Team for Research in
Ubiquitous Secure Technology


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Deirdre Mulligan
    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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Bio:  Deirdre K. Mulligan is the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a clinical professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Before coming to Boalt, she was staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington.

Through the clinic, Mulligan and her students foster the public's interest in new computer and communication technology by engaging in client advocacy and interdisciplinary research, and by participating in developing technical standards and protocols. The clinic's work has advanced and protected the public's interest in free expression, individual privacy, balanced intellectual property rules, and secure, reliable, open communication networks.

Mulligan writes about the risks and opportunities technology presents to privacy, free expression, and access and use of information goods. Recent publications about privacy include: Storing Our Lives Online: Expanded Email Storage Raises Complex Policy Issues, with Ari Schwartz and Indrani Mondal, forthcoming 2005, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society; and, Reasonable Expectations in Electronic Communications: A Critical Perspective on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1557 (2004).

Mulligan was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Authentication Technology and Its Privacy Implications; the Federal Trade Commission's Federal Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and the National Task Force on Privacy, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information. She was a vice-chair of the California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices and chaired the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) Conference in 2004. She is currently a member of the California Office of Privacy Protection's Advisory Council and a co-chair of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board. She serves on the board of the California Voter Foundation and on the advisory board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Education: B.A., Smith College (1988) J.D., Georgetown University (1994)