Information Policy

Related Faculty

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Professor
chuang@ischool.berkeley.edu
Focus: Bio-sensory computing; information economics and policy
Chris Hoofnagle
Adjunct Professor
chris@ischool.berkeley.edu
Focus: Internet law, information privacy, consumer protection, cybersecurity, computer crime, regulation of technology, edtech
(510) 643-0213
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Associate Professor
dkm@ischool.berkeley.edu
Focus: privacy, fairness, human rights, cybersecurity, technology and governance, values in design
(510) 642-0499
AnnaLee (Anno) Saxenian
Dean of the I School and Professor (I School and Dept. of City and Regional Planning)
dean@ischool.berkeley.edu
Focus: Regional economic development, Entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley.
(510) 642-9980
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Adjunct Professor
Focus: Technology and human rights: China, censorship, surveillance, digital activism and information politics

Recent Publications

May 8, 2018

The creators of technical infrastructure are under social and legal pressure to comply with expectations that can be difficult to translate into computational and business logics. This dissertation bridges this gap through three projects that focus on privacy engineering, information security, and data economics, respectively. These projects culminate in a new formal method for evaluating the strategic and tactical value of data: data games. This method relies on a core theoretical contribution building on the work of Shannon, Dretske, Pearl, Koller, and Nissenbaum: a definition of situated information flow as causal flow in the context of other causal relations and strategic choices.

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Information Policy news

Deirdre K. Mulligan
Statement to US Copyright Office urges reform of the laws inhibiting cybersecurity research.
Xiao Qiang
Professor Xiao was named to the list for “for taking on China’s Great Firewall of censorship.”
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Facebook is grappling with its impact on our social and emotional lives  —  and that’s a good thing. But it has to get the research right. Why Facebook did the experiment, and how to make it better.
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Once a pervasive surveillance infrastructure is in place, a government will always have an incentive to abuse that power, according to new research.
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Capped by a keynote from Obama adviser John Podesta, a day-long workshop brought together the worlds of government, business, the law, and academia for what assistant professor Deirdre Mulligan called “a frank and honest conversation about our values,” and about how to balance those values with the omnipresent, often invisible collection of data about every aspect of our lives.
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New research presents case studies from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; Rajasthan, India, at the turn of the 20th century; and a present-day Indian welfare system.
Rajesh Veeraraghavan
Ph.D. student Rajesh Veeraraghavan is analyzing the effects of an Indian “open government” initiative, which uses information transparency to fight corruption in the distribution of government benefits.
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Although case law is technically public domain, legal decisions are often scattered across the Internet, locked up in proprietary systems, and only available by paying exorbitant fees. A new non-profit aims to make these legal materials easily and freely available to all.
Jen King
A report on mobile privacy released this morning by the Federal Trade Commission incorporates a number of recommendations from Ph.D. student Jennifer King. King is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the School of Information, where she studies online privacy and how people make their privacy decisions.
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King & Mulligan are included in the third annual “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers” publication, released by the Future of Privacy Forum.

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