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Privacy and the Information Age

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies is pleased to announce the launch of its new study on Privacy in the Information Age. Co-Chaired by attorneys Lloyd Cutler and William Webster, the study committee is composed of experts from academia and industry representing a variety of perspectives and disciplines. During the course of its two-year project, the committee will undertake a comprehensive assessment that will evaluate causes for concern about privacy in the information age and tools and strategies for responding. It will assess risks to personal information associated with information technology and their interaction with non-technology-based risks. It will examine the tradeoffs involved in the collection and use of personal information, including the incidence of benefits and costs, and it will examine alternative approaches to collection and use.

The study will culminate in a comprehensive report that will document the assessment and the range of relevant points of view, illuminate areas for research, and present a set of annotated options and recommendations for private and public sector actions. A workshop is planned for winter 2002-2003, and a series of public briefings and regional hearings will be held as well. White papers are requested along with suggestions of briefers to the committee and suggestions of reviewers for the final report.

For more information, contact the Study Director, Lynette Millett, at 202 334 2605 or visit the project's Website at www.cstb-privacy.org. The members of the Study Committee are listed below.

Lloyd Cutler, Co-chair, Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering
William Webster, Co-chair, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
James Waldo, Vice-chair, Sun Microsystems
Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
Robert Crandall, Brookings Institution
Oscar Gandy, University of Pennsylvania
Jim Horning, Network Associates Labs
Gary King, Harvard University
Ellen Knapp, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Brent Lowensohn, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Gary Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Helen Nissenbaum, New York University
Robert O'Neil, University of Virginia
Ron Rivest, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Teresa Schwartz, George Washington University


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