About SIIA Public Policy

SIIA aggressively promotes and protects the interests of its member companies in legal and public policy debates by working with state, federal and international policymakers and participating in landmark legal decisions. SIIA supports the development of a robust global electronic marketplace that is diverse and highly competitive. To that end, SIIA is the leading voice of the software & digital content industries across a wide-range of issues, including intellectual property protection, privacy and data security, e-government and information policy, taxation of electronic commerce, security, education technology and workforce development.


Special Message:

United States Issues July 2 Advisory re: the Risks of Doing Business in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang)

The advisory can be found here.  The government does not outright ban doing business in this region.  However, it warns companies of the reputational, economic, and, in certain instances, legal, risks associated with certain types of involvement with entities that engage in human rights abuses.  Examples of supply exposure to risk include the following:

  • Assisting in developing surveillance tools for the PRC government in Xinjiang;
  • Relying on labor or goods sourced in Xinjiang, or from factories elsewhere in China implicated in the forced labor of individuals from Xinjiang in their supply chains, given the prevalence of forced labor and other labor abuses in the region; and
  • Aiding in the construction of internment facilities used to detain Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minority groups, and/or in the construction of manufacturing facilities that are in close proximity to camps operated by businesses accepting subsidies from the PRC government to subject minority groups to forced labor.

Public Policy Staff

Carl Schonander
Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy
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Carl Schonander leads SIIA's public policy team.  The team advocates for a pro innovation technology and information policy agenda with respect to privacy; the responsible use of data; respect for the first amendment and continued use of public records; intellectual property rights, digital trade; and, improving student outcomes through the use of education technology.  Schonander was previously SIIA’s Senior Director for International Public Policy.  In that role, Schonander focused on cross-border data flows, including the successful EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.  He oversaw SIIA’s digital trade advocacy, which is increasingly critical to industry competitiveness.  Schonander is a former U.S. diplomat.   His last three Foreign Service assignments were as the Senior Advisor for Europe, OECD and WIPO Intellectual Property Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Trade Policy Advisor in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Schonander has a Masters of Law degree from George Washington University, a Masters Degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Stockholm.   

Christopher Mohr
Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel


Chris Mohr is SIIA's Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel.


Sara DePaul
Senior Director of Technology Policy and Assistant General Counsel 

Sara DePaul is the Senior Director for Technology Policy. She works with SIIA members to develop and advance global policy positions on privacy, data security, cross-border data flows, and law enforcement access. Prior to joining SIIA, Sara worked at the Federal Trade Commission in several roles, including as an attorney for consumer protection matters in the East Central Regional Office and as Counsel for International Consumer Protection in the Office of International Affairs. Sara is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Kent State University.

Sara Kloek
Senior Director of Education Policy
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Sara Kloek is the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy. Most recently, Sara was the senior privacy and technology fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. Much of her time there was spent leading interagency discussions and subsequent negotiations on joint guidance on student privacy and educational technology. She also provided technical assistance to states, districts, schools and companies through ED’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center. Prior to her fellowship, she led the development of privacy and transparency best practices at Know What’s Inside and served as an education policy advisor to a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Sara is an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and is an enthusiastic advocate for education technology, clear privacy policies, and bees.