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CDT Announces Hire of Justin Brookman to Lead Project on Consumer Privacy

Washington—Justin Brookman, former Chief of the Internet Bureau for New York's Attorney General, has joined the Center for Democracy & Technology as Director of its Project on Consumer Privacy.  

As a veteran litigator and longstanding privacy advocate, Mr. Brookman developed groundbreaking Internet rights cases to protect privacy rights, preserve free speech online and support network neutrality. Under Mr. Brookman's leadership, the Internet Bureau gained prominence through its landmark efforts in support of consumer rights on the Internet.  Under Mr. Brookman, the Bureau brought the first regulatory actions against spyware and adware companies, as well as against the advertisers who funded those companies.  In addition, Mr. Brookman brought the first case against a company for "astroturfing" — or seeding Internet message boards and blogs with fake positive reviews.

"Justin brings a remarkable blend of skills and experience to the job and we are excited to have him join the staff," said CDT President Leslie Harris.

Mr. Brookman previously worked as a litigation associate for six years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in both its New York and Washington offices.  He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1998 and his B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1995.