This WEEK in LAW 172

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This WEEK in LAW
Episode 172

This Week In Law 172: Can You Beer Me Now?

Personal data management, Minority Report style ads, is Shell prepared, net regulation, and more.


  • Denise Howell
  • Evan Brown
  • Stephen Zralek (@StephenZralek)
    • Public Knowledge
    • "Stephen Zralek is an AV-Rated, SuperLawyer, focused on intellectual property (IP), business torts and entertainment disputes. He helps clients resolve and avoid disputes over copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, counterfeit goods, trade secrets, social media, defamation, cybersquatting, domain disputes, rights of publicity, privacy, and computer fraud and abuse. He advises individuals and businesses how to protect their creativity, and works closely with entrepreneurs, start-ups and technology companies, recently assisting a client in the sale of a domain name for $1 million. He chairs the ABA Copyright Litigation Committee and is a member of the Copyright Society of the South. He has been quoted by Managing IP, featured in the ABA Journal, and interviewed by local news channels on copyright and IP issues, and is a frequent author and speaker on social media law and IP. He co-wrote “The Pro-IP Act: Another Weapon Against a Failing Economy,” published by the ABA’s Landslide magazine, as well as “Race is On to Recapture Copyrights,” published by the Tennessean. Upon graduation from law school, Stephen served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee."
  • Josh Galper (@JoshGalper)
    • "Josh is the Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel of Personal (, a digital life management platform that enablespeople to build a private, personal network centered on a secure data vault where they can control access to their personal information and manage their online identity. Josh leads legal, policy and communications affairs for Personal, in addition to sharing some partner development responsibilities. He was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he helped to build and later co-led the Public Strategies and Crisis Management Practice, specializing in integrated legal, political and regulatory, and communications strategies for public and private companies, including tech start-ups. He began his legal career at Sidley Austin LLP as one of the first lawyers in the firm’s global privacy, information management and data security group. Josh has a background in policy, communications and strategy from public service and politics, including the U.S. Senate, a governor’s office, and presidential, congressional and state campaigns. He was a press and foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator David Boren and later press secretary of the University of Oklahoma, where Boren became president. Among other races, Josh worked on the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley and John Kerry and served as communications and policy director for Rahm Emanuel’s first congressional campaign in 2002. He also served on the Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams in 2008 and 2004 as a writer, editor and presentation coach for podium speakers. Josh is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a class on crisis management and the law. He is a participant in the World Economic Forum’s Rethinking Personal Data project, and speaks and writes about privacy and data, legal, policy and business issues, and politics. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation D.C. Metro Chapter, the national social justice nonprofit the Appleseed Network, and the New Leaders for New Schools D.C. Program. Josh earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999 and B.A. in history at Yale University in 1994."


Tip of the Week

Cops Can Impersonate You

Resource of the Week

The World Economic Forum's Personal Data Project, and Report: Rethinking Personal Data: Strengthening Trust


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