“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Alissa Starzak is responsible for public policy at Cloudflare, a web security and optimization company.
Prior to joining Cloudflare, Alissa worked for 12 years for the U.S government in a variety of national security positions, including serving as General Counsel of the U.S. Army, Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) at the Department of Defense, counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and assistant general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency. She also worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., and clerked for The Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
She graduated from Amherst College and the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.