Wendy Seltzer, W3C Policy Counsel and Domain Lead, Technology & Society

Wendy SeltzerWendy joined W3C in 2012, after time in legal academia, private practice, and with Electronic Frontier Foundation. She splits her time among law, technology, and policy. Wendy's legal research focuses on "openness," in the law and technology of online expression, user-innovation, privacy, and anonymity.

Wendy can also be found at wendy.seltzer.org or wendy.seltzer.is, and at the Lumen Project (formerly known as Chilling Effects Clearinghouse).

Short bio

Wendy Seltzer is Policy Counsel and Technology & Society Domain Lead at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where she leads work on privacy, security, web payments, and related standards. As a visiting Fellow with Yale Law School's Information Society Project, she researches openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse (now Lumen), bringing transparency to online takedown demands. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation and communication.

Wendy has been a Fellow with Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy and the University of Colorado's Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship in Boulder. She has taught Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Antitrust, Copyright, and Information Privacy at American University Washington College of Law, Northeastern Law School, and Brooklyn Law School and was a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute, teaching a joint course with the Said Business School, Media Strategies for a Networked World. Previously, she was a staff attorney with online civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and First Amendment issues, and a litigator with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Wendy speaks and writes on copyright, trademark, patent, open source, privacy and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl and MythTV).


email: wseltzer@w3.org

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