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Barry Steinhardt

ORG ACLU Title BIO Barry Steinhardt served as Associate Director of the American Civil Liberties Union for the past 10 years. He was recently named as inaugural Director of the ACLU's Program on Technology and Liberty. He was a co-founder of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC), the world's first international coalition of Non- Governmental Organizations concerned with the rights of Internet users to privacy and free expression. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the US Census and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Genetics of the National Conference of State Legislatures. He was a member of the US delegation to the recent G-8 Government and Private Sector Tokyo conference on Cyber Crime.

Steinhardt has spoken and written widely on privacy and information technology issues to audiences ranging from the National Conference of State Legislatures, to the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, to the Hoover Institute, to the UNESCO Conference on Intellectual Property. At the invitation of members of the Japanese Parliament, Steinhardt gave a series of lectures in Japan on electronic surveillance in the information age.

He has written on privacy issues and free expression issues in a variety of periodicals ranging from USA Today to the Employment Testing Law and Policy Reporter, to the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.

Steinhardt is a frequent guest on news and talk programs and has appeared on such programs as the Today Show, CNN Crossfire, CBS Face the Nation and Morning News, and The Donahue Shows.

In 1998, Steinhardt took a leave of absence from the ACLU to serve as President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

As Associate Director, Steinhardt was responsible for providing structural and managerial assistance to ACLU's 51 affiliates and oversaw the ACLU's offices in Puerto Rico, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Steinhardt previously served as Executive Director of the Vermont and Pennsylvania Affiliates of the ACLU.

Steinhardt is a 1978 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law.