Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM | 250 Dockser Hall

Privacy has become a key concept in the digital age. Industry, government and members of the general public all have unprecedented access to data and people in ways that were unimaginable even just 50 years ago. Many different perspectives are needed to answer the important questions that remain about what privacy is, its role in the modern world and how it should be fostered. This conference will bring together expert voices from business, law, computer science, network science, anthropology and philosophy to examine the modern notion of privacy in our lives and the many different roles people can play to shape it.

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Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 5, 2018

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.


Jessica Silbey
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), Northeastern University School of Law

ManferdelliJohn Manferdelli
Professor of the Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, Northeastern University; Former Engineering Director, Production Security Development, Google

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Keynote Speech

Trevor HughesTrevor Hughes
President and CEO IAPP
As president and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), J. Trevor Hughes leads the world’s largest association of privacy professionals, which promotes, defines and supports the privacy profession globally.

Huges is widely recognized as a leading privacy expert, appearing at SXSW, RSA and other privacy and technology events. He has contributed to media outlets such as The New York Times, TechCrunch and WIRED and has provided testimony on issues of privacy, surveillance and privacy-sensitive technologies before the US Congress, the US Federal Trade Commission British Parliament and more.

A native of Canada, Hughes previously served as the executive director of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Email Sender and Provider Coalition. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his JD from the University of Maine School of Law, where he is also an adjunct professor and member of the Law Foundation Board. He can be found on Twitter at @JTrevorHughes.

5:15 - 6:30 p.m. 

Panel: Many Paths to Privacy: Exploring the Concept of Privacy Across Disciplines


ChoffnesDavid Choffnes
Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science, and member, Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, Northeastern University

David Choffnes’ research is primarily in the areas of distributed systems and networking, focusing on mobile systems, privacy and security. Recently, his work has touched on how mobile and IoT devices share potentially private information about users over the internet, how ISPs violate net neutrality (and how to evade them), and how to enable anonymous communication in the face of nation-level adversaries. He earned a BA in physics and French from Amherst College, a PhD from Northwestern University and completed a postdoc at the University of Washington prior to joining Northeastern. He is a co-author of three textbooks, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Google, the Data Transparency Lab, Comcast, Verizon, ARCEP, M-Lab and a Computing Innovations Fellowship.

KhiaraKhiara Bridges
Professor of Law and Professor of Anthropology, Boston University

Khiara Bridges has written many articles concerning, race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared or will soon appear in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Washington Law Review and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, among others. She is also the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), published by the University of California Press. Her second book, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, published by Stanford University Press, was released in 2017. She also sits on the Academic Advisory Council of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and she is a co-editor of a reproductive justice book series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press. Bridges graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her PhD, with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and she is a classically trained ballet dancer who continues to perform professionally in New York City. 

TinaTina Eliassi-Rad
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Core Faculty Member, Network Science Institute, Northeastern University

Tina Eliassi-Rad’s research is rooted in data mining and machine learning, and spans theory, algorithms and applications of data from networked representations of physical and social phenomena. Her work has been applied to personalized search on the World Wide Web, statistical indices of large-scale scientific simulation data, fraud detection, mobile ad targeting, and cyber situational awareness. Her algorithms have been incorporated into systems used by the government and industry (e.g., IBM System G Graph Analytics) as well as open-source software (e.g., Stanford Network Analysis Project). In 2010, she received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy. Prior to joining Northeastern, she was an associate professor of computer science at Rutgers University and a member of the technical staff and principal investigator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She earned her PhD in computer sciences (with a minor in mathematical statistics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

DelmasCandice Delmas
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Science and Associate Director, Politics, Philosophy and Economics Program, Northeastern University

Candice Delmas served as a Dworkin-Balzan Fellow at New York University School of Law in 2016-2017. Before joining Northeastern, Delmas was an assistant professor of philosophy at Clemson University. She received a PhD in philosophy from Boston University, an MA in philosophy from Georgia State University, a Master 2 in ethics and politics from Université Paris IV Sorbonne, and a BA (Licence and Maîtrise) from Université Paris X Nanterre. Her work in moral, social, political and legal philosophy has appeared in many academic venues. Her book, A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press


SilbeyJessica Silbey
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity, Northeastern University School of Law

In addition to her position within with the School of Law, Jessica Silbey is faculty member of Northeastern University’s NuLab for Maps, Texts and Networks. She teaches in the areas of intellectual property and constitutional law. Her intellectual property research focuses on the empirical and humanistic dimensions of the legal regulation of creative and innovative work. Her most recent book is The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press 2015), a qualitative empirical investigation of diverse mechanisms and motives for engaging in creative and innovative work challenging the economic analysis of intellectual property law. She is currently working on a project on digital photography and copyright. Silbey earned her BA from Stanford University and her JD and PhD (in comparative literature) from the University of Michigan. She was a faculty affiliate at the Klein Berkman Center at Harvard in 2016-2017 and is an ongoing affiliate fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project. In 2018, she will serve as the Distinguished Lecturer and Visiting Fellow at the Willson Center for the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Georgia. Prior to teaching, she clerked for the District of Massachusetts and at the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and worked in private practice focusing on intellectual property and reproductive rights

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.


MatwyshynAndrea Matwyshyn
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), Northeastern University School of Law

Andrea Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on technology and innovation policy, particularly information security, consumer privacy, intellectual property and technology workforce pipeline policy. She received a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award in 2016-2017. In addition to her appointment on the law faculty, she is a professor of computer science (by courtesy) and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy during 2014-2015. She is also a senior fellow of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Matwyshyn has worked in both the public and the private sector. In 2014, she served as the senior policy advisor/ academic in residence at the US Federal Trade Commission. As public service, she has testified in Congress on issues of information security regulation, and she maintains ongoing policy engagement. Prior to entering the academy, she was a corporate attorney in private practice, focusing her work on technology transactions. She continues to maintain collaborative technology industry relationships and has authored articles for the popular business press.

HartzogWoodrow Hartzog
Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University; Affiliate Scholar, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

Woodrow Hartzog’s research on privacy, media and robotics has been published in numerous law reviews and peer-reviewed publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review, and Michigan Law Review. Has also written for popular publications such as The Guardian, Wired, The Atlantic, CNN and BBC. His book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

7:00 p.m. 

Dean PaulClosing Remarks
Jeremy Paul, Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law