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“Driving” Cybersecurity: New Vehicle Technologies and the Smart Grid


Speaker(s): Gail Gottehrer, Leeza Garber, Suzanne Lightman
Recorded on: Jun. 30, 2021
PLI Program #: 330088

•Lecturer at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for the course Internet Law, Privacy, and Cybersecurity
•Adjunct law professor at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law, teaching Information Privacy
•Co-Founder of Can. Trust. Will., LLC, focused on cybersecurity hiring 
•Consultant and attorney, specializing in cybersecurity and privacy law
•On-air analyst for national televised news, providing expert insight on cybersecurity, privacy, social media, and technology-related headlines
•Recently featured in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Framework in Focus


Suzanne Lightman has over a decade of experience in information security policy in positions all over the government, as well as in the private sector.  She has held positions in both the legislative and executive branches which gives her a unique perspective on the development and implementation of government policy. Currently, Ms. Lightman is a Senior Advisor at the Computer Security Division of the Information Technology Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In that position, she is involved with a diverse portfolio of topics including development of the Cybersecurity Framework required under Executive Order 13636, cybersecurity in cyber-physical systems, identity management, and cybersecurity policy. She is also one of the team developing the Privacy Risk Management Framework at NIST.


Gail Gottehrer is the Founder of the Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC.  Her practice focuses on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and biometrics, and the privacy laws, cybersecurity requirements and ethical issues associated with the data these technologies collect and use.  She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.

Gail has taught Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.  She has given technology-related presentations for judges through the National Judicial College and the New York State Judicial Institute, and recently gave a talk on Emerging Technologies and Evolving Legal Issues: Biometrics, Facial Recognition Technology, Drones and Autonomous Vehicles at Syracuse University Law School.

Gail Co-Chairs the New York State Bar Association’s Technology and the Legal Profession Committee, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Transportation Law Committee.  She Chairs the American Bar Association’s TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, and Co-Chairs the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group.  She is a Member of the IEEE P7014™ Working Group that is developing a Standard for Ethical Considerations in Emulated Empathy in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles.  Gail Co-Chaired the Regulatory, Safety, Law and Policy Subcommittee of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law.

An internationally recognized thought leader, Gail served as a peer reviewer for Interpol’s Framework for Responding to a Drone Incident and presented a session on data privacy and security at Interpol’s Car Cyber Threats Expert Group Meeting in London in September 2019.  A member of the Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy’s AI4People 2020 Automotive Committee, she co-authored a paper entitled AI4People: Ethical Guidelines for the Automotive Sector – Fundamental Requirements and Practical Recommendations that was published in the International Journal of Technoethics (Volume 12, Issue 1, January-June 2021).  She is also a member of the ITU’s Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving.

Gail’s other recent publications in the autonomous vehicles space include an article published by Bloomberg titled, Mobilizing “Digital First Responders”: Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles, and two articles published by the American Bar Association titled, Can States Steer Clear of Liability for Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicle Technology?, and The Intersection of the Fourth Amendment and Level 5 Vehicle Autonomy.

Gail was selected as one the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM and one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.  Gail is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.