Cyber Alliance Speaker Series

The Program on Intellectual Property & Information Law (PIPIL) has an ongoing collaboration with BU’s Hariri Institute for Computing and Questrom School of Business’ Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy. As part of this collaboration, cross-disciplinary talks and presentations are alternatively hosted by the Law School, Questrom, or Hariri, depending on the subject matter. This Cyber Alliance Speaker Series is an opportunity for all members of the BU community to meet scholars and experts in the fascinating issues at the intersections of law, technology, business, and policy.

New speakers are added frequently, check back soon for more information on Spring 2021. Recordings of these talks are posted to this page.

Spring 2021 Speakers

*All Spring 2021 talks will be held through Zoom. The Zoom link is sent via email to all members of the Cyber Alliance mailing list. If you are not on this list and would like to join the virtual seminar, please email Mayank Varia at*

January 27, 3:30-5PM:
Kobbi Nissim (Georgetown Computer Science), “Towards the Construction of Hybrid Legal-Technical Concepts”.

March 3, 3:30-5PM:
Bryan Choi (Ohio State Law and Computer Science), “AI Malpractice”.

April 28, 3:30-5PM:
Gordon Pennycook
(University of Regina Schools of Business), “Intuition, Reason, and Social Media”.

Fall 2020 Speakers

*All Fall 2020 talks will be held through Zoom. The Zoom link is sent via email to all members of the Cyber Alliance mailing list. If you are not on this list and would like to join the virtual seminar, please email Mayank Varia at*

September 9, 3:30-5PM:
Garrett Johnson (BU Questrom), “Privacy & Market Concentration: Intended & Unintended Consequences of the GDPR”.

September 30, 3:30-5PM:
Dawn Nunziato (George Washington Law), “Misinformation Mayhem: Social Media Platforms’ Efforts to Combat Medical and Political Misinformation”.

October 21, 3:30-5PM:
Tesary Lin (BU Questrom), “Valuing Intrinsic and Instrumental Preferences for Privacy”.

November 18, 3:30-5PM:
Julissa Milligan (Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board), “Three Challenges in Contemporary Intelligence Oversight”.

December 2, 3:30-5PM:
Ryan Calo (University of Washington Law), “Is Tricking a Robot Hacking?”

Spring 2020 Speakers

January 15, 3:30-5PM:
Cameron Kerry (Brookings Institution, MIT Media Lab), “Policy, Politics, and Privacy: Shaping Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation”. Hariri Seminar Room

February 12, 3:30-5PM:
Chiara Longoni (BU Questrom), “Resistance to Medical AI”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

February 26, 3:30-5PM:
Leslie John (Harvard Business School), “Privacy and Disclosure in the Digital Age”. Hariri Seminar Room

March 4, 3:30-5PM:
Sam Weinstein (Cardozo Law), “Blockchain Neutrality”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

March 18, 3:30-5PM:
Mary Anne Franks (U of Miami Law), “The Cult of the Internet”. Hariri Seminar Room [CANCELLED]

Fall 2019 Speakers

September 11, 3:30-5PM:
Alan Rozenshtein (University of Minnesota), “Silicon Valley’s Speech”. Hariri Seminar Room

September 25, 3:30-5PM:
Tiffany Li (Yale, Visiting BU Law), “Biometric Privacy”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

October 9, 3:30-5PM:
Alan Mislove (Northeastern), “Privacy and Security Threats in Social Network Ad Targeting and Delivery”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

October 16, 3:30-5PM:
Hemu Nigam (Cyber Security Affairs, LAW’90,), “When Hackers Attack: A View of the Ensuing Chaos from the Inside”. Hariri Seminar Room

October 23, 3:30-5PM:
John Abowd (Cornell, U.S. Census Bureau), “The U.S. Census Bureau Tries to be a Good Data Steward in the 21st Century”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

November 6, 3:30-5PM: (***Special Co-Sponsored Event, please note location***)
Kristopher Grahame (FBI), “BU Information Security: Disinformation in the Age of Social Media: A Foreign Influence Briefing”. Hillel House, River Room (Room 227, 2nd Floor Lounge), 213 Bay State Road

November 20, 3:30-5PM:
Yiling Chen (Harvard), “Algorithm-in-the-Loop Decision Making: Disparate Interactions and Limitations”. Hariri Seminar Room

December 4, 3:30-5PM:
Gabe Kaptchuk (John Hopkins), The Hill We Must Die On: Cryptographers and Congress. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

December 11, 3:30-5PM: (***Special Co-Sponsored Event, please note different location***)
Gianluca Stringhini (BU Engineering), “Computational Methods to Measure and Mitigate Weaponized Online Information”. Photonics Building, Room PHO339, 8 St. Mary’s Street

Spring 2019 Speakers

January 16, 3:30-5PM:
Jeff Kosseff (U.S. Naval Academy), “The 26 Words That Created the Internet: The History and Future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act”. Hariri Seminar Room

January 30, 3:30-5PM:
Susan Landau (Tufts), “It’s Too Complicated: How the Internet Upends Katz, Smith, and Electronic Surveillance Law”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

February 27, 3:45-5PM (please note later start time):
Marshall Van Alstyne (BU Questrom), “The Problem of Fake News”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

March 6, 3:30-5PM:
James Grimmelmann (Cornell), “Software Interpretation for Lawyers”. Hariri Seminar Room

March 20, 3:30-5PM:
Neil Richards (Washington University in St. Louis), “The Pathologies of Digital Consent”. BU Law, ***Room 204***

April 3, 3:30-5PM:
Ron Rivest (MIT), “Election Integrity”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

April 8, 12:30-2PM (please note start time):
Kate Klonick (St. John’s), “Facebook v. Sullivan: Building Constitutional Law for Online Speech”. Hariri Seminar Room

April 17, 3:30-5PM:
Asaf Lubin (Yale), “Regulating Cyber Insurance”. Hariri Seminar Room

Fall 2018 Speakers

September 5, 3:30-5PM:
Yaniv Benhamou (University of Geneva), “Self-Regulation and Certification: An Appropriate Tool to Regulate Platforms and AI-Industries”. Hariri Seminar Room

September 19, 3:30-5PM:
Moon Duchin (Tufts), “Gerrymandering: Can Computing Cut the Gordian Knot?”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

October 3, 3:45-5PM:
Aloni Cohen (MIT), “Towards Modeling Singling Out”. Hariri Seminar Room

October 17, 3:45-5PM:
Andrea Matwyshyn (Northeastern), “The Internet of Bodies”. Hariri Seminar Room

October 31, 3:45-5PM:
Jonathan Frankle (MIT), “Machine Learning and Neural Networks for Lawyers”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

November 14, 3:45-5PM:
Leah Plunkett (UNH), “Sharenthood—How the Digital Tech Habits of Parents, Teachers, and Other Trusted Adults Harm Kids & Teens”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 28, 3:45-5PM:
Daniel Weitzner (MIT), “Computer Science and the Law: What the Fields Need from Each Other in the Information Age”. Hariri Seminar Room

December 12, 3:45-5PM:
Sarah Scheffler (BU Computer Science), “From Soft Classifiers to Hard Decisions: How Fair Can We Be?”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

Spring 2018 Speakers

February 2, 9AM-5PM:
Symposium, “Governing the Internet: Public Access, Private Regulation”, Journal of Science and Technology Law, BU Law

February 5, 12:45-2PM:
Paul Ohm (Georgetown), “How Computer Scientists Can Wrest Tech Policy Out of the Cold, Dead Grip of the Invisible Hand”. Hariri Seminar Room

February 5, 4:20-6:20PM:

Patrick Goold (Harvard), “The Lost Tort of American Moral Rights”. BU Law, Room 204 (IP Workshop)

February 20, 1-2PM:
Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard Economics), “Using Machine Learning to Improve Policy Problems; An Econometric Perspective“. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

March 12, 12:30-2PM:
Alexandra Wood (Harvard), “Bridging Privacy Definitions: Differential Privacy and Privacy Concepts from Law and Policy”. BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue

April 4, 3:00-4:30PM:
Rory Van Loo, “Regulating Digital Intermediaries”. Hariri Seminar Room

April 30, 12:30-2PM:
Ahmed Ghappour, “Machine Generated Culpability: Inscrutable Machine Evidence in the Criminal Legal Process”. Hariri Seminar Room

May 7, 12:30-2PM:
John Byers (BU Computer Science), “Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

May 14, 12:30-2PM:
Stephen Chong (Harvard) and Alexandra Wood (Harvard), “Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data”. BU Law, Room 203

May 16, 12:30-2PM:
Mayank Varia (BU Computer Science), “Crypto Crumple Zones: Enabling Limited Access Without Mass Surveillance”. BU Law, Room 203

Fall 2017 Speakers

October 2
Ran Canetti, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Department of Computer Science, “A Crash Course in Data Encryption: Concepts, Techniques, Limitations, and Unrealized Potential (Part II),” BU Law room 410

October 11
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson
, University of the District of Columbia School of Law, “The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement,” Hariri Seminar Room

October 13
Mark McKenna
, University of Notre Dame Law School, “Claiming Design,” BU Law room 209

October 23
Michael Meurer
, Boston University School of Law, “Training Data and Innovation Markets for AI,” Hariri Seminar Rom

October 25, 3-4PM:
Woody Hartzog (Northeastern), “Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 6
Adam Smith
, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Department of Computer Science, BU Law room 203

November 8, 2:45-4:30PM:
Tim Edgar (Brown), “Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 9, 4-6PM:
Research on Tap: “The Many Facets of Cybersecurity Research”, Hosted by Ran Canetti and including talks by Andy Sellars and Ahmed Ghappour. BU Photonics Center, 9th Floor Colloquium Room

November 15, 2:45-4:30PM:
Ellen Goodman (Rutgers), “Algorithmic Transparency for the Smart City”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 28, 3:45-5PM:
Adam Smith, “Pinning Down “Privacy” in Statistical Data Analysis”. BU Law, Room 420