The Internet Law and Policy Foundry (aka the Foundry) is proud to announce its third class of Fellows. The 2019 Fellows Class consists of 56 future leaders in internet law and policy. The Fellows are students and early career professionals from a range of nonprofits, think tanks, internet companies, law and professional services firms, top universities, and congressional offices.
The Foundry brings together future leaders in the internet law and public policy space to network and participate in events aimed at providing them opportunities to share their research.
The 2019 Class represents diversity in demographics, geography, ideology, and skillsets. While many Fellows are lawyers, the class also includes cybersecurity professionals, a historian, and computer scientists. Several fellows have backgrounds as programmers, engineers, data analysts, and in similar technical roles.
Geography of the 2019 Class of Fellows
The Foundry is based in Washington, DC. The 2019 Fellows, however, are a geographically diverse group. Of the 56 Fellows:
- 29 are in Washington, DC
- 10 are in the Bay Area
- Others are located in: New York, NY; Boston, MA; Scottsdale, AZ; Madison, WI; Gujarat, India; and more!
How the Fellows are Selected
Foundry Fellows are chosen through a competitive process. The Foundry opened up its applications for the 2019 Class of Fellows in late spring of 2019, and current Fellows reviewed applications through August of this year. For its Fellows, the Foundry seeks “doers” who are interested in the Foundry’s activities, have a passion for technology, and can provide diverse perspectives on internet law and policy issues.
The Foundry chooses a new cohort of Fellows through a competitive process every two years. The current class of Foundry Fellows was selected in 2017, and will transition out of their Fellow roles as the 2019 Fellows ramp up their activities over the fall.
Internet Education Foundation
The Foundry is a project of the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), which runs the Congressional App Challenge and the annual State of the Net conference in Washington, DC, perhaps the best known conference on internet policy issues. IEF also runs the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory, which hosts a long running series of technology briefings on Capitol Hill.
IEF launched the Foundry to fill a gap: before the Foundry there were few if any professional organizations for lawyers and policy experts focused specifically on internet law and policy, despite growing interest in the field. The Foundry also provides opportunities for students and early career professionals to provide leadership and showcase their skills, distinguishing it from well established niche bar associations and other professional groups.
You can read more about the Foundry on its website: http://www.ilpfoundry.us/
See the 2019 Class of Fellows at: ilpfoundry.us/about/2019Class
Foundry Fellows // The 2019 Class
Andrew Manley is an attorney advisor with the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau. His work focuses on broadcast station licensing, including helping broadcasters prepare for the transition to next-gen TV, ATSC 3.0.
Ian Mair is an Associate at The Smith-Free Group where he helps clients in the fintech, financial services and intellectual property spaces navigate Congressional and regulatory issues, providing intel and coverage of legislative activities and direct advocacy before key committees of jurisdiction in furtherance of policy goals.
Ishan Mehta is a technologist and policy analyst in Washington DC. His work focuses on cybersecurity policy, technology policy, national security.
Keir is Policy Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association where he focuses on privacy, security, and emerging technology. Prior to joining CCIA, he managed the Program on Data and Governance at an Ohio State University.
Leah Farrar is an attorney and public relations professional. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology, culture, and identity in law and society. In her spare time she enjoys training in circus acrobatics and writing science fiction.
Michal Totchani graduated from Stanford Law School’s Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS). She focuses on emerging technologies and tech policy issues, including privacy, content moderation, security, public deployment of AI, competition regulation and intellectual property.
Natalie recently graduated with an LL.M in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from Cornell Tech. She previously interned at Privacy International, and is currently an intern at New America Foundation.
Nikki Bourassa is a program and policy officer at the Global Network Initiative. She focuses on expanding the diversity of GNI’s membership and developing GNI’s global policy work on issues including intermediary liability, jurisdiction assertions and limits, network disruptions, and surveillance.
Smita is a Product Counsel at Apple where she advises cross-functional teams on worldwide regulatory, compliance, and legal issues related to new and existing products. Prior to Apple, Smita worked at two international law firms in the San Francisco bay area. At these firms, her practice was focused on technology transactions.