KEYNOTE FOR 2020
Professor Laura Moy is the Director of Georgetown Law’s Communications & Technology Law Clinic, where she and a team of intrepid staff attorneys and law students represent nonprofit organizations in a range of technology policy matters before federal agencies. She is also Associate Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology, a small think tank at the law school that conducts research and advocacy on issues at the intersection of technology and civil rights.
Moy got her start on technology issues before she was a lawyer, when she worked in the computer forensics unit at one of the nation’s largest prosecutor’s offices, where she helped prosecutors analyze cell phone location data and occasionally presented her findings in court. In that capacity, she found herself intrigued and somewhat alarmed by how easy it was to use routinely collected digital data to paint a detailed portrait of people’s private lives—and how difficult it was for legal institutions to competently review and scrutinize emerging types of digital evidence.
As a policy expert, Professor Moy has written, spoken, and advocated before agencies and Congress on consumer privacy, law enforcement surveillance, data security, device portability, copyright, and net neutrality. Her current research interests include how technology tools are used in the criminal legal system, and how consumer privacy protections may be leveraged to ensure private information is not used in ways that perpetuate and exacerbate discrimination and other societal ills.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Professor Moy conducted technology policy research and advocacy at New America and Public Knowledge. Professor Moy completed her B.A. at the University of Maryland, her J.D. at New York University School of Law, and her LL.M. at Georgetown.