Dan Solove

Associate Professor of Law, George Washington

The Digital Person
57 minutes, 26.5mb, recorded 2005-03-04
Dan Solove
Daniel Solove, Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University doesn't use the familiar metaphor of "Big Brother" when he discusses privacy, rather he uses Kafka's play "The Trial." Dan says we're not as much in danger of having our privacy violated by someone with evil intent as we are of having our lives turned upside down from the interactions of unapproachable and faceless corporations and bureaucracies. Dan speaks of privacy architectures and says that we currently have an architecture of vulnerability. Many of our privacy problems, like identity theft, are structural. Unlike some who view privacy as "dead." Dan is hopeful that privacy can be saved. Dan's recent book, "The Digital Person," is a detailed and approachable resource on privacy issues and the laws that affect them.

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Dan Solove received his A.B. in English Literature from Washington University, where he was an early selection for Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. At Yale, Professor Solove won the university-wide scholarly writing Field Prize and served as symposium editor of the Yale Law Journal and as an editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Following law school, Professor Solove clerked for The Honorable Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. After practicing law as an associate at the firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., Professor Solove began a second clerkship with The Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Solove began teaching at Seton Hall Law School in 2000. In the fall semester of 2003, Professor Solove was a visiting professor at the George Washington University Law School. He permanently joined the George Washington University Law School faculty in 2004. Professor Solove writes in the areas of information privacy law, cyberspace law, law and literature, jurisprudence, legal pragmatism, and constitutional theory. He teaches information privacy law, criminal procedure, criminal law, and law and literature.

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