Professor Alvaro Bedoya is the founding Executive Director of the Center. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, he served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law and to its Chairman, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). In this capacity, he advised Senator Franken in crafting legislation and conducting oversight on mobile location privacy, health data privacy and NSA transparency and worked to improve privacy protections for biometric technology like facial recognition and fingerprint readers. He also advised the Senator on civil rights, immigration, and intellectual property matters, and served as his lead advisor in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Before joining the Senate, Prof. Bedoya was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, and served as a research consultant for the International Labor Organization’s Special Action Program to Combat Forced Labor. He is active in his community, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Esperanza Education Fund, a status-blind college scholarship for immigrant students in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, that he co-founded in 2009. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
"Was The Facebook '10 Year Challenge' A Way To Mine Data For Facial Recognition AI?," coverage by Forbes, January 17, 2019, quoting Adjunct Professor Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology.
"Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?," coverage in Citylab, December 6, 2018, featuring Adjunct Professor Alvaro Bedoya.
"The president’s attacks on social media are incoherent and depressing," coverage by The Verge, August 30, 2018, quoting Adjunct Professor Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology.
"How should we regulate facial recognition?," coverage by The Verge, August 29, 2018, quoting Adjunct Professor Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology.