Christopher Boam, Principal
Chris Boam has had the great fortune of being able to see from all sides the many financial and technology law and policy issues that can impact the formation and viability of businesses large and small in our global economy. As founder of 40A&M LLC, he brings this expertise to bear not only in advising clients on issues of business, legislative and public relations strategy, but also in numerous articles and speeches on a breadth of topics from data protection and intellectual property to comparative national laws and policies on technology take-up and integration.
For over six years, Chris served as Director for International Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy to Verizon. In this role, he managed the ‘Europe desk’ for the Public Affairs, Policy & Communications Department, tracking and developing regulatory filings and advocacy strategy on communications regulatory law and policy at the European Union (EU) and in its Member States, where Verizon’s international business presence is its largest globally. During this time, Chris was actively engaged in Europe’s wholesale revision of its electronic communications regulatory framework, its continuing rewrite of its data protection law and policy, and most recently, discussions regarding possible room for agreement on EU-U.S. services trade issues. He is also a veteran presenter at numerous international conferences and played an active and very recent role in over a dozen U.S. delegations to the OECD as an industry expert advisor on information technology issues.
Chris has prepared high-level executives for remarks and responses to questions and similarly supported numerous working groups with succinct of-the-moment backgrounders and briefs on complex international policy issues and policy-making institutions. Much of this material, and his own numerous speeches and presentations, have built upon subject-matter expertise he developed during years as Counsel for Global Internet and ICT (information and communications technology) to MCI. These issues include intellectual property protection online, hosting and application service provider liability issues, comparative national broadband market performance, Internet governance and cloud services deployment. With a widely-respected background in international data protection law and compliance, Chris also served as Data Protection Officer for Europe for MCI.
Prior to joining MCI in 2001, Chris served in staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and in private legal practice in the litigation department of the New York-based firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. While on Capitol Hill, Chris was part of a dynamic team of majority staffers to the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee (today’s Committee on Financial Services) Subcommittee on Economic Growth & Credit Formation. He assisted the then Chairman (Paul Kanjorski, D-PA) and Ranking Minority Member (Tom Ridge, R-PA) with hearings on oversight of the Federal Reserve System, federal research funding and technology commercialization, and creation of a secondary market for small business loans.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, and the Catholic University of America Law School, in Washington, DC, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of its CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy. He has published over a dozen articles and monographs on issues relating to data protection and Internet regulation, in such publications as the Hastings Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law, National Law Journal, La lettre de l’Autorité (ARCEP), and the Journal of Data Protection Law & Policy. His recent speaking engagements have included events at the George Mason School of Law; International Institute of Communications Telecom & Media Forums in Brussels, London, Madrid and Rome; the Friedrich Hayek Institute, in Vienna, Austria; ExpoTelecom 2010 in San Jose, Costa Rica; and at the Ofcom International Conference 2008, in London. Some of these publications and speeches are linked below.
Chris Resides in Northern Virginia. He can be reached at: Chris.Boam@40A-M.com or +1 (703) 879-7212.
Select Publications, Speeches and Presentations
The Role of Privacy in a Changing World, in Communications and Competition Law: Key Issues in the Telecoms, Media and Technology Sectors (Kluwer Int'l, Dec. 2014), Pt. IV - Power over Data, Ch. 18, at 233-245.
Angry Birds: Tech Giants Can Give Glimpse of NSA Spying, but not Much (by Mark Clayton), Christian Science Monitor (January 28, 2014), (interviewed).
US Spying in Europe: will it Backfire on Google and Facebook? (by Mark Clayton), Christian Science Monitor (Oct. 24, 2013), (interviewed).
'How the Net was Won: Internet 2.0 - to Regulate or Not to Regulate', a panel event of the International Bar Association Annual Conference (Boston, Mass.) (October 10, 2013) (Chris Boam presentation slides) (article on event)
Privacy in Transition: the U.S. and EU Strive for Meaningful Change in the Midst of Emerging 'Economics of Trust', Jan. 23, 2013 (an abbreviated version of the article is also available in the March, 2013 issue of Intermedia magazine).
Insider's Discussion: Our Spot in the World - A Global Perspective of Wireless & Innovation, IPI 3rd Annual Communications Summit, Washington, DC (March 2, 2011) (served as moderator of the discussion) (IPI filmed the event for posting here).
ICT's and Environmental Sustainability, International Chamber of Commerce (June 10, 2010) (as committee author/editor).
Importance of Communications Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), European-American Business Council (February 2010) (as committee author/editor).
Tous les bits ne sont pas egaux, 67 La lettre de l'Autorite 19 (July 2009) (journal of the French regulator, ARCEP), at 19 (unpublished English translation).
First Person: Chris Boam (a profile by Editor Stephen McLelland), Intermedia (August 2008), Vol. 36, No. 2, at 38.
Next Generation Networks - What Does the Future Hold?, IIC Telecom & Media Forum, Madrid, Spain (June 24-25, 2008) (Chair of Session 1).
Reform Proposals for the Electronic Communications Sector, Competition Law and Electronic Communications Seminar, Univ. of Leuven and Cullen International, Brussels, Belgium (April 17, 2008) (presenter).
Data Retention Directive: Ensuring Consistency in the EU, Data Protection Law & Policy (July 2006), at 14.
World Wants More Say in Control of World Wide Web (by Michelle Kessler), USA Today (Nov. 13, 2005), (interviewed) at C1.
Forum on Internet Governance, Syracuse University Internet Governance Project (July 29, 2005), Washington, DC (audio of my presentation).
Keynote Speech - Security versus Privacy: How Far Should We Go?, Infocom 2003 (June 18, 2003), Panama City, Panama.
The Internet, Information and the Culture of Regulatory Change, CommLaw Conspectus (Summer 2001), Vol. 9, No. 2, at 175.
Putting a Premium on Privacy Protection Policies (with Robert L. Hoegle), National Law Journal (Aug. 21, 2000), at 29.
When Cyberspace Meets Main Street: a Primer for Internet Business Modeling in an Evolving Legal Environment, Hastings Comm./Ent. L.J. (May 2000), Vol. 22, No. 1, at 97.
The Internet and Jurisdiction: International Principles Emerge but Confrontation Looms (with Robert L. Hoegle), J. of World Int. Prop. L. (January 2000), Vol. 3, No. 1, at 33.
A too-Seamless Web? Nations Try Carving Out Separate Jurisdictions over the Net (with Robert L. Hoegle), IP Worldwide (July/Aug. 1999), at 29 (also available in Japanese).
Giving the Phoenix Wings: the Deutsche Telekom / France Telecom / Sprint Alliance, CommLaw Conspectus (Winter 1997), Vol. 5, No. 1, at 73.