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April 08, 2024

Privacy and democracy tops agenda at ABA inaugural privacy institute April 17-19

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2024 — Legal experts, science, privacy and cybersecurity professionals will discuss privacy, the dark side of AI, hacking and quantum computing and more at the American Bar Association’s Privacy and Emerging Technology Institute and the ABA Science and Technology Law meeting to be held April 17-19 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jules Polonetsky, chief executive officer at Future of Privacy Forum in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote lunch speaker and talk about “Navigating Privacy in a Data-Driven World.”

Privacy and Emerging Technology Institute and Spring Meeting Sponsored by the ABA Science and Technology Law Section

Wednesday-Friday, April 17-19

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Rockville, Maryland

Highlights include:

Privacy and Democracy” — The United States is without a comprehensive national statutory articulation of privacy. What does this mean for U.S. businesses? This panel will share perspectives on privacy and democracy. The panel will discuss:

  • The state’s role in protecting its security, public processes and data integrity, while upholding the Fourth Amendment’s privacy rights and free and fair elections•       The impact of the Jan. 25, 2024, AI Executive Order and Considerations for Federal Privacy Policy
  • Privacy as a civil liberty and what that means for U.S. businesses
  • How to navigate the complexities of modern government, commerce and individual behavior

Wednesday, 9-10 a.m.

Dark Side of AI” — What does AI have to do with health care and legal ethics? A panel will discuss the potential risks and concerns of AI in these fields. They will also discuss the hot topics and trends of AI, including its impact on health care, lawyers use of AI and ethics, and governmental regulations.
Thursday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Navigating the Crossroads: Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Media” — Attendees will learn ways to better advise clients who face data protection and technology-driven legal issues.  This panel will explore:

  • Challenges to protecting content and personal data within the media sector
  • How to navigate the latest U.S. and international laws impacting media companies,   which includes the most recent Executive Order and EU Digital Markets Act
  • Explore legal issues arising from the social media, use of deepfakes and AI-generated content
  • Examine emerging risks and proactive strategies for media entities facing data security threats
  • Grasp the legal and ethical complexities surrounding online platforms, free speech and proposed regulatory changes

Thursday, 2-3 p.m.

Cyber War Stories from the Frontlines: From Ransomware to Hacking Back” — Legal experts will share cybersecurity experiences and “war stories” and provide their perspectives on the latest legal challenges. Topics include:

  • The multibillion-dollar ransomware threat, from disruption to data
  • Extortion to double/triple-dipping and how to survive the legal minefield
  • New threats of generative AI for hacking and fraud, and defensive uses of AI to protect systems
  • Strategies to ensure that third parties are your strongest ally and not your weakest link
  • What the landmark new NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 means for the cybersecurity strategy for all organizations

Friday, 9-10:30 a.m.

A complete agenda can be found here.  For media credentialing and registration, contact [email protected].

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