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2015-2016 Past Events
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Censorship at scale: how social media platforms moderate public discourse
12:00PM to 1:00PM
It is not uncommon for those producing entertainment content to utilize goods or other items that are trademarked. Singles at a bar in a romantic comedy order a Budweiser. A group of men in a movie are on their way to a baseball game, dressed in team regalia. Someone in a reality program visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These usages implicate conflicting rights: how are the rights of those engaged in free expression and the rights of
Professor Beth Noveck directs The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is currently the Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Her new book, Smart Citizens, Smarter State, explores how governments can combine new technology with citizens' expertise to improve public decision-making. Her previous book, Wiki Government, discusses the creation of Peer-to-Patent and the benefits of collaborative democracy.
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Is it technology that is driving the seemingly endless legal controversies around music…or is it is the historical complexity of the outdated U.S. music rights licensing system? What are the ins and outs of the rights issues confronting companies that want to bring music to the consumer? What are the most recent developments in this space, and what are the possibly seismic changes on the horizon in the music field?. This panel will address all of this and more, drawing upon their wealth of expertise and experience from the perspectives of the U.S.
Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communication
In his new book, Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communications, Professor Price introduces the concept of "narratives of legitimacy," their production, their functions, efforts to regulate them and their relation to current issues of media and national identity. What are these "higher rank narratives," including succession by divine right, democratic election processes, the introduction of the caliphate, and the mysteries of Sykes-Picot (this being its 100th anniversary) and how are they faring?
12:00PM to 1:20PM
The Roberts Supreme Court and the Divisions that Define It
The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts is deeply polarized. This term, with disputes over abortion, affirmative action, unions and voting rights, will particularly test the dueling camps. The evolution of these divisions can be understood through the personal histories of controlling justices, most notably Roberts, but also Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and newest Justice Elena Kagan, whose background mirrors Roberts’s. My speech will explore the Roberts Court and its alliances and antagonisms.
12:00PM to 1:00PM
The Rise of the Right to Know: Expectations of Openness in an Age of Secrets
In an age of Snowden, Manning, and Assange, it may seem odd to argue that there are greater expectations of openness in democracies than ever before, but that is the case. Government agencies, laws, legislative procedures, civil society guardians of openness, practices of disclosure in health care, advertising, food packaging and labeling, all reinforce ideals of transparency as never before.
Sterling Law Building - Room 122
Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information governance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the Internet can be instruments of global free expression and individual freedom, and she is committed to finding policy solutions that affect real people.
For some time now scholars have reflected on the question whether trademarks are a species of property. The question is conceptually intriguing and it also has significant practical implications (consider the example of recent and forthcoming litigation over tobacco plain packaging in Australia and the European Union). But what if one were to pose the question the other way around? What might an inquiry into the social life of trademarks tell us about the sense of property in the contemporary world?
Living in the Crosshairs: A Discussion of Harassment of Abortion Providers in the United States, Why They Continue to Provide Care, and Possible Legal Responses