Digital Privacy Roundtable


The Digital Privacy Roundtable is a special 75 minute, virtual event that will be held on 25 August 2021. During the event, moderated by the Digital Privacy Chair Chris Gorog, we will discuss Digital Privacy’s importance and address the future of Privacy and Big Data in our connected world. Key topics will include what are our rights as individuals to own and control our data? What are the responsibilities and accountability of the data holders? Our keynote, Russell Harrison, will set the stage, exploring the Digital Privacy Landscape from a regulatory and policy perspective. Then we move to the roundtable, where the panelists will provide a brief view of their interest and concerns for Digital Privacy relating to their unique scope. Before closing, several questions will be proposed in order to help provide a more comprehensive insight into which areas of Digital Privacy and topic areas resonate most with the audience.

This Digital Privacy Roundtable is an IEEE Future Tech Forum event, brought to you by IEEE Future Directions.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 25 Aug 2021
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • United States



Event Moderator: Christopher Gorog

Christopher Gorog, MBA, PMP, CISSP is the CEO/CTO of BlockFrame Inc., Founder of International Alliance of Trust Chain, Chair IEEE Blockchain Special Committee on Privacy and Security, Founder of the Blockchain Development Community, Blockchain SME Advisor to Colorado Legislator, Founder & Host of New Cyber Frontier Podcast, Professor, Published Author, Candidate for Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Research Partner at University of Colorado, Arizona State University and Colorado State University.


Keynote Speaker: Russell Harrison

Russell Harrison has 25 years of experience working on behalf of professional societies, companies, and trade associations as a government relations professional. He is currently Director of Government Relations for the IEEE-USA, the American component of the world’s largest technical professional society. With nearly 150,000 individual members across the United States, IEEE-USA is the leading voice for technology professionals in the United States.

Over his 18-year career with IEEE-USA, Russ has represented IEEE members on dozens of policy issues including autonomous vehicles, digital privacy, AI, federal research funding, export control, and immigration. In addition to directly engaging with policymakers, Russ strives to build bridges between engineers and politicians. He has spoken at over 260 local, national and international events about public policy and the need for regular citizens to interact with their elected leaders.

Prior to IEEE-USA, Russ represented recycling facilities and the steel industry on Capitol Hill. He has a Master’s in Public Management from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in political science from Allegheny College. Russ is a Certified Association Executive (ASAE) and Planning Commissioner (Virginia Tech).