Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley
March 23, 2018

Breakfast and Registration



Jim Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


1. Critical Engagement with Machine Learning and AI  

Demands for transparency, explainability, and interpretability of machine learning systems are proliferating. AI systems’ capacity to respond, personalize, nudge, and manipulate individuals challenge traditional concepts of personal autonomy and fair information practices while also posing concerns about the potential impact on professional judgment in healthcare, law and other fields. This panel will consider the promise of contestability to support sound collaboration between machine learning systems and humans and will discuss how information laws (such as trade secrecy) that seclude data from the public present challenges to the goal of explainability.

Robert Blamires, White & Case LLP

David Gunning, DARPA

Sonia Katyal, UC Berkeley Law School, BCLT

Deirdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley I School, BCLT





2. Global Data Privacy Law and the Diffusion (or not) of EU Data Protection

Much of the rest of the world is said to follow the EU model of data protection.  Is this assertion correct?  What are the grounds for the EU’s influence?  Can U.S. law be harmonized or made interoperable with global data protection law?

Lothar Determann, Baker McKenzie

Alison Howard, Microsoft

Michael Rubin, Latham & Watkins LLP

Paul Schwartz, UC Berkeley Law School, BCLT

Kurt Wimmer, Covington



Sponsored by:



BCLT Privacy Award

BCLT is proud to bestow its annual Privacy Award this year on Prof. Edward W. Felten in recognition of his public service bridging the gap between technology and policy.

Prof. Edward Felten, Princeton University

 1:20pm-1:30pm Break

3. Big Data, Antitrust, and Privacy “Lock In”

This panel will consider the ways that the accumulation of big data might impair competition and consumer choice around privacy protection. In particular, it will consider the ways that consumers can be “locked-in” to particular platforms in ways that permit exploitation of personal information,  and explore regulatory responses in the United States and Europe.

Ken Bamberger, UC Berkeley Law School, BCLT

Tom Brown, Paul Hastings LLP

Caroline Holland, Mozilla Policy Fellow

Tyler Newby, Fenwick & West LLP




Practitioners’ Panel

Privacy practitioners from leading law firms, major online companies, and the California Department of Justice will share insights on how to stay afloat in increasingly turbulent waters.

Amy Keating, Twitter

Jennifer Martin, Orrick

Ed McNicholas, Sidley

Stacey Schesser, California Department of Justice 

Dan Stoller, Bloomberg Law

Timothy Tobin, Hogan Lovells

Michelle Visser, Ropes & Gray 

Shane Witnov, Facebook