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Lillie Coney
Associate Director
Electronic Privacy Information Center

Lillie Coney is Associate Director with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. Ms. Coney has an extensive background in coalition building and development. She serves as the Coordinator for the Privacy Coalition an EPIC project. The Privacy Coalition has over 40 organizations and affiliates, representing a broad political spectrum, who share a commitment to freedom and privacy rights. Guest of the Coalition include Chairs of the Federal Trade Commission, as well as, the Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of National Intelligence, the former Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Ms. Coney also coordinates campaigns for the Privacy Coalition effort most notable was an education and participation project around the Defense Department's database on all 16-25 year-olds and the Stop the REAL ID Campaign.

She has testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, and the House Committee on Homeland Security's Committee on Transporration Security and Infrastructure Protection. She also testified before the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee on domestic surveillance and the topic of CCTV Surveillance and "Fusion Centers". She has submitted comments on the Children's Online, and coordinated a campaign on the Department of Defenses database on all youth 16-25 years of age, involving more than 125 organizations.

She is the Public Policy Coordinator for the National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI), and has testified before the Election Assistance Commission. She served on the Brennan Center Taskforces on the Security and Usability of Voting Systems. She also served as a member of the ACM Committee on Guidelines for Implementation of Voter Registration Databases. She participated as a contributor in the academic paper "Towards a Privacy Measurement Criterion for Voting Systems." She has written several law journal articles on voting, and contributed to the development of the Election Incident Reporting System. She is a contributor to the New York Times Best Seller, 50 Ways to Love Your Country. She serves in an advisory capacity to several organizations, which include Verified Voting, ACCURATE, Voting System Performance Rating, and Open Voting Consortium. She is also on the board of Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility.

Ms. Coney has appeared on CNN, FOX, and NPR. She provides expert perspectives on privacy and conumer issues for reporters writing for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, as well as local, state and regional publications. She also manages the online blog privacy.org a resource on privacy articles on a wide range of topics.

Ms. Coney was the former Public Policy Coordinator for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Prior to that, Ms. Coney served as special assistant to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on a variety of issues ranging from energy and information technology policy, election reform, to education policy. Her background includes extensive work in computer systems and technology policy. She has over 20 years of experience working with on science and technology issues. She also has worked with civil rights and grassroots organizations on issues relating to voting and civil rights.

Ms. Coney received a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is a former Systems Administrator who has designed and developed web sites for Congressional offices.

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