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McGeveran Speaks at Online-Privacy Conference

JANUARY 6, 2009—Associate Professor William McGeveran will participate in a half-day conference entitled "Today's Online Privacy Challenges: Innovation and Liberty" on Jan. 26, 2009, at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The conference will address Internet privacy regulations, policies, and issues.

McGeveran will represent the "liberty" viewpoint and lead the discussion on individuals' concerns over the use of their online information. McGeveran specializes in information law, and his current research includes digital identity, data privacy, and disclosure rules and norms in such areas as open records laws. Before joining the Law School, he was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Other discussion leaders, representing corporate and governmental "innovation" perspectives, are Robert Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based technology policy think tank; Jeff Brueggeman, vice president of public policy at AT&T and a former telecommunications attorney in private practice; and Bil MacLeslie, co-founder and CEO of ipHouse, a Twin Cities-based Internet service provider.

The conference, hosted by the Humphrey Institute's Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy with financial support from AT&T, is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, at cstpp@umn.edu. More information is available at http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/stpp/ MinnesotaPrivacySymposium.html.

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