October 15 Tuesday

The US-China Battle for Cyberspace. How Washington and Beijing are using tech, diplomacy, and trade to shape cyberspace?

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 128

The New York Times has described an “escalating digital cold war” between Beijing and Washington. Chinese hackers attack the U.S. government and American technology companies; Washington is using punitive measures against Huawei and Cyber Command has adopted a more offensive cyber strategy, referred to as forward defense through persistent engagement. Are the US and China doomed to ever more dangerous competition in cyberspace, or can they find common ground for cooperation?

October 22 Tuesday

Journalism, Ethics, and Trust in a Time of Misinformation; Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 120

As misinformation challenges our institutions, the public sphere, and democracy, journalism plays a crucial role in holding power accountable. This force for good is increasingly at risk. Local and investigative journalism are especially resource intense and require reliable sources of funding. Only with that backing can journalism speak truth to power. Developing frameworks for ethical funding and fostering trust in journalism has become more important than ever.

October 29 Tuesday

Copyright, Privacy, Surveillance, and Fundamental Rights, Marcia Wilbur

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 128

This talk will cover copyright, privacy, and surveillance from a practitioner’s perspective. It will provide a review of current and proposed copyright law information (DMCA, CASE, MMA) including a brief discussion of recent copyright cases (for example Fortnite) with current considerations (e.g. the maker community, 3D printing). Then it will explore privacy and personal data and property rights in relation to fundamental civil or moral rights. Finally, the talk will discuss surveillance considerations (vision and audio) with regard to personal data collection.

November 5 Tuesday

Move Slow and Mend Things: Digital Transformation in a Public Sector Institution, Luke Swarthout, Director of Policy, New York Public Library's Digital Team

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 122

The United States has 9,000 public library systems with a total of 18,000 individual libraries spread across every state.  In the past two decades, the integration of digital technology into the traditional business of public libraries--promoting reading, building community, and providing a safe haven for patrons--has challenged and changed their work. What are libraries wrestling with as they manage the transition?  What does the experience of libraries reveal about digital transformation in the public sector?  

November 6 Wednesday

Book Talk: Democracy and Dysfunction

6:15PM to 7:45PM

SLB Room 120

Please join the Lillian Goldman Law Library and the Yale Information Society Project for a book talk with professors Jack M. Balkin and Sanford Levinson on their new book, Democracy and Dysfunction. Commentary provided by professors Justin Driver, Jacob Hacker ’00 Ph.D, and Robert Post ’77. The panel will be moderated by Francesca Procaccini.

Light refreshments will be served compliments of the Yale Information Society Project.

November 7 Thursday

The Constitutional Case Against Defining Infertility, Faren Tang, Reproductive Justice Fellow, Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale

12:05PM to 1:30PM

BH Room 405

Legal definitions of infertility, usually for the purposes of state insurance mandates, rely on a faulty distinction between “medical” and “social” infertility and logically inconsistent double-standards for different-sex couples, same-sex couples, and single non-partnered individuals. But fertility coverage mandates, like all laws, must comport with basic Constitutional principles of equal protection and equal right to liberty.

November 12 Tuesday

Addressing the Emerging School Cybersecurity Crisis: Why it Matters and What We Can Do About It, Douglas A. Levin, president and founder of EdTech Strategies LLC

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 128

Spurred by private investment in the education market, elementary and secondary schools are increasingly relying on technology for teaching, learning, assessment, and school operations—often involving the collection and sharing of sensitive data about students, families, and school staff. While there are real benefits to the embrace of technology and data use by K-12 schools, the FBI recently noted it also comes at a cost to digital privacy and security. Other federal and state agencies—including both the IRS and the U.S.

November 13 Wednesday

What's Broken About Social Media and Tech Companies

12:00PM to 1:30PM

Baker Hall - Room 420

Join the Justice Collaboratory and ISP for a lunch talk with Mike Godwin on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at noon in Baker Hall, Room 420 for "What's Broken About Social Media and Tech Companies, And How Do We Fix Them".

November 19 Tuesday

Grassroots Privacy Advocacy at Your Local Library, Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 122

 In the surveillance age, how can we make privacy mainstream? Library Freedom Project is an initiative that brings privacy advocacy and education to the public through the trusted space of the library. LFP trains librarians on understanding broad surveillance issues, from facial recognition software to Cambridge Analytica, and teaches strategies and tools to help our communities fight back. Focusing on themes like surveillance capitalism, harm reduction, and grassroots advocacy, LFP is building a national network of Privacy Advocates in our local libraries.

November 20 Wednesday

“People Learning to Choose Their Destiny”: a Q&A with Janet Brown, Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates

12:05PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 121

Executive Director Janet Brown will discuss the plans that the Commission on Presidential Debates has for 2020 with debate expert Belabbes Benkredda.

Belabbes Benkredda is the founding director of The Munathara Initiative, the Arab’s world’s largest debate organization. He was named a 2016 Yale World Fellow and received the 2013 NDI Democracy Award. He is a currently a Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at Yale Law School and a Visiting Fellow at YLS's Information Society Project.

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