Mobile Phones and Personal Data Collection: Avoiding and Resisting Surveillance

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Thursday, 1:30 p.m., webcast at

Billions of mobile phones form an unprecedented platform for gathering data. Phones could become tools for advocacy, helping individuals analyze routines and enabling community documentation. Or these devices could facilitate the largest surveillance system on the planet. We explore design and policy to harness mobile technologies while avoiding repression and control.


  • Katie Shilton: Doctoral Student, UCLA Department of Information Studies. Moderator.
  • Dorothy Attwood: Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T.
  • Mitchell Baker: CEO, Mozilla Foundation.
  • Deborah Estrin: Professor of Computer Science, UCLA, and Director, Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS).
  • Monica Lam: Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University.
  • Ginger McCall: Staff Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
  • Michael Rubin: Founder/CEO of PlaceBook.