Data Privacy: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Prospects for Legislation in the U.S.

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In 2019, the debate around data privacy has peaked with numerous events elevating the issue, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect, and passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. As pressure builds, calls for federal legislation on data privacy have emerged from all sides. With the issue driving forward rapidly, this event will convene key stakeholders discussing challenges and opportunities around data privacy, including the risks and harms associated with consumer data collection, the possibility of a data privacy framework in the US, and the intersection of data privacy and Internet governance.



9:00 – 9:15 AM – Introductory Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 AM – The Social Impacts of Institutional Data Collection

  • Hasan Elahi, Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Cultures & Creativity Honors program, University of Maryland
  • Ashkhen Kazaryan, Director of civil liberties and Legal/Research Fellow, TechFreedom
  • Tijana Milosevich, Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo
  • Noah Shachtman, Editor in Chief, The Daily Beast
  • Moderator: Aram Sinnreich, American University School of Communication

10:45 – 11:00 AM – Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Data Privacy Dilemma: Society and Institutions

  • Emma Briant, Doctoral Fellow, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
  • David Brody, Counsel & Senior Fellow for Privacy and Technology, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Francella Ochillo, Vice President, Policy & General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Will Rinehart, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, American Action Forum
  • Moderator: Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

12:30 – 1:15 PM – Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 PM – How can we achieve data privacy in the U.S.?

  • Alan Butler, Senior Counsel, EPIC
  • Arlo Gilbert, CEO, Osano
  • Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director, Digital Liberty; Federal Affairs Manager, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Kenny Olmstead, Internet Security & Privacy Analyst, Internet Society
  • Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now
  • Moderator: Dustin Phillips, Executive Director, Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society

2:45 – 3:00 PM – Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM – The Intersection of Data Privacy and Internet Governance

  • Becky Burr, Partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLC
  • Jason Livingood, Vice President, Technology and Policy Standards, Comcast
  • Ram Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Afilias
  • Alissa Starzak, Public Policy, Cloudflare
  • Moderator: Laura DeNardis, Faculty Director of the Internet Governance Lab and Professor, American University School of Communication

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Date and Time

April 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

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American University
Washington College of Law

Room NT01
4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016