Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan is a professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and an affiliated faculty member of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.

Mulligan’s research explores legal and technical means of protecting values such as privacy, freedom of expression and fairness in emerging technical systems. Her book, Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe, a study of privacy practices in large corporations in five countries conducted with UC Berkeley Law professor Kenneth Bamberger, was recently published by MIT Press. Mulligan and Bamberger received the 2016 International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award for their research contributions to the field of privacy protection.

She is a member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Science and Technology study group (ISAT) and a member of the National Academy of Science Forum on Cyber Resilience. She is chair of the board of directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a leading advocacy organization protecting global online civil liberties and human rights; a founding member of the standing committee for the AI 100 project, a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play; and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multistakeholder initiative to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and in particular to resist government efforts to use the ICT sector to engage in censorship and surveillance in violation of international human rights standards. She is a commissioner on the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. Mulligan chaired a series of interdisciplinary visioning workshops on privacy by design with the Computing Community Consortium to develop a shared interdisciplinary research agenda.

Prior to joining the School of Information. she was a clinical professor of law, founding director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, and director of clinical programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Mulligan was the policy lead for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, which brought together researchers at UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University; and a principal investigator on the multi-institution NSF-funded ACCURATE center. In 2007 she was a member of an expert team charged by the California Secretary of State to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the voting systems certified for use in California elections. This review investigated the security, accuracy, reliability and accessibility of electronic voting systems used in California.

She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Authentication Technology and Its Privacy Implications; the Federal Trade Commission’s Federal Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and the National Task Force on Privacy, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information. She was a vice chair of the California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices and chaired the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) Conference in 2004. She co-chaired Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board with Fred B. Schneider from 2003–14. Prior to Berkeley, she served as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, D.C.

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