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July 24th Event: Information and Privacy: What are the Tradeoffs?

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July 14, 2009 – Online advertising uses customer information to target messages to consumers’ interests. The resulting advertising revenues support an array of innovative new online services, which consumers can often use for free. But as the use of information online has increased, so have concerns about privacy. More privacy, however, would mean less information, less valuable advertising, and thus fewer resources available for producing new low-priced services. It is this tradeoff that Congress needs to take into account as it considers new privacy legislation. TPI has assembled a group of experts to discuss how policy makers should address the tradeoffs inherent in privacy policy.

12:00 noon Registration and Buffet Lunch

12:20 pm Opening Remarks

  • Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL)

12:40 pm Panel

  • Alessandro Acquisti, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Alan Davidson, Google
  • Leslie Harris, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Gerard Lewis, Comcast Cable
  • Paul H. Rubin, Technology Policy Institute and Emory University
  • Thomas Lenard (moderator), Technology Policy Institute

1:40 pm Q&A Session

2:00 pm Adjourn

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/