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Leadership Conference 2016: Speakers

Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age, March 7-8, 2016  

Please see bios below.  We update these regularly so please check back often.


H.B. Johnson, Jr., '26 Distinguished Speaker [Keynote Day 1]

Retired Gen. Keith Alexander

Retired General Keith B. AlexanderAt IronNet Cybersecurity, as the CEO and President, GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of cutting edge technology, consulting and education/training.

GEN (Ret) Alexander served as the first Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from 2010 to 2014 and the 16th Director, National Security Agency (NSA)/Chief, Central Security Service (CSS) from 2005-2014.

As Commander, USCYBERCOM, he was responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations and defending Department of Defense (DoD) computer networks, as well as, the defense of the nation from cyber-attacks. As the Director, NSA/Chief, CSS, he was responsible for a DoD agency with national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and U.S. national security information system protection responsibilities.

Prior to leading USCYBERCOM and the NSA/CSS GEN (Ret) Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA; and the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL., and the Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

GEN (Ret) Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, as well as holding a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University; a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Electronic Warfare) and a Master of Science in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School; and Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Leadership & Ethics Speaker [Keynote Day 2]

Peter Singer, Ph.D.

Peter SingerPeter W. Singer, Ph.D. is Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm, the author of multiple award-winning books, and a contributing editor at Popular Science. He has been named by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 "leading innovators in the nation," by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity, and by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, of the people whose ideas most influenced the world that year. The former director of Brookings Institute’s 21st Century Center for Security and Intelligence, Singer is considered one of the world's preeminent experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has consulted for the US Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI.

A renowned scholar on defense issues, especially the impact of technology on warfare, he is the author of a number of scholarly books and articles. In for Wired for War and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, Singer’s astute insights into the impact of digital technologies and the accelerating role of robotics in warfare have received critical acclaim. His current book, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War paints a plausible scenario of what war at sea, on land, in the air, space, and cyberspace will be like in the future.

 Dr. Singer will speak on morality in future war.

Day 1 Lunch Speaker

Christopher Soghoian, Ph.D.
Christopher Soghoian, Ph.D.Described by Wired Magazine as the “Ralph Nader of the Internet” and one of Politico Magazine's top "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics," Dr. Christopher Soghoian is “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” (The Economist), “who have risen to prominence by showing how tedious technical flaws can affect ordinary people.”

Driven by the knowledge of how cyber security flaws can be exploited by governments and criminals, Soghoian has a history of taking exceptional measures to expose surveillance programs and advocate for the adoption of technical solutions that can protect us all.

In just the past few years, Soghoian has exposed existence and use of “StingRays”, a military-grade surveillance technology now used by the FBI and police across America to track cell phones. He has revealed the existence of a dedicated hacking unit within the FBI capable of remotely activating webcams and microphones in computers and mobile phones. He also revealed how the FBI had impersonated the Associated Press in an effort to hack into one target’s computer.

Soghoian’s research and activism has forced government agencies and corporations to improve their cybersecurity practices, as well as spurring several important national debates around privacy, cybersecurity and surveillance related issues. Indeed, citing Soghoian’s research on government surveillance of cell phones, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski observed that “1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it’s here at last.”

Soghoian is the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, and is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. He was previously the first in-house technical advisor to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection.

Soghoian is a TED Senior Fellow, and was previously an Open Society Foundations Fellow and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has been recognized as a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, a top innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, and an “Engineering Hero” by IEEE Spectrum. He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from Indiana University and a M.S. in Security Informatics from The Johns Hopkins University.

PROGRAM CHANGE: Dinner with Speaker

Martin Ford, Ph.D.

Martin Ford, robotics and automation dinner speakerMartin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Rise of the Robots received the Financial Times/McKinley Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year.

He has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA. He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC.

Speakers and Panelists

Mark Bauerlein, Ph.D.

Mark BauerleinMark Bauerlein earned his PhD in English at UCLA in 1988 and has been on the faculty at Emory University since 1989. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is currently Senior Editor of First Things magazine. He has written and edited several books, including, Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001); The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008) and The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking (2011).

 His scholarly essays have appeared in PMLA, Yale Review, Partisan Review, Philosophy and Literature, and Wilson Quarterly, and his commentaries and reviews have appeared in New York Times, Reason Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Weekly Standard, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other major newspapers and magazines.

Caitlin Dewey
Caitlin Dewey Washington PostCaitlin Dewey is the digital culture critic at the Washington Post and the author of the popular daily newsletter “Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends.” She is a regular commentator on issues like digital misinformation and social media trends, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, NPR and The Atlantic.
Hasan Elahi, Ph.D.

hasan elahiHasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale.

 Elahi was recently invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum, and at TED Global.

 His awards include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, and a Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report.

 He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland and from 2011 to 2014 was Director of Design | Cultures + Creativity in the Honors College. In 2010, he was an Alpert/MacDowell Fellow and in 2009, was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Jen Golbeck, Ph.D.

Jen Goldbeck, Director of Social Intel Lab & Data Mining ExpertJennifer Goldbeck is the Director of the Social Intelligence Lab and an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media.  This includes building models of social relationships, particularly trust, as well as user preferences and attributes, and using the results to design and build systems that improve the way people interact with information online.

She is a Research Fellow of the Web Science Research Initiative and in 2006, she was selected as one of IEEE Intelligent System's 'Top Ten to Watch,' a list of their top young AI researchers.

She received an A.B. in Economics and an S.B. and S.M. in Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and a Ph. D., in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Vera Heuer, Ph.D.
Vera Heuer is an Assistant Professor at VMI’s Department of International Studies & Political Science. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University in 2014, and joined VMI as full-time faculty member in 2013. Her research focuses on social movements and NGO activism; primarily within the South Asian context. She has conducted field and survey research on the NGO sector as well as on women’s groups in New Delhi, India to explore what factors shape the relationship between the Indian state and the nature of NGO activism.

At VMI she regularly teaches a class on social movements and protest in which she encourages her student to explore common assumptions about contentious politics and collective action in contemporary societies; especially how these processes are shaped by social media.
Richard Hooker, Ph.D.

richard hookerDr. Richard D. Hooker, Jr. became the NDU Director for Research and Strategic Support and Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) in September 2013. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he served as Deputy Commandant and Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome from September 2010-August 2013. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute and is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.

A former White House Fellow, Dr. Hooker previously taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and held the Chief of Staff of the Army Chair at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He also served with the Office of National Service, The White House under President George H.W. Bush, with the Arms Control and Defense Directorate, National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, and with the NSC Office for Iraq and Afghanistan in the administration of George W. Bush.

Dr. Hooker graduated with a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981 and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Virginia. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. National War College, where he earned an M.S. in National Security Studies.

 His publications include more than sixty articles and four books on security and defense-related topics. Dr. Hooker has lectured extensively at leading academic and military institutions in the United States and abroad.

 Prior to his retirement from active duty, Dr. Hooker served for 30 years in the United States Army as a parachute infantry officer in the United States and Europe. While on active duty he participated in combat or contingency operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, the Sinai, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, including command of a parachute company, a parachute battalion and a parachute brigade. His military service also included tours in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army.

 Dr. Hooker is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (3 awards), the Legion of Merit (3 awards), and the Bronze Star Medal (3 awards) among others. He is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with star, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Pathfinder Badge as well as Israeli and Canadian parachutist badges.

Margaret Hu, J.D.

Margaret HuMargaret Hu is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights. She has published several works on dataveillance and cybersurveillance, including, “Biometric ID Cybersurveillance”; “Small Data Surveillance v. Big Data Cybersurveillance”; “Big Data Blacklisting”; and “Taxonomy of the Snowden Disclosures.” 

She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, a non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C., that promotes responsible data privacy policies. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and also served as special policy counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. 
 Professor Hu holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Duke Law School. She is a Truman Scholar and a Foreign Language Area Studies Scholar. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors.
Eric Jensen, J.D.
erik jensenEric Talbot Jensen teaches and writes in the areas of Public International Law, Criminal Law, The Law of Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law, and National Security Law. His recent scholarship has appeared, among others, in the Texas, Temple, Houston, and Israel Law Reviews; the Virginia, Stanford, Chicago, Michigan, and Minnesota Journals of International Law; the Stanford Law and Policy Review; and International Law Studies. Professor Jensen is a co-author on a law school casebook on the Law of Armed Conflict and a student treatise on National Security Law for Aspen Publishing and a co-author on an Oxford University text analyzing application of the laws of war to the war on terror. He was a member of the group of experts that produced the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare and is currently a member of the international group of experts working on Tallinn 2.0.

Prior to joining the BYU law faculty in 2011, Professor Jensen spent 2 years teaching at Fordham Law School in New York City and 20 years in the United States Army as both a Cavalry Officer and as a Judge Advocate. During his time as a Judge Advocate, Professor Jensen served in various positions including as the Chief of the Army’s International Law Branch; Deputy Legal Advisor for Task Force Baghdad; Professor of International and Operational Law at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; legal advisor to the US contingent of UN Forces deployed to Skopje, Macedonia as part of UNPREDEP; and legal advisor in Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor/Guard.
Jordan Paust, J.D.

jordan paustJordan J. Paust is the Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law at the Law Center of the University of Houston.  He received an A.B. and J.D. from UCLA, an LL.M. from the University of Virginia, and is a J.S.D. Candidate, Yale University (in residence, Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1973-75). 

Professor Paust has also been a Visiting Edward Ball Eminent Scholar University Chair in International Law at Florida State University (spring, 1997), a Fulbright Professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria (1978-1979), and a member of the faculty of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, International Law Division (1969-1973, mob. des. 1973-1975). 

He has served on several committees on international law, human rights, laws of war, terrorism, and the use of force in the American Society of International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, and the American Bar Association, and was the Co-Chair of the American Society’s International Criminal Law Interest Group (1992-2008).  He was also the Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools and was on the Executive Council and the President’s Committee of the American Society of International Law. 

He is one of the most widely cited law professors in the United States, is ranked among the top 2 percent in Leiter’s studies for 2000-2007 and 2005-2009, and is one of the top professors with respect to downloads of his articles from SSRN.  Two of his articles were cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Among relevant books are: Paust, Van Dyke, Malone, International Law and Litigation in the U.S. (Thomson - West Group, American Casebook Series, 3 ed. 2009); Paust, International Law as Law of the United States (2 ed. 2003); Paust, Bassiouni, et al., International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (4 ed. 2013); Paust, Bassiouni, et al., Human Rights Module (3 ed. 2014).  Professor Paust has published over 190 articles, book chapters, papers and essays in law journals in Belgium, Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the U.S.: at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Cornell, Texas, Duke, the American Journal of International Law, and elsewhere – many of which address treaties, customary international law, jurisdiction, human rights, international crimes, and the incorporation of international law into U.S. domestic law.

Phyllis Schneck, Ph.D.
Phyllis SchneckDr. Phyllis Schneck serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). She is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supports its mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Schneck came to DHS from McAfee, Inc., where she was Chief Technology Officer for Global Public Sector. Schneck served eight years as chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FBI’s InfraGard program and founding president of InfraGard Atlanta.

Before joining McAfee, Schneck was vice president of Research Integration for Secure Computing, where she conceived and built the early intelligence practice into a full Beta program for data as a service. Prior, Schneck was the vice president Enterprise Services for eCommSecurity. Prior to that, she served as vice president of Corporate Strategy for SecureWorks, Inc., and was founder and chief executive officer of Avalon Communications, a provider of real-time security technology, since acquired by SecureWorks, Inc.

Schneck received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Angela Smith, Ph.D.
Angela Smith W&L Mudd Center for EthicsAngela Smith is the Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Washington and Lee University. She joined the W&L Department of Philosophy in 2009 as an Associate Professor of Philosophy after teaching for ten years at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2013 she was appointed to be the first Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and the first Director of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics. She teaches a variety of courses in moral and political philosophy as well as ancient philosophy.

Professor Smith’s research interests concern the connections between morality, moral agency, and moral responsibility. She is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book The Nature of Moral Responsibility (2015), and has published numerous articles exploring whether, and if so in what way, we are morally responsible for our attitudes – for our desires, emotions, beliefs, and other intentional mental states. Her work has been published in a number of the leading journals in philosophy, including Ethics, Philosophical Studies, and the Journal of Ethics, as well as a number of edited Oxford volumes. In 2013 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct summer research, as well as a Laurence S. Rockefeller Faculty Fellowship to spend the 2013-2014 school year at the Princeton University Center for Human Values. Professor Smith earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1999 and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Willamette University in 1992.

Jeffrey S. Smith Jr., Ph.D.
BG Smith, VMI DeanBrigadier General (Retired) Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr. founded Cyber Insights following 33 + years of service in the United States Army. He serves on the Advisory Board to the Army Cyber Institute (at West Point). BG (Ret) Smith has recently been named Dean of Faculty/Deputy Superintendent for Academics at Virginia Military Institute.

BG Smith’s last active duty assignment was as Deputy Commanding General (for Proponency), Army Cyber Command. BG Smith conceived LandCyber as the Army’s vision for a transformed Land Force with unprecedented range, interaction, situational understanding, agility, and influence. He served as the Army’s lead for the “LandCyber White Paper,” the Army's future concept for cyber-related transformation across the fields of Signal, Intelligence, Information Operations, Computer Network Operations, Electronic Warfare, and Knowledge.

Previously, BG Smith served as Commanding General, 5th Signal Command, United States Army Europe, as the Deputy Commanding General, Network and Technology Command, and as Deputy Commander of the Signal School/ TRADOC Program Integrator for Networks. As CG, 5th Signal Command, BG Smith led the Army’s effort to transform to the Joint Information Environment, a global DoD unified network construct that would support multiple Theaters of Operations (EUCOM and AFRICA Command). As DCG, NETCOM, BG Smith drafted the organizational constructs for 7th Signal Command to operate and defend Army networks in the Continental US. At the United States Army Signal Center, BG Smith was TRADOC’s lead for LandWarNet, the Army’s first Enterprise-wide strategic blueprint for Information Technology transformation across the Army branches.

BG Jeff Smith has had extensive operational experience. As the Army’s Senior Communicator in Afghanistan, BG Smith set the IT conditions required to support the "Presidential Surge,” create an interoperable shared data coalition network, and extend mobile IP capabilities to the Soldier on patrol. As commander of 22nd Signal Brigade and V Corps G6, BG Smith planned, operated, and defended the Information Technology Environment for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. As the first Coalition Joint Task Force C6, BG Smith planned the conversion of proprietary tactical networks into a common commercial, IP-based data infrastructure. BG Smith authored the “V Corps White Paper, Battle Command Concept,” from which today’s Army tactical network infrastructure is derived.

Ph.D. English Literature, Princeton University
Masters National Security, National War College
BA English/Biology, Virginia Military Institute
Overseas Experience: Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Afghanistan
Paul Springer, Ph.D.
Paul SpringerPaul Springer is a Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the Air Command and Staff College, and the Chair of the Department of Research. In that capacity, he teaches courses on leadership, strategy, terrorism, and military history. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Springer is the author of America’s Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (University Press of Kansas, 2010); Military Robots and Drones (ABC-Clio, 2013); Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Laws of War (Routledge, 2014); Cyber Warfare (ABC-Clio, 2015); Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics Revolution (Praeger, 2016); and 9/11 and the War on Terror: A Documentary History (ABC-Clio, 2016). He is the series editor of Transforming War and The History of Military Aviation, both with the Naval Institute Press.

His current research includes books on military robotics, the West Point class of 1829, and higher education in the South from 1865-1900. He holds a Ph. D. in history from Texas A&M, and has taught there and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His areas of expertise include U.S. military history, the history of terrorism, and the history of technology.
John D. Trybus

John TrybusJohn D. Trybus, APR is the deputy director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an industry leading research and action center dedicated to advancing social impact through the power of communication and marketing. He also teaches the university's signature Cause Consulting graduate-level course, whereby more than $2 million in pro-bono student consulting services has been delivered to nonprofits and socially responsible businesses since 2008.

Trybus' social impact scans sectors, industries and issues having worked in marketing and strategy roles for the Jane Goodall Institute, British Embassy and Waggener Edstrom on behalf of clients like Tiffany & Co., L'Oreal Paris, Coca-Cola, Safeway, Women for Women International, CARE and more.  

Benjamin Wittes, J.D.

ben wittesBenjamin Wittes is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He co-founded and is the editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of "Hard National Security Choices" that is widely read by both policymakers and academics, and is a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law.  An author/editor of numerous books, Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change (2011); Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor after Guantanamo (2011); Law and the Long: The future of Justice in the Age of Terror (2008) and Legislating the War of Terror: An Agenda for Reform (2009).  He is also writing a book on data and technology proliferation and their implications for security. 

Between 1997 and 2006, he served as an editorial writer for The Washington Post specializing in legal affairs. Before joining the editorial page staff of The Washington Post, Wittes covered the Justice Department and federal regulatory agencies as a reporter and news editor at Legal Times. His writing has also appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, and First Things.

Benjamin Wittes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1990, and he has a black belt in taekwondo.

Kim Zetter

kim zetterKim Zetter is an award-winning investigative journalist and author who covers cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyber warfare, privacy and civil liberties.  She has been covering computer security and the hacking underground since 1999, first for PC World magazine, and now for WIRED, where she has been reporting since 2003 and is currently a senior staff writer. 

She has broken numerous stories over the years about NSA surveillance, cybercrime and the hacker underground and has three times been voted one of the top 10 security reporters in the nation by her journalism peers and security industry professionals. She recently completed a book about Stuxnet, a sophisticated digital weapon that was launched by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage Iran’s uranium enrichment program.  She is the author of

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon published by Crown/Random House in November 2014.