This Year’s Six Must-Read Privacy Papers: The Future of Privacy Forum Announces Recipients of Annual Privacy Award


2016 PPPM

December 12, 2017
Contact: Melanie Bates, Director of Communications, [email protected]

This Year’s Six Must-Read Privacy Papers: The Future of Privacy Forum Announces Recipients of Annual Privacy Award

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum announced the winners of the 8th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. The PPPM Award recognizes leading privacy scholarship that is relevant to policymakers in the U.S. Congress, at U.S. federal agencies, and for data protection authorities abroad. The winners of the 2017 PPPM Award are:

From many nominated privacy-related papers published in the last year, these six were selected, after having been first evaluated highly by a diverse team of academics, advocates, and industry privacy professionals from FPF’s Advisory Board. It was agreed that these papers demonstrate a thoughtful analysis of emerging issues and propose new means of analysis that can lead to real-world policy impact, making them “must-read” privacy scholarship for policymakers.

Three papers were selected for Honorable Mention: The Idea of ‘Emergent Properties’ In Data Privacy: A Holistic Approach, by Samson Esayas, University of Oslo; Algorithmic Jim Crow, by Margaret Hu, Washington & Lee University School of Law; and Public Values, Private Infrastructure and the Internet of Things: The Case of Automobiles, by Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth Bamberger, UC Berkeley.

At last year’s event, a new element to the program was introduced — the Student Paper Award. For this award, the student work must meet similar guidelines as those set for the general Call for Nominations. The following paper was selected for the Student Paper Award: The Market’s Law of Privacy: Case Studies in Privacy/Security Adoption, by Chetan Gupta, UC Berkeley.

“Academic scholarship can serve as a valuable resource for policymakers who are often wrestling with challenging privacy issues,” said Jules Polonetsky, FPF’s CEO. Now more than ever, topics such as artificial intelligence, algorithmic discrimination, connected cars, and transatlantic data flows, are at the forefront of the privacy debate. These papers are ‘must-reads’ for any thoughtful policymaker who wants to make an impact in this rapidly evolving space.”

The winning authors have been invited to join FPF and Honorary Co-Hosts Senator Edward J. Markey and Co-Chairs of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus to present their work at the U.S. Senate with policymakers, academics, and industry privacy professionals. This annual event will be held on February 27, 2018, the day before the Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon. FPF will subsequently publish a printed digest of summaries of the winning papers for distribution to policymakers, privacy professionals, and the public.

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This event is supported by National Science Foundation Grant No. 1654085.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. Learn more about FPF by visiting