Research & Writing

The Impact of Technology on Privacy Law

 

Research & Writing
The Impact of Technology on Privacy Law


Broadly stated, my current research involves an investigation into the impact of new technologies on practical aspects of the law. Thus, I am interested in broad questions like whether societal ideals and conceptions drive both the law and technology, or if technology drives the law and societal expectations, or if there is some other factor at play. While primarily an historical investigation, these questions have applicability to the contemporary world, e.g., to issues of Internet privacy, wiretapping, vaccination, contraception, and abortion.

Put differently, I am researching privacy in the United Sates from roughly 1800-1965, and particularly the impacts new technologies (like the telegraph or the contraceptive pill) had on conceptions and implementations of privacy. As part of this work, I look at legal history, especially in regards to individual liberty and government intervention, federal versus state authority, the development of common-law precedents, and the perception of scientific and technological expertise and authority.

I also continue to pursue work on other issues, such as the role of technology transfer offices in an increasingly neoliberal university environment, the history of disability law, the limits of the First Amendment, and more. You can find my more formal work via Google Scholar. More informal material is at my blog, in propria persona.