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Copyright, Civil Rights, and Middle Age


The author discusses the political issues that are attached to the current fight over digital copyright and file sharing technologies.

Tracy Mitrano

Tracy Mitrano is the Director of IT Policy and Institute for Computer Policy and Law. Currently she is on the boards of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, Teach Privacy, and Cornell Daily Sun (the independent student newspaper at Cornell University), the Tompkins County Broadband Committee and is co-chair of the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable for EDUCAUSE.

Mitrano writes a blog for Insider Higher Ed entitled "Law, Policy and IT?" This year she published a chapter in the U.K. publication Collection Development in the Digital Age, entitled: "Information Literacy for the Academic Librarian in the Digital Information Age: Supporting Users to Make Effective Use of the Collection." Last fall Mitrano gave the keynote address at a copyright conference at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. This spring, she will speak at St. Lawrence University on privacy and security of social media.

In May of 2012, Mitrano teams up with the privacy scholar Dan Solove for the first Cornell University-George Washington Law School Forum on Privacy and Information Management. Together with Anne Geyer of UC Berkeley she will give a keynote at the EDUCAUSE Enterprise Conference on Cloud Computing and participate in a full-day session on the same topic at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks in June.

A graduate and faculty member of the Frye Institute, Mitrano served as faculty for EDUCAUSE's Seminars on Academic Computing, the Executive Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute, and was a member of the EDUCAUSE Board 2006-2010. She served as a member of the InCommon Steering Committee for two terms, from 2004-2010 and has been a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and universities on the subjects of Internet national and institutional policy, electronic surveillance and government regulation, social networking and privacy. Mitrano has a doctorate in American History from Binghamton University and a law degree from Cornell Law School. Holding an appointment in the Department of Computing Information Science at Cornell University, she sometimes teaches a course "Culture, Law and Politics of the Internet."


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