Dec. 2, 2011 – 11:00am to 6:15pm

[Note: Times listed above are EST but the event is taking place in Boulder, CO which is 2 hours behind]

Information privacy has become one of the most important and hotly debated topics in technology policy. For example, personalization is a key engine driving Internet innovation and economic growth, and the emerging business models of many companies are built upon the collection and analysis of personal information from their users. The increased collection and use of this information, however, can sometimes threaten individual privacy.

Full details about this event hosted by the Silicon Flatirons center at the University of Colorado and the Federal Communications Bar Assocation can be found here . The Twitter hashtag for the event is #flatirons. The event will be livestreamed. We’ve embedded the video below.

Inside these companies, debates about information privacy focus most often on questions about markets and economics: Who owns the data? Have the users consented? Can’t robust notice-and-choice strike the best balance between business need and privacy? Often is heard the argument that users are perfectly capable of revealing the amount of privacy they prefer through their market decisions, which is used to oppose calls for laws that promise more privacy than the market delivers as paternalistic.

In the meantime, despite the fact that information privacy represents one of the most exciting, rapidly growing areas of legal scholarship, information privacy law scholars rarely express any faith in market principles, when they talk about markets at all. Government regulators seem a bit more conflicted, with recent pronouncements from the Commerce Department, FTC, and Congress each premised largely on market-based, notice-and-choice principles, but recognizing the limits of markets.

Join the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship on Friday, December 2, 2011, as it brings representatives from these three groups together to debate the economics of privacy. Joining them will be an interdisciplinary group of leading thinkers from other disciplines, such as economists studying the behavioral economics of privacy and computer scientists who specialize in human-computer interaction studying the limits of notice-and-choice.

In keynote speeches, an overview panel, and other panels focused on some of the most active areas of debate – behavioral advertising, social networks, facial recognition, and location privacy – we will study the promise and the limits of markets, asking questions such as: Should information privacy laws require opt-in or opt-out rules? How well has the FTC’s focus on privacy policies fared? What are best practices for terms of service? What are the pros and cons of a do-not-track system, and should it be backed by law? Do smart phone providers solicit enough meaningful consent to track user location? How do European regulators differ from their American counterparts in their treatment of markets?

Many of the conference attendees will present academic articles, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law.