Upcoming Events and Digital Media Roundup

September 22, 2010

Upcoming events and digital media // September 22, 2010

[1] [CONFERENCE 9/25] "Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?" Conference in Atlanta, GA (http://csjconferences.org/medialaw/)

[2] [TUESDAY 9/28] Berkman Center Luncheon Series: "I'm in the Database, but Nobody Knows" with Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research (http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/09/cdwork)

[3] [10/1-2] Open Video Conference (http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2010/10/ovc)

9/25/10, Atlanta, GA
Visit the conference website for more information on the conference agenda, registration and logistics: http://csjconferences.org/medialaw/

We're pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co-hosting a conference on September 25, 2010 entitled "Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?" in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you are a journalist, blogger, or a lawyer who works with media clients, the conference should be at the top of your schedule. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn first-hand the latest legal developments and to get your questions answered by our panel of experts.

The program will bring together panels of legal practitioners, journalists, and academics to discuss the latest legal issues facing online media ventures. Topics will include: libel law, copyright law, newsgathering law, and advertising law, as well as the legal issues arising from news aggregation, managing online communities, and business law considerations for start-up online media organizations. Small-group workshops will focus on strategies for accessing government information and understanding legal terms in content licenses, freelancer contracts, and website terms of service and privacy policies.

If you need personalized legal assistance before or after talking about these media law issues, contact the Online Media Legal Network, a legal referral network for independent online media administered by the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center.

Funding for the conference is being provided by the Harnisch Foundation, which has been a long-time sponsor of the Center for Sustainable Journalism and recently provided a grant to the Berkman Center to support media law education.

For more information and a complete description, see the event web page: http://csjconferences.org/medialaw/

9/28/10, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar@cyber.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live

Topic: I'm in the Database, but Nobody Knows
Guest: Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research

A statistical database provides statistical information about a population, while maintaining the privacy of individuals in the database. A popular interpretation of this statement, due to Dalenius, says that "anything learnable about an individual, given access to the database, can be learned without access to the database." In non-technical terms, we will discuss why any such definition is problematic, and suggest an alternate notion of privacy for statistical databases, differential privacy, that arises naturally from an observation about the impossibility argument.

A thriving research effort has produced high-quality differentially private solutions for a wide range of data analysis tasks. We will try to give a feel for the broad spectrum of things that can be done by accessing information through a privacy-preserving programming interface. Finally, we will touch on some privacy problems arising in the context of behavioral targeting that are not addressed by this approach, and pose some questions about mitigation.

About Cynthia

Cynthia Dwork, a theoretical computer scientist, has made fundamental contributions to cryptography, distributed computing, and complexity theory. Her current focus is the development of a mathematically rigorous framework and algorithmic techniques for the privacy-preserving analysis of data. A Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft, Dwork is a recipient of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete description, see the event web page: http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/09/cdwork

10/1-2, New York City
Organized by the Open video Alliance

This October 1 & 2, Open Video Alliance will present the second annual Open Video Conference in New York City. While the OVA focuses on creating and promoting free and open technologies, policies, and practices in online video, the conference embodies the important need for discussion which transcends online video and grapples with the larger questions of mass media, participatory culture, and the state of freedom and openness online.

Last year's conference featured talks by thinkers and activists like Jonathan Zittrain, Yochai Benkler, Josh Silver of Free Press, Mark Surman of Mozilla, and legendary hacker DVD Jon—as well as artists and filmmakers like Eyebeam, Eclectic Method, and Ted Hope.

This year's line up is set to be just as diverse, stimulating, and informative, featuring speakers like telecommunications scholar Tim Wu (who first coined the term "net neutrality"), former Obama adviser Susan Crawford, cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch, and lead singer/guitarist Damian Kulash of the band OK Go.

OVC is two days of talks, workshops, panels, and film screenings on technology, business, law, education, and the future of storytelling. For a complete list of conference activities, visit http://www.openvideoconference.org/.


[1] 9/22: William Gibson on "Zero History" // Brookline, MA (http://brooklinebooksmith.com/Events/MainEvent.html)

[2] 9/23: Life 2.0: Virtual World, New Reality (http://lsc.mit.edu/)

[3] 9/24-25: Innovate / Activate // New York Law School (http://www.nyls.edu/centers/harlan_scholar_centers/institute_for_informa...)

[4] 9/25-26: Podcamp Boston (http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/PodcampBoston/tabid/503/Default.aspx)

[5] 9/28: Access to Government Records in Massachusetts: Issues and Trends (http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2ydlvtf9c7ca76f)

[6] 9/23: Intellectual Freedom Festival // Featuring a Keynote by Berkman Faculty Co-Director John Palfrey // Iowa City Public Library (http://blogs.law.uiowa.edu/docket/?p=3212)

[7] 9/29: "Why Books" Conference // Radcliffe (http://www.radcliffe.edu/events/whybooks_conference.aspx)

[8] 10/1-2: Open Video Conference // NYC (http://www.openvideoconference.org/)

[9] 10/1-3: International Conference on Crisis Mapping // Harvard (http://www.crisismappers.net/page/iccm-2010-haiti-and-beyond)

[10 10/4: Keeping the Net Healthy: A Conversation with Vinton Cerf, Paul Mockapetris, and Esther Dyson // Commonwealth Club of California (https://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/open.asp?show=2030)

DIGITAL MEDIA: Watch and Listen
Did you miss this week's luncheon talk? Catch up with Berkman videos, podcasts, pictures, and dig in to our archive at http://cyber.harvard.edu/interactive.

-Radio Berkman 162: LAWRENCE LESSIG & JONATHAN ZITTRAIN Take On ...Competition (http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mediaberkman/2010/09/09/radio-berkman-162-l...)

-Berkman Luncheon Series: ERIC VON HIPPEL Models a Paradigm Shift From Producer Innovation to User and Open Collaborative Innovation (http://cyber.harvard.edu/interactive/events/luncheon/2010/09/vonhippel)

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10/4: CRCS Seminar: Computational Social Choice: A Decision-theoretic Perspective (http://cyber.harvard.edu/node/6355)
10/5: Becoming a Networked Nonprofit (http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/10/finekanter)
10/12: The MoveOn Effect: The Internet's Impact on Political Action? (http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/10/karpf)
10/19: Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia (http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/10/reagle)

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September 22, 2010