The Technology of Privacy

Tags: Privacy / Technology Policy

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With each passing year, information privacy law becomes a larger and more important subject of legal scholarship, practice, policymaking, and popular attention. The key driving force explaining this shift is the breakneck pace of technology. Consider only a few of the fields of technology growing at an explosive rate and putting new pressures on privacy: robotics, biometrics, data analytics, smart phones, environmental sensing, facial recognition, and social networks. In every one of these areas, and more, fundamental shifts in the type and amount of information we collect has put pressure on individual privacy. New business models spring up constantly that use information in new, and newly invasive, ways. Technologists are locked in arms races related to efforts to manage the collection, storage, and processing of personal information in ways that either threaten or protect individual privacy concerns.

Join us in Boulder, Colorado, on Friday, January 11, 2013, as we discuss the “Technology of Privacy.” This is the Fifth Annual Silicon Flatirons conference on privacy, and it connects closely with last year’s event on the Economics of Privacy. Academics, policymakers, privacy advocates, and practitioners will come together to discuss the changes in the state of the art of privacy and technology, and focus on what it means for policymaking and legal practice in particular.

Panelists and keynote speakers will consider questions such as: what are the latest cutting-edge advances in the technology of privacy, and can we forecast what will come next? How much promise does the idea of “privacy by design” hold, and how can we improve on the idea? What have we learned from the debate over the Do Not Track flag, and what do the results of that development mean for future multistakeholder solutions to privacy problems? What should we make of the rise of Big Data, and how will it raise new challenges or possibilities?


  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Scott Peppet
    Professor of Law, University of Colorado
A Conversation with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill
Panel One: Threats and Benefits of New Technologies
  • Scott Peppet — Moderator
    Professor of Law, University of Colorado
  • Ryan Calo — Presenter
    Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Law
  • Ashkan Soltani — Presenter
    Independent Researcher & Technologist, Former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House & Former Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tracy Gray — Commenter
    Partner, Holland & Hart
  • Todd Hinnen — Commenter
    Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Rob Sherman — Commenter
    Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook

Panel Two: The Privacy Arms Race and Do Not Track
  • Douglas Sicker — Moderator
    Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy Professor, Engineering & Computer Science
  • Daniel Weitzner — Presenter
    Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
  • Aleecia McDonald — Presenter
    Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
  • Peter Eckersley — Commenter
    Technology Projects Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • David Campbell — Commenter
    Founder and Principal Consultant, Electric Alchemy
  • John Verdi — Commenter
    Director of Privacy Initiatives, Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD)
Panel Three: Values-in-Design and Privacy by Design
  • Harry Surden — Moderator
    Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Annie Anton — Presenter
    Professor and Chair, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
  • Deirdre Mulligan — Presenter
    Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Helen Nissenbaum — Presenter
    Professor, New York University
  • Bryan Cunningham — Commenter
    Principal, Bryan Cunningham Law
  • Scott Shipman — Commenter
    Associate General Counsel, Global Privacy Leader, eBay Inc.

Panel Four: Big Data
  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Omer Tene — Presenter
    Vice President, Chief Knowledge Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Simon Krauss — Commenter
    Deputy General Counsel, CableLabs
  • Ryan McIntyre — Commenter
    Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Frank Torres — Commenter
    Director of Public Policy, Office of Responsible AI, Microsoft Corporation
Concluding Remarks
  • Paul Ohm — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Peter Swire
    Co-Chair, W3C Tracking Protection Working Group
Reception (Sponsored by Palantir)

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