Show Notes: Fighting Racial Discrimination in Our Digital Lives

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S4 E13: Fighting Racial Discrimination in Our Digital Lives

University of Pennsylvania law professor Anita L. Allen discusses her framework for stopping surveillance, fraud and exclusion targeting Black Americans online.

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Show Notes: Fighting Racial Discrimination in Our Digital Lives

Anita L. Allen

Anita L. Allen is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. A graduate of Harvard Law School with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in philosophy, Allen is internationally renowned as an expert on philosophical dimensions of privacy and data protection law, ethics, bioethics, legal philosophy, women’s rights and diversity in higher education. She was Penn’s vice provost for faculty from 2013-2020 and chaired the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council.

Allen is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Law Institute and the American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2018-19, she served as president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. From 2010-17, Allen served on President Barack Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

A prolific scholar, Allen has published over 120 articles and chapters, and her books include “Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide”; “Privacy Law and Society”; “The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape”; and “Uneasy Access: Privacy of Women in a Free Society.”

Allen served a two-year term as an associate of the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center from 2016-18. She has been a visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University, Waseda University, Villanova University, Harvard Law and Yale Law, and a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton. She visited the Government School at Oxford University in 2022, and will visit Fordham Law School in 2023 and Oxford’s University College as the Hart Fellow in 2024, when she will also deliver the H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture.

Allen currently serves on the Board of the National Constitution Center, The Future of Privacy Forum and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, whose Lifetime Achievement Award she has received and whose board she has chaired.  Allen previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Pittsburgh Law School, after practicing briefly at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and teaching philosophy at Carnegie-Mellon University.

At Penn, Allen is a faculty affiliate of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; the Africana Studies Department; the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law; the Center for Innovation, Technology and Competition; and the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences.

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