Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies




Center for Democracy & Technology

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Join the Center for Democracy & Technology for a conversation about design and technology with Northeastern University Professor of Law and Computer Science Woodrow Hartzog, who will introduce his new book, Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies.

In the book, Hartzog makes the case that the design of technology is not value-neutral, and that the law can and should require software and hardware makers to respect privacy in the design of their products. In that light, how can technology — from social media platforms to smart home devices — enhance or undermine privacy and security? How can law and policy incentivize good design?

Hartzog’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion on human- and privacy-centric design.

The program will begin promptly at 5 PM and be followed by a short reception.

Books will be available for sale both online and at the event.


Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

Michelle Mazurek, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland

Terrell McSweeny, Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


Michelle De Mooy, Director, Privacy & Data Project, Center for Democracy & Technology