Internet Privacy: Technology and Policy Developments

Monday, May 1, 2017
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rayburn Room 2044
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.

Debates over the Federal Communications Commission’s recent intervention in Internet privacy (and the Congressional Review Act resolution that prevented those efforts from taking effect) revealed the need for a better understanding of the technological foundations of privacy. FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and a distinguished group of technologists will explore the impact of recent technological changes on the ways that personal information is handled and what those changes mean for privacy policy.

12:00 pm | Registration and lunch

12:30 pm | Welcome

12:45 pm | Keynote Address: Maureen Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

1:15 pm | Panel Discussion

  • David Farber, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nick Feamster, Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University
  • Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Moderator: Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

2:30 pm | Closing Remarks



Maureen Ohlhausen
Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen was sworn in as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, and was designated to serve as Acting FTC Chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. She previously served at the Commission for 11 years, most recently as Director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, where she led the FTC’s Internet Access Task Force. She was also Deputy Director of that office. From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters. She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997.Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney. She also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992.Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University in 1991 and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984.

David Farber
Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor David Farber is the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, holding secondary appointments in the Heinz School of Public Policy and the Engineering Public Policy Group. In 2003, he retired as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Pennsylvania where he held appointments as Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business and as a Faculty Associate of the Annenberg School of Communications. In 2000, he was appointed to be Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Commission while on leave from Penn for one year. Farber graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology and then started an eleven-year career at Bell Laboratories where he helped design the first electronic switching system - the ESS, as well as being a co-designer of the programming language SNOBOL. Subsequently he worked at the Rand Corporation and Scientific Data Systems.

Nick Feamster
Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University
Professor Nick Feamster is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University and the Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Feamster’s research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems.

Jules Polonetsky
CEO, Future of Privacy Forum
Mr. Jules Polonetsky serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 130 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on Big Data, Mobile, Location, Apps, the Internet of Things, Wearables, De-Identification, Connected Cars and Student Privacy. His previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that, at DoubleClick. He has also served as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator, a congressional staffer, and attorney.

Christopher Yoo
John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Christopher Yoo has emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on law and technology. His research focuses on the insights that the principles of network engineering and imperfect competition provide into the regulation of electronic communications. Yoo’s major research initiatives include a study of innovative approaches to connecting more of the world’s citizens to the Internet, an exploration of the legal aspects of providing privacy and security for autonomous vehicles and medical devices, and a comparison of competition law in China, Europe, and the U.S. He was recently appointed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to the newly created Broadband Development Advisory Committee. He testifies frequently before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. Before joining the academy, Professor Yoo clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Yoo graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as associate articles editor of the law review. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and his AB cum laude from Harvard University.