The Harvard Law Review is hosting a Symposium this November on the topic of Privacy & Technology. The Law Review is currently accepting abstracts for papers to be considered for publication in the Symposium Issue. To be considered for publication, please send an abstract of no more than 750 words to HLRsymposium2012@gmail.com by June 15. Space in the issue is limited and papers will be selected on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended. We strongly prefer abstracts for shorter essays that can be executed in fewer than 12,500 words (about 25 law review pages).
The following proposal gives a taste of what kinds of inquiries we are interested in. We are most interested in papers that challenge old concepts and categories and propose new ones that could potentially drive the development of privacy law in the following decades.
Today, we are witnessing astounding new technologies that efficiently gather, use, and analyze massive amounts of data. These changes have created a set of profound challenges for regulating privacy, as existing regulatory approaches are straining to keep up with rapid technological advances. The regulatory ideas and frameworks over the past few decades have failed to adequately respond to the constantly shifting technological landscape. Policymakers—among many different stakeholders—recognize that a new direction is needed for privacy law, but there remains much to be resolved about what direction it should head. Moreover, deep divides have emerged in how different societies regulate privacy despite the increased need for governments and businesses to share information across borders. These changes present challenges for the core conceptual underpinnings of privacy itself. We thus stand at a crossroads about how to regulate privacy and even how to think about privacy. The road forward will require a deep re-imagining of privacy in both theory and practice.