Meet the 2016 Congressional Innovation fellows

jc Cannon


JC Cannon is the founder of Assertive Privacy, a Washington D.C.-based consulting agency. Prior to moving to DC, Cannon had a 16-year career at Microsoft where he worked on identity management and database compliance strategy. He spent 12 of those years working on online, digital privacy issues. While at Microsoft he wrote two IT-related privacy books. Before joining Microsoft, JC worked as a software consultant for companies in the United States, England, France, and Sweden. He has BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas. He is also a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy where he fixed avionics for A6 aircraft on the flight deck of aircraft carriers. Cannon spends his free time writing science fiction books.

JC is serving with the Democratic office of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee (reporting to Ranking Member Levin and Ranking Member McDermott).  He is assisting on electronic health record privacy and interoperability and reviewing privacy standards for wellness program incentives that were expanded in the Affordable Care Act.


John Costello was an Analyst at Defense Group Inc's, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, where he researched Chinese defense and security issues.  As a member of the U.S. Navy and intelligence community, John established himself as a leading thinker in cyber warfare, emerging technologies, and information dominance.  His current research focuses on understanding the future of warfare, the role technology, and finding creative, iconoclast solutions to best prepare the United States for future conflict.  He has a BA from University of Maryland University College.  John graduated with honors from the Defense Language Institute and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.  John is also establishing the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI), a non-profit dedicated to understanding China's use of cyber and intelligence as instruments of national power.

John is serving with the Republican staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform IT Subcommittee (reporting to Chairman Chaffetz and Chairman Hurd).  He is assisting the committee on all things cyber-security, and will be pitching in on encryption, the Office of Personnel Management breach and IT security standards across federal agencies.