• 2012 Symposium

The Privacy Paradox

Privacy and Its Conflicting Values

About the Symposium

How should the legal system adjust to our evolving and oftentimes conflicting expectations of privacy? The symposium brought together some of the nation’s foremost practitioners and academics to address the conflict between privacy and our core values.

The symposium began on the evening of Thursday, February 2 with an interactive talk on robots, drones, and the civilian uses of military technology. On Friday, we will feature panels on privacy and its conflicting values, such as the First Amendment. The symposium closed with a keynote on Friday evening.

The symposium was cosponsored by the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. The full Symposium Program (PDF), including speaker bios, and Essays from our Symposium Issue, are now available online.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

6:00-6:30 PM—Registration

6:30-8:00 PM—Welcome & Drones Discussion

  • Stephen Morris, MLB Company
  • Ryan Calo, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society
  • Catherine Crump, American Civil Liberties Union

8:00- 9:00 PM—Cocktail Reception (drones on display courtesy of MLB Company)

Friday, February 3, 2012

10:00 AM—Registration/Continental Breakfast

10:30 AM-12:00 PM—Health and Medical Privacy

  • Dr. Russ Altman, Stanford University Department of Bioengineering
  • Geff Brown, Microsoft
  • Deven McGraw, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Kevin Milne, US Department of Health and Human Services—Office for Civil Rights
  • Moderator: Hank Greely, Stanford Law School

12:00-1:30 PM—Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 PM—Big Data, Politics, and Privacy

3:00-3:30 PM—Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 PM—First Amendment, Tort, and Privacy

5:15-6:15 PM—Keynote: Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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