software has been published in numerous articles, journals, periodicals, and by popular press such as CNN, USA Today, NPR, and NY Times.