Symposium 2008

Altered Identities

March 13-14, 2008 Harvard Law School

Identities, the Internet & the Law

Online, individuals have the opportunity to appear both as themselves and as others. Should the law also change in response to this unprecedented ability of individuals to define and change their identity? If so, how should it change? Please join us for a discussion of the challenging issues posed at this intersection of law & technology.


  • Peter Fleischer – Global Privacy Counsel, Google
  • Chris Kelly – Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook
  • Larry Sanger – Co-founder, Wikipedia & Creator of Citizendium
  • Virgil Griffith – Creator of Wikipedia Scanner

Genetic Identities & the Law

In the physical world, what rights do people have to control access, use, and compilation of their physical identities? Should the government be able to store its citizens' DNA in a database in order to more efficaciously fight or prevent crime? Please join us for a discussion of what type of privacy (if any) the law should recognize in a person's genetic identity.


  • Professor Michael Sandel - President's Council on Bioethics ('02-'05)
  • Simon Cole – Associate Professor, Cornell University & author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
  • Merrill Goozner – Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest & author of The $800 Million Dollar Pill
  • Gail Javitt – Director, Genetics & Public Policy Center & Research Scientist, Berman Bioethics Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Patricia Kuszler – Professor of Law, University of Washington & Director, Center for Law, Science & Global Health