Deirdre Mulligan

Teenagers already know the key to protecting your privacy

Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan write for TIME, March 29, 2017

In the long run, our democratic institutions and civil society offer the best defense against runaway machines and misbehaving spy agencies. In the meantime, follow the smart teenagers’ example. Buy a roll of tape.

Facebook doesn’t need a chief ethics officer

Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan cited by Slate, Jan. 24, 2017

As professors Kenneth Bamberger and Deirdre Mulligan show in their book Privacy on the Ground. … FTC pressure has been integral to the development of a corporate attitude toward privacy that goes beyond mere compliance with the law and instead actively promotes and protects the interests of consumers. As Bamberger and Mulligan note, the threat of FTC oversight has helped generate “more forward-thinking and dynamic approaches to privacy policies.”

Oakland may become rare American city with strict rules for spy gear use

Catherine Crump and Deirdre Mulligan cited by Ars Technica, Jan. 6, 2017

Catherine Crump … told the commission that the ordinance it has drafted “is thorough, clear, comprehensive, and has the potential to be adopted nationwide.”

Other members include fellow Oaklanders, representatives from the Oakland Police Department and city administrator’s office, and Deirdre Mulligan, a law professor at UC Berkeley.

Apple v. FBI: Just one battle in the ‘Design Wars’

Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth Bamberger write for, March 18, 2016

These wars will determine how American society weighs, layers and protects a range of important priorities, including privacy, national security, consumer security, free speech, intellectual property, and innovation.

Can the FBI force a company to break into its own products?

Deirdre Mulligan quoted in The New York Times, March 1, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission updated CALEA-related regulations in 2005 to extend the government’s sway to voice-over-Internet phone services. Moves to expand it further, however, have fizzled, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. …“This is a power that Congress has had numerous opportunities to extend and has chosen not to,” said Mulligan.

Apple—a teenage brat or superhero?

Deirdre Mulligan quoted in San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 21, 2016

The global implication of this case is that “our devices will be built in a way that allows evidence gathering,” said Deirdre Mulligan. … “Once we introduce vulnerability into the network, it can make different sorts of attacks possible.”

When algorithms discriminate

David Oppenheimer and Deirdre Mulligan quoted in The New York Times, July 9, 2015

“Even if they are not designed with the intent of discriminating against those groups, if they reproduce social preferences even in a completely rational way, they also reproduce those forms of discrimination,” said David Oppenheimer.

“The question of determining which kinds of biases we don’t want to tolerate is a policy one,” said Deirdre Mulligan…. “It requires a lot of care and thinking about the ways we compose these technical systems.”