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Christine Bannan keynote speaker

Christine Bannan
Policy Counsel, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute ~ Washington, DC

Protecting Privacy and Dignity in the Attention Economy

The digital information ecosystem collects personal data about us and uses it to shape our behavior. Learn how the lack of privacy online leads to manipulation and inequitable outcomes for Internet users.

Christine Bannan is policy counsel at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC. where she works on platform accountability and privacy issues. She advocates for policies at the federal and state level to promote an Internet that is open and free, working to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits.
Before her work at the Open Technology Institute, she was consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), where she advocated for stronger privacy regulations before the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Election Commission, and other government agencies. Her prior work experiences include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, U.S. Copyright Office, and the Wikimedia Foundation. She is an Internet Law and Policy Foundry Fellow and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Bannan earned her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and B.A. in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Additional Resources

“Does Data Privacy Need its Own Agency?”, Open Technology Institute Report, June 2021

“Health and Fitness Wearables Leave a Lot of Our Data Unprotected. What Can We Do About It?”, Open Technology Institute Report, April 2021

“Automated Intrusion, Systemic Discrimination,” Open Technology Institute Report, October 2020


“Privacy Shifting,” Center for the Future of Libraries, Trends

What you need to know about face surveillance, TED Talk, Kade Crockford

Artificial Intelligence:

“Artificial Intelligence”, Center for the Future of Libraries, Trends

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