[Neasis-l] Yale ISP's Reputation Economies in Cyberspace Symposium - Dec. 8, 2007
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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.
SYMPOSIUM ON REPUTATION ECONOMIES IN CYBERSPACE
Panel I: Making Your Name Online
Moderator: Jack Balkin - Director, Information Society Project and
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale
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
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
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
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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