Jeffrey Vagle named Executive Director of Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition

  • Jeffrey Vagle, appointed as the first Executive Director for the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition.

The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School has appointed Jeffrey Vagle as the Center’s first Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Vagle will drive the Center’s research and programming agenda, developing a calendar of CTIC programming including conferences, faculty workshops, visiting scholar programs, and faculty fellowships. In addition, he will direct student-oriented programs, including student fellowships and internships, while working in collaboration with relevant Law School student groups and joint degree programs. 

Vagle most recently served as an associate in Pepper Hamilton’s Privacy, Security and Data Protection Group. He earned his JD from Temple University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.  Vagle blogs and speaks regularly on privacy, data security, and other cyberlaw-related topics, and is the author of several law review and technical articles, including a forthcoming article, “Furtive Encryption: Power, Trust, and the Constitutional Cost of Collective Surveillance,” in the Indiana Law Journal.

Prior to law school, Vagle graduated from Boston University with a degree in mathematics and spent more than a decade as a practicing engineer, including six years at BBN Technologies, the company that played an instrumental role in creating the Internet and which remains one of the nation’s premier technology firms. Vagle also served four years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and four years in the U.S. Army National Guard.

“Jeff is a perfect fit for the Center,” said CTIC Faculty Director Christopher S. Yoo, Penn Law’s John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science. “He has a unique background that blends academic and professional experience in the fields of the law and technology, and he will help CTIC expand relationships across Penn, and with policy makers and legal and industry professionals.”

The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition promotes research that aims to shape the way legislators, regulatory authorities, and scholars think about technology policy, intellectual property, privacy, and related fields. Through major scholarly conferences, symposia, faculty workshops, and other activities, CTIC is committed to providing a forum for exploring the full range of scholarly perspectives on these issues.