Dr. Alissa Cooper is a Distinguished Engineer in the Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco Systems, where she is responsible for driving privacy and policy strategy within the company’s portfolio of real-time collaboration products, including voice and video conferencing, messaging, and web conferencing. Alissa focuses on ensuring that Cisco’s collaboration products meet high standards for privacy, data protection, and data sovereignty and accommodate regulatory and compliance requirements across a variety of industry verticals and geographies.

Alissa also represents Cisco externally in technical and policy fora. She currently serves as Applications and Real-Time (ART) area director within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where she manages the standardization and maintenance of key real-time technologies, including WebRTC, SIP, and XMPP. She was also the chair of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), which coordinated the transition of of oversight of key Internet resource management functions.

Prior to joining Cisco in 2013, Alissa served as the Chief Computer Scientist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, where she was a leading public interest advocate and technologist on issues related to privacy, net neutrality, and technical standards. Alissa holds a PhD from the Oxford Internet Institute and MS and BS degrees in computer science from Stanford University.

Alissa can be reached at: alissa (at) cooperw (dot) in.