Andrea M. Matwyshyn

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Andrea M. Matwyshyn
Academic background
Alma materNorthwestern University (BA, MA International Relations, JD, PhD Human Development and Social Policy)
ThesisSilicon Ceilings: Information Technology Equity, the Digital Divide and the Gender Gap among Information Technology Professionals (2005)
Academic work
InstitutionsNorthwestern University University of Florida University of Pennsylvania Princeton University Federal Trade Commission Northeastern University Penn State
John W. Kluge Center at Library of Congress

Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an American law professor and engineering professor at The Pennsylvania State University. She is known as a scholar of technology policy, particularly as an expert at the intersection of law and computer security[1][2][3][4] and for her work with government.[5][6][7][8] She is credited with originating the legal and policy concept of the Internet of Bodies.[9][10][11][12]


Matwyshyn received her BA with honors from Northwestern University in 1996, and her MA in international relations from Northwestern also in 1996. She received her JD with honors from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1999, and her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy, also from Northwestern, in 2005. Her thesis focused on individual level determinants of teens' interest in technology entrepreneurship and careers[13][14] and was published in part as a law review article in 2003.[15]

Between 1999 and 2003, Matwyshyn practiced law as a corporate attorney.[16] Between 2003 and 2005, Matwyshyn was a faculty member in the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.[17] In 2005 she was appointed assistant professor, University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law,[18] and the faculty director of the Center for Information Research.[19] In 2007 she was appointed an assistant professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.[20] In 2012, she became an affiliate scholar of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.[21] In 2014, Matwyshyn served as an academic in residence/senior policy advisor at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission,[22] where her work focused on data security and consumer privacy initiatives.[23]

In 2015, Matwyshyn was appointed as the Microsoft Visiting professor of Information Technology Policy at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Computer Science.[24] During this time, she represented[25] computer scientists Steve Bellovin, Matt Blaze, Alex Halderman, and Nadia Heninger and testified before the Copyright Office in a successful petition to obtain an exemption to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to permit information security research on consumer devices, including voting machines.[26] In 2015 she was appointed Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law[27] and co-founded the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC).[28]

Beginning in 2019 Matwyshyn became the Associate Dean of Innovation and Technology and a professor on the Penn State Law faculty[29] and a professor in the Penn State College of Engineering.[30] [13] She is also the founding director of the Penn State Policy Innovation Lab of Tomorrow (PILOT lab).[31]

In 2022, Matwyshyn was appointed by the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection as a Senior Special Advisor on Law, Technology, and the Digital Economy.[32] In 2023, she was appointed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a Senior Special Advisor on Information Security and Data Privacy.[33]


In 2016, Matwyshyn was awarded a US/UK Fulbright Cyber Security award.[34] In 2017, she was named a Senior Fellow in the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.[35]

In 2019, Matwyshyn was named a MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Law School[36] and a visiting researcher at Centre Internet et Societe in CNRS at the Sorbonne.[37] She was also appointed a fellow in residence at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.[38]

In 2020, her work on the Internet of Bodies (IoB) was used as a springboard for reports on the topic by Rand Corporation[39] and the World Economic Forum.[40] She is also part of an IEEE team of technology experts who generate annual trend predictions[41] and the Washington Post's team of cybersecurity experts.[42]

In 2021, she became the founding faculty director of the Anuncia Donecia Songsong Manglona Lab for Gender and Economic Equity at Penn State Law, after a $1 million donation was made by Katie Moussouris.[43]

Select publications[edit]


  • Matwyshyn, Andrea M. (2009). Harboring Data: Information Security, Law, and the Corporation. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-7259-4.

Journal articles[edit]


  1. ^ "Cybersecurity Expert Andrea Matwyshyn Offers Policy Suggestions for Improving Security". Archived from the original on 2018-11-25.
  2. ^ "Andrea Matwyshyn". Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  3. ^ "Professor Andrea Matwyshyn – key challenges for cyber security…". Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  4. ^ "MacCormick Conversations: Prof Andrea Matwyshyn with Ms Judith Rauhofer". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  5. ^ "FTC Names Latanya Sweeney as Chief Technologist; Andrea Matwyshyn as Policy Advisor". Federal Trade Commission. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  6. ^ "Andrea Matwyshyn - Co-director, Northeastern University's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity". CyberScoop. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  7. ^ "Statement of Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Committee on Homeland Security U.S. House of Representatives" (PDF).
  8. ^ "The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online". Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  9. ^ "THE INTERNET OF BODIES". William & Mary Law Review. Archived from the original on 2020-09-19. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  10. ^ "The Internet of Bodies: Opportunities, Risk, and Governance" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-10-31.
  11. ^ "Decoder with Nilay Patel: Recode Decode: Andrea Matwyshyn on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  12. ^ PodcastOne. "PodcastOne: The Internet of Bodies: Human Potential and Security Pitfalls, Part 1". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  13. ^ a b "Andrea M. Matwyshyn CV". Penn State Law. Archived from the original on 2020-09-28.
  14. ^ "Vitae". site. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  15. ^ "Silicon Ceilings: Information Technology Equity, the Digital Divide and the Gender Gap among Information Technology Professionals". Archived from the original on 2020-03-19.
  16. ^ "Black Hat USA 2003 Topics and Speakers". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  17. ^ "Dean Welcomes Students Back to Northwestern Law". Northwestern Law. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  18. ^ "Technology | Academics | Policy - Andrea Matwyshyn". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  19. ^ "UF law conference to address identity theft, data security - News - University of Florida". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  20. ^ "Andrea M. Matwyshyn CV". Archived from the original on 2020-09-28.
  21. ^ "Andrea Matwyshyn". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  22. ^ "FTC Names Latanya Sweeney as Chief Technologist; Andrea Matwyshyn as Policy Advisor". Federal Trade Commission. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  23. ^ Hill, Kashmir. "The FTC's Controversial Battle To Force Companies To Protect Your Data". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  24. ^ "Fellows Program | Center for Information Technology Policy". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  25. ^ "Voting-machine makers are already worried about Defcon". Engadget. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  26. ^ "Section 1201 Rulemaking: Sixth Triennial Proceeding to Determine Exemptions to the Prohibition on Circumvention" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-10-16.
  27. ^ "Andrea Matwyshyn - News @ Northeastern". 101. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  28. ^ "About – Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  29. ^ "Andrea M. Matwyshyn". Penn State Law | University Park, Pa. 2019-07-01. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  30. ^ "Penn State Engineering: SEDTAPP Directory". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  31. ^ "People". PSU PILOT lab. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  32. ^ "FTC Twitter". Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  33. ^ "RVAsec". Retrieved 2023-05-29.
  34. ^ "Andrea Matwyshyn | Fulbright Scholar Program". Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  35. ^ "Cyber Risk Thursday: Internet of Bodies". Atlantic Council. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  36. ^ "MacCormick Fellow Seminar: Prof Andrea Matwyshyn". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  37. ^ "Équipe Team". Centre Internet et Société (in French). Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  38. ^ "Current Scholars in Residence | Scholars in Residence | The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  39. ^ "The Internet of Bodies: Opportunities, Risk, and Governance" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-10-31.
  40. ^ "Shaping the Future of the Internet of Bodies: New challenges of technology governance" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-08-10.
  41. ^ Society, IEEE Computer. "IEEE Computer Society's Top 12 Technology Trends for 2020". (Press release). Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  42. ^ "The Cybersecurity 202Network:/Connecting cybersecurity experts across government and industry in an ongoing survey". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2018-05-21.
  43. ^ "Cybersecurity pioneer gives $1 million for Penn State Law gender equity lab | Penn State University". Retrieved 2021-03-06.