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*TMI: Social Justice in the Age of Facebook
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Thursday and Friday, September 10-11, 2009
Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Do YouTube, Twitter, and texting mean greater access, or simply wider and deeper divisions among individuals and groups? Does technology allow societies to achieve democracy? Or empower dictatorships to oppress their people? Are we all entitled to free use of content on the Internet?
Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 10
Session I: Is the Internet a Human Right?
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Speaker: Charles Nesson, William F. Weld Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Founder and Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Faculty respondent: Laura J. Miller, Associate Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University
- What should be free on the Internet? What should people pay for?
- What is the balance between open and closed environments?
- Nesson will discuss litigation in the music and book industry.
Session II: Free to be Excellent? The Costs of Being Informed in a Digital Age
Time: 3:45-5:15 pm
Speaker: Jeffrey Scheuer, Independent Commentator on Media and Democracy
Faculty respondent: Maura Jane Farrelly, Director, Journalism Program, Brandeis University
Student respondent: Ariel Wittenberg ’11, The Brandeis Hoot
- What are the central questions of journalistic excellence, regardless of medium?
- How can non-profit journalism serve as a new model for democratic theory?
- What are funding models for news in the digital age, when the Internet has created the expectation that news should be free, but is costly to produce?
- How do we create alternate funding models for news in the Internet age?
Session III: Technology is Neither Good nor Bad, Only Thinking Makes It So
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Speaker: Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and Law, Cornell University
Faculty respondent: Andreas Teuber, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University
Student respondent: Daniel Ortner ’10
- How has new technology served as a tool for oppression or democratization around the world, particularly in China and Iran?
- How can technology be used for opening or closing societies?
Friday, September 11
Session IV: Does Digital Deepen the Divide?
Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Speaker: Samuel J. Klein, Director of Content, One Laptop per Child
Faculty respondent: Theodore Johnson, Assistant Professor of Coexistence and Conflict, Slifka Program, Brandeis University
Student respondent: Danielle Myers ’12, STAND -- A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
- How can technology connect individuals in developing countries?
- Does increased access to technology such as low cost laptops increase equality among individuals and groups?
- Does increased access to technology create inequality even as programs attempt to alleviate the disparity?
Session V: The Student Verdict
Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
This session featured reportage on the conference topic by two groups of students, one using a traditional reporting format and one using a new-media format. Students analyzed the presentations made in the previous four sessions, and commented on the central issues of the conference. See student new-media coverage of the conference.
This event was cosponsored by Library and Technology Services, The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and the Student Union, with special thanks to Gen Ed Now and STAND - A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition. For more information, contact us here.