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Hacking Cybersecurity: A New Approach

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The future of cybersecurity is indeterminable. While the threat at times remains ambiguous, its effects are real, affecting government agencies around the globe. At a time when we are met with seemingly innocuous hacking efforts, such as a text change to the CIA website, as well as data breaches that compromise whole companies, such as the Epsilon and Sony data breaches of early 2011, qualifying, managing and developing appropriate responses to these threats will be imperative.

This panel will bring together the technical, legal and content management perspectives critical to creating national, and international cybersecurity policy. An issue intimate to the attendees of SXSW, the very real issue of hacker culture meets high security threat will be explored. The chasm between these worlds has had obvious consequences, and the goal of this panel is to facilitate a conversation that asks important questions and stimulates discussion around possible solutions.



Christina Gagnier Partner Gagnier Margossian LLP

Christina Gagnier leads the Intellectual Property, Internet & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP, with a specialization in social media, copyright and information privacy. A member of the State Bar of California, Gagnier has been active in the field of intellectual property since 2002. Gagnier serves as the Chief Executive Officer of REALPOLITECH, a digital public relations and web strategy consultancy.

Gagnier consults technology firms on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as Network Neutrality. Gagnier’s primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Her most recent publication, On Privacy: Liberty in the Digital Revolution, contains analysis of the impacts of our behavior online on society’s legal privacy rights. In 2008, she published, Running Cases Through a Merck Sieve: Biopharmaceutical Research in the Wake of Merck v. Integra, discussing the legal and political impacts of the 2005 Supreme Court decision and the reaction of the circuit courts.

Gagnier has customized Gagnier Margossian LLP’s technology practice to broadly serve the needs of “startups.” Working with artists, Web TV writers and producers, Internet companies and mobile application developers, Gagnier provides digital strategy advising to clients who are often times navigating uncharted legal territory.

Gagnier researched at Stanford Law School for Professor Lawrence Lessig, working on Code 2.0 and Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. In 2008, Gagnier coordinated the symposium The Toll Roads? The Legal and Political Debate over Net Neutrality at the University of San Francisco. Gagnier also served as the Chief Information Officer at, a national civic engagement organization dedicated to Millennial Generation advocacy and public policy.

Gagnier manages Gagnier Margossian LLP’s alternative dispute resolution practice, specializing in intellectual property, media, the arts and technology. Her legal and policy expertise provides a unique perspective to what is an emerging field in the area of intellectual property. She holds a minor in Conflict Resolution from the University of California, Irvine, and is a certified mediator in the State of California.

Christina blogs in the Technology section of The Huffington Post, is a columnist on legal ethics on the web for California Lawyer and has been a contributor to CBS News’ What’s Trending. She is frequently invited to sit on panels discussing issues like Information Privacy and Data, law in the digital age, Government 2.0 and citizen engagement. She has also been a guest commentator on TV shows like Russia Today’s CrossTalk and NBC’s Press:Here, on radio stations such as KCBS in San Francisco and WCCO in Minnesota, and has also been quoted by MSNBC, The Atlantic, Politico and The New York Times.

Gagnier earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Lovisa Williams Sr Policy Advisor & Social Media Strategist US Department of State

Lovisa Williams is the Senior Policy Advisor and Social Media Strategist for the U.S. Department of State. She manages the Department’s Internet Steering Committee which is the policy and governance structure for all Internet based technologies. Lovisa is a member of the Federal Web Managers Council and is the co-chair for the Sub Council for Social Media. Both, are focused on the management and governance of all Internet technologies used for public engagement.

Most recently she was the Deputy Director for the Department of State’s International Information Programs (IIP) Bureau’s Office of Innovative Engagement (OIE). She is the co-author for the Department of State’s first social media use policy. She also managed the Department’s Community Managers Group. She developed the first Community Managers Boot Camp and continues to educate employees on Community Management issues.

Lovisa has over fourteen years of experience working for the Federal Government on technology and social media projects. She specializes in how disruptive technologies require organizational transformation. Lovisa lives at the intersection of people, government, and technology. She is an innovator who actively explores new ways to solve problems leveraging technology.

Lovisa is an active participant in the community advocating for Government’s use of social media. She is a regular speaker in the Government 2.0 community. Lovisa, and her work at the Department of State, are included in Charlene Li’s book Open Leadership as a business case. She has served for the past two years as one of the organizers for the Government 2.0 Camp in Los Angeles, CA. And she is currently serving on the Board of Advisors for Silberberg Innovations. Lovisa works on a number of community projects such as being the co-founder of the Mobile Citizen Summit and the founder of the Global Citizenship Project. Lovisa is also a contributing blogger for The Community Manager.

Sarah Granger Founder Center for Technology Media & Society

Sarah Granger has 20 years of experience in the intersection of technology, media and government, including ICT policy, online politics, cyber security, new media and open democracy projects. An award-winning writer and new media strategist, she advises public sector organizations on new media and technology through her company, PublicEdge, while working on the policy side through partner nonprofit organizations. She also recently founded the Center for Technology, Media & Society.

Sarah is a blogger at the San Francisco Chronicle at, The Huffington Post, and BlogHer. Other publishing credits include Security Focus,, IEEE Spectrum, Forbes Russia and She was a credentialed blogger at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, and she has visited the White House while covering government tech issues. She was a contributing author of Ethical Hacking, and she has edited four books on government 2.0, mobile security, cryptography and biometrics.

This is Sarah's third time speaking at South by Southwest Interactive. She first facilitated " 2.0: Upgrading to Open Source Government" in 2009 and in 2011, she spoke on " Reworking Government Through Technical Innovation." She has been a speaker or organizer for Gov 2.0 Expo, Gov 2.0 Camp LA, Netroots Nation, 140 Twitter, ACM Policy, CampaignTech, U.S. Policies for the Information Society, CA Data Camp, and the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference.

She served as a delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society at the U.N. in Geneva in 2003 and she is an elected Council member of the U.S. Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) public policy committee and chair of the USACM Digital Government Committee. She is also a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, co-chairing their cybersecurity working group.

Sarah is the former Project Director for the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and she served as a senior strategist for Project One Page, a smart crowd sourcing platform. Previously, Sarah directed the first blog launched by a national politician, and she worked in cybersecurity for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and California Maritime Academy.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Sarah earned an interdisciplinary degree from the University of Michigan after designing a major called "Technology & Society" and studying creative writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be found online at and on Twitter as @sarahgranger.

Stephanie Margossian COO REALPOLITECH

Stephanie A. Margossian is a founding partner of Gagnier Margossian LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in advising startup companies of all varieties. Margossian has experience working with individual, corporate, organizational and government clients regarding fiscal policy. Margossian has worked with local governments to establish employee benefit plans for city employees, she has provided tax solutions for top executives, and advised corporate officers in transitioning their businesses in corporate takeover situations. Margossian was admitted to the state bar of California in December of 2008.

From 2008-2010, Margossian managed the public interface and outreach efforts for the California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA). Margossian worked closely with the executive director in implementing strategy for broadening the organization’s membership base. With CCDAA, she specialized in recruitment and retention of the association’s statewide membership.

Margossian also managed CCDAA’s many public policy initiatives. She developed strategy and implemented campaigns to broaden CCDAA’s advocacy network. In this capacity, Margossian worked closely with the organization’s executive board to mobilize membership to engage in advocacy work on behalf of the organization.

In September 2009, Margossian was named Advocate of the Year by TeenNOW California for her work advocating for educational programs benefiting pregnant and parenting teens and their children.

Stephanie is a partner at Gagnier Margossian.


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