Cybertechnology and the Law

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Cybertechnology and the Law

New technologies are outpacing the laws that govern their use. However, a focus on outcomes and principles, rather than specific technologies or prescribed processes, can help avoid outdated cybersecurity laws and unintended consequences. Involving a broader group of technology, legal and policy experts in policy discussions also can lead to more effective laws and policies. 

This webinar is co-sponsored by the NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force; the Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff Section (RELACS); and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT).

This webinar was recorded for those who were unable to attend the live meeting.

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  • Representative Stephen R. Ucci, Rhode Island


  • Ryan P. Harkins, director, State Affairs and Public Policy, U.S. Government Affairs, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
  • David P. Barry, attorney, Division of Legislative Services, Virginia

Speaker Biographies

David Barry serves as the executive director and counsel to Virginia's Joint Commission on Technology and Science and staffs the Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Local Government committees in both the House and Senate. In this capacity Barry also serves on the governor's Aerospace Advisory Council, and the board of the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium. Barry holds a B.A. in philosophy and classical civilizations from the University of Cincinnati, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland. He is not affiliated with the writer from the Miami Herald but is happy to do book signings anyway.

Ryan P. Harkins is the director of State Affairs & Public Policy at Microsoft where he serves as the lead lawyer on legislation and policy issues for Microsoft's State Government Affairs team. In that capacity, he has led the company's state and federal work on a range of federal and state privacy and data security issues, including student privacy, encryption and biometrics legislation. He has practiced at Microsoft since 2007 and has expertise in a range of privacy issues relating to product and service development, wiretap laws, online advertising, children, marketing and data breach notification. Harkins is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches courses on big data, privacy, and discrimination, and on cybercrime and government surveillance. Before joining Microsoft, Harkins worked as a litigator in Seattle and served as a law clerk to Judge Fred Van Sickle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington. He holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where he served on the Washington Law Review and graduated with high honors and Order of the Coif.

Representative Stephen Ucci  (D) was first elected to represent the people of Johnston and Cranston in District 42 in November 2004. He serves as a member of the House Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Rules. Ucci sponsored the 2016 law unifying regulation of aerial drones in Rhode Island through the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. He was the sponsor of the 2015 Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act. In 2014, his bill imposing greater standards of accountability and transparency on quasi-public corporations became law. He was also the primary sponsor of a 2013 bill to establish the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, which was created to provide an effective tool for policymakers to explore solutions to Rhode Island’s economic landscape in the post-recession period. He was the co-chairman of the Special Commission on Reapportionment, which oversaw the drawing of new district lines to reflect population changes in 2012. He also served on the Defense Economy Planning Commission. He is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Preemption as well as the National Conference of State Legislatures Cybersecurity Task Force. Ucci graduated from La Salle Academy in 1989 and Providence College in 1993. He received his juris doctorate from New England School of Law in 1996. He is counsel at Adler, Pollock & Sheehan in Providence. He has been a member of Johnston Hose Co. 3, the Rhode Island Audubon Society, the South Eastern New England New England Defense Industry Alliance, the Johnston Lions Club, the Providence College President’s Council and is on the Board for Bryant University’s World Trade Day 2016. He also served on the Johnston Zoning Board and as Chairman of the Johnston Charter Review Commission. Ucci was born on Nov. 6, 1971. He lives in Johnston with his wife, Dina, and their daughter, Gianna.