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Center for Internet and Society Names Director of Privacy

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 4, 2012

Aleecia McDonald has been named the director of privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. She will “lead the center’s work at the intersection of online technologies, privacy and policy” with a focus on Do Not Track, privacy-enhancing technologies and mobile privacy, among others. McDonald has worked as a senior privacy researcher at Mozilla and as co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Tracking Protection Working Group. She told the Daily Dashboard she will also co-teach a class on privacy to Stanford Law School students and facilitate events and conferences on privacy issues as well as conduct academic research. She says she’s especially looking forward to working with peers of such a high caliber in an interdisciplinary way, which will enable a variety of perspectives on such a complicated and nuanced topic as privacy. “I just feel amazingly fortunate that I get to work on things I’m passionate about. I think right now privacy is an exceedingly interesting area and particularly interesting in terms of the public policy side. It’s getting a lot of attention that it won’t have every year,” she said. “I feel like a kid in a candy store; I get to do the cool stuff. I’m really lucky.”
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