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Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

Edited by Marc Rotenberg, Julia Horwitz, Jeramie Scott

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Book cover image"Inspired recommendations to help ensure our right to privacy remains a time-honored value in our interconnected world."- Senator Edward J. Markey

"Original insights into the most critical privacy, data protection, and surveillance concerns of our time."- Anita Allen

"A fascinating overview of current challenges to our privacy and how best to counter them."- Peter Hustinx

"EPIC has become one of America<80><99>s most vigilant and respected defenders of privacy in the modern age. This invaluable collection of essays shows why."- Jeffrey Rosen

"The Electronic Privacy Information Center is on the front lines of the most important civil liberties issues of our age."- Bruce Schneier

The threats to privacy are well known: the National Security Agency tracks our phone calls, Google records where we go online and how we set our thermostats, Facebook changes our privacy settings when it wishes, Target gets hacked and loses control of our credit card information, our medical records are available for sale to strangers, our children are fingerprinted and their every test score saved for posterity, and small robots patrol our schoolyards while drones may soon fill our skies.

The contributors to this anthology don<80><99>t simply describe these problems or warn about the loss of privacy- they propose solutions. They look closely at business practices, public policy, and technology design and ask, "Should this continue? Is there a better approach?" They take seriously the dictum of Thomas Edison: "What one creates with his hand, he should control with his head." It<80><99>s a new approach to the privacy debate, one that assumes privacy is worth protecting, that there are solutions to be found, and that the future is not yet known. This volume will be an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there<80> <99>s a problem- let<80><99>s find a solution.

Hardcover / $25.95 / 272 pages / ISBN 978-1-62097-107-9 / April 2015

Contributors include: Steven Aftergood, Ross Anderson, Christine L. Borgman (coauthored with Kent Wada and James F. Davis), Ryan Calo, Danielle Citron, Simon Davies, A. Michael Froomkin, Deborah Hurley, Kristina Irion, Jeff Jonas, Harry Lewis, Anna Lysyanskaya, Gary T. Marx, Aleecia M. McDonald, Dr. Pablo G. Molina, Peter G. Neumann, Helen Nissenbaum, Frank Pasquale, Dr. Deborah Peel, MD, Stephanie E. Perrin, Pamela Samuelson, Bruce Schneier, and Christopher Wolf

Marc Rotenberg is president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). He served as counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee and teaches at Georgetown University Law Center. EPIC is a public interest research group in Washington, D.C., established to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues in the information age. Jeramie Scott is national security counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Julia Horwitz is consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

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Book event in New York City with Professors Helen Nissenbaum, Frank Pasquale, Katherine Strandburg, and Kate Crawford; policy experts Sheila Kaplan and Faiza Patel; and contributing editor, Jeramie Scott

Book event in Cambridge, MA with Joi Ito, Dean Harry Lewis, Marc Rotenberg, Paul Smith, and Professor Latanya Sweeney

Book event in Washington, DC with Senator Ed Markey, Bruce Schneier, Marc Rotenberg, and Julia Horwitz