2023 Tech Foundations for Congressional Staff

August 8, 2023

Join your Capitol Hill staff colleagues during August recess for three days of in-depth, in-person conversations with academics, technologists, and practitioners about tech policy issues.

Through a series of on-campus modules that break down the most complicated and timely topics and then put them back together with key next steps, the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy offers a unique opportunity to dive deeply into tech policy from both technological and legal perspectives.

Congressional and federal agency staffers of all levels welcome; attend all sessions or select just a few. Available to government attendees only.

The program is free of charge with box lunches provided and a pay-your-own-way happy hour.



  • Tuesday, August 8, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 9, 12:30 pm-5:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 10, 9:30 am-3:00 pm


Georgetown University Law Center Campus (conveniently located near Capitol Hill) | 500 First Street, NW (corner of 1st and E Streets), 9th floor


Congressional and agency staffers, with program faculty including:

  • John Bansemer, Director of CyberAI Project and Senior Fellow, Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
  • Dyllan Brown-Bramble, Associate, Latham & Watkins, Senior Fellow, Internet Law and Policy Foundry
  • Julie Cohen, Mark Claster Mamolen Professor of Law and Technology, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Mary Pat Dwyer, Academic Program Director, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy
  • Eric Einhorn, former Chief of Staff to Sen. Brian Schatz
  • Kara Graves, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
  • Diane Holland, Partner, Wiley
  • Lisa Hone, Chief Counsel, Innovation Data & Commerce Committee at Energy & Commerce Committee (Minority staff)
  • Margaret Hu, Taylor Reveley Research Professor and Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
  • Narda Jones, Chief of Staff, FCC; former Director of Legislative Affairs, White House Office of Science and Technology; former Senior Technology Policy Advisor, Senate Commerce Committee
  • Natalie Kates, former CTO, White House Covid Response Team
  • Cynthia Khoo, Senior Associate, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology
  • Brenda Leong, Partner, Luminos
  • John Lin, Senior Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Jonathan Mayer, Assistant Professor, Princeton University Department of Computer Science and School of Public and International Affairs
  • Paul Ohm, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Gabrielle Rejouis, Legal Fellow, United for Respect/Athena Coalition and Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University
  • Natalie Roisman, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy
  • Ridhi Shetty, Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Neel Sukhatme, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs, Anne Fleming Research Professor, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Jamie Susskind, Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn
  • Jason Tashea, Founding Director, Judicial Innovation Fellowship


DAY ONE | Tuesday, August 8

Breaking It Down: The Foundational Hows and Whys of Platforms, Decentralized Finance, Biometrics, and Generative AI

9:30 am-10 am: Registration/check-in

10 am-10:10 am: Welcome

10:10 am-11:30 am: An Overview of Disaggregated Data Architectures – How They Work and Why They Matter So Much

11:30 am-11:45 am: Break

11:45 am-12:45 pm: The Promise and Problems of Biometrics

12:45 pm-1:15 pm: Boxed lunches provided; group introductions

1:15 pm-2 pm: Lunch Discussion | Understanding Alternatives to Centralized Tech Platforms – Decentralized Finance and Web3

2 pm-2:15 pm: Break

2:15 pm-3 pm: The Rise of Generative AI

DAY TWO | Wednesday, August 9

Making it Equitable: Expanding Access and Advancing Inclusion

12:30 pm-1 pm: Registration/check-in

1 pm-2 pm: Technology That Serves People Through All Branches and Levels of Government

2 pm-2:30 pm: Networking Break

2:30 pm-3:30 pm: The Civil Rights and Liberties Side of AI and Data Privacy

3:30 pm-3:45 pm: Break

3:45 pm-5:15 pm: Driving Broadband Access Through Better Spectrum Policy

5:30 pm: Tech Policy Happy Hour with the Georgetown Tech & Society Initiative

Art & Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave., NW

DAY THREE | Thursday, August 10

Putting It Together: The Path Forward 

9:30-10 am: Registration/check-in

10-10:30 am: Operationalizing Your Takeaways From Tech Foundations

10:30-11:15 am: AI – What Now?

11:15-11:30: Break

11:30-12:15: Data Privacy – What Now?

12:15-1:00: Platform Regulation – What Now?

1-1:15: Break

1:15-3:00: Lunch Roundtable/Panel: Career Tips From Senior Tech Policy Congressional Staff