Focus: information technology law and policy; privacy, security, copyright
My current research is focused in three core areas:
B.A., Smith College (1988)
Deirdre K. Mulligan comes to the I School from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was a clinical professor of law and the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. She served previously as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington.
Professor Mulligan’s current research agenda focuses on information privacy and security. Current projects include qualitative interviews to understand the institutionalization and management of privacy within corporate America, and role of law in corporate information security policy and practice. Other areas of current research include digital rights management technology and privacy and security issues in sensor networks and visual surveillance systems, and alternative legal strategies to advance network security.
Recent publications include:
Mulligan is currently participating in a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Global Network Initiative, to advance and preserve freedom of expression and privacy through collaborative efforts aimed to resist government efforts that seek to enlist companies in acts of censorship and surveillance in violation of international human rights standards.
During the summer of 2007 Mulligan was a member of an expert team charged by the California Secretary of State to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the voting systems certified for use in California elections. This review investigated the security, accuracy, reliability and accessibility of electronic voting systems used in CA.
The reports can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vsr.htm
Mulligan was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Authentication Technology and Its Privacy Implications; the Federal Trade Commission’s Federal Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and the National Task Force on Privacy, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information. She was a vice-chair of the California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices and chaired the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) Conference in 2004. She is currently a member of the California Office of Privacy Protection’s Advisory Council and a co-chair of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board. She serves on the board of the California Voter Foundation and on the advisory board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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How to Reach Me
Office: 212 South Hall
Telephone: (510) 642-0499