Daniel O’Connor

Daniel O'ConnorVice President, Public Policy at CCIA

Dan O’Connor is the Vice President of Public Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, where he works with government and industry leaders on competition, intellectual property, international trade and global Internet policy.

He also leads CCIA’s efforts on antitrust policy and monitors the business and technological developments in high-tech markets. He has worked on public policy, government relations and media outreach for several high-profile antitrust cases in both the United States and Europe. Before assuming his current position he was Director of Competition & Telecommunications Policy and the Deputy Director of Government Affairs at CCIA. Before joining CCIA, he served as a Legislative Aide in the New York State Assembly for the Chairwoman of the State-Federal Relations Committee.

Mr. O’Connor received a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he attained high-merit on his dissertation on the framing of Internet censorship as a barrier to trade.  He received a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management with a concentration in Consumer Economics from Cornell University where he was a Dean’s Scholar.

In his free time, he also enjoys playing rugby (where he frequently “breaks” his own “stuff”), traveling and politics.

Matt Schruers

Matt SchruersVice President, Law & Policy at CCIA

Matt Schruers is Vice President for Law & Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association on domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, competition, and trade. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown Graduate School Program on Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT), where he teaches courses on intellectual property.

Mr. Schruers joined CCIA from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2005, where he practiced intellectual property, antitrust, and administrative law. Mr. Schruers received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, and received his B.A. from Duke University.

Ali Sternburg

Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel at CCIA

Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg is Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. After initially joining as a Legal Fellow in June 2011, she focuses on online copyright issues and other areas of intellectual property policy. She received her J.D. in 2012 from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Senior Symposium Chair and Senior Marketing Manager for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. She graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where she studied Government and Music, wrote her senior honors thesis on “Theoretical and Legal Views on U.S. Government Involvement in Musical Creativity Online,” and interned at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

Ali sings mashups and transformative covers and shares them under Creative Commons licenses for free download on her SoundCloud page, to contribute to the progress of science and the useful arts.

James Waterworth

Vice President, CCIA Europe

James Waterworth

James Waterworth advises CCIA Europe’s members on Internet policy and regulation . He has more than a decade of experience in technology policy having held government affairs posts for Nokia, Cable and Wireless and Telefonica in Brussels and London.

Mr Waterworth has a Masters degree in European politics from the University of London together with a degree in French language and literature from the University of Leeds. He speaks a number of European languages with Finnish being the one of which he is proudest.

Glenn Manishin

Glenn Manishin Partner, ParadigmShift Law and DisCo’s Senior Legal Analyst

Glenn Manishin serves as outside counsel to and is the senior legal analyst for Project DisCo; he has represented the Computer & Communications Industry Assn. for more than 20 years. A former AmLaw 100 lawyer and now managing partner at ParadigmShift Law LLP, Glenn’s core competence is antitrust law, although he has worked with a veritable who’s who of leading IT industry firms since 1990 on intellectual property, telecommunications, technology policy, privacy and related Internet-centric issues. Glenn’s claim to fame is that he is the only lawyer to have appeared as attorney-of-record in the two largest U.S. monopolization cases of the past generation — United States v. AT&T Co. and United States v. Microsoft Corp. — in the latter of which he was co-counsel along with former federal appeals Judges Robert Bork and Ken Starr.

Glenn received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, where he as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and editor of the Columbia Law Review, and a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.

Glenn is a true Web pioneer, having built and launched one of the first ten law firm Web sites in 1995, and remains a prolific blogger at his Fear & Loathing personal blog, LexDigerati legal blawg and his Formula One Art & Genius grand prix racing site. Glenn’s personal motto, borrowed from John Lennon, is that “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Carpe diem!

Bijan Madhani

Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel at CCIA

Bijan Madhani

Bijan Madhani is Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. He concentrates primarily on privacy and surveillance policy, cybersecurity, and Internet governance issues relating to free expression and open networks. Bijan previously focused on these matters as a law clerk with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Judiciary Committee office, PBS, and the Department of Justice. He also recently spent time as counsel with the Food and Drug Administration, prior to which he worked as a Legal Fellow with CCIA.

He received his J.D. in 2013 from American University Washington College of Law, where he was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, member of the editorial board for the National Security Law Brief, and a Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, where he studied Political Economy with a focus on decision analysis, edited the Berkeley Political Review, and interned with a leading political consultancy.

Jonathan Band

Copyright & Policy Lawyer, policybandwidth

Jonathan Band

Jonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and other federal and state statutes relating to intellectual property and the Internet. He complements this legislative advocacy by filing amicus briefs in significant cases related to these provisions.

Jon has also represented clients in connection to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, and other international agreements.

Jon is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and has written extensively on intellectual property and the Internet, including the books Interfaces on Trial and Interfaces on Trial 2.0, and over 100 articles.

Jon received a B.A. in 1982 from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985. From 1985 to 2005, Jon worked at the Washington, D.C., office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, including thirteen years as a partner. Jon established his own law firm in May, 2005.

Jakob Kucharczyk

Director, CCIA Europe

Jakob Kucharczyk

Jakob Kucharczyk is Director in the Brussels office of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. He is responsible for evaluating policy developments at European Union and Member State level as well as for the formulation of the association’s positions. Jakob represents the association on policy matters relating to e-commerce, intellectual property and telecoms. He also follows competition issues as well as EU efforts related to the Digital Single Market.

Before joining the CCIA in June 2010, he completed a traineeship at the European Commission in DG Enterprise and Industry. Working for the Automotive Unit, he was actively involved in the preparation of new legislative proposals and the corresponding impact assessments.

Mr. Kucharczyk received his BA degree in European Studies from Maastricht University where he graduated cum laude. He also holds two LLM degrees in European law from Maastricht University where he graduated cum laude and from the University of Edinburgh. During both LLM studies Mr. Kucharczyk extensively focused on EU competition and internal market law.

A native German speaker, Mr. Kucharczyk is also fluent in English as well as Polish and has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish.

Christian Borggreen

Director of International Digital Economy Policy, CCIA Europe

Christian Borggreen

Christian Borggreen is Director of International Digital Economy Policy in the Brussels office of the Computer & Communications Industry Association. He leads CCIA’s work on international trade and Internet governance and engagement with international institutions such as the WTO, ITU, and the OECD.

Before joining CCIA in August 2014, Mr. Borggreen served since 2010 as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the EU. In his role for the U.S. Department of State, he managed and advised senior U.S. decision makers on digital policy issues. He played a key role in securing transatlantic alignment on Internet governance and in promoting interoperability in the areas of data privacy and online commerce. From 2008 to 2010 he managed the advocacy on digital economy policy advocacy for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. Prior to that, he worked for the United Nations in New York and Santiago de Chile, in the area of digital and economic development.

Mr. Borggreen is the founder of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy (YPDP) network which convenes young tech policy enthusiasts to discuss and shape Europe’s digital future.

He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration comprised by university studies in the United States, Argentina, Italy, and Denmark.

Frances Robinson

DisCo Contributor

Frances Robinson

Frances Robinson is a freelance journalist who spent the last four years covering EU technology and telecoms regulation for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in Brussels. She’s covered everything from mobile spectrum distribution to playing with toys at Mobile World Congress, and is particularly keen on trains, timetables and transport-related geekery in general. On the general news side, she’s done everything from interviewing Prime Ministers to urban safaris in post-industrial Belgium.  She previously worked for AFX in Brussels and then covered the European Central Bank in Frankfurt for Bloomberg.  Her beat included the eurozone crisis, tech and telecoms, and the fascinatingly complex world of Belgian politics.  She only accidentally offended the entire country once. And it was a genuine misunderstanding.  Her radio and TV appearances include Sky News, RTBF, RTL, BBC News Channel and BBC World Service. She’s also a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.