From the perspective of academic stakeholders, what would make for good federal policy and how can we approach current obstacles?

Over the past few months, we have learned about the incredible work that is being conducted in academia regarding privacy rights and regulation - from differential privacy to data re-identification and more. We found ourselves wondering if this work has informed legislative priorities, and if so, how?
  • How do those who study privacy believe that it can best be protected?
  • Is there a mismatch between academia’s goals and implementation?
  • What are some drawbacks of government intervention in the privacy domain?
  • Where can government best exercise their power to protect consumer privacy?


In an attempt to better understand academic perspectives from various specialty areas, we spoke with Professor Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School and Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Professor James Waldo from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Professor Jeffrey Miron from the Harvard Department of Economics.