Alex Alben

Lecturer in Law

  • A.B. Stanford University, 1980
  • J.D. Stanford Law School, 1984

Alex Alben teaches Internet Law, Media & Society at UCLA School of Law.   He taught Privacy, Data & Technology in the Fall Semester of 2019.  As a senior executive, Alex worked for pioneering Internet companies RealNetworks and Starwave Corporation, where he created new digital media products enabling the distribution of video and music on the Internet and worked with industry groups to devise new content distribution models. From 2015-19, he served as Washington State's first Chief Privacy Officer.

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.