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Woodrow Hartzog is a Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University School of Law and the College of Computer and Information Science. His research focuses on privacy, media, contracts, and robotics. He is the author of Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, published in 2018 by Harvard University Press.

Professor Hartzog is particularly interested in evolving conceptualizations of privacy, data protection frameworks, and the rules around automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. His work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review and popular publications such as BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Wired, Bloomberg, New Scientist, Slate, The Atlantic and The Nation.

He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LL.M. in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School and a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.


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The Boston Globe

Getting the First Amendment wrong

Woodrow Hartzog and Neil Richards argue that Clearview AI is wrongfully trying to use the First Amendment to ensure a freedom to surveil at will.

Sep 4, 2020
BKC Medium Collection

Beware of Apps Bearing Gifts in a Pandemic

Researchers share concerns about free services and public health interventions by tech companies

Aug 18, 2020
Justice Collaborative Institute

The Case for Banning Law Enforcement From Using Facial Recognition Technology

New Report from Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

Aug 4, 2020
Brookings

The dangers of tech-driven solutions to COVID-19

Woodrow Hartzog co-authors essay warning of dangers, offering suggestions for tech and COVID-19

Jun 17, 2020
LA Times

Coronavirus tracing apps are coming. Here’s how they could reshape surveillance as we know it.

Woodrow Hartzog warns about the long-term consequences of the apps

May 12, 2020
New York Daily News

We need disease surveillance, not a surveillance state

Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger argue against using facial recognition to combat COVID-19

May 11, 2020
Wired

Why Europe's GDPR magic will never work in the US

Woodrow Hartzog argues that any US version of GDPR would, in practice, be something of a GDPR-lite.

Feb 20, 2020
The New York Times

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Faculty associate Woodrow Hartzog spoke to the New York Times about the harrowing consequences of facial recognition

Jan 18, 2020
The New York Times

What Happens When Employers Can Read Your Facial Expressions?

The benefits do not come close to outweighing the risks, writes Woodrow Hartzog

Oct 17, 2019
OneZero

Why You Can’t Really Consent to Facebook’s Facial Recognition

While the social media platform’s latest approach to facial recognition appears to respect user’s choices, the offer is so tainted we can’t truly agree to it

Sep 30, 2019
Washington Post

It’s time to try something different on Internet privacy

"US lawmakers need to embrace a different approach to Internet privacy based around the concept of trust, rather than the failed concepts of notice and choice."

Dec 20, 2018
Medium

Stop Saying Privacy in Dead

Privacy still exists. You just have to know where to look for it so you know what to fight for.

Oct 11, 2018

Events

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Mar 5, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

Privacy’s Blueprint

The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies

PODCAST & VIDEO: The dominant model for regulating privacy focuses on giving people control over their information and regulating data practices. This focus ignores the role that… More