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Series explores IT policy, March 30-April 20

The future of the Internet and the ethics of information privacy will be among the subjects of a lecture series this spring sponsored by the newly created Center for Information Technology Policy.

The center has invited technologists and policy experts to give four lectures that are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 30, April 6, April 13 and April 20. The goal of the series is to introduce a range of policy, ethical and sociological issues that arise from the ongoing revolution in computer and Internet technology, said Ed Felten, professor of computer science and director of the center.

The four lectures are:

• March 30 -- “Who Controls the Internet?” by Tim Wu, professor of law at Columbia University. He will discuss the role of national governments in controlling the Internet.

• April 6 -- “Contextual Integrity: A Conservative Approach to Privacy” by Helen Nissenbaum, associate professor of culture and communications at New York University. She will address the difficulties of defining what constitutes a breach of privacy, particularly as it relates to data such as online government records.

• April 13 -- “The Future of the Internet” by Susan Crawford, professor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School. She will focus on the international aspects of how the next generation Internet will be regulated.

• April 20 -- “Communities of Creation” by Cory Ondrejka, vice president of product development at Linden Lab in San Francisco. He will talk about online communities of thousands of participants who create virtual cities and civil societies with economies that have begun to spill over into the real world.

All lectures will take place in 104 Computer Science Building, except for the Crawford talk, which will be in Room 105.

The Center for Information Technology is a joint initiative of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Details about the speakers and the center are available online.

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