TLS Highlights


Addressing Harmful Content Online - REPORT OUT

Our latest report seeks to widen the lens of content moderation discussions, looking beyond the major social media platforms to examine content-related functions performed by companies throughout the Internet ecosystem.

Visit our Addressing Harmful Content Online page for more details on the project.

The full report can be found here.

Welcoming Melanie Teplinsky

Melanie Teplinsky will serve as Senior Fellow and TLS Adjunct Professor. Melanie has over 25 years of experience working on cyber law and policy issues in positions across the private sector, government, and academia. Before joining WCL, Ms. Teplinsky practiced technology law at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she counseled multinational clients on a wide array of cyberlaw issues including cybersecurity, data protection, and electronic surveillance. She later served on the (pre-IPO) advisory board of CrowdStrike, Inc., a next-generation cybersecurity technology company.

Welcoming Laura Draper

Laura Draper will serve as Senior Project Director for our newly launched project, Understanding and Demystifying the Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation. Prior to joining TLS, Laura served as an Assistant General Counsel with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as a judicial clerk in the Southern District of New York. Before attending law school, she worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she focused on law enforcement matters. 


  • Understanding and Demystifying the Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation. The goal of this project is to break the logjam and refocus the debate in a way that accommodates the multiple, competing interests in this debate. It acknowledges, yet sidesteps, the ongoing debate about whether and to what extent the move to default encryption is a net positive or net negative

  • National Security and AI: Bringing the IC into the 21st Century. This project will produce and prioritize budget and acquisition actions and guidance, create a risk-assessment framework, and recommend congressional oversight options that will support the Intelligence Community in taking full advantage of artificial intelligence and other new technologies for the benefit of the nation. 

  • Transatlantic Data Flows in the Wake of Schrems II. This project brings together U.S. and European experts and practitioners from the government, the private sector, and civil society to develop practical, actionable recommendations for ensuring the viability of transatlantic data flows in light of the Schrems II decision.

TLS Founding Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal named Deputy General Counsel (Cyber and Technology) at the Department of Homeland Security.

Please join us in congratulating TLS Founding Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal for her appointment as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security. We will miss her greatly while she is away, but we are excited for all she will bring to DHS and the nation! Professor Jennifer Daskal Named Deputy General Counsel at DHS.

top A grade and #13 ranking for technology law offerings

We are also pleased to announce that PreLaw Magazine has recognized AU WCL with a top A grade and #13 ranking for its technology law offerings. AUWCL Recognized with Top Grades for Diversity Initiatives, International, Trial Ad, and Tech Law.

At the Intersection

Making Space in Cybersecurity

TLS just signed a newly-released pledge, spearheaded by R Street Institute Tatyana Bolton (Managing Senior Fellow, Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats) to help make the cyber field more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. The “Making Space” pledge and initial list of signatories can be found here: Cybersecurity Coalition Pledge: “Making Space”.

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