The panelists include distinguished professors, media professionals, digital government forecasters, and policy analysts. They include:


Oscar H. Gandy, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania. A productive scholar in the field of Communication, he has written on privacy rights, the role of the corporation and the neo-liberal state, and on race and personal information. Among his many publications are the books, Communication and Race, A Structural Perspective (Edward Arnold and Oxford University Press, 1998); The Panoptic Sort: A Political Economy of Personal Information (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993); and recent articles including, "Racial Profiling: They said it was against the law!" (with Lemi Baruh) University of Ottawa Law & Technology Journal, vol. 6 (3), 2006: 297-327.


Jane E. Fountain is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and the founder and Director of the National Center for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research focuses on institutions, global information and communication technologies, and governance. Her book, Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Brookings Institution Press, 2001) was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title 2002 by Choice, and has been translated and published in Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese. She holds a double Ph.D. from Yale University in organizational behavior and in political science.


Deborah Potter is President and Executive Director of NewsLab, an independent, non-profit training and research organization dedicated to helping newsrooms better inform viewers and listeners about substantive, complex issues that affect their lives. She is a former network correspondent for CBS and CNN. She has served as executive director of the research and training arm of the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDF), and is a former faculty associate at the Poynter Institute. She is a featured columnist for the American Journalism Review, and co-author of Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World (CQ Press, 2007). Her Handbook of Independent Journalism is widely used in training programs around the world.


Paul M. A. Baker is Director of Research at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and holds the rank of Senior Research Scientist with the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Project Director of Policy Initiatives for both the Rehabilitation Engineering research Center (RERC) on Mobile Wireless Technologies, and the Workplace Accommodations RERC, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Temple University. He is currently researching the role of policy in advancing technology and universal accessibility goals for persons with disabilities; and institutional issues involved in public sector information policy development and state and local government use of information and communication technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, an M.P. in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.


Jarice Hanson (Coordinator and Moderator) currently holds the Verizon Chair in Telecommunications in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. She is also Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she focuses her research and teaching on issues of the social use of media, communications and information technologies, telecommunications policy, and media and behavior. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 18 books, including the recent 24/7: How Cell Phones and the Internet Change the Way We Live, Work, and Play (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007), and the popular series, Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in Media and Society (with Alison Alexander) (Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill) now in its 10th edition.



THE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY VERIZON CHAIR
The Bell of Pennsylvania Chair in Telecommunications, now the Verizon Chair in Telecommunications, was established at Temple University's School of Communications and Theater (SCT) in 1987 with an endowed gift of $1 million. The Chair provides the opportunity for a visiting professor to teach and research telecommunications at Temple University and to hold an annual symposium.