David Thaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Professor David Thaw headshot.
Office: Hosmer 283A
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Regulation
  • Cybercrime
  • Administrative Law and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property

David Thaw is a law and technology expert whose research and scholarship examine the regulation of the Internet and computing technologies, with specific focus on cybersecurity regulation and cybercrime. He received his J.D. from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), a Ph.D. in information management and systems and an M.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and undergraduate degrees both in government and in computer science from the University of Maryland. 

Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Thaw held an appointment as a research associate on the University of Maryland Computer Science faculty, where he conducted research with the Maryland Cybersecurity Center and taught an undergraduate honors seminar on cybersecurity, law, and policy. Previously, he also practiced cybersecurity and privacy regulatory law at Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson) in Washington, DC. From 2008 until joining Hogan in 2010, he held an appointment as a visiting fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project, and continues to hold an appointment as an affiliated fellow at Yale.

Professor Thaw is a frequent presenter on cybersecurity regulation and cybercrime, subjects that are the focus of his two recent articles, one published in 2013 in Northwestern University Law School's Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and another forthcoming in the Georgia State University Law Review. He has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding his research on cybersecurity regulation and its implications for federal legislation.

David Thaw, Enlightened Regulatory Capture, 89 Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

David Thaw (with Christopher J. Borchert and Fernando M. Pinguelo), Reasonable Expectations of Privacy Settings: Contemplating the Stored Communications Act Through the Prism of Social Media, Duke L. & Tech. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

David Thaw, The Efficacy of Cybersecurity Regulation, 30 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

David Thaw, Criminalizing Hacking, Not Dating: Reconstructing the CFAA Intent Requirement, 103 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 907 (2013)

Nathaniel Good, Jens Grossklags, David Thaw, Aaron Perzanowski, Deirdre Mulligan, & Joseph Konstan, User Choices and Regret: Understanding Users' Decision Process about Consensually Acquired Spyware, 2 I/S: J. L. & Pol. Info. Soc'y 283 (2006)