Our Board of Advisors provides insight and support to the organization's Board of Directors and management team on a variety of issues ranging from the development of programming and services to marketing, public relations, and technology operations. The Board of Advisers is comprised of a wide range of experts from the education, nonprofit and private sectors. Meet our 2013 Advisors below.
Arthur Bushkin is a writer, philanthropist and social activist whose principal cause is "harnessing the power of technology for social good." He founded the Stargazer Foundation, which operated between 1999 and 2012, and provided free technology support to nonprofit organizations.
In the 1960s, he was present at the creation of what became the Internet, working with and consulting to the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in the Defense Department. In the 1970s, he was the Director of U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s Privacy Initiative, where he was instrumental in passage of the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978 and served as the principal U.S. Delegate to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on Information, Computer & Communications Policy. In the 1990s, he was President of Bell Atlantic Video Services (now Verizon) and pioneered the creation of video-on-demand and other aspects of the Web.
He has both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and taught computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wellesley College.
Beverly Magda, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of the Technology Management master’s program at Georgetown University. Dr. Magda has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology—more the half in education and not-for-profit organizations. Previously, she lead IT initiatives at the Humane Society of the United States and Johns Hopkins University. She also served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Hood College. Her research on mitigation of the effects of technological change leads her to presentations across the country and consultations at organizations undergoing technological change.
She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering from The George Washington University, as well as a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management and Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science.
Michael Roberts is the founder of Rexxfield.com and a licensed private investigator. Believed to be the world's first professional Internet troll hunter, Michael understands the damage and hurt that online attackers can cause individuals and organizations because he was once a victim himself.
Previously coordinating white-hat security education for the U.S. Air Force, NATO, the United Nations and others, Michael now uses his skills to assist both private and law enforcement clients ranging from school children to celebrities and CEOs.
In one case where an American Attorney General had already spent $100,000 of tax payers’ money in futile attempts to identify a rogue Tweeter, Michael was able to identify the online attacker in a mere 17 minutes. Michael is also responsible for numerous investigative journalistic scoops and has been described by one journalist as “an absolute secret weapon for any serious reporter."
After being the victim of online defamation that destroyed her reputation and career, Sue Scheff sued her attacker and in 2006 won the largest defamation jury award in American legal history, $11.3 million ($1,170,000 in compensatory damages and $2,000,000 in punitive damages). She recounted her amazing story in the book "Google Bomb: The Untold Story of the $11.3M Verdict That Changed the Way We Use the Internet," co-authored with attorney John W. Dozier, Jr.
Sue is the founder of Parents' Universal Resource Experts (P.U.R.E.), which she created to help families with at-risk teens. She has been featured on Anderson, ABC News, 20/20, Dr. Phil, CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric, Lifetime, Fox News, CBC, BBC, CNN Headline News, InSession Court TV and noted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times and others.
Mikah Sellers is a marketing executive with 10+ years experience at the intersection of marketing and technology. He currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing for Levick Strategic Communications, a leading public relations firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Levick he held a variety of marketing, leadership and consulting roles at ePartners and Doceus, where he worked on high-profile projects for Fortune 1000 and nonprofit clients including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Maggie Moos International, Schlotzskys, the Chamber of Commerce, and Magazine Publishers of America, to name a few. Mikah also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the Master of Professional Studies in the Technology Management program.
Mikah earned an M.B.A. and an M.A. in Communication Arts with a focus in advertising and public relations both with distinction at the New York Institute of Technology. Sellers also earned an M.S. in Internet Marketing at Full Sail University. He has also completed graduate coursework at Gonzaga University in organizational leadership, conflict resolution and human relations.
Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and is an internationally known expert in privacy law.
He has consulted in high-profile privacy law cases, contributed to amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, and testified before Congress. Daniel has been interviewed and quoted by the media in several hundred articles and broadcasts, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR.
He writes in the areas of information privacy law, cyberspace law, law and literature, jurisprudence, legal pragmatism, and constitutional theory. He is the author of the books Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale University Press forthcoming 2011), Understanding Privacy (Harvard University Press 2008), The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press 2007), The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Internet Age (NYU Press 2004), in addition to several textbooks. He has also written more than 40 articles and essays, which have appeared in many of the leading law reviews, including the Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, U. Pennsylvania Law Review, NYU Law Review, Michigan Law Review, U. Chicago Law Review, Duke Law Journal, and Georgetown Law Journal, among others.
He received his A.B. in English Literature from Washington University, where he was an early selection for Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.