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Solove on Reputation at Case:

This afternoon, GW law professor (and Concurring Opinions blogger) Daniel Solove will be delivering a lecture on ""The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet" at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The talk, which is sponsored by the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts, will build upon the themes of Solove's recent book of the same name. Here's a brief description of the talk:

What information about you is available on the Internet? What if it's wrong, humiliating, or true but regrettable? Will it ever go away?

Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal expression and communication. But there's a dark side to the story. A trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the Internet: a chronicle of our private lives—often of dubious reliability and sometimes totally false—instantly accessible to friends, strangers, dates, employers, neighbors, relatives, and anyone else who cares to look.

Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cyber mobs, and other current trends, Professor Solove will explore the profound implications of the online collision between free speech and privacy as he offers a fascinating account of how the Internet is transforming gossip, the way we shame others, and our ability to protect our own reputations.

Longstanding notions of privacy need review, and unless we establish a balance among privacy, free speech, and anonymity, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us less free.

The event will be webcast live. Details here.

John Jacob J:
Strange that they didn't invite Michael Fertik, Solove's debate sparring partner of late. The two of them put on a pretty good show.
1.23.2008 1:27pm
Gregory Conen (mail):
It seems these talks always seem to focus on the signal. But one of the perpetual problems with the internet is that the signal to noise ratio is has always been low. Any troubling information about me is buried in an assortment of other information which is not so damning. That's part of the reason I post using my real name; that much more random, innocent data for any problems to hide in.

More troubling, to my mind, is the accumulation of data in private databases. Any online purchase is logged by name, date, region and credit card. Every search is possibly logged by IP address. Active data gathering is far more of a problem than passive. Maybe he'll address that, but the preview suggests he won't.
1.23.2008 4:15pm
Gregory Conen (mail):
So, I caught the 2nd half of it. He had some decent ideas, and raised valid concerns. I don't see a recording of it, was it only to be webcast live?
1.23.2008 9:10pm
JM Hanes (mail):
I've been saying for years that if there's any constitutional amendment begging to be written, it's an amendment addressing the expectation of privacy. It might not be easy to write, but the need will only grow with time.
1.24.2008 4:37am