Latanya Sweeney

Latanya Sweeney

Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Department of Government
Director, Data Privacy Lab in IQSS
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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 is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications, 3 patents, explicit citations in 2 government regulations, and 3 company spin-offs. She has received numerous professional and academic awards, and testified before federal and international government bodies. She currently holds the privacy and security seat of the Federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee.

As Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard University, her mission is to create and use technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and to teach others how to do the same. On focus area is the scientific study of technology's impact on humankind, and another focus area is data privacy. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Technology Science. She was formerly the Chief Technology Officer, also called the Chief Technologist, at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). One of her goals was to make it easier for others to work on innovative solutions at the intersection of technology, policy and business. 

 

Current Role

Faculty Associate