Governance of Social Media: A Quello Center Workshop

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August 18th, 2011

November 11 & 12, 2011, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
For a large and growing portion of the population, social media of various types have become an integral part of daily life, and businesses based on social media have become a major economic force. Given their pervasive influence on institutions and society, it is time to start developing a more comprehensive framework to guide policy responses to the challenges raised by social media, which to this point have been addressed piecemeal as they become salient.

This workshop is designed to stimulate thinking on what such a framework might look like, examining:

(1) Legal and policy issues raised by the new and unique attributes of social media, and
(2) The implications of social media for attainment of traditional communications policy goals

Panelists will address a variety of topics relating to policy for social media including (but not limited to):

Competition policy
Privacy concerns
Social media analytics and targeted advertising
Data mining
Gaming and virtual worlds
Reputation management
Surveillance
First Amendment and free speech
The protection of children
Access
Media content diversity
Panelists will include:
Michael Altschul – CTIA
Marvin Ammori – New America Foundation
Johannes Bauer – Michigan State University
Ryan Calo – Stanford University
Adam Candeub – MSU
Barbara Cherry – Indiana University
Lorrie Faith Cranor – Carnegie Mellon University
Laura DeNardis – American University
Nicolas Economides – NYU
Joshua Fairfield – Washington and Lee University
Edward Felton (Luncheon keynote address) – FTC
Rob Frieden – Penn State University
Jon Garon – Northern Kentucky University
James Grimmelmann – New York Law School
Matt Jackson – Penn State
Paul Jaeger – University of Maryland
Greg Lastowka – Rutgers University
Peder Magee – FTC
Kathryn Montgomery – American University
Phil Napoli – Fordham University
Arvind Narayanan – Stanford University
Christena Nippert-Eng – Illinois Institute of Technology
Frank Pasquale – Seton Hall University
Amit Schejter – Penn State University
Junichi Semitsu – University of San Diego
Ashkan Soltani
Robert Sprague – University of Wyoming
Peter Swire – Ohio State
Adam Thierer – George Mason University
Eugene Volokh – University of California, Los Angeles
Joshua Wright – George Mason University

Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
TIME SESSION
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Introduction
8:45-10:30

Panel 1: The Social Media Challenge to Policy: An Overview of the Issues

Panelists:

Laura DeNardis (American)
James Grimmelmann (NYLS)
Paul Jaeger (Maryland)
Peder Magee (FTC)
Eugene Volokh (UCLA)

Moderator: Marjory Blumenthal (Georgetown)

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:30

Panel 2: Competition Policy

Panelists:

Michael Altschul (CTIA)
Nicolas Economides (NYU)
Adam Thierer (GMU)
Joshua Wright (GMU)

Moderator: Steve Wildman (MSU)

12:30-2:00

LUNCH

Edward Felten (FTC) – Luncheon Keynote Address

2:00-4:00

Panel 3: Social Media Analytics

Panelists:

Michael Aisenberg (MITRE)
Lorrie Cranor (CMU)
Arvind Narayanan (Stanford)
Ashkan Soltani (Independent)
Berin Szoka (Tech Freedom)

Moderator: Constantinos Coursaris (MSU)

4:00-4:30 Break
4:30-6:00

Panel 4: Social media, virtual worlds, gaming and policy

Panelists:

Joshua Fairfield (Washington & Lee)
Jon Garon (Northern Kentucky)
Ed Castronova (Indiana)
Greg Lastowka (Rutgers)

Moderator: Nicole Ellison (MSU)

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011
TIME SESSION
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-10:30

Panel 5: Social Media, Privacy and the User

Panelists:

Matt Jackson (PSU)
Kathryn Montgomery (American)
Frank Pasquale (Seton Hall)
Junichi Semitsu (University of San Diego)   
Robert Sprague (Wyoming)

Moderator: Jonathan Obar (MSU)

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:45

Panel 6: First Amendment and Free Speech

Panelists:

Marvin Ammori (New America Foundation)
Adam Candeub (MSU)
Rob Frieden (PSU)
Peter Swire (Ohio State)
Lee Tien (EFF)

Respondent/Moderator: David Post (Temple)

12:45-2:15 LUNCH
2:15-4:00

Panel 7: Traditional communication policy goals – Implications for Social Media

Panelists:

Johannes Bauer (MSU)
Barbara Cherry (Indiana)
Philip Napoli (Fordham)
Amit Schejter (PSU)

Moderator: Patricia Longstaff (Syracuse)

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