By Mr. David Singer, Program Director & Senior Technical Staff Member of Web Technology,
Academy of Technology, IBM Almaden Research Center
***PUB TALK: THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2001
"PRIVACY ISN'T JUST THE LAW, IT'S ALSO A GOOD IDEA!"
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Open to the public. No fee. The Pub Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.
Privacy isn't just the law, it's also a good idea. When you ask your customers or visitors for
information, do you explain what you do with it? How do you make sure that the promises you
make to your customers are honored? Do your visitors feel safe giving you information, or are half of
your hits from "firstname.lastname@example.org"? You are not alone in asking these questions --
IBM has faced them, too. IBM's privacy policies, practices, and services have evolved over the
years in response to the changing Internet environment -- Mr. Singer will talk about these changes
and IBM's perspective on privacy in a Web-based world.
ABOUT DAVID SINGER
David Singer, Program Director and Senior Technical Staff Member for Web Technology, works for
IBM's Internet Technology team on the use of Internet technology, particularly the Web, as a way of
promoting community and communication, especially within enterprises such as IBM. He was part
of the IBM team which formalized IBM's Web privacy policies. Mr. Singer is a member of the
Advisory Board of the World-Wide Web Consortium. He is also co-chair of the Web and Society
track for the Tenth International World-Wide Web Conference (WWW10), and was a member of
the program committee of the 2000 Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy. David is
also one of the authors of the PICS (Platform for Internet Content Selection) Recommendation. Mr.
Singer was the author of the OS/2 Gopher client, and ran IBM's first Internet Gopher and Web sites.
He was also a member of the winning team at the first Internet Bowl (at Fall Internet World 1995).
In the 1990s, he built and maintained IBM's gateway to Usenet. Mr. Singer joined IBM in Boca
Raton, Florida, in 1976, working on the Programmable Communications Subsytem for the Series/1.
He received his Bachelor's in math and Master's degree in computer science at Rensselaer
ABOUT IBM CORPORATION
At IBM, we strive to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry's most
advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems,
storage devices and microelectronics. And our worldwide network of IBM solutions and services
professionals translates these advanced technologies into business value for our customers. For
further information please refer to http://www.ibm.com.