Upcoming Events

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Bryan Choi

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: room 121


"For Whom the Data Tolls"

Data privacy depends on a reunified theory of the fourth and fifth amendments. Data technologies allow personal information to be disembodied from physical bodies and “possessed” simultaneously by both first persons and third parties. As a result, the government has been able to use a divide-and-conquer strategy to obtain incriminating evidence alternately from the data intermediary or from the suspect himself.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Cryptography & Open-Source Solutions

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

YLS Room 129

Communications security is an increasing concern for lawyers, journalists, and citizens of our digitally connected world. The events of the past two years have shed light on many software vulnerabilities, as well as problems with our basic security assumptions.

Join us as we walk through free and open-source solutions to some of these dilemmas, introducing key concepts in privacy, security, and cryptography. We will provide a quick overview of the following tools:

  •     Encrypted chat options
  •     Web browser plugins
  •     Secure password storage
  •     The Tor anonymity network

All the tools we will cover are freely available, actively developed, and growing in popularity. The discussion will be lead by Sean O'Brien, educational technologist and free/open-source software advocate.  Come find out how to defend yourself from software surveillance and communicate on the Internet privately.

Please bring a laptop if possible; we will be installing and setting up crypto software.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Danielle Citron

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Room 122

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

ABSTRACT: Most Internet users are familiar with trolling—aggressive, foul-mouthed posts designed to elicit angry responses in a site’s comments. Less familiar but far more serious is the way some use networked technologies to target real people, subjecting them, by name and address, to vicious, often terrifying, online abuse. In an in-depth investigation of a problem that is too often trivialized by lawmakers and the media, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes practical, lawful ways to prevent and punish online harassment. A refutation of those who claim that these attacks are legal, or at least impossible to stop, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace reveals the serious emotional, professional, and financial harms incurred by victims.

Abrams: Erwin Chemerinsky

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 121

The Case Against the Supreme Court 

Co-hosted by the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, the Knight Law and Media Program at the Information Society Project, and the American Constitution Society (Yale Chapter). 

Edwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

In this talk, Dean Chemerinsky argues that the Supreme Court has largely failed through American history.  One aspect has been the failure to enforce the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment, in times of crisis.  During World War I, the McCarthy Era, and the current war on terrorism, the Court has allowed government restrictions of speech that pose no apparent danger.  This is part of a larger pattern of the Court's failure to enforce the Constitution when it has been needed most.

Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 1:30pm to Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 5:00pm

A Conference Hosted by Yale Law School, Yale Medical School, and the Yale School of Public Health

Sponsored by the Information Society Project (ISP), the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), and the Yale Health Law and Policy Society (YHeLPS), with generous support from the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Fund for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at The Yale School of Public Health, and the Oscar M. Reubhausen Fund.

Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment will bring together leading scholars, key policy makers, and top experts in law, public health and medicine. This conference, the first of its kind, will investigate a broad range of complex constitutional issues raised at the intersection of medicine, public health, and the First Amendment. 

The regulation of food, medicines, and tobacco all rely crucially today on the regulation of speech, for example through behavioral marketing, disclosures, and restrictions on certain modes of commercial promotion.  First Amendment doctrine has recently changed in significant ways, bringing it into potentially deep tension with such measures.  For example, commercial speech doctrine has been used to invalidate FDA restrictions on off-label marketing of drugs, to prevent graphic warnings on cigarette packages, and to challenge calorie disclosures in restaurants.

In addition, new and important questions about the limits of a legislature’s ability to mandate or forbid certain physician speech are emerging.  For example, should the First Amendment protect doctors from requirements that they provide patients with ultrasounds or medically unproven “information” in the abortion context, or mental health providers from restrictions on conducting reparative therapy for gay teens?  In cases such as these, courts and legislatures are also increasingly required to adjudicate questions of scientific merit.  Many recent examples suggest reason for concern about the results. 

Neither courts nor scholars have developed a consistent and coherent approach to these different areas. Experts in First Amendment law are rarely in a position to fully articulate the health consequences of these cases, and health experts rarely have the literacy in free speech law required to navigate these issues.

This conference will investigate these enormously important issues, with panels on food and drug regulation, behavioral marketing in the context of obesity, tobacco, and food policy, the regulation of professional conduct, First Amendment theory, and the intersection between science and democracy.

Eventbrite - Public Health in the Shadow of the 1st Amendment

PSRJ: The Affordable Care Act & Antidiscrimination Law

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 120

Co-sponsored by: Information Society Project, Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice; BLSA; APALSA; Outlaws; ACS

The Affordable Care Act & Antidiscrimination Law

The event will feature three speakers -- Mara Youdelman, managing attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP); Emily Martin, vice president/general counsel for the National Women's Law Center (NWLC); and Jessica Roberts, Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center.  The event will take place on Monday, October 20th at 12:10pm in room 120. 

Journalism After Snowden: Steve Coll

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Investigative Journalism and Source Protection

Steve Coll, Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will give a talk as part of the Journalism After Snowden lecture series.

Dean Coll will be speaking on the topic of “Investigative Journalism and Source Protection.  The topic is of particular note as the lecture takes place during Free Speech Week, which falls on the week of October 20th-26th this year.

This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015. 

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

Knight LAMP: James Katz

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 121

Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Citizen Engagement

James E. Katz, Ph.D. is the Feld Professor of Emerging Media at Boston University’s College of Communication where he directs its Center for Mobile Communication Studies and Division of Emerging Media. His work on the internet, social media and mobile communication has been internationally recognized. His latest book, The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Citizen Engagement, is being published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Abrams: Net Neutrality: From Debate to Policy Decisions

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 7:30am

Net Neutrality: From debate to policy decisions

After several years of discussions in academia, industry, and policymaking circles, the issue of net neutrality has taken center stage in debates on U.S. media and telecommunications. In February, cable providers Comcast and Time-Warner announced their intent to merge into a single company. And this spring, the FCC solicited public input on its proposed Open Internet Rules, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has stated that he expects to have enforceable rules in place by the end of 2014. Under the new rules, "behavior harmful to consumers or competition by limiting the openness to the Internet will not be permitted." With these events as backdrop, the Abrams Institute at Yale Law School will host a panel discussion at the Century Club in New York, on the topic of net neutrality.

Panel speakers will include: 

  • Susan Crawford, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age (Yale, 2013).
  • Victor Pickard, Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and author of America's Battle for Media Democracy (Cambridge, 2014). 
  • Jan Rybnicek, Attorney Advisor, Federal Trade Commission
  • Matthew Del Nero, Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.

Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. We will end promptly at 9:20 a.m. A fee of $35 per person will be charged to cover the cost of the continental breakfast. Register at http://abramsnetneutrality.eventbrite.com

Please call the Information Society Project at 203-432-4875 with questions about registering for the Breakfast. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 30.

Yale Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. One and one half (1.5) CLE credit hours in Professional Practice (corporate) will be available for this program, which is transitional and non-transitional in nature. Preregistration is required for CLE credit. Please note that New York State requires you to sign in and sign out, in order to receive a CLE Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program. Program reading materials are available online on the ISP’s website at www.isp.yale.edu/event/abrams-net-neutrality-debate-policy-decisions/papers. For more information about the Information Society Project, visit the website at www.isp.yale.edu.

Eventbrite - Abrams Institute: Net Neutrality breakfast

FAIA: John Carlin

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:00pm
Defending Our Nation by Prosecuting State-Sponsored Cyber Theft
Co-sponsored with the National Security Group and Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age 
John P. Carlin was confirmed as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security in April 2014.
As AAG, Mr. Carlin oversees nearly 350 federal employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other significant national security threats. He also works closely with the nation’s 93 United States Attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of national security matters in their districts.
Mr. Carlin has dedicated his entire professional career to public service, both as a prosecutor and in a variety of leadership positions. Mr. Carlin joined NSD in 2011 after serving as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, where he helped lead the Bureau’s evolution to meet growing and changing national security threats, including cyber threats.

PSRJ Speaker Series: Maya Manian

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Consequences of Abortion Restrictions for Women's Healthcare

Maya Manian, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, focuses her research on access to reproductive healthcare and explores the relationship between reproductive rights and gender equality. She publishes and presents regularly on abortion rights and related constitutional issues. Her publications include "Lessons from Personhood’s Defeat: Abortion Restrictions and Side Effects on Women’s Health" (Ohio State Law Journal, 2013); "Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy: Reforming Parental Involvement Legislation” (Family Court Review, 2012); “The Irrational Woman: Informed Consent and Abortion Decision-Making” (Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 2009); “Rights, Remedies, and Facial Challenges” (Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 2009); and “Privatizing Bans on Abortion: Eviscerating Constitutional Rights Through Tort Remedies” (Temple Law Review, 2007). She previously served as a Blackmun Fellowship Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, where she was a visiting scholar for a series of events during the 2011–2012 academic year. Professor Manian received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review.


Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Carissima Mathen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot

Around the globe, people awaken to some very strange news. In different languages, the same headline thunders: “Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot.”  Badly injured during an ambush and attempted kidnapping while attending a conference at the House of Lords, Roberts’ captors boldly delivered-him-up to the Royal London Hospital and sped off.  In urgent and unusual circumstances—and in breach of US and international protocols—a team of emergency surgeons cut him open to discover that his biology ran only skin deep.

FAIA: Michael Wilner

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 121

Information Gaps on National Security

Poor journalism broadly affects the outcomes of national security crises. From the schoolhouses of Gaza, the streets of Raqqa and the negotiating table with Iran, government actors take advantage of limited access to manipulate storylines that will influence private interests, lobbying parties and domestic political debate. Resource cuts in newsrooms restrict on-the-ground reporting in the world's most dangerous conflict zones. And mass leaks erode trust on both sides. A look at how strategic communications is forcing reporters on the National Security Council to recalculate.

Thomson Reuters Panel: Net Neutrality or Net Diversity?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

What is net neutrality? How does it affect you? What are the arguments on both sides? What are the implications of the FCC’s proposed rules, and what alternative policies can be pursued? These issues will be discussed with several of the most important voices in this debate: FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, Marvin Ammori, Professor Christopher Yoo, and Professor Christiaan Hogendorn. 

Journalism After Snowden: Ethan Zuckerman

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Journalism After Snowden: Normalizing Surveillance

The default business model for the internet - free services and content supported by targeted advertising - has created a situation where internet users expect to be surveilled at all times by a complex web of large corporations.  In trying to produce digital public spheres that enable broad participation in debate and in making high quality news accessible to large audiences, we may have adopted a revenue model that normalizes surveillance to a point where it is invisible, inoffensive and simply accepted by most online users.  Does the normalization of commercial surveillance help explain the mixed reaction Americans have had towards revelations of widespread government surveillance by Snowden and other whistleblowers?

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab.  Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media.  He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.

Space is limited and RSVP is Required.

This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015. 

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

Eventbrite - Public Health in the Shadow of the 1st Amendment

Journalism After Snowden: Jill Abramson

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor and Executive Editor. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal as the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics. She is currently a lecturer with the department of English at Harvard University.

This lecture will take place at Yale Law School, on the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT.

This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

Eventbrite - Public Health in the Shadow of the 1st Amendment

Poynter Fellow: Celestina Bohlen

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

Celestine Bohlen is a columnist at the International New York Times and teaches journalism at Sciences-Po in Paris, France. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times in Mosdow, Budapest and Rome, and was also a culture reporter based in New York. Additionally, she has worked for Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Trenton Times, The Washington Star and The Lowell Sun. She is now fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. She researches the media coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, with a focus on the difficulties of tracking assets of individuals targeted by EU and US sanctions.

PSRJ Speaker Series: Susannah Pollvogt

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

BIO: Susannah Pollvogt's primary area of scholarly interest is the law of equal protection, in particular the doctrine of animus. She has published numerous articles and essays in this area, and is active as an amicus in litigation touching on equal protection issues.

Professor Pollvogt also specializes in assisting students in developing academic skills and passing the bar exam. She has a particular interest in methods of active learning and self-assessment.

Knight LAMP: Robert Picard

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Media pluralism: The European Union’s pursuit of evidence and policy

This presentation addresses the policy issues and developments surrounding the European Parliament’s concerns about constraints on information and ideas. These have pushed the European Commission to seek evidence about the state pluralism in Europe and consider whether European-wide policy can effectively address the concerns. National apprehensions are also leading some member states to reconsider how they domestically address pluralism, most recently provoking a UK House of Lords inquiry and review by the national communication regulator Ofcom.

Bio: Prof. Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A specialist in media economics and policy, he has consulted and carried out assignments for governments in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and for international organisations including the European Commission, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has worked with the European Commission on issues of media pluralism for two decades and testified to the UK House of Lords inquiry on media pluralism in 2013-14.

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 3 - Call for Papers

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and Information Society Project at Yale Law School will host the third annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC) at Yale Law School on May 2-3, 2015.

The conference brings scholars together to discuss their works-in-progress concerning freedom of speech, expression, press, association, petition, assembly, and related issues of knowledge and information policy.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Robin Feldman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Federalism, First Amendment & Patents: A Clash of Titans

 ABSTRACT: Problems related to aggressive patent assertion and so-called patent trolling have been the subject of considerable federal legislative and regulatory attention in recent years. The states, however, have been largely sidelined. Citing doctrines related to the First Amendment right to petition government, recent Supreme Court decisions related to freedom of corporate speech, and Supremacy Clause analyses, appellate courts and commentators suggest that the states have little or no role to play. Such conclusions, however, are based on a subtle twisting of logic that shifts the analyses far from their precedential roots. The issues are further complicated by the fact that areas such as pre-emption and corporate speech are in a state of flux in modern jurisprudence.

The Legal Medium

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00am

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Yale University will host a major symposium titled The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law. Leading artists and thinkers of our time will gather to engage in a series of panels, presentations, performances and an art exhibition. 

Rather than focusing on the practice of art law, this symposium will examine law as an artistic medium, in and from which artists create. It will focus on how artists encounter, take advantage of and seek to mold law.

Confirmed speakers include