Associate Professor of Law and Telecommunications|
University of Colorado Law School
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Paul Ohm is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. He is currently on leave from the university serving as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission.
In his work, Professor Ohm tries to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science. Much of his scholarship focuses on how evolving technology disrupts individual privacy. His article Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization, 57 UCLA Law Review 1701, has sparked an international debate about the need to reshape dramatically the way we regulate privacy. He is commonly cited and quoted by news organizations including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR. In 2010, he was awarded the prize for Excellence in Teaching by the students of Colorado Law.
Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Professor Ohm served as an Honors Program trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Before that, he clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Benjamin Aaron and Judge Jerry Pacht prizes.
Prior to law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that, earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker.
Recent and Upcoming Publications [SSRN Author Page]Branding Privacy, 97 Minnesota Law Review 907 (2013). The Fourth Amendment in a World Without Privacy, 81 Mississippi Law Review 1309 (2012) (symposium). Don't Build a Database of Ruin, Harvard Business Review blog network, August 23, 2012. Massive Hard Drives, General Warrants, and the Power of Magistrate Judges, 97 Virginia Law Review In Brief 1 (2011) (responding to Orin Kerr, Ex Ante Regulation of Computer Search and Seizure, 96 Va. L. Rev. 1241). Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization, 57 UCLA Law Review 1701 (2010). The Argument Against Technology Neutral Surveillance Laws, 88 Texas Law Review 1685 (2010) (symposium). Probably Probable Cause: The Diminishing Importance of Justification Standards, 94 Minnesota Law Review 1514 (2010) (symposium). Book Review, Dr. Generative or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone, 69 Maryland Law Review 910 (2010) (with James Grimmelmann) (reviewing Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It). Article Review, I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me, Jotwell, April 29, 2010 (reviewing Ryan Calo, People Can Be So Fake: A New Dimentsion to Privacy and Technology Scholarship). When Network Neutrality Met Privacy, 53 Communications of the ACM 30 (2010). Breaking Felten's Third Law: How Not to Fix the Internet, 87 Denver University Law Review DU Process 50 (2010) (symposium). The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 1417 (2009). [Full Listing]
Research AgendaProfessor Ohm writes at the intersection of computer science and law, attempting to bridge the two disciplines with rigor. Current projects include:
Recent and Upcoming PresentationsModerator and Program Committee Member, AALS Mid-Year Meeting, Workshop on When Technology Disrupts Law: How do IP, Internet and Bio Law Adapt?, Berkeley, CA, June 10-12, 2012 Branding Privacy, Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Washington, DC, June 7-8, 2012.
TeachingProfessor Ohm has taught courses in Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Copyright, Information Privacy, Quantitative Methods and Computer Crime. In Academic Year 2012-13, he will be on leave but he is tentatively slated to teach a one-credit Wintersession course on "The Technology of Privacy" in January 2013.