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Vivek Mohan

Vivek Mohan

Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

Contact:
Email: vivek_mohan@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Vivek Mohan is an Associate with the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program's (STPP) Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age (Cyber Project) at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

During 2011–2013, Vivek was a research fellow with STPP and was affiliated with the Exploration in Cyber International Relations (ECIR) subproject, a joint Harvard-MIT research program funded by the Department of Defense's Project Minerva. During his fellowship, he served as a teaching assistant to professors from Harvard Law School and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Science for courses focused on cybersecurity, privacy, and internet governance.

Vivek's research and writing has spanned a broad range of topics that touch on the intersection of technology, law, and policy. He has a particular interest in how emerging technologies being brought to market in a variety of sectors interact with existing laws and regulations and regularly advises government agencies and institutions on these issues. Representative matters include advising the European Commission on the development of cyber insurance markets and briefing the Federal Communication Commission's Open Internet Advisory Committee on the issue of "specialized services." Additionally, in 2012–2013, he held a special appointment with the Internet Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, helping lead several cyber fraud investigations.

Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Vivek was an attorney at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where he worked on cybersecurity, privacy, and telecommunications issues. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Vivek received his B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

By Date

 

2013

September 2013

Securing the Net: Global Governance in the Digital Domain

Report

By Puji Abbassi, Martin Kaul, Vivek Mohan, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age, Yi Shen and Zev Winkelman

What will be the shape of the internet in 20 years? The authors explore possible futures in global cyber security governance and recommend a robust set of actions that pave a path forward towards establishing an environment in which a more cooperative form of global cyber security governance could evolve.

 

 

May 15, 2013

"Privacy Consciousness in the Big Data Era"

Op-Ed, Hive

By Vivek Mohan, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

"...[S]ocietal inertia cannot be held up ipso facto to argue for stronger privacy protections when we ourselves are responsible for sharing the data that is now traversing the endless servers of cyberspace. The benefits of the big data revolution are myriad, cut across sectors, and the best is surely yet to come."

 

 

April 12, 2013

"Why the Government Matters: A Primer for Data-Minded Entrepreneurs"

Op-Ed, Hive

By Vivek Mohan, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

"...[A]mong the informed public, fear of misuse of personal information is not limited to a wary eye towards cyber criminals — increasingly, concern has been voiced at the increasing power of the government in electronic surveillance."

 

2012

October 2012

"Decrypting the Fifth Amendment: The Limits of Self-Incrimination"

Journal Article, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law Heightened Scrutiny, volume 15

By Vivek Mohan, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age and John Villasenor

In "Decrypting the Fifth Amendment: The Limits of Self-Incrimination in the Digital Era," Vivek Mohan and John Villasenor examine the scope of information protected from compelled self-incriminating disclosure by exploring the boundaries of the contents of the mind. They propose a framework for bringing the foregone conclusion doctrine, which was articulated in 1976, into the digital era, and conclude that the question of what constitutes a "testimonial act" must be revisited to proactively ensure that emerging technologies do not eviscerate the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

 

 

February 2012

"Cloud and Mobile Privacy: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act"

Discussion Paper

By Vivek Mohan, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

Consumer expectations of online and mobile privacy have in recent years diverged significantly from reality. In certain circumstances, the United States government has the ability to access a consumer's cloud-based email, location data gathered from their mobile phones, and information about what calls a user places on a mobile device—without a warrant. While a broad coalition is spearheading reform efforts in Washington, providers of these services should take proactive steps to bring consumer understanding of their privacy more in line with reality.

 

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