Kathy Kleiman

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Kathy Kleiman is a pioneering attorney, programmer and data security auditor.She is the co-founder of the Noncommercial Users Constituency. She was also the organizer of the Privacy Conference Building Bridges on ICANN's Whois Questions in Vancouver. The Conference featured numerous experts from Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner, CIRA(.CA), Nominet(.UK) and Japan Registry Services(.JP). Kathy Kleiman is perhaps most renowned for her research surrounding the female ENIAC programmers. Kleiman has done a lot of work for preparint internet policies with ICANN, including the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).[1]

Kathy Kleiman is also the director of ACM's Internet Governance Project.

Career History

  • President/Senior Internet Law and Policy Counsel, Internet Matters.
  • Senior Internet Law and Policy Attorney, Dozier Internet Law.
  • Internet Law & Policy Specialist, McLeod, Watkinson & Miller.
  • Associate of Telecommunications Law, Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth.[2]

ENIAC Programmers Project

During her undergraduate career Kathy Kleiman heard about the female ENIAC programmers, which inspired extensive research and writing on the topic. She attended the ENIAC's 40th anniversary and met the programmers personally. Kleiman felt the need to tell the untold story of the six women who programmed ENIAC, the first all-electronic, programmable computer; thus, she founded the ENIAC Programmers Project. She is working to make a full feature documentary about these women.[3]

She says I'd like to let women and men and girls and boys know that computing is not just for geeks, that amazingly interesting, bright, creative women were the first programmers, and that the industry still needs amazingly interesting, bright, creative people.[4]


She received the Heroines in Technology Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.[5]


She became the one of the first few attorneys in the internet law after attending Boston University School of Law.[6]