Guest Lecturer to Discuss Online Privacy Protection


Akron, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2009 - The University of Akron School of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology will host a lecture by Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Mapping Online Privacy" and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5 - 6 p.m. in Room 152 at The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Ave., Akron, Ohio. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Lipton's lecture will address the difficulties in applying existing concepts of personal privacy to the maturing Internet. With Web 2.0 technologies, more people have more opportunities to post information about themselves and others online, often with scant regard for individual privacy.  Shifting notions of "reasonable expectations of privacy" in the context of blogs, wikis, and online social networks create challenges for privacy regulation. Courts and commentators struggle with Web 2.0 privacy incursions without the benefit of a clear regulatory framework.  

Lipton joined Case Western Reserve University in 2001 afterhaving previously held positions in prominent law schools in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her writing and teaching is focused in the areas of commercial law, cyberlaw, and intellectual property law with a comparative/international focus. She has authored numerous law review articles in these areas, including recent publications in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Florida Law Review, and the Cardozo Law Review (de novo inaugural online supplement).

She is the co-author of the second and third editions of Cyberspace Law: Cases and Materials (Aspen, 2006 & 2010) with Professor Raymond Shih Ray Ku. She also authored Security Over Intangible Property (Thomson, 2000), the first text devoted solely to the issue of securitization of intangible property, including intellectual property. She is currently completing a text on Internet domain name governance issues with particular focus on the balance between trademark interests and free speech for the Edward Elgar International Intellectual Property series.

Prior to her academic work, Lipton held positions in several leading Australian commercial law firms, as well as serving as inhouse counsel for a major Australian bank. In the spring of 2010, Lipton will be a visiting professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and Acting Director of its International Center for Automated Information Research (ICAIR).

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