Privacy, Politics and Law: in Conversation with Prof. Paul De HertThe CMCL, IPRIA and Melbourne Law School is excited to announce that Professor Paul De Hert (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) – a renowned privacy scholar and organizer of the largest privacy conference in the world Computers Privacy and Data Protection - will be conducting an interdisciplinary workshop aimed at PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers. We invite applications from interested PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers from any faculty to apply (early career researchers are those who have been awarded a PhD in the last 5 years).
Two weeks earlier, I had been in my company’s small conference room sitting at the table surrounded by familiar faces from my last employer. Silicon Valley is incestuous: teams migrate from one company to the next, so I was not surprised to find myself recruited to join my old boss’s newest project. They were selling another David versus Goliath story, featuring a small rag-tag team of engineers defeating a seemingly insurmountable industry leader. Despite my skepticism, I still had a free-running imagination fed with nostalgic thoughts of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard working on their first audio oscillator in a Palo Alto garage. But at my last start-up company, we had challenged a corporation for a piece of the industry pie, and nine years and $330 million dollars later, the company was a hollow shell doing mostly engineering contractor work. I was lucky enough to join that company late in the game and sell my stock options early, but many others spent a significant portion of their career at a company that came close to glory but ultimately fell short: Goliath 1, David 0.