[Neasis-l] Yale ISP's Reputation Economies in Cyberspace Symposium - Dec. 8, 2007

Eddan Katz eddank at aya.yale.edu
Wed Nov 7 13:49:10 EST 2007

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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