About Us and Contact Information
The World Privacy Forum is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501 (C) (3) public interest research group. The organization is focused on conducting in-depth research, analysis, and consumer education in the area of privacy. It is the only privacy-focused public interest research group conducting independent, original, longitudinal work. The World Privacy Forum has had notable successes with its research, which has been groundbreaking and consistently ahead of trends. World Privacy Forum reports have documented important new areas, including medical identity theft. Areas of focus for the World Privacy Forum include health care, technology, workplace, and the financial sector. The Forum was founded in 2003 and works both nationally and internationally.
The Forum also works to encourage collaborative efforts among other non-profits.
The World Privacy Forum is funded by the Rose Foundation Consumer Privacy Rights Fund, the California Consumer Protection Foundation, by cy pres privacy settlements, and by individual donations.
World Privacy Forum Activities
A brief selection of our past activities includes:
Pam Dixon, Executive Director
Pam Dixon founded the World Privacy Forum in November 2003. An author and a researcher, she has consistently broken critical new ground in her work. She has written highly respected and influential studies in the area of privacy; she researched and wrote the first report to exist on medical identity theft (May 2006), identifying and bringing that topic to the public for the first time. Medical identity theft is now a widely acknowledged issue. In 2008, a California law was passed based on Dixon's research. She has written other influential studies in the area of workplace and job search privacy as well as financial privacy and Internet privacy. Dixon is the co-chair of the California Privacy and Security Advisory Board, a board that reports to California's Secretary of Health. She is also a board member of HITSP, a national-level board for determining health information technology standards. In 2008, Dixon won the Consumer Excellence Award.
Dixon was formerly a research fellow with the Privacy Foundation at Denver University's Sturm School of Law. There, she researched and wrote about technology-related privacy issues. Dixon has written extensively about technology both as a book author and as a former columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune. Ms. Dixon has written eight books for major publishers, including two critically acclaimed books about technology and consumers. Her books include titles for Random House / Times Books, among other major publishers. Dixon's most recent book is Online Privacy, published in fall 2011 and co-authored with longtime writing collaborator Robert Gellman. Dixon's first book was a finalist for the Computer Press Awards. Her book on distance education is a classic and is used in college classrooms today. Dixon has testified before Congress and Federal agencies, and is frequently quoted in the media regarding privacy and security issues. A selection of her press clippings are located here.
Marianne Fitzpatrick, MBA, Senior Project Manager
While at Chase, Marianne was selected as the 2009 Chase Portrait Honoree for outstanding demonstration of core values. She also received Multiple Top-Performer Awards and Honors and the Unit Scorecard was an Exceeds rating during her time at Chase.
Bob Gellman, Consultant
Blake Hamilton, Media and Communications Fellow
Blake Hamilton is a photojournalist and investigative reporter. Blake’s experience includes work at the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald Newspaper and his international portfolio includes an outstanding short documentary on the Chilean Salmon Farming Industry. Other photography work includes contributions to Ethos Magazine, a student-run quarterly magazine, at the University of Oregon, where he also worked as a photo editor. In this position, Blake established an online version of the magazine. The website recently won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Collegiate Digital Magazine Silver Crown. Blake has lived in Argentina and Chile, is fluent in Spanish, and lives in San Diego, California.
John Boak, Web Master
John Boak is a fine artist and graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Fine Arts, his design experience spans technologies from early 19th century letter press to offset layout to Web design. He is the executive director for the Institute of Applied Cubism. www.boakart.com.
Articles in which Pam Dixon, the World Privacy Forum, or its researchers have been quoted.
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