Latanya Sweeney is Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission as of 2013. She is a Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard University, where she is Founder and Director of the Data Privacy Lab in the Institute of Qualitative Social Science (IQSS).
Prof. Sweeney is one of the world’s experts in analyzing and mitigating risks to privacy that arise from the collection of large volumes of private data, a common characteristic of virtually all contemporary information systems. She earned an ALB in Computer Science Cum Laude at Harvard University (1995), and both a SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1997) and a PhD in Computer Science (2001) at MIT.
Prior to her two-year visit as an MLK Professor, Dr. Sweeney served as an Associate Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Her host at MIT was Dr. Peter Szolovits in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Along with her research, Prof. Sweeney assisted Prof. Hal Abelson with his Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier course (6.805). She also worked on a manuscript for a forthcoming book titled Connecting Your Dots: What they will know from what you leave behind.