Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern's Biederman Institute Delves into Online Privacy at First Annual Conference February 12, 2013
Southwestern's Biederman Institute Delves into Online Privacy at First Annual Conference

Is it possible to keep anything secret in our viral world? Why is the threat to privacy important and how does it really affect people's lives? How can we balance reputational protection with anonymous speech and freedom of speech? How does digital marketing have an impact on privacy, consumer protection and identity? These questions and more will be answered on Friday, February 22 when Southwestern's Biederman Institute tackles this increasingly important subject in their First Annual Online Privacy Conference.
"We've assembled an extraordinary group of practitioners, scholars, policy makers, privacy officers and public advocates to explore the many facets of online privacy," said Professor Steve Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute. "The discussions promise to be both lively and very informative."

Panels will cover the "why" and "how" of privacy, as well as privacy and its relation to reputation, the digital marketplace and the workplace. The conference will feature a special lunch and interview with Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Facebook. She will be interviewed by Professor Doug Lichtman (University of California, Los Angeles). The event will conclude with cocktails, dinner and an address by Charles Harwood, Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

Among the prominent scholars and leading entertainment legal practitioners, speakers for the four panels include:

  • JC Cannon, Director, Privacy Strategy, Online Services Division, Microsoft
  • Pam Dixon, Founder and Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
  • Professor Michael Epstein, Southwestern
  • Fran├žoise Gilbert, Founder and Managing Director, IT Law Group
  • Chris Hoofnagle, Director, Information Privacy Programs, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Lecturer in Residence, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Lewis Maltby, President, National Workrights Institute
  • Alison Pepper, Senior Director, Public Policy, Internet Advertising Bureau
  • Janie F. Schulman, Partner, Morrison &Foerster
  • Professor Michael Scott, Southwestern
  • John Simpson, Consumer Advocate, Consumer Watchdog
  • Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Paul Tweed, Partner, Johnsons Solicitors
  • Christopher Wolf, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Panel moderators include:

  • Jonathan Avila, Chief Privacy Officer, Wal-Mart Stores
  • Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy
  • Beth Givens, Founder and Director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
  • Neville Johnson, Founding Partner, Johnson & Johnson

Co-sponsored by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the law firm of Johnson & Johnson LLP, check-in and continental breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the conference will comment at 9:45 a.m. The event will conclude with the dinner and address at 7:30 p.m.

Registration is $175 for individuals from the private sector or $65 for those in government/public interest (non-Southwestern students pay the government/public interest rate). The conference, offering 7.25 CLE hours, takes place on the Southwestern campus, located at 3050 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Limited parking is available on campus for $8; click here for a map and directions. For more information, including a complete schedule and online registration, click here.