Building in the Twilio Ecosystem

October 17, 2:15pm PT, B.R.A.I.N. Room

Digital Ethics and Privacy: Moving Beyond Compliance

The European Data Protection Supervisor said, “Ethics comes on top of data protection law implementation.” As privacy-related scandals involving technology companies have been grabbing headlines, join us for a discussion of moving data protection from a compliance obligation to an ethical one.

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Shahid Buttar

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Director of Grassroots Advocacy

Shahid leads EFF's grassroots and student outreach efforts. He's a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance. From 2009 to 2015, he led the [++Bill of Rights Defense Committee++]( as Executive Director. In 2018, Shahid ran for Congress, seeking to represent California's 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C. He first worked in private practice for a California-based law firm, with public interest litigation projects advancing campaign finance reform and marriage equality for same-sex couples (as early as 2004, when LGBT rights remained politically marginal). From 2005 to 2008, he helped build a national progressive legal network and managed the communications team at the [++American Constitution Society for Law & Policy++](, before founding the program to combat racial & religious profiling at [++Muslim Advocates++]( in 2008. Outside of his work at EFF, Shahid also [++DJs++]( and produces [++electronic music++](, writes [++poetry++]( & prose, kicks [++rhymes++](, organizes guerilla [++poetry insurgencies++](, plays capoeira, speaks truth to power on [++Truthout++](, occasionally elucidates [++legal scholarship++](, and documents counter-cultural activism for the [++Burning Man Journal++]( He also serves on the Boards of Directors of [++Defending Rights and Dissent++](, the [++Center for Media Justice++](, and the [++Fund for Constitutional Government++](

Sheila Jambekar

Associate General Counsel

Sheila Jambekar, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, is Associate General Counsel at Twilio Inc. where she heads up Twilio’s privacy program. In that role, she works closely with Twilio’s Information Security team to provide practical advice and guidance to Twilio’s development and business teams to help ensure not only regulatory compliance, but also ensure Twilio’s products and services earn and keep the trust of our customers.

Freddy Martinez

Lucy Parsons Labs

Freddy Martinez is an activist and security engineer. As former Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, he worked on protecting the First Amendment at the Freedom of the Press Foudation. He is the Director of the Lucy Parsons Labs, a police accountability non-profit. A long-time Chicagoan, his focus for the future includes issues around privacy, working with marginalized communities and the intersection of digital rights and activism.

Michelle Richardson

Center for Democracy and Technology
Director, Privacy and Data Project

Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Privacy and Data Project where her team advocates for policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice. Michelle has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, and frequently appears in national press. Recognized by _The Hill_ as one of DC’s most influential nonprofit lobbyists, her recent work has focused on consumer privacy, Internet of Things policy, cybersecurity, surveillance, and encryption. Michelle previously led the ACLU’s preeminent legislative campaigns against overreaching surveillance programs and served as a counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

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