Deborah Hurley "is the Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and foundations on information and communication policy. She was (1997-2002) Director of the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project at Harvard University, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Senior Research Associate in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) and in the Center for Business and Government (CBG) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Hurley was an official (1988-96) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. At the OECD, she had responsibility for identifying emerging issues related to protection of personal data and privacy, security of information systems, cryptography technology and policy, and protection of intellectual property. From 1983 through 1988, Hurley practiced intellectual property law in the United States, including copyright, trade secret, trademark, and computer law.
"She is the recipient of the 2002 Namur Award, a biennial award given by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in recognition of outstanding contributions, with international impact, to awareness of the social implications of information technology. Hurley was also selected as one of seven finalists in the Policy category of the inaugural World Technology Awards. She is the author of Pole Star: Human Rights in the Information Society (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, 2003) and "Security and Privacy Laws: The Showstoppers of the Global Information Society" in Masters of the Wired World (Pitman Publishing, 1999), as well as several other publications." 
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- Deborah Hurley, Electronic Privacy Information Center, accessed January 10, 2009.