The Technology of Privacy

University of Colorado Law School
Boulder, CO
Friday, January 11, 2013

With each passing year, information privacy law becomes a larger and more important subject of legal scholarship, practice, policymaking, and popular attention. The key driving force explaining this shift is the breakneck pace of technology. Consider only a few of the fields of technology growing at an explosive rate and putting new pressures on privacy: robotics, biometrics, data analytics, smart phones, environmental sensing, facial recognition, and social networks. In every one of these areas, and more, fundamental shifts in the type and amount of information we collect has put pressure on individual privacy. New business models spring up constantly that use information in new, and newly invasive, ways. Technologists are locked in arms races between those who collect information and those who try to prevent collection.

Join us in Boulder, Colorado, on Friday, January 11, 2013, as we discuss the "Technology of Privacy." This is the Fifth Annual Silicon Flatirons conference on privacy, and it connects closely with last year's event on the Economics of Privacy. Academics, policymakers, privacy advocates, and practitioners will come together to discuss the changes in the state of the art of privacy and technology, and focus on what it means for policymaking and legal practice in particular.

Panelists and keynote speakers will consider questions such as: what are the latest cutting-edge advances in the technology of privacy, and can we forecast what will come next? How much promise does the idea of "privacy by design" hold, and how can we improve on the idea? What have we learned from the debate over the Do Not Track flag, and what do the results of that development mean for future multistakeholder solutions to privacy problems? What should we make of the rise of Big Data, and how will it raise new challenges or possibilities?