Data Privacy Day: Panel Discussion

event date: 

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

CDSDS offers a panel discussion for the internationally recognized, "data privacy day" in January 2018!

Data Protection Day celebrated in Europe commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first international treaty aimed at issues of privacy and data protection.​

Surveillance and Privacy Today:

A panel discussion for faculty, students, and interested community partners

January 29th, 2018
10am - 11:30am
Student Union, Ventana Room

This panel brings together privacy experts to discuss today's grand challenges relative to the collection, use, and management of citizens' data. These panelists bring substantial expertise from across disciplines, and will discuss various aspects of contemporary privacy. They will address key capacities needed in the infrastructures that will protect data amid today's digital culture, developments tied to the Internet of Things, as well as trends in data-driven societies and cities.

Though Sunday Jan. 28 is officially Data Privacy Day, please join us on January 29th in creating awareness about the importance of respecting privacy and safeguarding data in an age of surveillance.


Derek Bambauer is Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, where he teaches Internet law and intellectual property. His research treats Internet censorship, cybersecurity, and intellectual property. A former principal systems engineer at Lotus Development Corp. (part of IBM), Professor Bambauer spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. At Arizona, Bambauer is the founder and director of the IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic, which offers legal services to start-ups.   

Laura Brandimarte is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the Eller College of Management. With a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, she has published a series of scholarly articles about privacy and human behavior. She offers particular expertise in the psychology of self-disclosure, and the social dynamics of privacy decision making and information sharing.

Oscar Gandy is an emeritus professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. With a primary focus through the lens of political economy, he has written extensively about communication and race, privacy and surveillance, and the production of influence over government policy.

Kay Mathiesen is an Associate Professor in the School of Information and her work focuses on ethical and policy issues related to the collection, creation, and distribution of information. She teaches courses on computer ethics, professional ethics, copyright, and digital privacy. Her publications include “The Internet, Children, and Privacy: The Case Against Parental Monitoring,” “Human Rights for the Digital Age,” and “Informational Justice: A Social Justice Framework for Library and Information Services.”

Mark Verstraete is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies at University of Arizona. He is also a Privacy and Free Expression Research Fellow at University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. His work spans issues in privacy law, private law, and political economy. Before coming to Arizona, he completed his law degree at Harvard.


Catherine Brooks is the Founder and Director of the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies (CDSDS), is Associate Director of Arizona's iSchool, and holds a joint Associate Professor appointment in the School of Information and the Deptartment of Communication. Catherine’s primary research interests focus on issues of language and culture, with particular concern about data privacy and digital exclusion. She established the CDSDS as an interdisciplinary research center meant to explore today's grand challenges related to a digital society and data-driven culture.

David Sidi is a student research fellow for the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies at University of Arizona. He is also a privacy scholar and advocate. He maintains an up-to-date wiki on privacy issues that encourages open community participation. His current course offered to undergraduate students provides an introduction to the fundamentals of information privacy, with applications developing privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs).