Upcoming Events

FAIA: Monroe Price

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communication

In his new book, Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communications, Professor Price introduces the concept of "narratives of legitimacy," their production, their functions, efforts to regulate them and their relation to current issues of media and national identity.  What are these "higher rank narratives," including succession by divine right, democratic election processes, the introduction of the caliphate, and the mysteries of Sykes-Picot (this being its 100th anniversary) and how are they faring?

Poynter: Joan Biskupic

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Roberts Supreme Court and the Divisions that Define It

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts is deeply polarized. This term, with disputes over abortion, affirmative action, unions and voting rights, will particularly test the dueling camps. The evolution of these divisions can be understood through the personal histories of controlling justices, most notably Roberts, but also Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and newest Justice Elena Kagan, whose background mirrors Roberts’s. My speech will explore the Roberts Court and its alliances and antagonisms.

Abrams: Michael Schudson

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Rise of the Right to Know: Expectations of Openness in an Age of Secrets

In an age of Snowden, Manning, and Assange, it may seem odd to argue that there are greater expectations of openness in democracies than ever before, but that is the case. Government agencies, laws, legislative procedures, civil society guardians of openness, practices of disclosure in health care, advertising, food packaging and labeling, all reinforce ideals of transparency as never before.

In the U.S. case, the focal point of this lecture, little of this goes back to the early days of the Republic, but almost all of it precedes the Internet. The U.S. Freedom of Information Act (1966) grew out of 1950s struggles inside government related to the Cold War and other advances in openness owe much to the rise of a new generation of political leadership coming to power some years before mass demonstrations and the cultural revolution of the late 1960s. This history should help us rethink the role of transparency -- and its limits -- today.

Call for Abstracts and Participants: Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:15pm

The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School invite applications to participate in the fourth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC).  The conference will be held on April 30-May 1, 2016, at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. We ask all those interested in participating in the conference, whether as an author or otherwise, to respond by February 26, 2016. (Note the new extended deadline.)

FAIA: Nuala O'Connor

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:00pm
Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information governance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the Internet can be instruments of global free expression and individual freedom, and she is committed to finding policy solutions that affect real people. Nuala has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was the Global Privacy Leader at General Electric (GE), where she was responsible for privacy policy and practices across GE’s numerous divisions. She worked at Amazon.com as Vice President of Compliance & Consumer Trust and Associate General Counsel for Data & Privacy Protection. And later, Nuala served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning, Chief Privacy Officer and as the Chief Counsel for Technology at the US Department of Commerce, where she worked on global technology policy including Internet governance and industry best practices.

Book Discussion: Zachary D. Kaufman '09

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 6:15pm


Book Discussion With Zachary D. Kaufman ’09
Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government‘s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Visiting Fellow Yale Law School and Yale University‘s Genocide Studies Program. Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Commentary by James Silk ’89
Clinical Professor of Law, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Unlocking the Black Box: The Promise and Limits of Algorithmic Accountability in the Professions

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:15am

The increasing power of big data and algorithmic decision-making—in commercial, government, and even non-profit contexts—has raised concerns among academics, activists, journalists and legal experts. Three characteristics of algorithmic ordering have made the problem particularly difficult to address: the data used may be inaccurate or inappropriate, algorithmic modeling may be biased or limited, and the uses of algorithms are still opaque in many critical sectors.

ISP Law & Technology Speaker Series: Ben Kreimer

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:00pm

New Tools and New Perspectives: Drones, Virtual Reality and Sensors

Emerging technologies give storytellers access to previously inaccessible vantage points and open up new sensory and spatial documentation possibilities. Drones, 360-degree video, virtual reality, three-dimensional reconstruction, and open source data gathering sensor platforms are new tools that enable journalists to expose and tell stories from new perspectives. These tools produce immersive content and create opportunities for media consumers to explore spaces and witness events from afar while giving them increased freedom to explore environments as they wish. With 360-degree video, storytellers can remain in view instead of hiding behind the lens or a nearby wall, creating a higher level of transparency in the reporting process by allowing viewers to observe the storyteller engaging with an environment and people. I will show examples of these new technologies and what they offer both storytellers and media consumers, all in the context of the vast privacy and legal questions and challenges that surround their use.