2018 Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC)

Wednesday and Thursday, May 30th & 31st, 2018
Hosted by George Washington University
Pre-conference event on May 29th at Microsoft’s Washington Office
Proceedings at at GW Marvin Center


  • Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University Law Professor
  • Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Berkeley School of Information & School of Law Adjunct Professor

PLSC assembles privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. It brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government).

PLSC is a paper workshop. There are no published proceedings, and after the event, papers are not available. Because authors’ drafts are works in progress, we do not publicly release these writings, nor do we publicize them (no Tweeting, blogging, etc.), as authors’ ideas are often inchoate and need incubation for full development.

At PLSC, papers workshops are led by a “commenter” who facilitates a discussion among participants on an author’s paper. Authors are encouraged to participate in “listening” mode. There are no panels or talking head events at PLSC.

All participants are expected to read and be prepared to discuss one paper per session (usually a total of 8 papers), and thus PLSC requires significant preparation. We recommended that participants devote 1.5 to 2 days of reading to prepare prior to the conference. One does not need to submit a paper to participate in PLSC–indeed most participants do not.

PLSC is an annual event, alternating between Berkeley Law and The George Washington University School of Law.

Participation is by invitation only and PLSC 2018 is full. Last year, PLSC had 260 participants.

Pre-conference event – May 29th

Please join us for a pre-PLSC event sponsored by Microsoft. Details TBD.

International Association of Privacy Professionals Paper Award

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is sponsoring an award for two papers presented at PLSC. The two winning authors will each receive $2500 from IAPP, an opportunity to present the paper at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2017 (travel will be provided for up to two authors of each paper), and an opportunity to publish an abstract or summary of the paper in the Privacy Advisor. The criteria are overall excellence and relevance to the practice of privacy law.

Draft Agenda

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

9:00–9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15–10:30 Workshop 1
10:30–11:00 Break
11:00–12:15 Workshop 2
12:15–1:15 Lunch
1:15–2:30 Workshop 3
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Workshop 4
4:00–6:00 Reception
6:00– Dinner on your own

Thursday, May 31st, 2018   

9:00–10:15 Workshop 5
10:15–10:45 Break
10:45–12:00 Workshop 6
12:00–1:15 Lunch
1:15–2:30 Workshop 7
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Workshop 8
4:00 Closing remarks


Participants (as of March 16, 2018)

Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Kendra Albert, Harvard Law School
Anita Allen, Univ of Pennsylvania
Norberto Andrade, Facebook
Denise Anthony, Dartmouth College/ University of Michigan
Ana Anton, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jocelyn Aqua, PwC
Peter Austin, Palantir Technologies
Diana Baranetsky, Center for Investigative Reporting
Solon Barocas, Cornell University
Valerie Barreiro, USC Gould School of Law
Lindsey Barrett, Future of Privacy Forum
Daniel Barth-Jones, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Genie Barton, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
Steven Bellovin, Columbia University
Gaia Bernstein, Seton Hall University School of Law
Maya Bernstein, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services
Francesca Bignami, GWU Law School
Michael Birnhack, Tel Aviv University
Jody Blanke, Mercer University
Marc Blitz, Oklahoma City University
Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Yale Law School
Dominika Blonski, Data Protection Authority Canton Zurich
Babette Boliek, Pepperdine University School of Law
Anne Boustead, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona
Courtney Bowman, Palantir Technologies
danah boyd, Microsoft Research / Data & Society
Sarah Brayne, University of Texas at Austin
Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Georgetown Law
Cheryl Brown, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Aaron Burstein, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Joseph Calandrino, Federal Trade Commission
Ryan Calo, University of Washington
L. Jean Camp, Indiana University
Bryan Choi, Ohio State University
Danielle Citron, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Ignacio Cofone, NYU Information Law Institute
Aloni Cohen, MIT
Jules Cohen, Microsoft Corporation
Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law
Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
Catherine Crump, Berkeley Law School
Mary Culnan, Future of Privacy Forum
Xin Dai, Ocean University of China
Jennifer Daskal, American University Washington College of Law
Lydia De la Torre, Santa Clara University
Firmin DeBrabander, Maryland Institute College of Art
Deven Desai, GA Tech, Scheller College of Business
Will DeVries, Google
Robert Deyling, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum
Dissent Doe, PogoWasRight.org & DataBreaches.net
Laura Donohue, Georgetown Law
Joan Donovan, Data & Society
Nora Draper, University of New Hampshire
Preetam Dutta, Columbia University
Catherine Dwyer, Seidenberg School of Computing, Pace University
Serge Egelman, ICSI / UC Berkeley
Amit Elazari, BerkeleyLaw
Karen Eltis, Uninversity of Ottawa/ Princeton CITP
Kyle Erickson, Palantir Technologies
Sarah Eskens, University of Amsterdam
Amitai Etzioni, The George Washington University
Ronan Fahy, University of Amsterdam
Joshua Fairfield, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Vanessa Ferguson, The Florida Bar
Andrew Ferguson, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Kelsey Finch, Future of Privacy Forum
Darleen Fisher, National Science Foundation
Aaron Fluitt, Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy
Roger Ford, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Leslie Francis, University of Utah
Sharon Franklin, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law
Brett Frischmann, Villanova University
Larry Frohman, SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Froomkin, U. Miami School of Law
Clare Garvie, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law
Robert Gellman, Privacy Consultant
Ahmed Ghappour, Boston University School of Law
Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law
Sue Glueck, Microsoft
Zachary Goldman, Executive Director, Center on Law & Security, NYU School of Law
Nathaniel Good, Good Research
John Grant, Palantir Technologies
James Graves, Georgetown University Law Center
David Gray, University of Maryland
Rebecca Green, William & Mary Law School
Wendy Grossman, none
Hana Habib, Carnegie Mellon University
Gautam Hans, University of Michigan Law School
Ryan Harkins, Microsoft & Seattle University School of Law
Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law and College of Computer and Information Science
Michael Hay, Colgate University
Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
Stephen Henderson, The University of Oklahoma
Trey Herr, Microsoft
Janine Hiller, Virginia Tech
Mike Hintze, Hintze Law PLLC
Dennis Hirsch, Ohio State Moritz College of Law
Lance Hoffman, George Washington University
Chris Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley
Sean Howell, Law Clerk (N.D. Cal.)
Margaret Hu, Washington & Lee Law School
Gordon Hull, UNC Charlotte
Deborah Hurley, Brown University / Harvard University
David Hyman, Georgetown University
Svetlana Iakovleva, Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Aditi Jannu, Carnegie Mellon University
Catherine Jasserand, University of Groningen
Malavika Jayaram, Digital Asia Hub
Joseph Jerome, Center for Democracy & Technology
Steven Johnston, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
D.R. Jones, University of Memphis School of Law
Meg Jones, Georgetown University
Margot Kaminski, Colorado Law
Brett Kaufman, ACLU
Anna Kellner, Regensburg University
Conor Kennedy, SFGov, Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation
Debrae Kennedy-Mayo, Georgia Tech
Orin Kerr, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Cameron Kerry, Brookings Institution
Paula Kift, Palantir Technologies
Pauline Kim, Washington University School of Law
Anne Klinefelter, University of North Carolina
Nitin Kohli, UC Berkeley School of Information
Mason Kortz, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
William Kovacic, George Washington University
Magdalena Krajewska, Wingate University
Joshua Kroll, UC Berkeley School of Information
Matthew Kugler, Northwestern University
Achalie Kumarage, American University Washington College of Law
Sarah Lageson, Rutgers University-Newark, School of Criminal Justice
Susan Landau, Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Department of Computer Science)
Marjolein Lanzing, 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology – University of Technology Eindhoven
Mary Leary, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Ronald Lee, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Becky Lenaburg, Microsoft Corporation
Brenda Leong, Future of Privacy Forum
Yafit Lev-Aretz, NYU Information Law Institute
Amanda Levendowski, NYU Law
Karen Levy, Cornell University
David Lieber, Google
Siona Listokin, George Mason University
Lance Mabry, IDEM
Mark MacCarthy, Georgetown University
Mary Madden, Data & Society Research Institute
Jonathan Manes, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Carter Manny, University of Southern Maine
Nathalie Maréchal, University of Southern California
Chanda Marlowe, Future of Privacy Forum
Kirsten Martin, George Washington University School of Business
Alice Marwick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Aaron Massey, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Andrea Matwyshyn, Northeastern University
Jonathan Mayer, Stanford University
Damon McCoy, New York University
William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School
Anne Mckenna, Penn State Law
Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida
Edward McNicholas, Sidley Austin LLP
Emily McReynolds, University of Washington Tech Policy Lab
Sylvain Métille, Lausanne University (Switzerland) / HDC
Kevin Meurer, Palantir Technologies
Christopher Millard, Queen Mary University of London
Darakhshan Mir, Bucknell University
Kevin Moriarty, Federal Trade Commission
Laura Moy, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law
Deirdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley
Scott Mulligan, Skidmore College
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton
Tejas Narechania, UC Berkeley School of Law
Lisa Nelson, University of Pittsburgh
Nora Ni Loideain, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech
Kobbi Nissim, Georgetown University
Thomas O’Malley, DOJ-United States Attorney’s Ofc.-WDNC
Maggie Oates, Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota
Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center
Amy Oliver, Future of Privacy Forum
Peter Ormerod, Western Carolina University
Brian Owsley, UNT Dallas College of Law
Nicole Ozer, ACLU of California
Sunoo Park, MIT
Stephanie Pell, West Point
Jonathon Penney, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto / Schulich Law School, Dalhousie University
Najarian Peters, Seton Hall Law School
Bilyana Petkova, Maastricht University & Yale ISP
Visakha Phusamruat, Berkeley Law J.S.D. Program
Vincent Polley, KnowConnect PLLC
Jules POLONETSKY, Future of Privacy Forum
Joost Poort, Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Julia Powles, NYU School of Law / Cornell Tech
Natalie Ram, University of Baltimore School of Law
Priscilla Regan, George Mason University
Blake Reid, Colorado Law
Joel Reidenberg, Fordham/Princeton
Nathan Reitinger, Columbia University, SEAS
Neil Richards, Washington University
Aaron Rieke, Upturn
David Robinson, Upturn
Beate Roessler, University of Amsterdam
Alex Rosenblat, Data & Society Research Institute
Gilad Rosner, Internet of Things Privacy Forum
Alan Rozenshtein, University of Minnesota Law School
Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ira Rubinstein, NYU School of Law
James Rule, Center for the Study of Law and Society
Laurent Sacharoff, University of Arkansas School of Law
Madelyn Sanfilippo, NYU
Marijn Sax, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
Emily Schlesinger, Microsoft
Dawn Schrader, Cornell University
Victoria Schwartz, Pepperdine University School of Law
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Elaine Sedenberg, UC Berkeley School of Information
Andrew Selbst, Data & Society Research Institute
Andrew Serwin, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Stuart Shapiro, MITRE Corporation
Alexis Shor, Cornell University
Yan Shvartzshnaider, NYU
Babak Siavoshy, Palantir
Eli Siems, NYU Law
Ric Simmons, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
Scott Skinner-Thompson, University of Colorado Law School
Robert Sloan, University of Illinois @ Chicago
Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt University
Anna Slomovic, Self-employed
Stephen Smith, Southern District of Texas
Daniel Solove, George Washington University Law School
David Spatt, Johnson & Wales University
Shaun Spencer, University of Massachusetts School of Law
Jay Stanley, ACLU
Luke Stark, Dartmouth College
Andrew Stivers, Federal Government
Lior Strahilevitz, University of Chicago Law School
Katherine Strandburg, New York University School of Law
Allyson Stuart, Charleston School of Law
Maurice Stucke, University of Tennessee
Kathleen Styles, US Department Education
Clare Sullivan, Georgetown University
Daniel Susser, San Jose State University
Christian Svanberg, Danish National Police
Latanya Sweeney, Harvard University
Peter Swire, Georgia Tech
O Tene, International Association of Privacy Professionals
David Thaw, University of Pittsburgh
Lawrence Trautman, Western Carolina University
Eran Tromer, Columbia U. + Tel Aviv U.
Charlotte Tschider, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Alexander Tsesis, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania
Blase Ur, University of Chicago
Jeffrey Vagle, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Nico Van Eijk, Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam)
Joris Van Hoboken, LSTS (VUB) & IViR (UvA)
Natalie Vanatta, U.S. Army
Amelia Vance, Future of Privacy Forum
Rory VanLoo, Boston University
Sandra Wachter, University of Oxford
Ari Waldman, New York Law School
Richard Warner, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Jon Weinberg, Wayne State University
Susanne Wetzel, National Science Foundation
Tara Whalen, Google
Janice Whittington, University of Washington
Craig Wills, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Christo Wilson, Northeastern University
Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling
Peter Winn, U.S. Department of Justice
Shane Witnov, Facebook
Richmond Wong, UC Berkeley School of Information
Jesse Woo, Formerly Georgia Tech
Alexandra Wood, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Allison Woodruff, Google
Andrew Woods, Univ. of Kentucky College of Law
Felix Wu, Cardozo School of Law
Tal Zarsky, Univ. of Haifa
Elana Zeide, Seton Hall University School of Law
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, LSTS, University Brussels