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R. Nicholas Burns

R. Nicholas Burns

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs & Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Nicholas Burns, a career foreign service officer, is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Chair of the… more

Jonathan Zittrain

Zittrain, Jonathan

Professor, Harvard Law School

Is professor of law at Harvard Law School, where he co-founded its Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society.… more

Mike McConnell

McConnell, Mike

Executive Vice President, National Security Business for Booz Allen Hamilton.

is executive vice president and leader of the National Security Business for Booz Allen Hamilton and is a member of the firm’s Leadership Team. Admiral McConnell previously served from 2007-2009… more

Bruce Schneier

Schneier, Bruce

Author, 'Beyond Fear', 'Secrets and Lies'.

Is an internationally renowned security technologist, referred to by the Economist as a "security guru." He is the author of nine books – including the best sellers Beyond Fear, Secrets… more

Lionel Tiger

Tiger, Lionel

Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University

Among Tiger's books are Men in Groups (1969, 1987), which introduced and developed the concept of male bonding, The Imperial Animal (1971,1989), The Pursuit of Pleasure (1992),and The Decline of… more

Marc Rotenberg

Rotenberg, Matthew

Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

Is executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many… more

Tyler Cowen

Cowen, Tyler

Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Director of the Mercatus Center

Tyler has written numerous books on the relationship between commerce, the arts, and morality, including In Praise of Commercial Culture and most recently Discover Your Inner Economist. He co-writes a… more

Stephen Jones

Jones, Stephen

Managing Partner, Law firm of Jones, Otjen, and Davis.

Is managing partner of the law firm of Jones, Otjen, and Davis. In May 1995, he was appointed by the U.S. District Court to serve as the principal defense counsel… more

Sydney Barrows

Barrows, Sydney

Author of Mayflower Madam

Sydney is perhaps better known to millions as the "Mayflower Madam," found herself moonlighting as a phone girl at an escort service after having been fired for refusing to participate… more

Wendy Shalit

Shalit, Wendy


Wendy received her BA in philosophy from Williams College in 1997. Her first book, A Return to Modesty: Discovering The Lost Virtue (1999) argues that modesty is misunderstood as "repression";… more