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Introduction

Society’s New Frontier – Cybersecurity, Privacy and Online Expression

Len Kennedy

22 Apr 2021

The following is a written adaptation of the opening speech for the 2019 Symposium.

To the Journal’s editorial board, the presenters, commentators, audience, and most importantly, the sponsors, I hope you find inspiration in the Symposium’s presentations.

The articles presented in this issue touch on important aspects of some very difficult problems— problems that grow as they continue to be analyzed, discussed, and debated. Proposed solutions abound, but consensus does not.

Is there even still agreement about what “data” is? Whatever it might be at its core, what is it when combined with other sources of data? What is it when it has been mined and subjected to proprietary algorithms? The developments among experts are mind-numbing— especially to the non-expert. And in the United States (U.S.), governmental policymakers, while intelligent, are likely non-experts. Nevertheless, legislative action is required to ensure greater protection for consumers, certainty for businesses, and security for society.

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Len Kennedy is an award-winning lawyer, corporate executive, and former senior government official with vast experience in the regulation, deregulation, and application of antitrust and public policies to businesses undergoing technological change and rapid growth. B.A., 1974, and J.D., 1977, Cornell University. Member of the Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bars.