Mary Culnan

Mary Culnan

Mary CulnanDr. Mary J. Culnan is Professor Emeritus at Bentley University. She also serves as a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for IT and the Global Economy (CITGE) at the Kogod School of
Business, American University.

Mary has testified before Congress, the Massachusetts Senate, and other government agencies
on a range of privacy issues. In 1993, she served on a White House Task Force on Presidential
Correspondence. From 1997-98, she served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission
on Critical Infrastructure Protection. In 2000 she was a member of the FTC’s Advisory
Committee on Access and Security. Since 2001, Mary has been a member of the Government
Accountability Office’s Executive Committee on Information Management and Technology
(ECIMT). Business Week’s e-biz Web site profiled Mary as a “Mover & Shaker” in 1999

Mary’s primary research interest is governance of privacy and security; her paper on public
policy approaches to promoting accountability for privacy was one of six papers selected for
inclusion in FPF’s 2011 Privacy Papers for Policy Makers.. She has also conducted research
on how organizations can gain value from social media. Mary’s work has been published in a
range of academic journals as well as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall
Street Journal. She is the author of the 1999 Georgetown Internet Privacy Policy Survey, which
the Federal Trade Commission used to make recommendations to Congress, and the 2006
Bentley-Watchfire Survey of Online Privacy Practices in Higher Education. She also co-authored
FPF’s 2010 “icon” research report related to online behavioral advertising. Details about her
publications is available here.

Mary was employed for seven years as a systems analyst by the Burroughs Corporation prior to
earning her Ph.D. in management from UCLA. Before joining the faculty at Bentley in fall 2000,
she held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, University of California, Berkeley, the
American University and Georgetown University.

Privacy Calendar

6:30 pm Behind the Headlines: NSA Surveillance and Ongoing Revelations @ The Washington Post
Behind the Headlines: NSA Survei… @ The Washington Post
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nearly a year after former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the NSA’s surveillance system, revelations about the global programs continue to emerge. [...]
all-day 6th Biannual International Surveillance & Society Conference
6th Biannual International Surve…
Apr 24 – Apr 25 all-day
The 6th Biannual International Surveillance & Society conference hosted by the University of Barcelona and supported by the Surveillance Studies Network is currently calling for [...]
12:00 pm Data Privacy in Education: Ensuring Student Security while Encouraging Innovation in K-12 Education @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354
Data Privacy in Education: Ensur… @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Congressional E-Learning Caucus in cooperation with Into and the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training presents a luncheon to discuss “Data Privacy [...]
all-day IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2014
IAPP Europe Data Protection Inte…
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day
The IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive features timely programming centred on the top issues impacting the European data protection community, with a focus on addressing [...]
5:30 pm InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age @ New America Foundation
InSecurity: Race, Surveillance a… @ New America Foundation
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing disparities, [...]
all-day IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014
IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014
May 7 – May 9 all-day
The IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium is the leading conference for education, debate and discussion of issues that matter most to Canadian privacy and data protection [...]
all-day Privacy Law Scholars Conference (7th Annual) @ The George Washington School of Law
Privacy Law Scholars Conference … @ The George Washington School of Law
Jun 5 – Jun 6 all-day
  UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on [...]
all-day Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2014 Conference @ Airlie Center
Computers, Freedom, and Privacy … @ Airlie Center
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Mark your calendars! The 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference will be held June 8-10 at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Airlie Center [...]

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