Last updated on: 2/17/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Christopher Wolf, JD Biography

Title:
Former Chair of the International Network Against Cyber-Hate (INACH)
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“On MySpace, as well as on the social networking site Facebook.com, there are hundreds of groups featuring the words ‘Hitler’ or ‘Nazi,’ many established to promote neo-Nazism and other anti-Semitic feelings…

In the Internet era, it appears there are more people interested in spewing hate than in countering it. On the social networking sites and on YouTube, inflammatory, hate-filled content overwhelms the limited efforts to promote tolerance and to teach diversity. And, as we have seen, hate speech inspires violence.”

Opening remarks, Berlin meeting of International Network Against Cyber-Hate, Nov. 8, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and co-chair, Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), 2008-present
  • Partner, Hogan and Hartson law firm
  • Adjunct law professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Board Member, National Symphony Orchestra, WETA TV and Radio, and Young Concert Artists
  • Member: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), American Bar Association, American Society of International Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League, Cosmos Club, and Economic Club of Washington, DC
  • Listed as one of the top privacy lawyers in the US in Chambers USA, 2008-2009
  • Recipient, Burton Award for Legal Achievement, 2005
  • Recipient, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Award for Public Service, 1999
  • Recipient, Whitman Walker Community Service Award for Establishing Citywide Pro Bono Program, 1988
  • Law clerk, US District Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., Washington, DC, 1980-1982
  • Former chair, International Network Against Cyber-Hate (INACH)
  • Former chair, Anti-Defamation League’s National Committee on the Internet
  • Former President, Food & Friends Board of Directors
  • Former Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1980
  • AB, cum laude, Bowdoin College, 1976
  • Attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1975
Other:

Areas of legal focus include privacy and data security law risk management review, workplace privacy, data security breach notification laws, commercial speech and privacy, international privacy compliance, and privacy litigation