The inaugural Jurisdynamic Idol is Andrea Matwyshyn. Andrea is starting her second year as an assistant professor of law at the University of Florida and as executive director of Florida's Center for Information Research (CIR). Andrea's research focuses on information security law and information technology policy. In particular, Andrea's research examines how developed bodies of law such as contract law, copyright and trademark law, tort law, and corporate law can offer legal strategies for addressing new information policy problems such as widespread corporate data leakage, hacking and identity theft. She also examines complexity theory and how its lessons about emergent structures can inform the development of successful strategies for regulating technology. Her most recent publications are available from her SSRN page.
CIR's mission mirrors Andrea’s research. CIR seeks to contribute to the multidisciplinary discourse related to information policy and its intersection with information technology through conferences, a speaker series, and a technology policy wiki.
Andrea currently teaches contracts, e-commerce regulation and data security law. She serves as the faculty advisor to the Florida Journal of Technology Law and Policy and Florida's technology law moot court team.
In addition to her appointment at University of Florida, Andrea is an affiliate of the Centre for Economics & Policy in the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge, where she is part of an international group of academics who explore issues at the intersection of information technology and manufacturing. Her recent presentations include talks at Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Illinois, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, RSA Security, and BlackHat. Before joining the University of Florida, she taught at Northwestern University School of Law as both an adjunct and a clinical assistant professor and practiced for four years as a corporate technology transactions attorney in Chicago. She holds several graduate degrees from Northwestern, including a J.D. with honors and a Ph.D. Her hobbies include reading books that have “cyber” in the title, travel, photography, coffee, and samba.