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Intellectual Privacy and Digital Civil Liberties

January 15, 2016

Neil M. Richards, JD
Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law

About the Presentation: The rise of the Internet has made digital privacy an urgent concern. How should we think about this problem within the context of health technology? Neil Richards discusses how our ideas and values might keep pace with our technologies. Further, he covers how privacy and free speech are often essential to each other, explaining the importance of ‘intellectual privacy,’ protection from surveillance or interference, highlighting the risks of corporate and government surveillance.

About the Presenter: Neil Richards is an internationally-recognized expert in privacy law, information law, and freedom of expression. He is a professor of law at Washington University School of Law, an affiliate scholar with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, and a consultant and expert in privacy cases. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Virginia School of Law, and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

Professor Richards is the author of Intellectual Privacy (Oxford Press 2015). His many writings on privacy and civil liberties have appeared in a wide variety of prominent academic journals including the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the California Law Review. He has written for a more general audience in Time, Wired,, Forbes, the Boston Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.