Welcome to FrederickLane.com

Frederick Lane

Welcome to FrederickLane.com

Author, Attorney, Educational Consultant, Speaker, and Expert Witness

Thank you for visiting 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.


It’s 2 a.m. Do You Know What Your Kids Are Doing Online??

Cybertraps for the Young Can Help You Find Out


My sixth book, Cybertraps for the Young, was released in 2011 by NTI Upstream. It is online in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. This groundbreaking book looks at the issue of child safety online from a unique perspective — the legal consequences that children can face as a result of the use and misuse of electronic devices. It is intended to educate parents, teachers, and school administrators about those risks, and to offer practical suggestions for minimizing the likelihood that children will stumble into one or more of the myriad pitfalls that lurk online.

Among the topics covered:

  • Intellectual Dishonesty;
  • Copyright Infringement;
  • Defamation and Invasion of Privacy;
  • Internet Addictions;
  • Hacking and Identity Theft;
  • Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking;
  • Sexting and Sextortion; and
  • Obscenity and Child Pornography.


There’s a seemingly endless number of high-profile people who unintentionally (or intentionally?) send embarrassing photos of themselves across the Internet. Just as Cybertraps was hitting the street in the summer of 2011, the scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) broke, leading me to write “The Top 5 Things Rep. Anthony Weiner Can Teach Your Children.”


Facebook Pages for American Privacy and Cybertraps for the Young

Click on the links below to view the Facebook pages for my two most recent books.

American Privacy Facebook page (released in paperback on January 11, 2011).

Cybertraps for the Young Facebook page (available directly from the publisher, NTI Upstream, or on Amazon.com).

Click on the “Like” button for either page to receive periodic updates on book signings, media appearances, and topical headlines.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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 for your specific needs: keynote, breakout session, workshop, moderated panel, or information night. Please contact me for availability and rates.

Here is a partial list of my upcoming lectures:

  • Professional Practices Institute, Boise, ID, 23 October 2013. General session on incident response and computer forensics in instances of teacher sexual misconduct. The seminar is based on my research for my upcoming book, Cybertraps for Educators.
  • Privacy XChange Forum, Paradise Valley, AZ, 3 November 2013. Keynote address on the history of the right to privacy, based on my book American Privacy.


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.



Recent Lectures, Seminars, and Book Signings

  • “Managing Cyberthreats for K-12 Students,” Online Learning and Teaching, University of Alaska MOOC, 6 June 2013.

  • “Tweeting, Texting, and the Teenage Cyberworld,” Parent Information Night, Burlington High School, Burlington, VT, 17 April 2013.

  • “Find It Fast and Free on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web,” National Business Institute, South Burlington, VT, 16 April 2013. Presented half-day lecture on practical uses of the Internet for attorneys.

  • “Cybertraps for Educators: Maintaining Boundaries in a Tripwired World,” Preventing Educator Sexual Misconduct Forum, NY Schools Insurance Reciprocal, Newburgh, NY, 2 April 2013.

  • “Divorce in the Digital Era: What Every Divorce Lawyer Needs to Know About Electronic Discovery, Internet Investigations, and Computer Forensics,” VT Family Law Conference, South Burlington, VT, 15 February 2013.

  • “Action Speaks! The Invasion of the Body Scanner,” AS220, Providence, RI, 31 October 2012. Panel discussion on the privacy implications of airport body scanners and other surveillance technology.

  • “Cybertraps for Educators,” Professional Practices Institute/NASDTEC, Cincinnati, OH, 17 October 2012. Presentation on risks of electronic misbehavior by teachers and administrators.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Burlington Technical Center, Burlington High School, Burlington, VT, 12 September 2012.

  • “Cybertraps and Cyberethics,” Fort Smith School District, Fort Smith, AR, 3 August 2012. Half-day professional development program for district administrators.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Partners in Education Annual Planning Conference, Fort Smith School District, Fort Smith AR, 2 August 2012. Keynote address based on Cybertraps for the Young.

  • “The Rise of Cloud Bullying: Farther, Fiercer, Faster” and “There’s No Such Thing As Safe ‘Sext,'” Kentucky Victory Over Violence Conference, Lexington, KY, 11 July 2012.

  • “‘Obamacare,’ the U.S. Supreme Court, and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election,” Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, 27 June 2012. Lecture on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the then-pending legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications for the 2012 presidential election.

  • “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right,” Faculty Seminar, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, 20 June 2012. Lecture on the origins and challenges to the right to privacy.

  • “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right,” University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 14 June 2012. Lecture on the origins and challenges to the right to privacy.

  • “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right,” Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, 31 May 2012. Lecture on the origins and challenges to the right to privacy.

  • “The United States Criminal Justice System,” Public Affairs Section, American Consulate General, Guangzhou, China, 27 March 2012. Lecture to Chinese lawyers and students on the basic structure and function of the American criminal justice system.

  • “Cyberethics for the Teaching Profession,” Ethics in Education Symposium, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 10 April 2012. Pre-recorded lecture on the need for ethical training for new and current teachers.

  • “Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups in the Judicial Process,” Public Affairs Section, American Consulate General, Guangzhou, China, 27 March 2012. Lecture to Chinese lawyers and students on the basic structure and function of the American judicial system.

  • “The Rise of Cloud Bullying: Faster, Farther, Fiercer,” Kentucky Bullying Prevention Symposium, Richmond, KY, 19 March 2012. Lecture on how technology is changing bullying among students.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young,” Illinois Parent Teachers Association Annual Conference, Schaumberg, IL, 9 March 2012.

  • “Cybertraps for the Young” and “There’s No Such Thing As Safe ‘Sext,'” Alaska Society for Technology in Education Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK, 28 February 2012.

Click here for a complete list of seminars and lectures.



Recent Media Appearances

  • “CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” — CBS, New York, NY, February 6, 2011. Interview with legal correspondent Erin Moriarty regarding the history of privacy in the United States. Click here to watch the segment on the CBS News Web site.
  • “The Gil Gross Program” — KGO, San Francisco, CA, December 28, 2010. Interview with host Gil Gross regarding the prosecution of Michigan resident Leon Walker for allegedly hacking into his wife’s email account.
  • “Moore in the Morning” — Newstalk 1010, Toronto, ON, December 28, 2010. Interview with guest host Ben Mercer regarding the prosecution of Michigan resident Leon Walker for allegedly hacking into his wife’s email account.
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  • CNN Newsroom — CNN, via Skype from Burlington, VT, October 20, 2010. Interview with host Brooke Baldwin about the dangers of social media and the loss of privacy following the viral spread of a YouTube video of Yale Delta Kappa Epsilon pledges marching through campus shouting obscene chants. Click here to watch the clip on YouTube NSFW.
  • The :30 — WCAX, Burlington, VT, October 18, 2010. Interview with hosts Kristin Carlson and Mike McCune about the online risks for teens and steps that parents can take to protect them. Click here to watch the segment clip on WCAX’s Web site.
  • CNN Newsroom — CNN, via live feed from Burlington, VT, October 7, 2010. Interview with host Brooke Baldwin about the dangers of social media and the loss of privacy following the viral spread of a Duke University student’s PowerPoint presentation of her sexual activity in college, complete with rankings of her various partners. Click here to watch the segment clip on CNN’s Web site.
  • “Talk To Us” — WIBC 93.1 FM, Indianapolis, IN, October 1, 2010. Interview with host Ed Wenck about the privacy implications of the growing use of unmarked vans to surreptitiously x-ray vehicles at large events and on the nation’s highways.
  • “The Lee Rayburn Show” — KNEWS FM 94.3, Palm Springs, CA, September 30, 2010. Interview with host Lee Rayburn about the privacy implications of the growing use of unmarked vans to surreptitiously x-ray vehicles at large events and on the nation’s highways.
  • “The Lee Rayburn Show” — KNEWS FM 94.3, Palm Springs, CA, July 14, 2010. Interview with host Lee Rayburn about the overturn of the Federal Communication Commission’s ban on indecency.
  • “Privacy In Public Spaces” — Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, VT, March 30, 2010. Interview with host Jane Lindholm about “the legal and social questions of how much privacy we can expect in public spaces …” Click here to listen to the interview on the Vermont Public Radio Web site.
  • “Free and Fair” — KAOS, Olympia, WA, February 24, 2010. Taped interview with host John Ford American Privacy.
  • “Nightcall” — WIRF, Detroit, MI, February 21, 2010. Interview with host Peter Werbe about American Privacy. Click here to listen to the interview on the WIRF Nightcall Web site.
  • “Vermont Edition” — Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, VT, February 17, 2010. Interview with host Jane Lindholm about Internet sex crimes in Vermont and the growing field of computer forensics. Click here to listen to the interview on the Vermont Public Radio Web site.
  • “Vermont Edition” — Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, VT, February 4, 2010. Interview with host Jane Lindholm about American Privacy. Click here to listen to the interview on the Vermont Public Radio Web site.
  • “Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman” — KVON, Napa Valley Talk Radio, February 3, 2010. Interview with host Jeff Schechtman about American Privacy. Click here to listen to the interview on Jeff Schechtman’s Webpage on PodBean.com.
  • “The Afternoon Magazine with Celeste Quinn” — WILL, Illinois Public Media, February 2, 2010. Interview with host Celeste Quinn about American Privacy. Click here to listen to the interview on the WILL Web site.

Click here for a complete list of media appearances by Frederick Lane.