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LGBT Technology Partnership prepares Sept. 12 security conference

The LGBT Technology Partnership, a national nonpartisan group of LGBT advocacy groups, academic institutions and technology companies that seeks to address technology issues of specific concern to LGBT communities in public policy, will host its inaugural fall policy forum Sept. 12.

The half-day conference, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fulbright Center at 555 13th St. NW, will feature keynote speaker Ajit Pai, an Obama nominee to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), followed by two panels comprised of community and policy experts who will discuss the future of broadband and issues pertaining to online security, privacy and confidentiality.

The broadband discussion will be moderated by Joseph Kapp, one of the co-founders of the LGBT Technology Partnership, and will feature Blair Levin, a fellow at the Aspen Institute and a former chief of staff to the FCC chairman; Denis Spivak, director of membership at Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers; Jessie Daniels, a professor at CUNY Graduate Center at Hunter College; and Michael Crawford, director of online programs for the LGBT rights organization Freedom to Marry.

The security and privacy discussion will be moderated by Allyson Robinson, the former executive director of the gay military organization OutServe/Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and will feature input from Alison Gill, the government affairs director for the Trevor Project; Brooke Oberwetter, associate manager of public policy for Facebook; Christopher Wolf, a lawyer with Hogan Lovells and a cofounder of the Future of Privacy Forum; Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance; and Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom.

Registration for the Thursday, Sept. 12, event, which is free and includes continental breakfast, is available online at

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