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Yale ISP's Reputation Economies in Cyberspace Symposium - Dec. 8, 2007

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  • Eddan Katz
    The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is proud to present Reputation Economies in Cyberspace. The symposium will be held on December 8, 2007 at
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      The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is proud to
      present Reputation Economies in Cyberspace. The symposium will be
      held on December 8, 2007 at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT.

      This event will bring together representatives from industry,
      government, and academia to explore themes in online reputation,
      community-mediated information production, and their implications for
      democracy and innovation. The symposium is made possible by the
      generous support of the Microsoft Corporation.

      A distinguished group of experts will map out the terrain of
      reputation economies in four panels: (1) Making Your Name Online; (2)
      Privacy and Reputation Protection; (3) Reputation and Information
      Quality; and (4) Ownership of Cyber-Reputation. See below for more
      detail on each panel; a current list of confirmed speakers is
      available at the conference website.

      Online registration is available now at: https://wems.worldtek.com/
      RepEcon. There is a $95 registration fee, which includes lunch. Yale
      students and faculty and members of the press may attend for free.
      For more information, see: http://isp.law.yale.edu/reputation.


      Panel I: Making Your Name Online

      Moderator: Jack Balkin - Director, Information Society Project and
      Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale
      Law School
      Michel Bauwens - Founder, The Foundation for P2P Alternatives
      Rishab A. Ghosh - Senior Researcher, United Nations University -MERIT
      Auren Hofman - CEO, Rapleaf
      Hassan Masum - Senior Research Co-ordinator, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre
      for Global Health
      Beth Noveck - Professor of Law and Director, Institute for
      Information Law and Policy, New York Law School

      This panel will discuss the shifts in the reputation economy that we
      are witnessing, largely the transition from accreditation to
      participatory, community-based modes of reputation management. Some
      of the questions the panel will address include:

      What are the new norms for cyber-reputation?
      How do these depart from offline models?
      How can reputation in one online system be transported to another?
      How do SNS and reputation connect?
      How do you bootstrap and cash out?

      Panel II: Privacy and Reputational Protection

      Moderator: Michael Zimmer - Microsoft Resident Fellow, Information
      Society Project and Post-Doctoral Associate, Yale Law School
      Alessandro Acquisti - Assistant Professor of Information Technology
      and Public Policy, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and
      Management, Carnegie Mellon University
      Danielle Citron - Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland
      School of Law
      William McGeveran - Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law
      Dan Solove - Associate Professor, George Washington University Law
      Jonathan Zittrain - Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation,
      Oxford University; Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal
      Studies, Harvard Law School

      Cyber-reputation management is based on transactions in information
      that is often sensitive and is always contextual. This brings up
      many questions about the need to protect one's privacy and reputation
      within and outside this system.

      Some of the questions the panel will address:
      How is participation in cyber-reputation systems related to
      defamation and free speech?
      What happens when cyber-reputation spills over into offline
      activities and relationships like the political process, job
      applications, or school admissions?
      What happens when your second life meets your first?
      Requiring divulgence of real name or other personal data. Is opting
      out possible?
      Pending legislation on S495 - data security and privacy

      Panel III: Reputational Quality and Information Quality

      Moderator: Laura Forlano - Visiting Fellow, Information Society Project
      Urs Gasser - Associate Professor of Law, University of St. Gallen
      Ashish Goel - Associate Professor, Management Science and Engineering
      and Computer Science, Stanford University
      Darko Kirovski - Senior Researcher, Microsoft Corporation
      Mari Kuraishi - President, Global Giving Foundation
      Vipul Ved Prakash - Founder, Cloudmark

      Evidently, unlike traditional reputation mechanisms that relied on
      small group acquaintances and formal accreditation mechanisms, the
      cyber-reputation economy is heavily mediated by technology. This
      raises the risk of breaking the delicate checks and balances that are
      necessary for the system to ensure quality of both the informational
      outcomes and the participants' reputation. This panel will try to
      highlight the connections between the way the new systems are built,
      and the outcome they produce.

      Some of the questions the panel will address:
      How can we assure quality in online reputation economies?
      What is the connections between the system design and the quality
      How good are the alternative accreditation mechanisms and how easy
      are they to hijack?
      How can employment discrimination law adapt to the realities of
      online reputation?

      Panel IV: Ownership of Cyber-Reputation

      Moderator: Eddan Katz - Executive Director, Information Society
      Project and Lecturer-in-Law and Associate Research Scholar, Yale Law
      John Clippinger - Senior Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet &
      Society, Harvard Law School
      Eric Goldman - Assistant Professor and Director, High Tech Law
      Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law faculty
      Bob Sutor - Vice President Open Source and Standards, IBM Corporation
      Mozelle Thompson - Thompson Strategic Consulting; (former FTC
      Rebecca Tushnet - Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

      The data and information that are collected in online reputation
      systems are both valuable and powerful. The ability to control this
      information, store it, process it, access it, and transport it are
      crucial to the maintenance of the reputation economy. This panel will
      address the important set of questions that concern the ownership of
      this information.

      Some questions the panel will address:
      Who owns one's online reputation? Who owns the metadata?
      How portable is online reputation? Should it be transportable from
      one system to another?
      How is reputation connected to the interoperability question? Should
      we have international standards governing reputation?
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