Penn State president to discuss Internet privacy on call-in show

April 15, 2011

University Park, Pa. — The Internet enables instant communication and access to vast amounts of information. With the click of a button, the world is available to anyone with access. Such immense absorption benefits society, but it also may leave personal information exposed. Private details can be accessed from social networking sites, resumes, blog posts and other online forums.

On the next edition of “To the Best of my Knowledge,” Penn State President Graham Spanier will discuss online privacy with Heng Xu, an assistant professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State; and Josh Blackman, a teaching fellow at Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

Heng Xu is a recipient of the endowed PNC Technologies Career Development Professorship and the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award. She leads the Privacy Assurance Lab, an inter-disciplinary research group working on a diverse set of projects related to understanding and assuring information privacy. She has authored research papers on information privacy, security management, human-computer interaction and technology innovation adoption. She teaches courses about security and risk analysis, privacy and security integration, and human information behavior.

Josh Blackman is a teaching fellow at Penn State Dickinson School of Law and has published law review articles on information privacy law, constitutional law, property law, national security law, and civil rights law. His work has been cited in briefs to the United States Supreme Court. Blackman is the president and co-founder of the Harlan Institute, an initiative to bring a stylized law school experience into high school classrooms to ensure that the next generation of leaders has a proper understanding of our most fundamental laws.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 14th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

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