June 11, 2013, 8:30 - 10:15 a.m. | The Washington Post
New technologies make it ever easier to collect the personal information of internet users, raising privacy concerns. What should consumers know and do to protect themselves? What role should industry and government play? Washington Post Live convened experts from consumer groups, industry, government, and academia to air the latest issues--including government electronic surveillance programs-- at “Privacy in a Digital World” on June 11.

Photo highlights

June 11, 2013: Peter Swire, Chair of World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track Process; Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Jerry Cerasale, Senior Vice President, Gov. Affairs, Direct Marketing Association; Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center at George Mason University at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World event. (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)

  • June 11, 2013: Peter Swire, Chair of World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track Process; Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Jerry Cerasale, Senior Vice President, Gov. Affairs, Direct Marketing Association; Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center at George Mason University at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World event.
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  • June 11, 2013: Peter Swire, Chair of World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track Process, Tracking Protection Working Group, at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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  • June 11, 2013: Peter Swire, Chair of World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track Process, Tracking Protection Working Group, and Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center, discuss consumer concerns at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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  • June 11, 2013: Jerry Cerasale, Senior Vice President, Government Affiars, Direct Marketing Association, at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World event.
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  • June 11, 2013: Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, discusses online privacy at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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  • June 11, 2013: Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA) discusses the role of government in digital privacy at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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  • June 11, 2013: FTC Commissioner, Julie Brill, discusses the role of government in digital privacy at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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  • June 11, 2013: Mary Jordan, Editor of Washington Post Live; Stephen Ruckman, State Assistant Attorney General, Internet Privacy Unit, Maryland; Leticia Barr, Founder, TechSavvyMama.com; Stephen Balkman, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute; and Jules Polonetsky, Co-chair & Director, Future of Privacy Forum, at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World event.
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  • June 11, 2013: Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute, discusses digital privacy guidelines for your family at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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  • June 11, 2013: Stephen Ruckman, State Assistant Attorney General, Internet Privacy Unit, Maryland, at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World event.
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  • June 11, 2013: Leticia Barr, Founder, TechSavvyMama.com, discusses what families should know at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World event.
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  • June 11, 2013: Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute, & Jules Polonetsky, Co-chair & Director, Future of Privacy Forum, discuss the future of online privacy at Washington Post Live's Privacy in a Digital World.
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Video Highlights

Marc Rotenberg talks about the NSA’s surveillance program PRISM

Marc Rotenberg talks about the NSA’s surveillance program PRISM

Marc Rogenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said “oversight broke down” allowing government surveillance of citizens to flourish.
Rep. Johnson: Government is ‘collecting far too much data’

Rep. Johnson: Government is ‘collecting far too much data’

Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson, (D-Georgia), says Congress should revisit the Patriot Act in the wake of revelations of massive government surveillance programs.
FTC Commissioner discusses upcoming digital pricacy issues

FTC Commissioner discusses upcoming digital pricacy issues

Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commissioner, talks about the privacy issues that arise alongside rapidly evolving technology, including facial recognition software that can identify people in places where they might not want to be seen.
Adam Thierer: U.S. should not model data system after Europe

Adam Thierer: U.S. should not model data system after Europe

Adam Thierer, Senior Research at George Mason University, says the United States does not want to head down the same path as the European data system with a top-down, more regulated approach to privacy online.

 

Would you rather a marketer or the government have access to your digital life?

Would you rather a marketer or the government have access to your digital life?

Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University, explains why he cares more about the government collecting private data than companies collecting it.
Cerasale: People vote with their feet

Cerasale: People vote with their feet

Consumers like online ads that are geared toward their personal interests, said Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president of government affairs, Direct Marketing Association (DMA).
Swire: Political parties are split on privacy issues

Swire: Political parties are split on privacy issues

You can’t just attack the other party, you have to figure out how to position yourself, argues Peter Swire, chair of the World Wide Web Consortium Tracking Protection Working Group.
Rotenberg says tech companies’ ‘self-regulation’ isn’t working to protect privacy

Rotenberg says tech companies’ ‘self-regulation’ isn’t working to protect privacy

Mac Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says people “have no meaningful control” over their private information on the Internet.

 

Barr: Parents, have your child teach you

Barr: Parents, have your child teach you

Leticia Barr founder of Tech Savvy Mama suggests a “digital sabbath,” a day when families unplug from all online and mobile devices.
Polonetsky: ‘The theory of creepy’

Polonetsky: ‘The theory of creepy’

Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum said the evolution of digital technology and public concerns are similar to concerns with the Kodak camera long ago.
Balkam: Examine your ‘digital reputation’

Balkam: Examine your ‘digital reputation’

Family Online Safety Institute CEO Stephen Balkam says it’s important to know how you’re portrayed online and gives tips for shaping your digital reputation.
Ruckman: What’s shared online is seen by more than you think

Ruckman: What’s shared online is seen by more than you think

Maryland Assistant Attorney General Stephen Ruckman says local government is working on features like icons and labels so families would know which companies are tracking them.

Speakers

Julie Brill

Commissioner for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Hank Johnson

U.S. House Representative (D-Georgia)

Jules Polonetsky

Co-chair and Director of The Future of Privacy Forum

Marc Rotenberg

Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Adjunct Professor of Law

Peter Swire

Former White House Privacy official, current Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Do Not Track Process, Tracking Protection Working Group 

Leticia Barr

Founder of Tech Savvy Mama

Stephen Balkam

CEO, Family Online Safety Institute 

Adam Thierer

Senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center with George Mason University 

Stephen Ruckman

Assistant Attorney General, Executive Division of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General

Jerry Cerasale

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Direct Marketing Association (DMA)