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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Andrea Matwyshyn – Generation C: “Hacker” Children and the Future of Innovation

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

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Food and discussion begin at 12:30pm. Open to current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Laura Cummings-Abdo at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

This work undertakes a multidisciplinary discussion of the legal and policy issues implicated by tinkering “hacker” children. Children’s developmental needs are evolving because of technology innovation. Meanwhile, current legal and social policy approaches to technology regulation set children up to fail. On the one hand, our society fetishizes entrepreneurship and pushes children toward a future as technology entrepreneurs. But, on the other hand, our computer intrusion and intellectual property laws increasingly chip away at children’s privacy and historical “tinkering space” – precisely the regulatory slack that has historically allowed children to learn how to become entrepreneurs and responsible citizens. Applying developmental psychology, legal, and sociology theory, this book advocates creating legal buffers of “tinkering space” that expressly allow for children’s (self)development in light of changing technology reality.


Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is the Microsoft Visiting Professor at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. In 2014, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor and Academic in Residence at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She has previously held appointments at the the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law, as well as visiting appointments or affiliations at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business and University of Notre Dame. Prior to entering academia, she was a corporate attorney in private practice, focusing her work on technology transactions.

Professor Matwyshyn has testified in front of Congress on issues of information security regulation and is frequently quoted by both U.S. and international media outlets on matters of information technology, data security, and privacy law and policy.