The PORTIA Project on Privacy and Technology

I don’t think we’ve mentioned the Yale / Stanford PORTIA Project before on Slaw:

The PORTIA goals are (1) to design and develop a next generation of technology for handling sensitive information that is qualitatively better than the current generation’s and (2) to create an effective conceptual framework for policy making and philosophical inquiry into the rights and responsibilities of data subjects, data owners, and data users.

Much of the material is inaccessible to the average reader because of a high degree of technical material (e.g. On the Implementation of Pairing-Based Cryptosystems or Private Multiparty Sampling and Approximation of Vector Combinations) but it’s worth acknowledging the technical complexity of handling information in order to understand how difficult it is and will continue to be to involve law in its regulation.

For the likes of most of us there is an Expository Section on the site where the papers are accessible to the non-scientist. Here you’ll find, for instance, Digital Rights Management: A Guide for Librarians, by Michael Godwin and Towards Better Support for Copyright Compliance and for Privacy by Joan Feigenbaum.

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