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Digital Privacy Roundtable • August 2021 

The Digital Privacy Roundtable is a special 75 minute, virtual event that will be held on 25 August 2021. During the event, moderated by the Digital Privacy Chair Chris Gorog, we will discuss Digital Privacy’s importance and address the future of Privacy and Big Data in our connected world. Key topics will include what are our rights as individuals to own and control our data? What are the responsibilities and accountability of the data holders? Our keynote, Russell Harrison, will set the stage, exploring the Digital Privacy Landscape from a regulatory and policy perspective. Then we move to the roundtable, where the panelists will provide a brief view of their interest and concerns for Digital Privacy relating to their unique scope. Before closing, several questions will be proposed in order to help provide a more comprehensive insight into which areas of Digital Privacy and topic areas resonate most with the audience.

This Digital Privacy Roundtable is an IEEE Future Tech Forum event, brought to you by IEEE Future Directions.

Available on-demand: click here to access the event recording. 


Event Moderator: Christopher Gorog

Christopher Gorog, MBA, PMP, CISSP is the CEO/CTO of BlockFrame Inc., Founder of International Alliance of Trust Chain, Chair IEEE Blockchain Special Committee on Privacy and Security, Founder of the Blockchain Development Community, Blockchain SME Advisor to Colorado Legislator, Founder & Host of New Cyber Frontier Podcast, Professor, Published Author, Candidate for Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Research Partner at University of Colorado, Arizona State University and Colorado State University.

Keynote Speaker:

Russell Harrison has 25 years of experience working on behalf of professional societies, companies, and trade associations as a government relations professional. He is currently Director of Government Relations for the IEEE-USA, the American component of the world’s largest technical professional society. With nearly 150,000 individual members across the United States, IEEE-USA is the leading voice for technology professionals in the United States.

Over his 18-year career with IEEE-USA, Russ has represented IEEE members on dozens of policy issues including autonomous vehicles, digital privacy, AI, federal research funding, export control, and immigration. In addition to directly engaging with policymakers, Russ strives to build bridges between engineers and politicians. He has spoken at over 260 local, national and international events about public policy and the need for regular citizens to interact with their elected leaders.

Prior to IEEE-USA, Russ represented recycling facilities and the steel industry on Capitol Hill. He has a Master’s in Public Management from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in political science from Allegheny College. Russ is a Certified Association Executive (ASAE) and Planning Commissioner (Virginia Tech).


Dr. Greg Adamson is chair of the IEEE Industry Connection program Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust and Agency. He has worked as an industry practitioner in cybersecurity, health informatics, and data privacy for over two decades, with a current focus on self-sovereign control of personal health data. He is an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, a data communications engineer, has a Ph.D. in Internet studies, and a Master of Commercial Law from the Melbourne Law School.

Pau-Chen Cheng
received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently a Research Staff Member in IBM Research. He has been doing R&D on information security for 30 years. His research interests include network security, access control, intrusion detection, risk-based security, and confidential computing. He received an IBM Corporate Award for his contribution to IBM IPSec/VPN technology.


Ming Jack Po, MD, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of Ansible Health, a company focused on home-based chronic care management, starting with COPD. Prior to his current role, he was a product manager at Google working in Healthcare and Machine Learning. At Google, he has led teams in Health, Research, Cloud, as well as in Search. Prior to joining Google, Jack spent a decade working in different senior operating and venture capital roles in areas related to medical devices, healthcare delivery, and Global Health. Jack is a respected thought leader in the fields of Healthcare IT, Healthcare Delivery, Machine Learning, and BioDesign and he continues to teach and mentor students at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Jack is currently a board member of El Camino Health System, a trustee of the Austen Riggs Center, a board member of AcademyHealth, a member of the NIH’s National Library of Medicine’s Board of Scientific Counselors, and a member of the ONC’s Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force.

Jack received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University’s Fu School of Engineering. He received his M.A. in mathematics, and his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Nalini K. Ratha is an Empire Innovation Professor at University at Buffalo – SUNY. Previously, he was a research staff member at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. He received his B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, M.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering also from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan State University.

He has authored more than 100 research papers in the area of biometrics and has been co-chair of several leading biometrics conferences and served on the editorial boards of IEEE Trans. on PAMI, IEEE Trans. on SMC-B, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing and Pattern Recognition journal. He has co-authored a popular book on biometrics entitled Guide to Biometrics and also co-edited two books entitled Automatic Fingerprint Recognition Systems and Advances in Biometrics: Sensors, Algorithms, and Systems. He has offered tutorials on biometrics technology at leading IEEE conferences and also teaches courses on biometrics and security. He is Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IAPR, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. His research interests include biometrics, pattern recognition, and computer vision.

He has been an adjunct professor at IIIT Delhi, Cooper Union, and NYU. During 2011-2012 he was the president of the IEEE Biometrics Council. At IBM, he has received several awards including a Research Division Award, Outstanding Innovation Award, and Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Award along with several patent achievement awards. In 2018 he was designated as an IBM Research Master Inventor. Recently, he has been awarded the IEEE Biometrics Council Leadership award for 2019.

Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Windsor in Canada. Professor Schuelke-Leech earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, a Masters of Business Administration from York University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy (specialized in Finance) at the University of Georgia. Before undertaking her doctoral studies, she worked for 12 years as a professional engineer, primarily in product development for General Motors.

Dr. Schuelke-Leech’s research sits at the nexus of technological innovation, sustainability, engineering, business, and public policy. Her work focuses on the innovation process and resilience and change within technical and engineering systems. Most recently, she has been looking at the interactions of technology development with society and the effects of disruptions (specifically autonomous systems and climate change), as well as the ways to build more sustainable, ethical, and socially-responsive technologies.


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