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Paul Ohm

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy and Planning, Federal Trade Commission

Paul Ohm is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. He is currently on leave from the university serving in the Federal Trade Commission in the Office of Policy and Planning as a Senior Policy Adviser for consumer protection and competition issues affecting the Internet and mobile markets.

In his work, Professor Ohm tries to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science. Much of his scholarship focuses on how evolving technology disrupts individual privacy. His article Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization, 57 UCLA Law Review 1701, has sparked an international debate about the need to reshape dramatically the way we regulate privacy. He is commonly cited and quoted by news organizations including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR. In 2010, he was awarded the prize for Excellence in Teaching by the students of Colorado Law.

Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Professor Ohm served as an Honors Program trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Before that, he clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Benjamin Aaron and Judge Jerry Pacht prizes.

Prior to law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that, earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker.


Biography last updated January 18, 2013