March 26 Tuesday

Behind the Screen: Content Moderators as the Internet’s Invisible Gatekeepers, Sarah T. Roberts, UCLA

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 121

Sarah T. Roberts is assistant professor of information studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is internationally recognized as a leading scholar on the emerging topic of commercial content moderation of social media; her book on the topic, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, is forthcoming in 2019 from Yale University Press. Professor Roberts is a 2018 Carnegie Fellow and a 2018 winner of the EFF Pioneer Award.


March 28 Thursday

The Paradox of Automation as Anti-Bias Intervention

6:10PM to 7:30PM

SLB Room 128

A received wisdom is that automated decision-making serves as an anti-bias intervention. The conceit is that removing humans from the decision-making process will also eliminate human bias.

March 30 Saturday

Hack to Govern

9:00AM to 5:00PM

Yale Law School

An interdisciplinary policy hackathon on governing new technologies in the battlespace. 
Interested in molding the future? Finding creative ways to apply new rules on new technologies? Shaping governance in the age of artificial intelligence?

Apply at by January 8, 2019.


April 2 Tuesday

The Future of the CLOUD Act

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 121

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the CLOUD Act into law, ultimately ending a legal dispute between Microsoft Corporation and the United States regarding the U.S. government's ability to access customer emails stored by Microsoft overseas. The Act provides that U.S. law enforcement may access certain data stored in foreign countries, and establishes a process by which foreign nations may obtain information directly from U.S. internet service providers. 

April 3 Wednesday

The Power of Open Internet & Open Communities: Doing it the Wikipedia Way, Jorge Vargas, Wikimedia Foundation

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 120

Jorge Vargas, Head of Regional Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation, will speak on law and policy issues concerning the “Power of Open” - Open Internet, Open access, Open knowledge, and open source. He will explain the multiplier effect that having things in the public Commons offers to the public good, showcasing Wikipedia as a wider cultural heritage preservation tool, as well as a multiplier of knowledge.

Jorge Vargas is Head of Regional Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation

April 6 Saturday

(Im)Perfect Enforcement

9:00AM to 6:00PM

Yale Law School

Recent technological advancements enable an unprecedented level of algorithmic decision-making processes and automated legal enforcement actions. Both of these methods of replacing humans with algorithms are often celebrated for “more perfectly” enforcing rules.

April 9 Tuesday

Computational Power and the Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence, Tim Hwang, Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative

12:10PM to 1:30PM

SLB Room 121

Machine learning is a computational process. To that end, it is inextricably tied to computational power - the tangible material of chips and semiconductors that the algorithms of machine intelligence operate on.

April 9 Tuesday

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe – A Conversation with Roger McNamee, hosted by Molly Crockett

4:00PM to 5:30PM

SOM 2400

The story of how a noted tech venture capitalist, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund’s bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg.

April 26 Friday

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 7

9:00AM to 5:00PM

Room 122

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invites applications to participate in the seventh annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC). The conference will be held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut on April 26 & 27, 2019. We ask all those interested in presenting a paper or commenting on a paper to respond by February 15, 2019.   

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