Sloan Lecture Series

Cyber Security Lecture #3

RECLAIM YOUR NAME: Privacy in the World of Big Data

In NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s third, eagerly anticipated Sloan Cyber Security Lecture, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill explores the expanding collection and use of Big Data in the marketplace, recognizing the challenges it presents for consumers and businesses--as well as for agencies like the Federal Trade Commission, responsible for safeguarding both. Commissioner Brill embraces the enormous benefits offered by Big Data analytics, but also believes it presents fundamental challenges to traditional notions of individual privacy. She encourages the highly decentralized community of Big Data purveyors to adopt practices that follow laws that already govern the way data can be used and calls for industry to engage in robust de-identification of consumer data. She concludes by taking us through her comprehensive initiative, "Reclaim Your Name," to give consumers knowledge and tools to reassert control over their personal data.

Distinguished Lecturer

Julie Brill
Julie Brill
Commissioner
Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill works on issues of critical importance to consumers, including protecting consumer privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from fraud and maintaining competition in high-tech and healthcare industries. An advocate for protecting consumer privacy, especially in online and mobile technologies, she supports ways to provide consumers with better information and control over collection and use of personal online information, recognizing the need to introduce practical solutions rooted in consumer protection while maintaining competition. Commissioner Brill also focuses on the need to improve consumer protection in financial services, advocating improved regulations and enforcement in credit reporting, debt collection and fraud.

Before becoming Commissioner, Ms. Brill was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University's School of Law. For more than 20 years, she was Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont. She also served as a Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Privacy Working Group. Commissioner Brill is the recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General Marvin Award, Privacy International's Brandeis Award for her work on state and federal privacy, and the National Association of Attorneys General's Privacy Award. Prior to her career in law enforcement, Commissioner Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and from New York University School of Law, where she received a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

Distinguished Panel

Jennifer Barrett Glasgow
Jennifer Barrett Glasgow
Global Privacy and Public Policy Executive
Acxiom Corporation

Jennifer Glasgow provides oversight of Acxiom Corporation's global public policy, privacy and information practices, directing the company's global information use policy, internal compliance, industry guidelines, and consumer and government affairs. Recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as the profession's first Chief Privacy Officer, she is an IAPP Vanguard winner, the highest honor given by the association. Glasgow has participated in numerous international efforts to influence public policy and introduce best practice. Active on industry boards and councils, she sits on the US Direct Marketing Association Safe Harbor Ethics Committee and co-chairs the Mobile Marketing Association's Privacy and Advocacy Committee. She is on the board of the Foundation for Information Accountability and Governance, advisory board for the Future of Privacy Forum and Political and Economic Research Council. Elected to the Arkansas Academy of Computing, Glasgow lectures on privacy at the University of Arkansas, University of Texas at Austin, and George Mason University. She earned her degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the UT Chancellor's Council and the school's College of Natural Science Foundation Advisory Council.

Julia Angwin
Julia Angwin
Technology Journalist
The Wall Street Journal

A Wall Street Journal technology reporter, Julia Angwin leads a privacy investigative team that was a Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting and in 2010 won a Gerald Loeb Award. In 2003, she was on a Wall Street Journal team awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. Angwin earned her BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and her MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. The author of Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (Random House, March 2009), she is now at work on Tracked, a book covering online privacy, to be published by Times Books next year.

Daniel Weitzner
Daniel Weitzner
Director
MIT, CSAIL Decentralized Information Group

Daniel Weitzner is Director of MIT's CSAIL Decentralized Information Group. He also teaches Internet public policy in the school's Computer Science Department. Earlier, he was US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House, where he led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright and trade policies, promoting the free flow of information. Weitzner has made significant contributions, promoting online free expression protection, in briefs to the Supreme Court as well as supported laws that control government surveillance of email and web-browsing data. Weitzner was founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2012, he was named by Newsweek/Daily Beast's Digital Power Index as a top global Internet public policy "Navigator."

Welcome Presented by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering President Katepalli Sreenivasan

Katepalli Sreenivasan

Katepalli Sreenivasan, noted physicist, engineer, and champion of humanitarian causes, is President of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and University Professor at New York University, where he also serves as senior vice provost for science and technology. When NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering joins NYU as its School of Engineering next year, he will assume the post of Dean. Before coming to NYU, he was director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. Earlier, he taught at the University of Maryland and Yale. Elected to both the US National Academy of Sciences and Engineering and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is also a member of the Indian and African Academy of Sciences as well as the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). President Sreenivasan is recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Otto Laporte Memorial Award of the American Physical Society, TWAS Medal Lecture in Engineering Science, Distinguished Alumnus Award and Centennial Professorship of the Indian Institute of Science, Sir C.V. Raman Visiting Professorship of the Indian Academy of Sciences, as well as others from Italy, Brazil, India, UNESCO and elsewhere.

Panel Moderator, Katherine J. Strandburg

Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law, New York University

Katherine Strandburg is Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Noted for her research on information privacy and on patents, she analyzes how cooperative social activity affects legal policy in those areas. In a 2008 article relevant to current debates about NSA surveillance, she argued that data about communication patterns is protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of association. She is exploring "commons" approaches to innovation, currently by studying an NIH initiative to promote collaborative research into rare diseases. She authored a brief on behalf of a group of medical associations that was quoted in the Supreme Court's recent opinion in Mayo v. Prometheus, which held that a method for adjusting drug dosage was not eligible for patent protection because it merely applied an unpatentable law of nature in a conventional way. Prof. Strandburg graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for the Hon. Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Earlier, Prof. Strandburg, who earned her PhD in Physics from Cornell, was a member of the Condensed Matter Theory Group at Chicago's Argonne National Laboratory.

Lecture Series Chairman, Nasir Memon

Head, Computer Science Department and Program Director, Cyber Security, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
Nasir Memon

Nasir Memon is Chair and Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Polytechnic School of Engineering. He also serves as Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP), embracing faculty from several NYU schools --Stern, Courant, Wagner and Steinhardt-- in addition to NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Earlier, he was editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics. A fellow of IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Memon performs research in data compression, information security and forensics and is the author of more than 250 scholarly articles, winning several best paper awards as well as the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award.

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