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J. Beckwith ("Becky") Burr is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Becky, who is a veteran of the Federal Trade Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, has broad experience in e-commerce, information technology, intellectual property licensing, and international regulation of communications and information technology.
As Attorney-Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission (January 1995 - June 1997), Becky was responsible for competition and consumer protection policy in connection with information industry/electronic information infrastructure. At the Commission, she participated in developing the FTC's approach to competition and consumer protection in the digital marketplace.
At the National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA"), first as Senior Internet Policy Advisor (June 1997 - December 1997) and subsequently as Associate Administrator and Director of International Affairs (December 1997 -October 2000), Becky was responsible for domestic and international policy related to Internet and information technology. As the chief NTIA official in the Clinton Administration's inter-agency task force on e-commerce, she was responsible for development and implementation of Administration policy on privacy, as well as Internet governance and privatization of the Internet domain name system.
Ms. Burr writes and speaks frequently on privacy and e-commerce issues. Her writings have appeared in Privacy and American Business, the Privacy Officers Advisor, and E-commerce Law. Ms. Burr has written a paper on "IT-Enabled Outsourcing for Developing Countries for the Global Internet Policy Initiative." She also has addressed Congress (Internet governance) and international audiences, including the WTO, the ITU, and the OECD (international communications and information policy).
Becky teaches e-Commerce law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington,DC.
Becky has been recognized as a leader in privacy & data security in the 2007 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of information technology law.