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Title of Presentation: Identifying Public Interest Principles for Computer and Information Systems Standards
Recent efforts have been aimed at understanding and improving the ways in
which public interest principles and values are taken into account as
computer and information systems standards are developed. It seems obvious
that the public interest should be represented in standards procesesses, but
less obvious how to achieve this when corporate interests so dominate.
Stepping back, more fundamental questions arrise as to how to define the
public interest. Who speaks for the public? How do we identify what public
values are, and which ones are most relevant to the standards process?
Dr. Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Principal Technical Staff Member in the Secure Systems Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, New Jersey. She is chair of the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Specification Working Group at the World Wide Web Consortium. Her research has focused on a variety of areas where technology and policy issues interact, including online privacy, electronic voting, and spam.
Dr. Cranor received her doctorate degree in Engineering & Policy from Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. While in graduate school she helped found Crossroads, the ACM Student Magazine, and served as the publication's editor-in-chief for two years.
Dr. Cranor was chair of the Tenth Conference on Computers Freedom and Privacy (CFP2000) and program committee chair for the 29th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC 2001). She is frequently invited to speak about online privacy, and in 1998 Internet Magazine named her an unsung hero of the Internet for her work on P3P. In the Spring of 2000 she served on the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. She also serves on the editorial boards of the journals ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and The Information Society.
Dr. Cranor has been studying electronic voting systems since 1994. She maintains the e-lection electronic voting mailing list and in 2000 served on the executive committee of a National Science Foundation sponsored Internet voting taskforce.
Dr. Cranor was also a member of the project team that developed the Publius censorship-resistant publishing system. In February 2001, the Publius team was honored by Index on Censorship magazine for the "Best Circumvention of Censorship."
Dr. Cranor plays the tenor saxophone in the Chatham Community Band. She spends most of her free time with her husband, Chuck, and her son, Shane, but sometimes she finds time to design and create quilts.