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Privacy & Security Expert, Employee 25 at Facebook, NBA Team Owner, Angel Tech Investor, Intellectual Property Lawyer


Chris Kelly is a privacy and security expert, attorney-at-law, and was the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook.

Chris is a Silicon Valley investor with a long track record of building innovative companies and making the Internet a safer place for kids and adults alike. As the first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy for Facebook, Chris helped the company grow from its college roots to the ubiquitous communications medium that it is today. Chris’ development of the site’s safety and security policies around real-world identity and deployment of a highly-trained staff for rule and law enforcement are credited as critical elements in the company’s success.

Chris left Facebook in 2009 to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California, garnering 16 percent of the vote in a seven-way race, his first run for statewide office.

Current Work:

Since the June 2010 primary, he has become an active investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Fandor, a San Francisco-based streaming media company focused on independent film and visual expression, and Chairman of MoviePass, a subscription-based movie ticketing service with headquarters in New York City.
In 2013, Chris joined a group of California investors who purchased the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. As a member of the group’s executive board, Chris contributes his expertise in technology and management to basketball operations and the Golden1 Center, the team’s new state of the art arena that opened in 2016. The arena was recently named Best Elite Sports Facility in the world by the Sports Technology Awards, an annual recognition voted on by thought leaders in global technology and sports.

As an attorney in private practice before his time at Facebook, Chris represented Netscape in the Microsoft antitrust case and Diamond Multimedia in the groundbreaking suit over the MP3 player that furthered personal use rights over digital content. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard University. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, an alternative public middle school in East Palo Alto, and as Chair of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide leadership training program for young progressives.

Talking Points

How to Have Privacy, Security, and Safety in an Interconnected World

It’s no secret we have no secrets when it comes to the Internet. So how can we interact safely on the Internet? Chris Kelly knows a lot about privacy, security, and safety. As an IP lawyer and former Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook, Chris was instrumental in developing online privacy and identity safeguards. While working at Facebook, Chris worked with the Attorneys General of all 50 states to develop the “Key Principles Of Social Networking Safety,” which provided safeguards for online privacy. At the same time, however, these safeguards took away user anonymity.

In this talk, Chris will discuss the delicate balance of safeguarding personal privacy and protecting users from predators by requiring users to have a verified online identity, and what the future holds for both.

The Facebook Story: How to Scale your Success

In 2005, Sean Parker introduced Chris Kelly to Facebook, where Chris became Employee 25. Ten years older than most employees, Chris provided a steady senior executive presence to this fledgling startup as Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel. In his talk, Chris gives insight into what it takes to make the leap from small startup to giant corporation, the problems and challenges of intergenerational teams, and the secrets for a successful transition to superstar status.

The Future of Technology and our Digital World

Our digital world is changing the rules-from how we act with each other to what we believe. As an entrepreneur, angel investor, and kid growing up in Silicon Valley, Chris Kelly knows first hand how technology has changed our world. Now as an angel investor, Chris has an inside view of where technology is heading. What are the newest ideas and how are innovators planning to change the world? Based on his own experience and research, Chris paints a picture of the future of technology and our digital world.
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