Privacy as Knowledge Commons Governance Conference

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In an increasingly interconnected world, users of the internet are coming together to share and manage information in forums known as knowledge commons. As the number of users and information in the commons grows, the need for a governing framework and privacy grows as well. On October 12-13, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will bring together leading interdisciplinary scholars to present and discuss “Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons.” Attendees will consider and evaluate applications of the framework to issues of privacy within various information, knowledge and cultural contexts.

After the workshop, participants will continue to hone the papers through interdisciplinary conversation. The workshop organizers will then publish the final papers in a book by Cambridge University Press as part of the Cambridge Studies on Governing Knowledge Commons.

The gathering of renowned scholars is designed to offer free-flowing discussion and to ignite new ideas and proposals for this 21st century challenge. Workshop participants, led by Villanova Law professor Brett Frischmann, include:

  • Madelyn Sanfilippo, postdoctoral research associate, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
  • Katherine J. Strandburg, Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Michael Mattioli, Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Darakhshan Mir, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Jane W. Griffith Faculty Fellow, Bucknell University
  • Yan Shvartzshnaider, Assistant Professor, Faculty Fellow, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University
  • Felix Gille, Professor of Bioethics, ETH Zurich
  • Apu Kapadia, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Indiana University
  • Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Information Science, Cornell Tech
  • Michael Madison, Professor of Law and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Dimeji Onafuwa, Recent PhD in Design, Carnegie Mellon University
  • L. Jean Camp, Professor of Informatics, Director of Center for Security and Privacy in Informatics, Computing and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Chase McCoy, PhD Student in Information and Library Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Kyle Jones, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science, Data Science, Indiana University
  • Steven Wolf, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University