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American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right Paperback – January 11, 2011

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“This is a fascinating read for any American who wants a deeper understanding of one of the most important and contentious issues of our age.”—Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime
 
American Privacy is a deeply informed discussion of the history and present state of a fundamental American value. Frederick Lane’s detailed account of the attacks against our basic right to privacy is chilling.”—Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist
 
“From its humble beginnings as the right of citizens to not have their houses, papers, and persons searched without warrant, to the complex laws and regulations that we have today, Lane’s book lays out what our privacy is and how easily it can be compromised from all sides.”—Jonathon Howard,
Sacramento Book Review
 
“Frederick Lane’s timely and lucid history lays bare how attacks on privacy by government and industry threaten democracy itself. Essential reading.”—Christopher M. Finan, author of
From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act

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A graduate of Amherst College and Boston College Law School, Frederick S. Lane is an author, attorney, expert witness, and lecturer who has written four previous books on how legal issues affect society. He lives with his family in Burlington, Vermont.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beacon Press; 59969th edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 080700619X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0807006191
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.02 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.03 x 0.76 x 8.98 inches
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I am an author, attorney, expert witness, and professional speaker on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology. After graduating from Amherst College and Boston College Law School, I clerked for two years for the Honorable Frank H. Freedman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. After practicing law for five years and writing my first book, Vermont Jury Instructions -- Civil and Criminal (with John Dinse and Ritchie Berger), I launched a computer consulting business that in time led to my current work as a computer forensics expert and author.

In response to the passage of the Communications Decency Act in 1996, I began researching the legislative and media response to the rise of the online adult industry. The resulting book, Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first of what is now nine mainstream non-fiction books. The others are:

The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom 2003);

The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture (Prometheus Books 2006);

The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right's Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court (Beacon Press 2008); and, most recently,

American Privacy: The Four-Hundred-Year History of Our Most Contested Right (Beacon Press 2009);

Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream 2011);

Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015); and

Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads (Mathom Press 2016).

In addition to these books, I have written numerous magazine articles on a variety of topics, including constitutional rights (particularly freedom of speech), privacy online and in the workplace, the impact of technology on our rights and liberties, and the separation of church and state.

On August 23, 2006, I had the honor of appearing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to discuss The Decency Wars. I have also appeared as a guest on a variety of other national television programs, including ABC's "Good Morning America Weekend," NBC's "Weekend Today," ABC's "Nightline," CBS's "60 Minutes," and assorted BBC documentaries. In addition to those televised appearances, I have been interviewed by numerous radio shows, magazines, and newspapers around the world on topics relating to my books.

Over the last fifteen years, I have frequently been invited to lecture before college, university, and professional audiences to lecture on Internet technology, workplace and personal privacy, computer forensics, and censorship issues. I am represented by the Jodi R. Solomon Speakers Bureau in Boston, MA and Vermont Voices in Essex Junction, Vermont. An extensive list of recent lecture topics is available through the menu listing at the top of the page.

In my capacity as an expert witness in the field of computer forensics, I have worked on pornography and obscenity-related litigation for a variety of clients, including the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the City of Charlotte, N.C., assorted businesses, and individual defendants.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my partner, Dr. Amy Werbel; together, we are the parents of four boys. From October 2002 to March 2012, I served on the Burlington (VT) School Board. I chaired the Board's Finance subcommittee from 2007 to 2010, served as Clerk of the Board from April 2003 through March 2009, and served as the chairman of the Board from 2010-2012. I also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vermont Community Access Media, one of the region's three public access television stations.

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