Noonan Lecture: Peter Swire

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April 3, 2014 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
LeCraw Auditorium - Scheller College of Business

2014 Thomas E. Noonan Distinguished Lecture

“The Information Technology Implications of the President's Intelligence Review Panel"

Peter P. Swire

Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor, Law and Ethics Program,

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Thursday, April 3, 3:30 - 5:00PM

LeCraw Auditorium, Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street, NW

*Light Reception from 3:30 - 4:00PM.

Presentation from 4:00 - 5:00PM.

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Professor Peter Swire of the Scheller College of Business served on President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, which published its report in December to widespread public attention. The President has adopted many of the group's 46 proposals, and others remain under consideration. This lecture will describe implications for information technology and the IT sector from the issues analyzed in the report. It will discuss the major recommendations, with a particular focus on information technology issues including encryption, zero-day attacks, the role of offense and defense in cybersecurity, and policy affecting U.S. cloud computing and other IT providers. The talk will then address broader issues of Internet governance in light of the intense public debate about how to use modern communications networks for diverse activities including surveillance, military operations, e-commerce, and the daily communications of individual users.  



Peter Swire in 2013 joined the Scheller College of Business of the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor, in the Law and Ethics Program. At Georgia Tech, he has appointments by courtesy with the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. Previously, Swire was the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Ohio State University.


Swire has been a leading privacy and cyberlaw scholar, government leader, and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. In 2013, he served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Prior to that, he was co-chair of the global Do Not Track process for the World Wide Web Consortium. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and the Future of Privacy Forum, and a Policy Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology.


Under President Clinton, Swire was the Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He is the only person to date to have U.S. government-wide responsibility for privacy policy.  In that role, his activities included being White House coordinator for the HIPAA medical privacy rules, chairing a White House task force on how to update wiretap laws for the Internet age, and helping negotiate the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor agreement for trans-border data flows. Under President Obama, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.


Swire is author of four books and numerous scholarly papers. He has testified often before the Congress, and been quoted regularly in the press. He has served on privacy and security advisory boards for companies including Google, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft, and for eight years was a consultant with the global law firm of Morrison & Foerster, LLP. Swire graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and the Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.