Surveillance Technology Governance During and After COVID-19

May 19, 2020 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm

Registration is required for this free webinar event. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you shortly before the event begins. 

As the world rushes to put contact tracing and illness-tracking tools in place to enable effective response to the coronavirus pandemic, privacy experts are raising concerns about exactly how this technology will be built and governed.

Join us for a panel, co-sponsored by the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, on the use and governance of surveillance technology during (and after) the coronavirus pandemic. Our panelists will discuss how to align private and public sector interests to benefit society and support public health efforts, while also preserving privacy and civil rights.


Albert Gidari is the director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Previously, he was a partner for over 20 years at Perkins Coie LLP. He negotiated the first-ever “privacy by design” consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of Google, which required the establishment of a comprehensive privacy program including third-party compliance audits. Al is a recognized expert on electronic surveillance law; long an advocate for greater transparency in government demands for user data, he brought the first public lawsuit before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, seeking the right of providers to disclose the volume of national security demands received.


Inder Singh is the founder and CEO of Kinsa. Kinsa’s mission is to curb the spread of infectious illness through early detection and early response. Previously, Inder was executive vice president of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where he brokered a series of agreements between 70 developing countries and 20 pharmaceutical companies that resulted in nearly $1 billion in cost savings; lowered the price of AIDS, malaria, and TB drugs; and enabled millions of children to access treatment. Inder started his career as a software engineer and consultant. He holds three graduate degrees from Harvard and MIT and is a proud University of Michigan alum.

Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, is the former president and CEO of AMIA, and former chief science officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). While at ONC, he was responsible for the technical aspects of the Meaningful Use program. He was the ONC champion of the JASON report that now serves as the foundation for API-based information exchange across the health IT industry, and was the key ONC liaison to workforce development, the innovation community, and international HIT collaborations. After his service at ONC, he continued his work to develop the informatics workforce at AMIA.

Jon Callas is a cryptographer, software engineer, UX designer, and entrepreneur. Before joining the ACLU as senior technology fellow, he was at Apple, where he helped design the encryption system to protect data stored on a Mac. Jon also worked on security, UX, and crypto for Kroll-O’Gara, Counterpane, and Entrust. He has launched or worked on the launches of many tools designed to encrypt and secure personal data, including PGP, Silent Circle, Blackphone, DKIM, ZRTP, Skein, and Threefish. Jon is also a tireless advocate for secure and confidential communications.

Gretchen Greene is a senior advisor at the Hastings Center and an international AI policy advisor, as well as a Yale-trained lawyer, computer vision scientist, autonomous vehicle engineer, and former U.S. national lab mathematician. Gretchenhas written decision-making algorithms for autonomous navigation, terrorist tracking, and Hollywood animation. Her AI and governance work with government clients, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Berkman Klein Center, has included developing best practices for AI and ethics in government, universities, and industry; advising governments on AI strategy, policy, and risk; and facilitating collaboration across and between governments and diverse stakeholder groups.


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