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Meet the VP

Fred H. Cate

Fred H. Cate
Vice President for Research
Phone: (812) 856-2096
vpr[at]iu [dot] edu

From the Vice President:

Welcome to the Vice President for Research Office at Indiana University! 

Indiana University's research portfolio is diverse and deep.  Our faculty members are engaged in breakthrough research into fundamental questions within the natural and physical sciences as well as award-winning scholarship and creative activity in the humanities, and arts.  They're developing important translational innovations in medical and health sciences, enhancing our understanding of human behaviors and the cultures of the world, and investigating new approaches to informatics and computing sciences. IU faculty members are shaping policy across the state of Indiana, the nation and the world and they are setting the bar for creative achievement in music, literature, and the studio arts.  They engage their undergraduate and graduate students in research, scholarship and creative activity, and contribute to Indiana's economic development through the creation of new technologies and insights into the factors that contribute to a strong economy.   In all of these areas, the VPRO team, at both the university and campus levels, helps our faculty members develop their ideas, garner internal and external funding to support their work, and conduct their work in full compliance with the highest ethical and regulatory standards.

I invite you to learn more about research, scholarship and creative activity at Indiana University by visiting our core campus research sites: at Indiana University Bloomington, at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and at the IU School of Medicine, and the Indiana Clinical and Translational; Sciences Institute.

Fred H. Cate is the Vice President for Research at Indiana University.

He is a Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing. His work focuses on information privacy and security law and policy issues. He served as the founding director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research from 2003 to 2014, where he is now a senior fellow, and he served as managing director of the IU Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information

Cate is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Forum on Cyber Resilience, the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee, the National Security Agency's Privacy and Civil Liberties Panel, the OECD's Panel of Experts on Health Information Infrastructure, Intel's Privacy and Security External Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of The Privacy Projects, the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility, and the Board of Directors of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. He is a senior policy advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP.

Previously, Cate served as a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Privacy Oversight Board, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, and as counsel to the U.S. Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee and reporter for the third report of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. He chaired the International Telecommunication Union's High-Level Experts on Electronic Signatures and Certification Authorities.

Cate has testified before numerous congressional committees and speaks frequently before professional, industry, and government groups. His work examines the impact of different tools for protecting privacy and security, the costs and benefits of using laws and regulations, and the broader context implicated by privacy and security and efforts to protect them, especially in global and electronic information flows.

He is the author of more than 150 articles and books, including Privacy in the Information Age, Privacy in Perspective, The Internet and the First Amendment, and The Privacy Problem: A Broader View of Information Privacy and the Cost and Consequences of Protecting It. He serves on the Advisory Board of BNA's Privacy & Security Law Report and is one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal, International Data Privacy Law.

Cate attended Oxford University and received his J.D. and his A.B. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He first came to IU as an associate professor at the Maurer School of Law in 1990 and his wife, Beth Cate, is a member of the faculty in IU’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs. A senator, fellow and past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cate received the IU Trustees’ Teaching Award in 2004 and 2010, the IU Maurer School of Law Public Interest Faculty Award in 2010 and the IU Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1999. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has appeared in Computerworld’s listing of Best Privacy Advisers.