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

  • American University Washington College of Law, Room NT01 4300 Nebraska Ave NW Washington, DC 20016 (map)

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.

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9:00 - 9:15am Introductions
Aram Sinnreich, Professor, Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow and Professor, American University School of Communication

9:15 – 10:45am Civil Rights and Culture in a time of surveillance
Moderator: Aram Sinnreich, Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow and Professor, American University School of Communication
- Hasan Elahi, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
- Noah Shachtman, The Daily Beast
- Askhken Kazaryan, Director of civil liberties and Legal/Research Fellow, TechFreedom
- Tijana Milosovic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo

10:45 - 11:00am Coffee

11:00am - 12:30pm Data Privacy Dilemma: Society and Institutions
Moderator: Jennifer Daskal, Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
- Emma Briant, Doctoral Fellow, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
- Sarah Jeong, The New York Times
- David Brody, Counsel & Senior Fellow for Privacy and Technology, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Will Rinehart, American Action Forum

12:30 – 1:15pm Lunch

1:15 – 2:45pm The Path: How can we achieve data privacy in the U.S.?
Moderator: Dustin Phillips, Executive Director, Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Internet of Society
- Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now
- Alan Butler, Senior Counsel, EPIC
- Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director, Digital Liberty; Federal Affairs Manager, Americans for Tax Reform
- Kenny Olmstead, Internet Security & Privacy Analyst, Internet Society•

2:45 - 3:00pm Coffee

3:00 – 4:30pm The Promise: How can Internet governance privilege fairness and data privacy?Moderator: Laura DeNardis, Faculty Director of the Internet Governance Lab and Professor, American University School of Communication
- Becky Burr, Partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
- Alissa Starzak, Public Policy, Cloudflare
- Ram Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Afilias
- Jason Livingood, Vice President, Technology and Policy Standards, Comcast

4:30 – 5:00pm Concluding Remarks & Reception