“Digital Identity: Blueprinting the Way for Journalism and Privacy” | March 4, 2021

Discussion participants in the March 4 session; “Digital Identity: Blueprinting the Way for Journalism and Privacy” (part three of the series: “Identity, Advertising and the Future of Journalism”)




  • Jo Ellen Green KaiserJo Ellen Green Kaiser is founding chair of the ITEGA Board of Directors and consultant. She has worked as an editor, publisher and leader in independent media for over two decades. She is chair of the Foundation for the Alliance for Community Media. From 2011-2018 she chaired the Media Alliance board, where her focus included incubating the member-donor model for independent nonprofit publications and web services. She helped found the Southern Center for Movement Journalism, extending a personal focus on newsroom diversity efforts.. She previously served on the board of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. She received a B.A. at Yale University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught modern poetry, women’s studies and literary theory for six years at the University of Kentucky before leaving academia for media.

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    • Bill Michels Profile photo of Bill Michelsis general manager, product at The Trade Desk, one of the largest advertising-technology companies focused on connecting brands with publishers. His career earlier included stints at Yahoo! as search advertising and product manager, and earlier in various roles at location-data companies Foursquare and Factual Inc. In his career he has managed partnerships with Apple, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Microsoft, Snap, Amazon, and LiveRamp. He holds a degree in geology from Colby College and an MBA from Columbia University.


    • Ben Moskowitz is founding director of the Digital Lab at Consumer Reports. The lab published reports for policymakers and manufacturers on topics ranging from CCPA compliance, to how consumers value privacy and security, to nationally representative public opinion research on platform responsibility. The lab is funded by grants from Craig Newmark Philanthropies,the Sloan Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Omidyar Network. Mowkowitz spent five years at browser maker Mozilla, where he was director of development strategy. At Mozilla, he lead teams on research, strategic development, software R&D, ecosystem building and fundraising.  Before Mozilla, he fostered development of next-generation networks at U.S. Ignite, a nonprofit spinoff from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation.. His degree is from the University of California, Berkeley in political science and rhetoric.


  • James Vasile is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a partner at Open Tech Strategics, a consultancy that helps launch, join, evaluate, or influence open-source software projects that seek transformative change. He is also director of New America’s Open Internet Tools Project. A recognized expert on free and open source software, he challenges the structural, security and privacy barriers that hinder free communication between people. He has also directed the FreedomBox Foundation, a project devoted to building small, low-cost computers that protect people’s privacy, security and anonymity while they use the Internet. He is a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center. He holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA from Fordham College.


  • Photo of Rick Lerner, CEO, Clickshare Service Corp.Richard A. Lerner is CEO of Clickshare Service Corp. and principle architect of the User Data Exchange (UDEX.org) prototype developed for ITEGA task-group meetings. He is a computer scientist with over 20 years of experience in developing large, distributed, network applications. Since receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Lerner has lead the development of many large-scale applications, both for commercial application and for industrial and academic research. His technical expertise includes federated transaction systems, concurrent and distributed systems, internet applications and software engineering. He is based in Amherst, Mass.


  • https://cdn1.creativecirclemedia.com/ccms/original/1480916764_e9d4.jpgBill Ostendorf is president and founder of Creative Circle Media Solutions, a web design, software and operations consultancy. He’s worked with 300 media companies on three contents, led redesigns of more than 650 publications and 300 websites. AT the start of his career he was an editor at The Providence Journal and worked at papers in Chicago, Idaho and Ohio. He served leadership positions with the Society for News Design and and the National Press Photographers Association. He has undergraduate and masters degrees from Northwestern Medill.

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