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Stratton lecture will focus on privacy in information age

Three MIT professors and a former advisor to President Clinton on internet privacy will discuss "Privacy in the Age of Information" in the seventh annual Catherine N. Stratton Lecture on Critical Issues on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 10am-noon in the Tang Center.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

The panelists are Institute Professor John M. Deutch, CIA director from 1995-96; Professor Ronald L. Rivest, founder of RSA Data Security; Professor Peter Szolovits, head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group at the Laboratory for Computer Science; and Washington attorney Christine Varney, a former Federal Trade Commissioner and White House advisor.

Among issues expected to be discussed are:
��������� Acceptable limitations on individual privacy.
��������� How to contain threats to privacy while allowing the market economy to function and the government to pursue criminals.
��������� Strategies to regulate businesses which seek individual transaction records in pursuit of market share.
��������� When wiretapping is appropriate.

A question and answer period will follow the discussion.

The Stratton Lectures are sponsored by the MIT Women's League. For additional information, contact Sis de Bordenave at the MIT Women's League at x3-3656 or wleague@

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 18, 2000.

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