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2/12: Fighting Spyware: A Policy Perspective

February 12, 2007 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Alissa Cooper is a Policy Analyst for the Center for Democracy and Technology. She focuses on spyware issues, CDT's digital copyright project, and the network neutrality debate. Alissa moved to the Washington area after completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science at Stanford University. There her work focused on computer security issues and their policy implications.Computer users are increasingly finding spyware programs on their computers that they did not know were installed and that they cannot uninstall, that create privacy problems and open security holes, and that hurt the performance and stability of their systems. No single tool can solve the spyware problem on its own. A complete solution involves a combination of better enforcement of existing laws, anti-spyware technologies, self-regulatory policies, and perhaps new legislation. Come listen to Alissa Cooper, a spyware specialist from the Center for Democracy & Technology, discuss the legal and policy tools that are being used to wage the war against spyware and the challenges that lie ahead.

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