After excelling as both an engineer in cryptography and jazz musician, Etienne Drouard became an attorney specializing in privacy, information technology and intellectual property. Noted as a European specialist in privacy and e-commerce, Drouard was actively involved with European Union and French parliamentary discussions regarding IT and privacy regulations and became a senior associate in the IT/IP department of Gide Loyrette Nouel, France’s leading international firm. In addition, he assisted both the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Industry Committee and the U.S. Department of Commerce with IT-related privacy protection issues (e.g. spam, U.S. “safe harbor” and transfers of data, etc). During his fellowship, Drouard explored the American notion of privacy, from cultural, legal, and technological perspectives.