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.

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    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)