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Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace Dec. 8

How do you know whom to trust when you shop online or search for information on the Internet? How do businesses, individuals, and information sources manage their online reputations?

Leading information experts, scholars, technologists, activists, social entrepreneurs, and industry representatives will consider these questions at the “Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace” taking place Saturday, December 8, at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. The symposium, open to the public, is hosted by the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School.

“A new generation of web tools based on collaborative participation and information sharing is becoming mainstream,” said ISP Executive Director and Lecturer in Law Eddan Katz. “This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss publicly, for the first time, the legal implications of these tools.”

“Reputation economies in cyberspace have a broad effect on the ways in which we study, conduct business, shop, communicate, create, or even procreate,” said Shay David, Microsoft Visiting Fellow at the ISP. “By bringing together leading scholars from industry and academia, this interdisciplinary landmark event will further our understanding of reputation economies’ impact on technology and society.” 

Panel discussions throughout the day will address a range of topics, including: What are the new norms for cyber-reputation? How do these depart from offline models? How is participation in a cyber-reputation system related to anonymity and privacy? How can we assure quality in online reputation systems? Who owns one’s online reputation? Can online reputation be transported from one system to another?

Among the distinguished experts participating on the panels are Michel Bauwens of The Foundation for Peer to Peer (P2P) Alternatives; Daniel J. Solove ’97, associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and author of The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet; Mari Kuraishi, president of the GlobalGiving Foundation; and former Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle Thompson, a member of Facebook’s Privacy and Safety Team.

The “Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace” is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. The cost to the public is $95 and includes lunch; Yale students and faculty may attend free of charge. To register or for more information, including the complete schedule, visit http://isp.law.yale.edu/reputation.

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School was founded in 1997 by Professor Jack Balkin to study the implications of the Internet, telecommunications, and the new information technologies on law and society. More information about Yale ISP is available at http://isp.law.yale.edu/.