Harlan Yu


I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in September 2012. I was advised by Ed Felten and affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy.

Now, I'm a principal of Robinson & Yu LLC, based in Washington, D.C. We help clients harness Internet technologies to address civic problems.
Designing Software to Shape Open Government Policy
Harlan Yu. Ph.D. dissertation. September 2012. [pdf]
The New Ambiguity of “Open Government”
Harlan Yu and David G. Robinson. 59 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 178 (2012). [link]
Government Data and the Invisible Hand
David G. Robinson, Harlan Yu, William P. Zeller, and Edward W. Felten. 11 Yale J. L. & Tech. 160 (2009). [link]
Source Code Review of the Diebold Voting System
Joseph A. Calandrino, Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman, David Wagner, Harlan Yu, and William P. Zeller. Report commissioned as part of the California Secretary of State's Top-To-Bottom Review of California Voting Systems (2007). [pdf] [link]
A Distributed Reputation Approach to Cooperative Internet Routing Protection
Harlan Yu, Jennifer Rexford, and Edward W. Felten. IEEE Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec) 2005. [pdf]
OpenDHT: a Public DNT Service and its Uses
Sean Rhea, Brighten Godfrey, Brad Karp, John Kubiatowicz, Sylvia Ratnasamy, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica, and Harlan Yu. SIGCOMM 2005. [pdf]
Other Selected Writing:
Using Software to Liberate U.S. Case Law
Harlan Yu and Stephen Schultze. ACM XRDS, Vol. 18, Issue 2, Winter 2011. [link]
Accurately Communicating the Do Not Track User Preference
Position paper. W3C Workshop on Web Tracking and User Privacy. April 28, 2011. [pdf]
Public Comment on the Federal Trade Commission's Staff Report on Consumer Online Privacy
Harlan Yu and Ashkan Soltani. February 18, 2011. [pdf]
Enabling Innovation for Civic Engagement
David G. Robinson, Harlan Yu and Edward W. Felten. Chapter Six in "Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice," O'Reilly Media, p. 83-90. February 16, 2010. [link]
The New Ambiguity of "Open Government"
Invited panelist. Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Meeting, panel on Measuring for Impact: How to Build the Case for Open Government, Brasilia, Brazil. April 18, 2012. [link]
Invited talk. The World Bank, Washington, D.C. April 12, 2012. [link] [video]
Privacy from the Open Government Perspective
Invited panelist. Personal Information: The Benefits and Risks of De-Identification, panel on Common Secondary Uses of De-Identified Data, The National Press Club, Washington, D.C. December 15, 2011. [link]
Consumer Online Privacy in the United States
Invited panelist. Seminar for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Data, panel on International Regulatory Processes, São Paulo, Brasil. October 13, 2011. [link] [video]
Open Government Data: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Invited talk. Colombia 3.0 National Summit, Bogotá, Colombia. October 5, 2011. [link]
The Battle Over Behavioral Advertising Choice Mechanisms
Invited panelist. Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), Pittsburgh, PA. July 22, 2011. [link] [video]
Do Not Track: Yaaay or Boooh?
Invited panelist. Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP), Washington, D.C. June 14, 2011. [link] [video]
The Open Access to Electronic Federal Court Records Act of 2011
Invited talk. Modest Proposals 4.0 Conference, Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY. April 8, 2011. [link]
Privacy and Monitoring on the Internet
Invited talk. Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School (CTS-FGV), Rio de Janiero, Brasil. March 29, 2011. [link]
The State of Online Tracking in the United States
Keynote talk. Workshop: Draft Law for the Protection of Personal Data, São Paulo, Brasil. March 22, 2011. [link] [video]
Panel: Technical Mechanisms for Do Not Track
Invited panelist. Browser Privacy Mechanisms Roundtable, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, CA. February 9, 2011. [link]
Open Government Progress in the United States
Invited talk. Evolution of Online Government in Colombia 2011-2019, Ministry of ICT, Bogotá, Colombia. December 4, 2010. [link]
Government Data and the Invisible Hand
Invited talk. Gov 2.0 Summit 2010, O'Reilly Media, Washington D.C. September 7, 2010. [link] [video]
Panel: Emerging Infringement Areas
Invited panelist. USPTO-NTIA Symposium: Copyright Policy, Creativity & Innovation in the Internet Economy, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington D.C. July 1, 2010. [link] [video]
RECAP: Capturing PACER for Open Access
Invited talk. 20th Annual Conference for Law School Computing, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), Trenton, NJ. June 25, 2010. [link] [video]
Open Access to Federal Court Records
Invited panelist. The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Transparency Caucus, Washington, D.C. June 22, 2010. [link] [video]
Panel: Primary Legal Materials and Innovation
Invited panelist. DC Law.gov Workshop, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C. June 15, 2010. [link] [video]
RECAPture the Law: The Growing Movement to Free the Electronic Record
Invited talk. Information Society Project, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT. October 6, 2009. [link]
RECAP: Turning PACER Around
Lunchtime talk. Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), Princeton, NJ. September 19, 2009. [link]
Spectrum Policy and TV White Spaces
Guest lecture. ELE 391: The Wireless Revolution, Prof. Sanjeev Kulkarni, Princeton, NJ. April 1, 2009.
Estimating Political Web Traffic Using DNS Caches
Research talk. Workshop: Computing in the Cloud, Princeton CITP, Princeton, NJ. January 15, 2008. [link] [video]
A Distributed Reputation Approach to Cooperative Internet Routing Protection
Research talk. IEEE NPSec 2005, Boston, MA. November 6, 2005. [link]
COS 116: The Computational Universe, Prof. Sanjeev Arora. Spring 2008. [link]
COS 432: Information Security, Prof. Edward W. Felten. Fall 2006. [link]
COS 333: Advanced Programming Techniques, Prof. Brian Kernighan. Spring 2006. [link]
COS 226: Algorithms and Data Structures, Prof. Kevin Wayne. Fall 2005. [link]