March 21 Tuesday

Wikimedia Foundation vs. NSA: Fighting against the chilling effects of online surveillance

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM


Jim Buatti and Zhou Zhou, attorneys at the Wikimedia Foundation, will discuss Wikimedia's lawsuit against the NSA for its mass surveillance of internet communications.

March 20 Monday

Speech, Surveillance, and Secrecy under the Trump Administration

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 121

During the campaign, Donald Trump said he would “open up” libel law so that newspapers could more easily be sued and called for the surveillance of mosques in the United States. As president-elect, he tweeted that those who burned the flag should lose their citizenship and be jailed. And after he took office, the White House barred specific news organizations from attending a press briefing. Please join us for a discussion with Jameel Jaffer and Dean Post about these and other developments, and what they mean for the future of the First Amendment under the Trump Administration.

March 16 Thursday

Protecting Sources & Secrets

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00PM to 2:00PM

Baker Hall A423

The Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic and the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School invite you and other interested journalists and lawyers from your organization to the next in its occasional series of lunchtime discussions of current legal issues.  This Lunch Box Workshop will provide an opportunity for a frank, off-the-record exploration of the legal risks confronted by insiders who leak information to the press, the potential liabilities of journalists who encourage or facilitate those leaks, and the ways to minimize the risks all around through techn

March 2 Thursday

Video Evidence Workshop with Kelly Matheson

Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 4:00PM to 5:30PM

Room 129

Video Evidence Workshop with Kelly Matheson

March 1 Wednesday

Black Mamas Matter: Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities in Maternal Care

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 129

Black women are four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. Maternal mortality rates in Texas are the highest in the entire developed world, driven in part by a disproportionate number of black women dying from giving birth.

February 28 Tuesday

Ubiquitous DNA Forensics and Cross-Kingdom Clues: The Evisceration of Molecular Privacy

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Baker Hall A005

Recent advancements and utilization of genetic technologies, concomitant with new computational prediction tools, have greatly attenuated a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. This is partly due to newfound abilities to discover a “molecular echo” of an individual’s genetic state simply from cells deposited on public surfaces. Nucleic acid remnants can now be linked to at least eleven phenotypes including ancestry, facial features, age, identity, cell type, environmental history, geospatial localization, obesity, presence of a disease or infection, circadian rhythm, and gestational status. Cross-kingdom genetic and metagenomic forensics, high-resolution genetic ancestry, and personally-linked molecular data can be determined by these eleven phenotypes, thereby creating an unprecedented ability to infer personal details from microscopic biological material left behind on a public surface. These methods now create an easy means for tracking individuals and also new, surreptitious means of genetic discrimination, underscoring the need for updated laws and policies to protect genetic rights and liberties in the post-genome era.

February 27 Monday

Poynter Speaker: Jeff Horwitz, DC Investigative Reporter, AP

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM

Room 127

The past and future of Trump reporting: Donald Trump has been the subject of serious print coverage for a little over a year and a half. In that time there's been some great journalism, some dodgy calls and plenty of head-scratching over which is which. As part of the AP team responsible for vetting candidate Trump, Jeff Horwitz talks about that coverage and the challenges of investigating the Trump administration. 

February 23 Thursday

Film Screening & Workshop with Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:00PM to 7:00PM

Levinson Auditorium & Room 121

Join VLP on Feb. 23rd for a screening of The Law in These Parts, followed by a Q&A/dinner and workshop session with award-winning filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz.

February 21 Tuesday

Journalism, Technology, and Gender in the Trump Era

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Baker Hall - Room A005

Journalism, Technology, and Gender in the Trump Era

February 15 Wednesday

Poynter Speaker: Nancy Scola, senior technology reporter, POLITICO

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:45AM to 1:00PM

Room 122

Tech and the New Politics of Power