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Shaun Dakin

Will You Have Privacy In The Future?

As "digital natives" grow older and enter the workforce and social media becomes the norm, what will the future of privacy look like for Americans? Opt-In by default or the current Opt-Out default? What will this really mean to American citizens?

Facebook faced a barrage of negative press this Spring about the service's "privacy" settings and held an "all hands on deck" meeting to deal with the fall out. The company changed their notoriously complex privacy settings quickly.

Then, Congress this month (July) had a series of hearings on privacy in both the House and the Senate. Google, Facebook, Apple, AT&T and a host of other organizations testified.

Health care information will increasingly become electronic.

Social Security numbers will be used and bought and sold.

So, in five minutes, what will the future of privacy really look like?

About Shaun Dakin:

Shaun Dakin is Director of Business Development for Infield Communications, a mobile health technology firm in Washington, DC.

Shaun has over 20 years of producing results for large and small organizations and is an award winning social media expert. Shaun has led product and marketing strategy at FedEx, webMethods, Fannie Mae, Laureate Education, IXI Corporation and The Motley Fool. While at FedEx he was part of the team that launched FedEx.com and brought tracking and shipping to the internet. He was awarded the highest honor to a FedEx employee, the Five Star award, for leading the charge to develop a FedEx Shipping and Tracking API that resulted in significant revenue increases.

In the non-profit category he stood up The National Political Do Not Contact Registry (NPDNC) and turned it into the most recognized advocate for voter privacy rights in the nation with over 150.000 members nationwide.

In 2007 and 2008 he was often seen on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC. He was interviewed on XM radio, NPR, and many radio stations. Shaun placed an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for a Voter Privacy Bill of Rights. In addition, he testified in the U.S. Senate in the Rules and Administration Committee on behalf of the Robocall Privacy Act (S. 1077). His work at the NPDNC was nationally recognized by Mashable.com with an Open Web Award for social media use by a non profit.

Shaun is also the founder of the series of unconferences or barcamps on Privacy known as PrivacyCamp. PrivacyCamp is now under the purview of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a leading advocate on privacy issues.

Shaun lives and works in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Government from Colby College and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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