Alvaro Bedoya

Exec Dir of the Center on Privacy & Technology
Georgetown University Law Center

Alvaro is the founding executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where he also teaches a joint course with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert on digital privacy and surveillance, with a particular focus on their intersection with immigrants and people of color. In 2016, his report on police use of face recognition, The Perpetual Line-Up, revealed that more than 1 in 2 American adults is in a police face recognition network, triggering legislation and hearings in Congress and state legislatures. Before founding the Center, Alvaro was chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. A naturalized American citizen, Alvaro is also the co-founder of the Esperanza Education Fund, a non-profit college scholarship program for immigrant students in DC, MD and VA that is blind to immigration status. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

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