Marc Rotenberg to deliver Information Ecology Lecture

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RotenbergThe Center for the Study of the Public Domain and the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies will host a visit by Marc Rotenberg, one of the best-known privacy advocates in the world and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, from November 10-12.

On Monday, November 10, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. Rotenberg will present a lecture entitled “Restoring a Public Interest Vision of Law in the Age of the Internet” as part of the Information Ecology lecture series. Rotenberg will address the pressing question: how will we safeguard privacy in the digital age? In doing so, he will discuss the future of online privacy and free expression — in areas ranging from encryption and national security, to intellectual property and healthcare — as well as the (surprisingly influential) role of public interest organizations in shaping information privacy policy. The lecture will take place in Room 3043, and will be followed by a reception on the 3rd floor loggia.

On Tuesday, November 11, at 12:15pm, also in Room 3043, Rotenberg will present a talk that will focus on Careers in Digital Public Interest Law. This talk is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation. At this event, Rotenberg will discuss the growing field of digital public interest law, his own extensive and influential public interest work in the information privacy area, and how students can get involved and pursue careers in public interest work.

During his stay, Rotenberg will also present lectures to the Media Fellows Program at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism, and to the University Scholars Program.

Rotenberg teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, computer security, and communications privacy. He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He currently chairs the American Bar Association Committee on Privacy and Information Protection. He is editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove) of Information Privacy Law: Cases and Materials. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the winner of the 2002 World Technology Award in Law.