Nancy E. Willard
Director, Responsible Netizen
Center for Advanced Technology in Oregon
5214 University of Oregon, College of Education
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5214

Nancy E. Willard has a B.S. in Elementary Education (University of Utah, 1975), a M.S. in Special Education (University of Oregon, 1977), and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (Willamette University College of Law, 1983). She taught children with behavior difficulties and practiced law in areas of computer law and copyright before focusing her professional attention on issues of children's behavior, technology, and schools.

In 1998, Willard became associated with the Center for Advanced Technology in Education at the University of Oregon, College of Education. She is the Director of Responsible Netizen, a program that seeks to develop and disseminate effective strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge, decision-making skills, motivation, and self-control to behave in a safe, responsible, legal, and ethical manner when using information technologies. Willard has received two National Science Foundation grants. The first grant investigates how high school students make decisions about ethical use of the Internet. The second grant provided funds to coordinate a workshop with other researchers and practitioners to develop a recommended research agenda addressing issues of the social dimensions of the use of interactive technologies by young people. Willard has published a report on the results on this workshop entitled Social Dimensions of the Use of Interactive Technologies by Young People: A Research Agenda.

In 1995, Willard published Legal and Ethical Issues Related to K-12 Internet Use Policies. This document has become a widely recognized resource for educators. The most recent version of this document has just been published in the Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (Volume 2000, No. 2). Willard frequently lectures and conducts workshops for educators on policies and practices to help young people engage in safe and responsible use of the Internet. Willard was asked to testify before the Children's Online Protection Act Commission and the National Research Council Committee to Study Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Appropriate Internet Content on educational strategies to address concerns of children's access to inappropriate material and people.

Willard has assisted many school districts and regional education service districts in the State of Oregon develop their technology plans. Her document, Effective Technology Planning for the Technology Literacy Challenge, provides the basis for districts and schools to engage in ongoing, accountable technology planning and implementation in accord with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communication Commission's E-rate program.

Willard serves on the Advisory Committee for the Cybercitizen Partnership, a joint program of the Information Technology Association of America and the U.S. Department of Justice that seeks to promote responsible use of the Internet. Willard also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Media Education's New Media, Children, and Youth: A Research and Public Education Initiative and participates in a research collaborative addressing Technology and Identity with Sherry Turkle at the MIT.

Willard is the author of a new book entitled Computer Ethics, Etiquette, and Safety for the 21st Century Student. This book is published by the International Society for Technology in Education. Willard is also the author of Supporting the Safe and Responsible Use of the Internet: A Children's Internet Protection Act Planning Guise, which is available online at