- Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12:05PM - 1:30PM
- SLB Room 128
- Open To The YLS Community Only
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People often conceptualize the internet as a single global community. Information wants to be free, and the internet enables citizens from everywhere in the world to mingle, share information, and learn from one another about far away events. While all these things are true, the reality of the internet is that it presents only a marginal barrier to identification. The laws and technologies of many places, both expected and unexpected, limit what people can do online, and how they can be tracked and identified while doing it. As technologies like text and image recognition algorithms improve, are we headed towards a world where people can share knowledge with each other, or one where the internet is growing more balkanized over time?
Jacob Rogers is a senior legal counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that hosts Wikipedia and its sister projects. The Foundation's vision is a world where every single person can share in the sum of all knowledge and it works towards that vision by providing financial, technical, and infrastructure support for its free knowledge projects. Jacob has worked on litigation, intellectual property, and other internet law topics for the Foundation for the past five years. Prior to that, Jacob worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and got his law degree from Harvard and a Bachelors in History of Science from UC Berkeley.