Merrill Series 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m.


Susan Crawford, Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Susan Crawford is a professor at Harvard Law School (July 2015) and a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011); one of TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013); and one of Politico's 50 (2015). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. Susan lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.

Michael Jacobson '71, General Counsel, eBay

Mike Jacobson was General Counsel and Secretary of eBay Inc. from August 1998 until the recent spinoff of PayPal in July 2015 and was a member of the Company's senior executive team for his entire tenure. He was responsible for eBay's legal department and its policy group during that period, during which the Company's revenue and profits grew more than 100 fold and the staff of his department grew from 2 to 400. He and is staff were involved with many of the seminal court, regulatory and legislative decisions that currently define the playing field for ecommerce (and m-commerce) worldwide. Prior to joining eBay, Mike was a partner with the law firm of Cooley Godward LLP, specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, in 1975 from Harvard College, and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1981, where he was a Nathan Abbot Scholar.

Latanya Sweeney, Professor of Government and Technology, Harvard University

Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Professor Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. One focus area is data privacy, and she is the Director of the Data Privacy Lab in IQSS at Harvard. Professor Sweeney was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award, is the Editor-in-Chief of Technology Science, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications, 3 patents, explicit citations in 2 government regulations, and founded 3 company spin-offs. She has received numerous professional and academic awards, and testified before federal and international government bodies. Professor Sweeney earned her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, being the first black woman to do so. Her undergraduate degree in computer science was completed at Harvard University. More information about Dr. Sweeney is available at her website


Michael Albert '81, Intellectual Property Attorney, Wolf Greenfield

Michael co-chairs the Litigation Group at Wolf Greenfield, an intellectual property law firm based in Boston. His practice focuses on patent litigation. He has tried cases before federal and state trial and appellate courts across the U.S. Michael's clients include high-tech companies in the software, Internet, biotechnology and engineering industries, as well as Fortune 500 retail businesses and leading research universities. Michael has litigated IP cases successfully against some of the largest law firms and corporations in the world. In addition to patent cases, Michael litigates in the areas of trademark, copyright, and Internet law. He also serves as an arbitrator for Internet domain name disputes through the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Forum. Michael has also handled a range of pro bono cases in areas such as First Amendment law, winning injunctive and monetary relief for a range of clients. While at Harvard Law School, Michael served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and as a research assistant to Professor Laurence Tribe. He later served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Michael has also taught Internet law at Harvard, and both constitutional and intellectual property law at Commonwealth.