Elizabeth M. Renieris

Founder; hackylawyER
Elizabeth M. Renieris is the founder of hackylawyER, an innovative consultancy focused on law and policy engineering. An expert in cross-border data protection and privacy laws (CIPP/E, CIPP/US), Elizabeth has served as in-house counsel at two digital identity startups, outside counsel with two prominent international law firms, and as a government attorney focused on cybersecurity. She frequently advises on law and policy challenges at the intersection of data protection and privacy laws, digital identity schemes, and emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Elizabeth M.'s Sessions


Wednesday, June 26
2:00 - 2:50 pm
Ballroom
Entrepreneurs, Data, and Privacy: A Race to the Top
The use of personally-identifiable information (PII) by technology firms has become the subject of considerable policy debate. Firms see it in their economic interest to collect the data in order to sell higher-priced, more targeted ads, to potentially improve service delivery, or to become an acquisition target. To differentiate themselves against competitors such firms may collect even more PII in more intrusive ways. This data allows firms with access to PII to identify individuals with high resolution. As more firms have collected more PII, and awareness of abuses by a small fraction of firms has risen, a backlash to the tech sector has grown, effectively creating a “race to the bottom” in which the entire industry collectively loses. In March Omidyar Network intends to kick off the process to support, encourage and incentivize entrepreneurs to take a different path - a Race to the Top. We believe that an increased focus on models that enhance user control, individual empowerment and provide for privacy can lead to a virtuous cycle of innovation that is good for business and good for people. At the Identiverse conference in June ON proposes to illustrate the concept with a panel discussion and to introduce two toolkits to operationalize Race to the Top: a framework to support early-stage VCs as they consider potential investments in entrepreneurs that manage PII, and a toolkit for entrepreneurs themselves. The panel will include other examples of entrepreneurs and investors who model the principles and practices described in Race to the Top.

Wednesday, June 26
3:00 - 3:50 pm
Ballroom
Identity and Distributed Ledger - Today and Tomorrow
Join our expert panel, moderated by Paul Madsen, as they discuss and debate the future of distributed identity technology and its applications in solving identity problems.

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