The central theme of this year's Summer Privacy Symposium is "Privacy in Transition." After four decades of privacy balances, organizational policies, and legal/regulatory systems geared to successive waves of computer and telecommunication applications by businesses and government and then the Net 1.0 environment, many observers believe we have entered a dramatic new information privacy environment. This arises from a combination of developments, such as Net 2.0 technology, personal mobile communication devices, the social networking and online self-revelation revolution, an increasingly voyeuristic media and blogger world, continuous data breaches and a global identity theft enterprise, the shrinkage of public-places anonymity, adoption of online behavioral marketing, and concerns over various homeland security surveillance measures. How these developments are unfolding, whether they can be handled effectively by adaptations of the 1970 - 2004 privacy systems, or whether democratic nations will need to develop a new privacy framework will be the Symposium's key issues.


The Privacy Symposium, www.PrivacySummerSymposium.com, and the Sixteenth National HIPAA Summit, www.HIPAASummit.com, August 18 - 21, 2008, will be collocated at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Registration for either conference will entitle the registrant to attend the sessions of both conferences.


The Privacy Symposium Privacy Certificate Program presents the opportunity to for attendees to engage in much greater depth the fundamental issues of privacy policy and practice raised by the Symposium thought completion of readings before the Symposium, participation in a special privacy training preconference and successful competition of a postconference examination. Attendees who successfully complete Program requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

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Robert R. Belair is a founding partner of Oldaker, Biden and Belair and is an internationally recognized privacy lawyer with over three decades of experience. He served as Deputy Counsel to the White House Privacy Committee in the Ford Administration and as a lawyer in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection doing Fair Credit Reporting Act and other privacy related work. Later, Mr. Belair served as General Counsel of the National Commission on the Confidentiality of Health Records. In private practice, Mr. Belair was a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and later at Mullenholz, Brimsek & Belair. He has done work for numerous government entities on privacy matters including the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Transportation and the Social Security Administration. Together with Alan Westin, he is the editor of the nation's preeminent privacy periodical for the business community, Privacy & American Business. Mr. Belair is a frequent writer and speaker on privacy topics and is a graduate of the Columbia Law School.

Arthur R. Miller is the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and is an expert in Civil Procedure. For the past several years he has also been a visiting Professor at New York University School of Law. Professor Miller was also a legal advisor for ABC's Good Morning America and Court TV, and the host of a weekly television show titled Miller's Court on WCVB-TV. He graduated from University of Rochester in 1955 and Harvard Law School in 1958. After graduating from law school, he worked for three years at the New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb before beginning his academic career. Professor Miller has taught at the University of Minnesota, The University of Michigan and has been an advisor and supplementary lecturer at Concord Law School. He currently teaches at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law. He is a Faculty Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society where he led the Berkman Center's inaugural online lecture and discussion series, Privacy in Cyberspace. Professor Miller is said to be the infamous Rudolph Perini, a pseudonym author Scott Turow used in his autobiographical account of Harvard Law School, One L, to describe a particularly abrasive professor.

Dr. Alan F. Westin is Professor of Public Law and Government Emeritus at Columbia University; Publisher of Privacy & American Business; and President of the Center for Social & Legal Research. He has authored or edited 26 books. Professor Westin's major books on privacy -- Privacy and Freedom (1967) and Databanks in a Free Society (1972) -- were pioneering works that prompted U.S. privacy legislation and helped launch global privacy movements in many democratic nations in the 1960's and 70's. Over the past forty years, Dr. Westin has been a member of U.S. federal and state government privacy commissions and an expert witness before legislative committees and regulatory agencies. He has been a privacy consultant to many U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies and government research foundations and has helped write privacy codes for over one hundred companies, including IBM, American Express, Citicorp, Intel, Prudential, A.T.&T., News Corporation, VISA, and Merck. He has keynoted privacy conferences around the world, from Canada to England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Hong Kong. Since 1978, he has been the academic advisor to Harris Interactive for more than 60 national surveys of public and leadership attitudes toward consumer, employee, and citizen privacy issues, in the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain and Japan.


Harvard University:
Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, was established in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, a young minister who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half of his estate to the new institution. Today, Harvard has grown to become a great undergraduate and graduate research University, with more than 18,000 degree candidates enrolled.

The Harvard Faculty Club:
On the edge of historic Harvard Yard, the Harvard Faculty Club offers an atmosphere of dignity, elegance and charm for members of the University community. Fine dining, decorative private dining rooms, comfortable overnight accommodations, reasonable prices, and personalized attention make it one of the most inviting establishments in the Boston area.

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University:
Inspired by Christopher Wren's Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford, England, Sanders Theatre is famous for its design and its acoustics. A member of the League of Historic American Theatres, the 1,166 seat theatre offers a unique and intimate 180 degree design which provides unusual proximity to the stage. The theatre was designed to function as a major lecture hall and as the site of college commencements. Although Sanders saw its last commencement exercise in 1922, the theatre continues to play a major role in the academic mission of Harvard College, hosting undergraduate core curriculum courses, the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, and the annual Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony. Many of the most venerable academic, political and literary figures of the nineteenth and twentieth century have taken the podium at Sanders Theatre including Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Charles Hotel:
The newly renovated Charles Hotel combines classic New England design and sophisticated service located in the heart of Harvard Square, just minutes from downtown Boston. The Charles Hotel has become the home away from home for internationally renowned business leaders, government officials, entertainment executives and leisure travelers.


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