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Christina Gagnier
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Christina Gagnier is an intellectual property attorney and partner at Gagnier Margossian LLP. A proud Californian, she began her interest in technology and politics while working on initiative campaigns and coordinating voter turnout in California for causes relating to education. Gagnier also operates as CEO of TRAIL, an education technology company dedicated to bringing people their first experience with the Internet.

Previously, Gagnier served as the Chief Information Officer of, a non-partisan Millennial civic engagement organization, working on the organization’s Democracy 2.0 initiative, managing its online interface and research programs. Gagnier was one of eight members of the National Conference on Citizenship’s 2008 Civic Health Index Millennial Working Group.

A researcher and information broker at heart, Gagnier focuses on the intersection of on and offline action, specializing in cyberspace law, telecommunications, transparency and privacy. From 2006-2008, Gagnier engaged in research for Lawrence Lessig at Stanford Law School, working on Code 2.0 and Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. In Fall 2008, Gagnier’s Democracy 2.0: Millennial-Generated Change to American Governance was featured in the National Civic Review.

Although she will always consider herself an Anteater first (UC Irvine ’04), Gagnier is also an alumna of USC (M.P.A. ’07) and the University of San Francisco (J.D. ’08). When not attached to her iPhone, she enjoys Los Angeles, college basketball, western films and being a tech and policy geek.

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US & EU Reach Tentative Privacy Deal

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 1:15 PM

After months of unease for United States companies and their counsel alike, a deal has tentatively been reached by the United States and European Union to continue the flow of cross-border data transfer from the European Union to the United States.

As of October 6,...

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Revisiting Trade Education

(8) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Apprenticeships and trade opportunities should not be an idea of times past: they are essential to the economic recovery of communities across this country. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it would be of merit to reinvigorate our education in the trades as a path to employment.

Millennials across this country...

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A Master Plan Abandoned

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Student fees have yet again been raised at the University of California, with the University of California Regents on the precipice of approving a plan to increase fees over the next five years, resulting in an eventual 25 percent increase from current rates.

The response from the University of California...

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Vote or... Just Vote

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:28 PM

It is National Voter Registration Day on September 23, an entire 24 hours dedicated to getting unregistered voters to fill out that voter registration form and commit to voting in this upcoming midterm election. For this civics nerd, it is amazing that this is a designated day. Voting has a...

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Money in Politics an Issue for Youth Vote

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Over the past six months, I have had the opportunity to talk to people of all ages and backgrounds as I run to serve in Congress. While jobs and the economy are always top of mind, there is a lot of dissatisfaction with elected officials and the political system. At...

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Amid Scandal Surrounding VA, Day-to-Day Struggles of Veterans Seeking Health Care Overshadowed

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:39 PM

This week the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs has held a series of hearings on issues that are impacting veterans and their families. The subject of today's hearing, veteran suicide, also touches on the issue of veterans seeking care at VA facilities only to find misplaced...

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Youth Unemployment Crisis Will Have Long-Term Impacts

(2) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 2:49 PM

This week, the jobs numbers were released for June. While analysts and others try to paint a rosy picture of a path to economic recovery, a grim reality was again unacknowledged: youth unemployment.

According to a recent MarketWatch piece by Quentin Farrell:

Some 40 percent of unemployed workers...
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New White House Cybersecurity Framework and DATA Act: Good Intentions, But Still Fall Short

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:55 PM

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the much awaited Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, a document meant to serve as guidance for organizations to create cybersecurity frameworks that can prevent cyberattacks and data being compromised, such as the incidents experienced by a myriad of...

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Complicity in Revenge Porn?

(9) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:29 PM

While at a privacy event this last week, the topic of revenge porn came up as an area where law enforcement officials were starting to take a keen interest in prosecuting the perpetrators who have victimized men and women with content, such as nude photos, by publicly posting and disseminating...

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A Reboot for the Communications Act

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:07 AM

The process for beginning to update the Communications Act launched with a call for stakeholders and the public to give feedback on what updates should be considered as a part of what will be a dynamic conversation that impacts our nation's communications infrastructure.

The last update to the Communications Act...

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A Blueprint for Wheeler's FCC

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 9:34 AM

On Thursday, the new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler will make his first visit to California to speak at a town hall-style event in Oakland, on the heels of several FCC commissioners speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the tech industries yearly gatherings. In anticipation of...

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America's Joblessness Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:47 PM

As many unemployed Americans have faced their unemployment insurance benefits being cut over the past few weeks, questions are arising as to why the unemployment numbers seem to be declining, yet polls indicate that Americans remain deeply worried about unemployment.

Contributing to this disparity could be the fact that...

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Data, Privacy and Economic Station: The Data Vulnerabilities of Those Less Advantaged

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:46 PM

A tweet a few days ago from journalist Joseph Menn raises an important and thought-provoking point in the wake of the Target data breach: "I suppose those who can't qualify for credit use debit cards more, so the poor are put at greater fraud risk. #TargetBreach."

Menn pointed...

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Inviting Startups to the Privacy Regulation Party

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:06 PM

Last week, a joint committee hearing of the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and the Select Committee on Privacy explored the issue of what should be done next when it comes to consumer privacy in California.

Unfortunately, many of the individuals and companies who...

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Hacking Soap and Diaper Purchases

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Rumored yesterday and confirmed this morning, everyman retailer Target has announced that the credit card information for forty million customers was compromised during this holiday shopping season. Information that was breached included credit card numbers, expiration dates and the three-digit CVV codes, the vital elements of...

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Social Network Users' Rights Come to Forefront in Wake of Continued NSA Revelations

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:35 PM

The resurgence of the conversation around a "social network users' bill of rights" has been fueled by the international trampling of user rights across the Internet by both governments and the private sector. Since the first wave of Snowden's revelations were made public, the NSA scandal has revealed that intelligence...

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A Funeral for Online Appropriateness

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 5:41 PM

A recent wave of articles has emerged over the last two weeks about a trend which, in the least, is widely inappropriate and more likely crosses the line of being abhorrent: teenagers taking "selfies" at funerals.

You might ask what a "selfie" is. The barometer in teen (and...

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Wheeler's FCC: The Next Move on Spectrum

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 6:20 PM

With a five-year gap since the last major spectrum auction, the Federal Communications Commission recently announced the first of the 2014 spectrum auctions, taking place in January 2014. The resurgence of spectrum auctions is a result of Congress' approval of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act in...

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Private Sector Paying Price for Government Privacy Follies

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:43 PM

By now, many Americans are aware of the data surveillance practices that the National Security Administration has engaged in. Whether it's your phone records, who you're emailing or what you are Googling, Americans are now aware that what we once assumed was private is not. There are apparently no "A...

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Should We Begin the Criminalization of Online Harassment in the Classroom?

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:30 PM

"Cyber" bullying, a term that has been popularized as the evolution of schoolyard bullying to the online world using online tools, such as text messaging and social networking services, has become a buzz phrase whose presentation should be cause for concern. The behavior may take place online, but the consequences...

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