African American Scholar From Harvard University to Lead New Technology Journal

Sweeney6cropLatanya Sweeney was appointed editor-in-chief of Technology Science, a new journal published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. The journal was established by a group of 47 researchers, professors, and legal experts from 30 universities around the world. The journal will publish scholarship on unforeseen consequences of technology.

Dr. Sweeney is a professor of government and technology in the department of government at Harvard University. She is the founder and director of the Data Privacy Lab. Before coming to Harvard in 2011, Professor Sweeney was a Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During 2014, she served as the chief technology officer for the Federal Trade Commission.

Professor Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science, all from MIT. She also earned a master’s degree in computer science from Harvard University.

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  1. Congratulations to my Jr. High School Best Friend, now Dr. Latanya Sweeney. We both exercised the same opportunity afforded us in Jr. High; and veered down different paths in diverse fields of study. I am so proud and honored to have known her when we were both children. She was very intelligent, talented & gifted even then. I am also pleased to have posted among my Facebook photos, the photo of our Jr. High School Band, in which we both played clarinets, me also playing the bassoon on the day of the photo.

    I am a lawyer turned writer and would value an opportunity to submit for this journal. An experience as early as 2001-2002 heightened my awareness of the use of Internet technology for incriminating identity theft purposes, which were not even known by some IT specialists and legal experts at the time.

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