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Teaching Assistant to Professor Urs Gasser – Comparative Digital Privacy, Spring 2018 Urs Gasser, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, seeks a Teaching Assistant for his Spring 2018 Comparative Digital Privacy course at Harvard Law School. This will principally consist of aiding Professor Gasser with class preparation, classroom instruction, and related teaching-support activities. The individual’s responsibilities will include – though are not limited to – coordinating a student-run mini-symposium at the conclusion of the seminar. This position is an ideal opportunity for individuals currently enrolled in law school. Required Education and Skills Current 2L or 3L student required Previous experience in privacy issues preferred, and a developed interest in cyberlaw, the Internet, technology, and policy is recommended. Takes initiative, and works well independently Strong communication skills, and the ability to interact professionally with individuals from a variety of disciplines and professions This position will be based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Applications and Questions To apply, please email a current CV or resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience. Please see the description of the course below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will start formally with the Spring semester. Applications should be sent to Alba Hancock at —– Comparative Digital Privacy Professor Urs Gasser Spring 2018 seminar T 5:00pm – 7:00pm 2 classroom credits Prerequisites: None. Exam Type: No exam. Digital privacy has become a major issue for Internet users, technology companies, online businesses, researchers, and policy-makers around the world, as more and more personal information is collected, aggregated, shared, and used across a wide variety of contexts. Policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic—and globally—have been responsive to concerns expressed by users, consumer organizations, activists, and academics, and have proposed an important series of new laws, regulations, and other privacy-enhancing instruments at the international and national level. At the same time, the approaches aimed at regulating the respective information practices on the Internet and in the digital environment more broadly—targeting social networking sites, online advertising, data aggregators, IoT providers, and the like—as well as the details of the proposed privacy norms are highly controversial. In this interactive seminar, we will identify, map, analyze, and discuss latest developments in privacy law related to the digital environment from a comparative perspective and put them into a broader context. Specifically, in the first part of the seminar we will introduce competing theories and models of online privacy and map current policy proposals as well as regulatory action onto such a matrix. In addition to discussing theoretical frameworks and analyzing current developments in digital privacy, we will also take a closer look into qualitative and quantitative studies regarding privacy attitudes and practices online, and ask how such findings from research have shaped—or should shape—both the theoretical frameworks as well as the actual application of law. In the second part, the seminar examines in greater detail potential solutions to the concerns and harms that are presented in the first section. In our analysis, we will survey and critique both legal and non-legal solutions. We will hope to answer questions like: which institutions are the most capable of enforcing user privacy? And how can we design our technologies so that privacy values are embedded into the construction of our technological tools? In asking these questions, we will create a valuable matrix and taxonomy for recommending solutions to potential privacy harms. Finally, in the third section, we will look at specific cases that reflect current trends in privacy law. For instance, we will apply our studies earlier in the seminar towards recent developments in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, as well as other instances of recent tensions between privacy and other values (autonomy, transparency, etc.). To conclude the seminar, we will host a small symposium that compiles our progress from the seminar. Students will have the opportunity to recommend and invite panelists for the symposium. Further, you will be given the opportunity to prepare remarks for the panelists and play a leading role in the direction of the symposium. Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, International, Comparative & Foreign Law