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Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology (“CDT”), a non-profit advocacy organization committed to keeping the Internet open, innovation and free. www.cdt.org. Ms. Harris is responsible for the overall vision and strategy for the organization and serves as its chief spokesperson.
Since joining the organization in 2005, she has led an effort to significantly expand the organization’s reach and influence. Under her leadership, CDT has launched a West Coast office, created an influential Health Privacy Project and significantly increased the organization’s global activities.
Ms. Harris is an internationally recognized expert on Internet privacy and civil liberties and has been involved in the development of privacy policy ranging from the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to the comprehensive privacy legislation now before Congress.
On behalf of CDT Ms. Harris has testified frequently testifies before Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and Executive branch agencies on privacy, including behavioral advertising and deep packet inspection. She also currently serves on several HHS Advisory groups on Health Privacy
Ms. Harris is a regular contributor to several online publications and blogs, including the Huffington Post and ABC News Ahead of the Curve. In 2009, Washingtonian Magazine recently named her one of Washington’s 100 Tech Titans and recently, she was selected as on of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010. This year, under her leadership, the International Association of Privacy Professionals awarded CDT its privacy leadership award for their ongoing innovation and advocacy in online privacy.
Prior to joining CDT, Ms. Harris was the Founder and President of Leslie Harris & Associates, a senior level policy and strategic services consultancy focused exclusively on the promise of the Internet and new technologies.

Earlier, Ms. Harris served in senior policy leadership positions in two prominent civil liberties organizations, including as Chief Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and was also in private law practice in Washington.

Ms. Harris received her law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and her BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Leslie Harris