Cathy Gellis is a lawyer specializing in the convergence of technology and civil liberties. Her practice includes advocacy and counsel related to copyright/intellectual property, free speech, privacy, and other innovation policy matters, with a particular focus on how these issues interact with Internet intermediary platforms and how the law affecting platforms also affects the public. Prior to becoming a lawyer Cathy worked as a webmaster in Silicon Valley and France, where she sat at the intersection of engineering and marketing, translating the needs of both into this new Internet-based communications medium. She has a B.A. in mass communications and sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, where she wrote her honors thesis on Internet adoption patterns by university undergraduates, and a J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property from Boston University.