Welcome to my Web site. I am an expert on the impact of emerging technologies on society, with a particular emphasis on personal and workplace privacy, student use and misuse of technology, and the culture wars.
I have written seven books, have lectured extensively over the past two decades, and provide expert witness services in the field of computer forensics. I am also a past chairman of the Burlington (VT) School Board.
I live in Brooklyn, NY with my family. Additional information is available throughout this Web site.
Lecturer and Educational Consultant
For the past twenty years, I have organized and presented seminars and lectures on a wide range of topics relating to my professional work and research. My entertaining, dynamic, and informative lectures are suitable for a variety of audiences, and can be adapted to the specific needs of your organization:
- Breakout Session or Moderated Panel
- Professional Development for Educators or Administrators
- Policy and Procedure Workshop for Administrators and School Boards
- Presentation to Students (K-12); and/or
- Community Information Night
To schedule a presentation on any of these topics, or to have a lecture tailored to your organization’s interests or needs, click here to contact me.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Here is a partial list of my upcoming lectures:
- April 21 — Parents League of New York — “Digital Citizenship: What Parents Need to Know about Social Media” [New York, NY]
- May 26-27 — Ontario College of Teachers — “A Pan-Professional Look at Digital Misconduct and Professional Boundaries” [Tornoto, Ontario]
- June 5-7 — National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification — “Teaching Cyberethics to Millennials: The Role and Responsibility of Teacher Certification Programs” [Philadelphia, PA]
- June 21 — Simmons College, “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” — “The Decency Wars: 150 Years of Failed Efforts to Regulate and Abolish Obscenity” [Boston, MA]
- Sep. 27-29 — New York State Council of School Superintendents 2016 Fall Leadership Summit — “Cybertraps for Educators” [Saratoga, NY]
- Oct. 26 — Professional Practices Institute — “Digital Misconduct and Professional Boundaries” [San Diego, CA]
Author and Freelance Writer
In response to the passage of the Communications Decency Act in 1996, I began researching the legislative and media response to the rise of the online adult industry. The resulting book, Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first of what are now seven mainstream non-fiction books. The others are:
- The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom 2003);
- The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture (Prometheus Books 2006);
- The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court (Beacon Press 2008);
- American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right (Beacon Press 2010);
- Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream 2011); and
- Cybertraps for Educators (2015).
In addition to these books, I have have written numerous magazine articles on a variety of topics, including constitutional rights (particularly freedom of speech), privacy online and in the workplace, the impact of technology on our rights and liberties, and the separation of church and state.
From the Back Cover:
“Educators are not only expected to be experts in content, curriculum, and pedagogy, they are also tasked with meeting the holistic needs of a highly vulnerable population. As a result, the emotional and intellectual interplay that occurs daily between students and educators is laden with professional risks. By utilizing authentic headline-grabbing cases, coupled with expertise leveraged from his vast experience as both an attorney and a computer forensics expert, Frederick Lane communicates an unescapable narrative … the cyber landscape for educators is treacherous, and inattentiveness is indefensible. Provocative … compelling … razor sharp … with solutions that work. This book is a must read.” — Dr. Troy R. Hutchings, Former Research Chair for the College of Education and School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix.
“This book provides the topographic map which teachers need to steer clear of major hazards in the rapidly changing digital landscape. Mr. Lane’s sought after expertise remains both illuminating and accessible.” — Dr. Glenn S. Lipson, forensic psychologist and program director of the California School of Forensic Science at Alliant International University.
A Professional Highlight
My Interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show“
In August 2006, I had the privilege of appearing on “The Daily Show with John Stewart” to discuss my then-latest book, The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture. It was a little nerve-wracking, but a great deal of fun. You can watch the clip of my interview by clicking on the box below.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|