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Conference: The Technology of Privacy

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?

Full Agenda Details

9:15am - 9:30am
  • Scott Peppet
    Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
A Conversation with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill
9:30am - 10:15am
  • Julia Angwin
    Journalist and Author
    The Wall Street Journal
Panel One: Threats and Benefits of New Technologies
10:15am - 11:30am
Moderator Presenters
  • Ryan Calo
    Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Washington
  • Ashkan Soltani
    Independent Privacy and Security Researcher and Consultant
  • Tracy Gray
    Holland & Hart
  • Todd Hinnen
    Perkins Coie
  • Rob Sherman
    Manager of Privacy and Public Policy
11:30am - 12:30pm
Panel Two: The Privacy Arms Race and Do Not Track
12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Douglas Sicker
    DBC Endowed Professor, Computer Science
    Director, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
    University of Colorado
  • Aleecia McDonald
    Stanford Center for Internet and Society
  • Daniel Weitzner
    Principal Research Scientist
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
  • David Campbell
    Founder and Principal Consultant
    Electric Alchemy
  • Peter Eckersley
    Technology Projects Director
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • John Verdi
    Director of Privacy Initiatives
    Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD)
    National Telecommunications & Information Administration
    U.S. Department of Commerce
Panel Three: Values-in-Design and Privacy by Design
1:45pm - 3:15pm
  • Harry Surden
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Annie Anton
    Professor and Chair, School of Interactive Computing
    Georgia Tech
  • Deirdre Mulligan
    Professor of Law
    UC Berkeley School of Information
    Faculty Director
    Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Helen Nissenbaum
    New York University
  • Bryan Cunningham
    Senior Counsel
    Palantir Technologies
  • Scott Shipman
    Associate General Counsel, Global Privacy Leader
    eBay Inc.
3:15pm - 3:30pm
Panel Four: Big Data
3:30pm - 4:35pm
  • Paul Ohm
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Omer Tene
    Vice Dean
    College of Management School of Law, Rishon Le Zion, Israel
  • Simon Krauss
    Deputy General Counsel
    Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
  • Ryan McIntyre
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Frank Torres
    Director of Consumer Affairs
    Microsoft Corporation
Concluding Remarks
4:35pm - 5:00pm
  • Peter Swire
    W3C Tracking Protection Working Group
    Professor of Law
    Ohio State University
  • Paul Ohm
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado

Event Details

CLE Credits
General: 7
Ethics: 0