David Alfred Hoffman

Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Public Policy

Twitter - @hofftechpolicy

David Hoffman is the Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He also formerly was the Associate General Counsel, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer for Intel Corporation.

Hoffman currently chairs the Civil Liberties and Privacy Panel for the Director's Advisory Board for the US National Security Agency. He also chairs the board of the Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Future of Privacy Forum and the Israel Tech Policy Institute. Hoffman also founded and chairs the board for the Triangle Privacy Research Hub, which highlights and fosters cybersecurity and privacy academic research done in the North Carolina Research Triangle.

Hoffman previously served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance. He has also served on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Online Access and Security Committee, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Security Commission, the Steering Committee for BBBOnline, the TRUSTe Board of Directors and the Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is the author of many papers and articles on cybersecurity and privacy and has testified to Congress on these topics. Hoffman's research and teaching has been aided by funding from Intel Corporation, The Crypsis Group, The Media Trust, and Mine. 

Hoffman has a JD from Duke Law School, where he was a member of the Duke Law Journal. He received an AB from Hamilton College.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Public Policy
  • Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Affiliate Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 110 Sanford Building, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
  • Email Address: david.hoffman@duke.edu


  • A.B. Hamilton College, 1991
  • J.D. Duke University, 1993

Research Interests

Cybersecurity, Cyberwar, Privacy, Gender Violence, Social Equity, Critical Infrastructure Policy, Health Data Policy, Information Intermediary Liability, Technology Law and Policy

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 290: Topics in Computer Science
  • HLTHPOL 395: Bass Connections COVID-19 Research Team
  • HLTHPOL 795: Bass Connections COVID-19 Research Team
  • LAW 316: Intro to Cyber Law and Policy
  • LAW 640: Independent Research
  • LAW 716: CyberSecurity, Privacy and Government Surveillance
  • PUBPOL 290: Selected Public Policy Topics
  • PUBPOL 302D: Policy Choice as Value Conflict
  • PUBPOL 393: Research Independent Study
  • PUBPOL 494: Honors Project: Research Independent Study
  • PUBPOL 551S: Cybersecurity and National Security Law and Policy
  • PUBPOL 552S: Cybersecurity and Health Data Policy
  • PUBPOL 590S: Advanced Topics in Public Policy
  • PUBPOL 890: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy
  • SCISOC 552S: Cybersecurity and Health Data Policy
  • SCISOC 590S: Special Topics in Science & Society

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