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Stephen Gordon

Advisory Council Member

Since the dawn of the internet, Stephen Gordon has written frequently about free speech and free commerce on the internet, broken significant national stories and led multiple freedom-based online campaigns or activities. He’s appeared in the national media on multiple occasions regarding electronic election result issues. Currently, he serves as president for an e-communications political consulting firm which focuses primarily on liberty-oriented candidates and organizations. He’s served in senior positions or consulted for a wide variety of high-profile political campaigns, non-profits and political personalities. He’s been involved in the tech sector since 1980; his first real job was working for Ross Perot. He also spent a decade in the US Army on a variety of technical projects and missions providing earth and space-based broadband to both strategic locations and to the field. On multiple occasions, Stephen has been recognized by the media as a frontrunner in the use of the internet, blogs, bulk email and social media for political applications. Gordon currently serves on his state Advisory Council to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

Thomas Pearson

Advisory Council Member

Thomas Pearson was a technology and telecommunications policy researcher at both the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute, where his focus stretched from internet governance and freedom of speech to telecommunications deregulation, media ownership and intellectual property issues. Currently, he is a Partner at BNG Legal and Head of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group, dealing with commercial contracts, market entry and general business law. He also teaches International Arbitration at the Royal University of Law & Economics. Previously, Tom maintained a general legal practice in Alabama providing services across a broad range of practice areas. He holds a Juris Doctor from George Mason University, where he focused on law and economics. He also studied at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, concentrating on comparative legal systems, legal systems in transition from socialist regimes and commercial arbitration.

Marc Scribner

Advisory Council Member

Marc Scribner joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute as a research fellow in 2008, concentrating in transportation, land use, and telecommunications. These include public finance, transportation safety and security, network economics and competition policy, vehicle automation, freight logistics, economic redevelopment, land-use regulation, mass transit, civil aviation, and property rights. He has appeared on Fox Business and also published widely in USA Today, the Washington Post, Forbes, and National Review. His work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Congressional Quarterly, POLITICO, CNN, Bloomberg, BBC, C-SPAN, and other print, television, and radio outlets.

Berin Szoka

Advisory Council Member

Berin Szoka is the President of TechFreedom. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Before joining PFF, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham's Communications Practice Group, Szoka practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Hon. H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Szoka received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Submissions Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and California (inactive). He has served on the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar's Computer & Telecommunications Law Section, and currently serves on the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Szoka has chaired, and currently serves on, the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit citizens' advocacy group founded in 1988 and dedicated to advancing commercial opportunity and expansion of human civilization in space. He blogs for the Technology Liberation Front.

Ryan Hagemann

Advisory Council Member

Ryan Hagemann is a civil liberties policy analyst at the Niskanen Center. His research specialties include privacy and surveillance, robotics and automation, decentralized networks, Internet policy, and issues at the intersection of sociology, economics, and technology. He has previously authored works on the economic and social ramifications of autonomous vehicles with the Mercatus Center and has an extensive publishing record in outlets such as The Hill, Townhall, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Project for the Study of the 21st Century and Watchdog Arena. He also maintains an adjunct fellowship with TechFreedom, a libertarian nonprofit dedicated to advancing online freedom. Ryan graduated from Boston University with a BA in international Relations, Foreign Policy and Security Studies and holds a Master of Public Policy in Science and Technology Policy from George Mason University.