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February 11, 2016

New Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown

Georgetown University Law Center has created a new Center on Privacy and Technology and has hired Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Alvaro M. Bedoya as its executive director.

From Georgetown’s announcement on the new center:

The Center will bring Georgetown Law’s legal expertise to bear on privacy debates in federal and state legislatures, regulatory agencies and the academy. It will also train Georgetown Law students to be leaders in privacy practice, policymaking and advocacy

Among the projects the Center intends to tackle are the impact of government surveillance on civil rights and economic justice, the implications of the growing use of “Big Data” techniques to make important decisions about individuals, and the privacy issues presented by breakthrough commercial technologies such as health apps, “wearables” and biometric authentication services. The Center will also offer a practicum course to teach students privacy law and basic technology tools while working on the Center’s projects.

The center is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Bedoya is currently chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law and works for panel chairman Minnesota Democrat Al Franken. Bedoya joined Franken’s staff in 2009. Before that, he was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and also was a research consultant at the International Labor Organization.

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