First Amendment Studies

Free Speech in Relation to Privacy

Presented by the BB&T Dialogue Series on Free Speech

A Panel Discussion

February 6th, 2014

7 PM


FRED CATE - Law Professor at Indiana University


MARC ROTENBERG - Executive Director at EPIC

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From left to right: Jim Harper, Fred Cate, Marc Rotenberg, and Tara Smith.


  • When is other's speech about you (in the tabloids, on Facebook, etc.) a violation of your privacy?
  • Should you be legally entitled to force others to not speak about you?
  • What is the value of transparency and what is the value of anonymity?
  • Would mandatory disclosure of a person's political contributions impinge on his freedom of speech? Or chill his likelihood to speak?
  • Does protection of individuals' privacy sometimes work against the public good?
  • Does the right to privacy inhibit freedom of the press?       

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rotenbergMARC ROTENBERG is the Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC.  He also teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center.   Mr Rotenberg has served on both national and international advisory panels, including panels of the OECD and UNESCO, on such topics as Cryptography Policy, Cyberspace Law, and countering spam.  He has testified before Congress on a number of issues and currently chairs the American Bar Association's Commitee on Privacy and Information Protection.
CateFRED CATE is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Indiana University, where he also directes the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and the Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information.  He specializes in privacy, security, and other information law issues, appearing regularly before Congress, government agencies, and professional and industry groups.  Professor Cate serves as an ad advisor or committee member for a number of groups, including Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic advisory Board, the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee, and the Defense Department's Advance Research Projects Agency (aka DARP) Privacy Oversight Board. Professor Cate is the author of numerous books and articles, appears regularly in the press, and is a founding editor of the journal, International Data Privacy Law. He received his J.D. and A.B. from Stanford University.
harperJIM HARPER is Director of Information Policy Studies at the CATO Institute. where he works to adapt law and policy to unique problems of the information age in areas such as privacy, telecommunication, intellectual property, and security. Mr. Harper co-edited Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy is Failing and How to Fix IT (2010), and is the author of Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood.  He is the editor of, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy issues, and was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. He publishes both in scholarly and popular forums and his work is widely discussed in various meida outlets.  Mr. Harper holds a J.D. from the Hastings College of Law.