On February 15, Georgetown Law's Professor Paul Ohm appeared at the Law School's Edge Technologies Colloquium for a lecture titled "Breaking Open the Black Box of Online Tracking."
"Information is the new oil" is a phrase heard often in technology policy debates. Just like petroleum in the industrial revolution, information--particularly about the habits, desires, and proclivities of individuals--fuels vast wealth and drives boundless "innovation", but also creates new risks to privacy and security. Professor Ohm's lecture documented the risk of online tracking and information sharing, focusing in particular on the technology of web tracking, from cookies to web bugs and viruses. The class also demonstrated some of the technologies used by researchers and regulators to break open the black box of web tracking.
Professor Ohm appeared as part of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law.