Is it Possible to Share and Protect Sensitive Information?

Have you had “issues” with your identity and privacy online? Many useful applications require individuals to make tradeoffs between privacy and utility, as many services depend on the availability of personal information (such as location.) There is a wealth of valuable information that we want to share that makes life better, richer, more efficient. But this is becoming a most delicate balance. How can we create incentives for users and providers to use and protect information about themselves and others? What are the new governance frameworks? We have four panelists from the private sector, research, and government, who are working on providing the balance necessary.

Moderator: John Clippinger, Director, Open Identity Meta-system, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at The Harvard Law School

Dorothy Attwood, Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T

Loretta Garrison, Senior Attorney, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission

Hilary Ward, Citibank, Director of Identity Management

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John Clippinger

MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group

John Henry Clippinger is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Human Dynamics Group, where he conducts research on trust frameworks for protecting and sharing personal information. With Professor Alex Pentland of MIT, he is cofounder and executive director of the newly formed ID3 (Institute for Institutional Innovation & Data Driven Design), which is developing an open governance platform to support an ecosystem for data-driven services, infrastructures, and enterprises. Previously, John was founder and codirector of the Law Lab at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a senior fellow at the Berkman Center, where he cofounded and supported the development of an open source, interoperable identity framework, Project Higgins, which gives users control over their personal information.

John is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity and The Biology of Business: Decoding the Natural Laws of Enterprise. Previously, he was director of intellectual capital at Coopers & Lybrand and the founder and CEO of four software companies. He also holds software patents and consults with companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy, and business strategy. He is co-chair of the Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board and has lectured at Stanford, Brandeis, MIT, Yale, Boston University, the Chinese Academy of Science, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

John is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of a number of prestigious groups, including the eG8 Forum, the Global Leadership Telco Council, and the Aspen Institute, among many others.

Loretta Garrison


Loretta Garrison is a senior attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, and works on privacy and data security investigations, rulemakings, health privacy, workshops, and special projects. She coordinated the FTC’s recent Exploring Privacy Roundtable series. Ms. Garrison was the agency representative to, and coordinator of, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act model form rulemaking and notice research project. She worked on the Nations Title, Gateway Learning, CVS Caremark, and Rite Aid investigations. Prior to joining the FTC in 2000, she handled mass transit reauthorization at the Senate Banking Committee; was special counsel to the chief counsel of the Federal Transit Administration; litigation attorney with Baker and Hostetler; and clerk to Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Richard Markus. She has a B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley; M.A. from American University, School of International Service; and J.D. from Case Western Reserve Law School.

Dorothy Attwood


Dorothy Attwood
Senior Vice President-Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer
AT&T, Inc.

Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President-Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer for AT&T Services, Inc., leads the development and implementation of AT&T’s strategic international, federal and state public policy initiatives across all AT&T lines of business – including wireless, Internet, video and wireline services. As Chief Privacy Officer, Ms. Attwood has oversight responsibility for the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policies governing the privacy of customer information.

Hilary Ward


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