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April 3, 2013: Encoding Privacy Law. A DH 2.0 collaborative presentation by William McGeveran

12FMcgeveranWilliam McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School
More policymakers and technologists are gravitating toward the notion of “privacy by design” as a response to concerns about collection and use of personal information. This model seeks to embed privacy in the interfaces we use – and can include a role for traditional regulators encouraging or requiring architecture that protects privacy.

In this presentation, University of Minnesota law professor William McGeveran will first discuss the evolution of the “privacy by design” concept. He will then present a case study concerning “frictionless sharing” of individuals’ reading and viewing choices between platforms like Netflix or the Washington Post and social networks like Facebook. He suggests a simple design principle (which he calls the “law of friction”) that maximizes the benefits of these open information flows while also reducing the risk of accidental disclosures that can erode privacy.


Available for download as audio (.mp3, 40.0MB) or video (.m4v, 160.9MB).

Question and Answer Session

Available for download as audio (.mp3, 18.7MB) or video (.m4v, 99.0MB).

William McGeveran is Associate Professor and Lampert Fesler Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School. In fall 2012 he was in residence as a fellow at the University’s interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Study.

Professor McGeveran teaches a regular course in Data Privacy as well as Trademarks, Civil Procedure, and Law in Practice. He has written law review articles about privacy in social media and the privacy dimensions of political contribution disclosure rules, and he has lectured, spoken in the media, and testified before policymakers about various privacy-related topics. Last fall he was among a small group of privacy scholars invited to attend an American Law Institute working session about data privacy.

Before starting at the University of Minnesota in 2006, Professor McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Previously he was a litigator at the Boston law firm Foley Hoag specializing in intellectual property and information law; a clerk for Judge Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; and a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives for over six years, where he worked for then-Rep. Charles Schumer and Rep. Louise Slaughter. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College. He posts to Twitter as @BillMcGev.

12-01-20-DigitalHumanitiesDigital Humanities 2.0 advances artistic creation and scholarly research in the humanities by exploring digitization and Web 2.0 technologies. This IAS collaborative builds on strengths across the University to envision the next generation of digital humanities tools, techniques, and approaches. Excerpts from the proposal to launch the collaborative are posted here; they include citations of several key statements about digital humanities today. You can follow the Digital Humanities Collaborative on Twitter @DH2pt0.

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