Alex Alben teaches Privacy, Data, and Technology at UCLA School of Law. He previously served as Chief Privacy Officer for the State of Washington where he led the state’s effort to create privacy programs regarding consumer protection and data management. He was also an executive at RealNetworks and Starwave Corporation, where he supervised product development and built new departments within growing companies.
Alben is engaged with research and policy development relating to Artificial Intelligence technologies, with a focus on AI Ethics. He also is working on implementation of California's new privacy law, The California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020.
Alben has represented the high tech industry in national and global policy groups and testified before the U.S. House, Senate and Copyright Office on copyright and media issues resulting from the growth of the Internet and online networks. In 2004, he ran for the U.S. Congress from Washington's 8th district.
He has worked for an alternative energy company founded by Bill Gates, raised an early-stage venture fund for start-up companies emerging from the University of Washington and authored a study for the UW and City of Seattle on developing incubators and attracting start-up companies.
Alben received his A.B. with distinction from Stanford University, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. His publications have appeared in the Seattle University Law Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, University of Washington Law Policy Law Journal, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times among others. He is the author of Analog Days: How Technology Rewrote Our Future.