Whitney Merrill is an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. She recently received her master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where she explored issues associated with the intersection of technology, information security, privacy, and the law. During her time at Illinois, she was an Illinois Cyber Security Scholar and member of the Illinois Security Lab.

Her research was recently published in NDSS. And in 2014, Whitney argued and won a criminal case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a circuit split.

During law school, she served as Managing Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review and President of the Internet & Technology Law Association, and worked as a legal intern for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In her spare time, she runs the Crypto & Privacy Village (which appears at DEF CON each year) and designs puzzles.

You can find her on Twitter, on LinkedIn, or at conference near you.

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