This series of seminars addressed various ethical aspects of privacy in the public sphere. Each seminar included discussion of a case study, a public address by the visiting scholar, followed by commentary by a local campus scholar. The series was supported by a New Frontiers Grant from Indiana University.


Deborah Johnson

Thursday, September 21, 2006
"Privacy in Public? Technology, Privacy, and Democracy"

Professor Johnson is the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is co-editor of Computers, Ethics, and Social Values (Prentice-Hall), author of Computer Ethics (Prentice-Hall), and co-editor of the journal, Ethics and Information Technology (Kluwer).

Helen Nissenbaum

Thursday, October 26, 2006
"Privacy and Information Technology: The Trouble with the Public/Private Dichotomy "

Professor Nissenbaum is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication and a Senior Fellow of the Information Law Institute, New York University. She is co-editor of Computers, Ethics, and Social Values (Prentice-Hall) and a founding editor of the journal, Ethics and Information Technology (Kluwer).

The workshop included a case study discussion, the lecture, and a response from Professor Barry Bull of the IU School of Education.

Deirdre Mulligan

Thursday, February 1, 2007
"In Defense of Public Places"

Professor Mulligan is a clinical professor of law and director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at University of California Berkeley. The clinic works in client advocacy, public interest law, interdisciplinary research, and in developing standards and protocols. Mulligan writes about the risks and opportunities that technology presents to privacy and democracy. Professor Fred Cate, IUB School of Law, presented the response. The seminar included discussion of a case study, the lecture, response, and more discussion.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, Mulligan served as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C., where she worked to improve legal and technical protections for individual privacy. Recent publications include "Storing Our Lives Online: Expanded Email Storage Raises Complex Policy Issues," with Ari Schwartz and Indrani Mondal, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Community (2005), and "Reasonable Expectations in Electronic Communications: A Critical Perspective on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act," 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1557 (2004).

Richard DeGeorge

October 11, 2007
"Privacy, Public Spaces and Non-Governmental Surveillance"

Richard DeGeorge, from the University of Kansas, spoke October 11, on "Privacy, Public Spaces and Non-Governmental Surveillance." Peter Finn from the Department of Brain and Psychological Sciences responded.