September 4 Tuesday

Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security with Bobby Chesney and Danielle Citron

12:00PM to 1:30PM

Room 122

Harmful lies are nothing new. But the ability to distort reality has taken an exponential leap forward with “deep fake” technology. This capability makes it possible to create audio and video of real people saying and doing things they never said or did. Machine learning techniques are escalating the technology’s sophistication, making deep fakes ever more realistic and increasingly resistant to detection. Deep-fake technology has characteristics that enable rapid and widespread diffusion, putting it into the hands of both sophisticated and unsophisticated actors.

September 5 Wednesday

VLP lunch talk with Solitary Gardens creator jackie sumell and Rodricus Crawford

12:10PM to 1:00PM

SLB 128

jackie sumell is the creator of Solitary Gardens, a public art project that denounces solitary confinement and fosters exchanges between persons in solitary and volunteers on the outside. She is joined by Rodricus Crawford, who was exonerated in 2016 after spending nearly five years on death row in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Together, they will discuss the project and their work against mass incarceration.

September 11 Tuesday

Inside China's Digital Surveillance State, Megha Rajagopalan, BuzzFeed world correspondent

12:05PM to 1:30PM

Room 122

China's government is implementing mass surveillance programs that are aggressively targeting ethnic minorities and threatening individual privacy rights. Bolstered by tools like facial recognition cameras, predictive policing techniques and data-extraction devices for smartphones, these high-tech programs represent an ambitious effort to reshape and control the behavior of swathes of the country's populace. This talk will offer a window into how people live under surveillance in one of the world's most powerful authoritarian states as well as what it's like to be a journalist there.

September 14 Friday

Privacy Lab: Tracking Mobile Trackers

1:00PM to 2:00PM

Baker Hall 122

The Android and iOS ecosystems are a privacy minefield, filled with malware and untrustworthy software.  We'll dig into the world of mobile trackers, hidden code that runs inside the majority of apps.  Trackers might insert ads into apps, transmit your location, access personal information, or even follow your movements via ultrasonic tones, undetectable by the human ear.  Privacy Lab has approached the problem from many angles, and we'll explain basic forensic techniques such as static and network analysis.  We'll also demonstrate ultrasonic and bluetooth beacon tracking via the PilferShus

September 18 Tuesday

On the Organization of the U.S. Government for Responding to Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare and Influence Operations, Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University

12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 122

This talk will contrast cyber-enabled IW/IO to cybersecurity threats, describe the mechanisms underlying the operation of cyber-enabled IW/IO, address future IW/IO threats, and most importantly consider legal and organizational aspects of  how well the U.S. government is organized to respond to Russian cyber-enabled information warfare and influence operations (IW/IO).

September 25 Tuesday

Predicting Enemies, Ashley Deeks, Professor University of Virginia Law School

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB 122

Actors in our criminal justice system increasingly rely on computer algorithms to help them predict how dangerous certain people and certain physical locations are.  These predictive algorithms have spawned controversies because their operations are often opaque and some algorithms use biased data.  Yet these same types of predictive algorithms inevitably will migrate into the national security sphere, as the military tries to predict who and where its enemies are.  Because military operations face fewer legal strictures and more limited oversight than criminal justice processes do, the mil

September 26 Wednesday

Freedom of Expression in an Age of Surveillance, Jack Balkin, Jennifer Granick, Neil Richards

12:00PM to 1:30PM

Room 127

This panel is the first in a series of events examining the role that the First Amendment should play in assessing the lawfulness of government surveillance. Historically, the First Amendment served as a crucial check on overreaching government surveillance. But today, courts have examined surveillance almost exclusively in Fourth Amendment terms. Is it time to revive the First Amendment as a limit on surveillance? How could that be done?

September 28 Friday

Intermediaries and Private Speech Regulation: A Transatlantic Dialogue Workshop

(All day)

Baker Hall Room 405

“Intermediaries and Private Speech Regulation: A Transatlantic Dialogue” is an intimate, invitation-only academic workshop co-hosted by the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information and the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.

October 2 Tuesday

Netflix, Amazon, Apple & Disney: Legal & Business Challenges in Streaming; Jennifer Jones, VP of Business Affairs, The Walt Disney Company

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB - Room 122

An in-depth discussion of the business of everyone's favorite streaming services with Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Business Affairs for The Walt Disney Company.

October 12 Friday

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic's Access & Accountability 2018: A Conference for Transparency Advocates

(All day)

Room 127

9:15 Journalism Under Fire
A conversation between RonNell Anderson Jones (Utah) and Stephen Gillers (NYU) on policies to facilitate and support the free press as a public good.  In his new book, Journalism Under Fire:  Protecting the Future of Investigative Reporting (Columbia U. Press 2018), Gillers proposes legislation to create a publicly funded National Endowment for Investigative Reporting, improvements to the Freedom of Information Act, a national anti-SLAPP law, and other steps to ensure a future for investigative reporting and its role in our democracy.

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