Saturday, May 1, 2010

Privacy and the government

I have been following the incredible WWW2010 conference the last few days, and have been very impressed with this event. I tweeted links to a number of the keynotes and panel discussions and followed the stream of tweets from @FutureWeb2010 and read much of the live blogging from the event. One session that was particularly interesting for me was on privacy by Marc Rotenberg.

Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, D.C. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. Rotenberg testified before the 9/11 Commission on “Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism” and has served on several national and international advisory panels. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection and is the former chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .org domain. Rotenberg is editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor of Information Privacy Law.

He participated in a very interesting panel on the future of privacy and the Web during the FutureWeb 2010 conference. In the video below he discusses his view on privacy, secrecy and the government with Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.