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FTC Appoints EFF Board Member Lorrie Cranor As Chief Technologist ( 50

itwbennett writes: The US Federal Trade Commission has appointed Lorrie Faith Cranor as Chief Technologist. Cranor is the director of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Board of Directors. She was previously a researcher at AT&T Labs Research and has also taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University. She will succeed Ashkan Soltani at the FTC. "Cranor has authored over 150 research papers on online privacy and usable security, and has played a central role in establishing the usable privacy and security research community."
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FTC Appoints EFF Board Member Lorrie Cranor As Chief Technologist

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Linux is Caner" - Steve Ballmer

  • I went to college with her (well, I was undergrad and she was a grad student, but we were in an honor society together). It's always a bit odd to see an old friend's name in the subject line on Slashdot.
    • I remember her from school as well, from ACM. Always enjoyed her analyses of electronic voting and it's awesome to keep seeing her in the news.

    • That's why I clicked on this as well. Not a school connection for me though, I've just met her at a conference or two. She wouldn't remember me, but I like her work on privacy.
  • Will they listen? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Whoa! Sudden outbreak of common sense! Sounds like a person with the right qualifications for the post. Will the pols listen to educated input? With the way things are going, doubt it...

    • > Will the pols listen to educated input?

      "Truth is treason in an empire of lies."

      (though I wish her all the luck in being an exception)

    • A bunch of good people from the electronic privacy community have been at the FTC (and seem to keep recommending their friends as successors :-) Besides Lorrie and Ashkan, Ed Felten and Steve Bellovin (one of the authors of the original Usenet and the Firewall book), and probably other people we know have been there. Occasionally we also get people into the FCC (like Dave Farber some years ago.)

  • Lorrie (Score:3, Interesting)

    by The Atog Lord ( 230965 ) on Sunday December 06, 2015 @05:13AM (#51066287)

    Lorrie Cranor was my PhD advisor at Carnegie Mellon. Lorrie is absolutely brilliant. She is energetic to the point of being tireless. Lorrie is a world-leading expert in both computer security and privacy. She will do an amazing job in her new role. The US is fortunate to have her.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    " Cranor is also a self-described "bad-ass cyberfeminist" who features in CMU's #ILookLikeAnEngineer Facebook promotion for female engineers."

  • NOOOOOO! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Gravis Zero ( 934156 )

    Won't someone think of the companies?! How are our young and vulnerable multi-billion multi-nationals going to cope with the tyranny of an ethical appointee?! It's class warfare, I tell you! *sigh*

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