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Help! I Have an Internet Stalker or Blackmailer!

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The benevolent Internet promotes expression, collaboration and experimentation. But the current legal scheme can make the Internet a place where digital tracks persist long after their intended use. In a world of d0xing and h8ing, we face a critical juncture for reconciling freedom of speech with privacy. This panel will review of norms of online and offline conduct and suggest possible ways of striking a balance, without breaking the Internet along the way.1. Reputation Bankruptcy may be an option to rehabilitate a ruined reputation in the reputation economy, and a solution to peer-to-peer privacy problems.2. (Re)Contextualization has pros and cons as a remedy in a legal scheme when third-party online speech is treated differently from printed speech.3. Disownership of Content: Should "disown this" features become the norm, allowing users to release content into the wild?4. Ephemerality: Should certain types of content be designed to degrade over time?


Jonathan Zittrain Professor of Law & Co-Founder, Berkman Institute Harvard Law School

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society and is on the board of advisors for Scientific American. Previously he was Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University.

His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia in 2002, and now as part of the OpenNet Initiative he has co-edited a study of Internet filtering by national governments, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering," and its sequel, "Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace."

His book "The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It" is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK -- and under a Creative Commons license. Papers may be found at

Lisa Borodkin Attorney

Lisa Borodkin is passionate about popularizing technology and simplifying the law.

Lisa has practiced Internet law since 1998. She has a private law practice in Los Angeles focused on technology, law and media.

Her practice has evolved with the Internet, from meta tag infringement, cybersquatting, and Napster, to technology IPOs, file-sharing litigation, Web 2.0, reputation rating websites and advising technology startups.

Her IP litigation focuses on impact Internet law cases. She has represented John Doe defendants in file-sharing cases as well as IP right-holders in disputes concerning online distribution. Lisa's recent work includes a defamation trial and federal litigation with reputation websites.

Lisa is a regular contributor to California Lawyer magazine on legal ethics in social media. She is a recurring guest on Denise Howell's "This Week in Law" on the TWiT network and guest lecturer at USC's Gould School of Law and Annenberg School. She was a 2011 SXSWi panelist on "Social Network Users' Bill of Rights: You Decide." She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Interactive Peer Group and active contributor to Quora.

Lisa is the co-author with Jack Lerner of "We, the Users - Facebook Users' Bill of Rights," an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle in May 2010.

Lisa received an A.B. from Harvard College, a Master’s degree from the University of London and a J.D. from Columbia University. Before private law practice she clerked for federal judges in the 7th Circuit and the Eastern District of New York.

She likes cool people, like you.

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