Brian Hayden Pascal

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Non-Residential Fellow
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Brian Hayden Pascal is a researcher currently working as the first research fellow with UC Hastings Law School's Institute for Innovation Law. Brian's academic work focuses on applying the techniques of scientific inquiry to the problems of policymaking, using evidence and data analysis to help laws better conform to the needs of empirical reality. His research involves studying the impact of data breaches and the efficacy of mandatory reporting laws, and he also assists the Institute in its role as an advisor to the California State Assembly on privacy issues. 
Additionally, Brian conducts research with Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society on the challenges that arise when scientific innovation and technical ability outstrip extant intellectual, legal, and ethical frameworks. He is particularly interested in issues involving data, surveillance, cybersecurity, civil liberties, and privacy.
Brian has served in a variety of roles at the interface of technology, law, policy, and business. He has been a civil liberties engineer with Palantir Technologies, a cybersecurity and privacy consultant with IBM, and an attorney with the firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Brian received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, and in between he studied science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.