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Sept. 17, 2003

Cornell Expert Examines Computer Privacy Rights In Stoflet Lecture

Tracy Mitrano, a Cornell University expert on computer policy and the law will discuss civil rights and national security issues when she delivers the UI Libraries' Ada M. Stoflet Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

"Civil Privacy and National Security Legislation: A Three Dimensional View," will begin at 3 p.m. in the Richey Ballroom in the Iowa Memorial Union. A reception will follow. Admission to both is free and open to the public.

Mitrano has spoken extensively on policy issues including electronic communications, the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act, and library patron privacy. In her current work as policy advisor and director of the University Computer Policy and Law Program for the Office of Information Technologies at Cornell University, Mitrano advises on policy development and communications of university level information technologies policies and negotiates security of information technologies on the Cornell campus.

Mitrano holds a B.A. in English and History from the University of Rochester, a doctorate in American history from Binghamton University and a law degree from Cornell Law School.

The Stoflet Lecture was established by Dr. Arthur Benton, professor emeritus in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Neurology, in memory of Ada Stoflet, an exceptionally skilled and dedicated staff member of the UI Libraries staff for three decades.

The lecture is free, but reservations are appreciated. Please RSVP by calling 319-355-6093 or by emailing

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,