• “People are interested in having human autonomy, and that won't die anytime soon, because there's something in our human spirit that wants that. What we call privacy facilitates that. It's the ability to make the choices in our lives, and not be bounded unfairly or by other information.”

    Pam Dixon, Founder, World Privacy Forum

  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • How a beaten reverend paved the way to a guaranteed (in some cases) right to privacy
      • The guy who literally wrote the book on privacy in the US
      • Why you legally can’t read someone else’s mail
      • The analog origins of encryption
      • What makes the 1890 census so important?
      • One man’s war on gossip columns takes a startling and meaningful turn
      • The right to privacy was only guaranteed by US law in 1977
      • Misappropriation, intrusion into seclusion, defamation, publication of private facts
      • Privacy: Now a matter of preserving humanity, dignity and free will
      • The curious case of Gawker and Hulk Hogan
      • What to do when private companies know all too much about us
      • The burgeoning field of data ethics
      • Autonomous cars and the blurring of the lines between personal and universal while in transit
      • Equifax
      • Peak indifference and the point of no return
      • The GDPR, the EU’s line in the sand on data protection
      • Is privacy dead?

  • Guest list


      Frederick Lane

      Is an attorney, educational consultant, and the author of American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right. He is a nationally-recognized expert in personal privacy. 


      Cory Doctorow

      Is an author, activist and co-editor of boingboing.net. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group.


      Pam Dixon

      Is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum. An author and researcher, she has written influential studies in the area of data protection, identity, and privacy. 


      Lauren Smith

      Is Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum, where she focuses on big data and the Internet of Things related to connected cars, algorithmic decision-making, and drones. 


      Amy Gajda

      Is a professor of Law at Tulane University Law School and the author of The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press.

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