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Kent Wada (UCLA)

Kent Wada
Director, Strategic IT Policy and Chief Privacy Officer

Los Angeles, California

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Kent Wada is director, strategic IT policy and chief privacy officer for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his policy role, Kent works broadly across the campus and system to shape the institutional agenda for technology policy issues of strategic concern to the campus – privacy, copyright, accessibility, participating fully as a digital citizen and more. In the role as UCLA’s chief privacy officer, Kent works as part of the executive committee of the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection to address the many privacy issues that affect the campus community and the University mission. As a member of the management team of the Vice Provost, Information Technology, Kent participates in institutional planning, strategy and governance for campus IT, with a focus on the academic mission. Kent often speaks on current topics related to his work.

Kent has held a number of different positions at UCLA since 1990. He put up the first page at in 1993, subsequently jointly leading the development of UCLA’s gateway pages through its first three major incarnations; jointly led the development of the campus’s strategy for curbing illegal file sharing; was UCLA’s first IT security officer; and is now UCLA's first campus chief privacy officer. Kent is a co-founder of the UC IT Policy and Security Officers committee (2000) and has participated in or chaired a number of higher education advisory and policy committees; he currently sits on the EDUCAUSE Campus Policy Advisory and Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers groups. He has been chairing the working group of the University of California's Privacy and Information Security initiative.

Kent’s personal interest continues to be in the application of emergent technologies to people’s lives in a manner respectful of civil liberties in in the digital realm.

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