The Net: Utopia vs. Dystopia

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Friday, September 27, 2013 | 6:30 PM
City Hall – San Francisco

Join us for an enlightening and provocative evening as we explore the Internet’s double-edged sword: its ability to spread knowledge and democracy and its potential risk to civil liberties and personal freedoms. This exciting evening will feature prominent speakers with diverse viewpoints on the impact the Internet has had on business, entertainment, and our society at large. Speakers include: Larry Sonsini ’66, chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Libby Leffler, Strategic Partner Manager, Global Influencers at Facebook; whurley, co-founder of Chaotic Moon; Jeremy Howard, president & chief scientist at Kaggle; John Riccitiello, private investor, prior CEO of Electronic Arts; and Chris Hoofnagle, Director, Information Privacy Programs, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

About the Speakers

Larry SonsiniLarry W. Sonsini, Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has gained international recognition for his expertise in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in many of the most notable IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and other key transactions of Silicon Valley and beyond.

In addition to his duties at the firm, which included serving as chief executive officer for more than 30 years as well as chairman, Larry served as a member of the NYSE's board of directors from 2001 to 2003 and he was chairman of the NYSE's Regulation, Enforcement and Listing Standards Committee until 2008. He also teaches securities law at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he received his JD in 1966, and at Stanford Law School.


Libby LefflerLibby Leffler (B.Sc. '06) leads a global partnerships team focused on high-impact integrations with influencers, executives, world leaders, nonprofits, and media organizations on Facebook and Instagram. Libby also manages partnerships at Facebook with public figures, athletes, musicians, and celebrities in India, Korea, Singapore, and Japan. Libby was the co-anchor of “Facebook Live”, the company's official video streaming channel, during the 2011 and 2012 World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland.

From 2009-2012, Libby was the Business Lead to Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. As the Business Lead to the Chief Operating Officer, Libby managed public appearances, speaking engagements, and handled a wide array of projects including research and analysis initiatives. Libby joined Facebook in 2008 as a member of the Inside Sales team. Prior to Facebook, Libby worked in Online Sales and Operations and Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets at Google.

Libby graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley and was a UC Berkeley Alumni Leadership Scholar. She was awarded the Young Bear Award, a prize given by the Chancellor of the University of California to a young alumnus demonstrating outstanding achievement and service. Libby holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business.

Libby serves on the boards of UCSF Partners in Care and San Francisco Symphony's Symphonix League. Libby topped Business Insider's list of the 30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30.


whurleywhurley has been called a visionary systems theorist, a mad scientist, and an evil genius (International Genius). What he is, is innovative. Over his 20-year career, whurley has demonstrated a talent for innovation and a passion for open source software. In 2010 he co-founded Chaotic Moon, a leading mobile development and strategy company, and quickly built a portfolio of A-list clients. Names like Microsoft, CBS Sports, Sanrio, Pizza Hutt, and News Corp, for whom Chaotic Moon developed the first iPad-only digital newspaper.

In 2011 he could have stood pat. Instead he doubled down, helping launch Chaotic Moon Labs to focus on “innovation on demand.” As General Manager of the lab in 2012, he created what Wired Magazine described as “the best of CES,” an all-terrain skateboard controlled by hand motions. Powered by an Xbox Kinect™ and a Samsung tablet, the board achieved an exhilarating top speed of 32 mph. For dessert, he built a mind-controlled version that Jason Bradbury, host of the Europe’s The Gadget Show, said was “. . . like something out of a science fiction movie” and “comic book crazy.”

He then created a rapid prototype of the shopping cart of the future. The Smarter Cart™ not only guided customers to items at Whole Foods’ flagship store, it also scanned their food to help manage their dietary needs, notify them of FDA food recalls, and accelerate their check-out.

Today whurley keeps the world's top brands decades ahead of the curve, predicting not only the next iteration, but delivering on the demands of the next generation.


Jeremy HowardJeremy Howard is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist, developer, and educator. He is the President and Chief Scientist of Kaggle and is also the youngest faculty member at Singularity University, where he teaches data science. He was the founding CEO of two successful self-funded Australian startups (FastMail, and Optimal Decisions Group), both of which grew internationally and were sold to large international companies. He spent 8 years in management consulting at the world’s most exclusive firms, including McKinsey & Co, and AT Kearney (becoming the youngest engagement manager world-wide, and building a new global practice in what is now called “Big Data”). He is also a keen student, for example developing a new system for learning Chinese, which he used to develop usable Chinese language skills in just one year. Jeremy has mentored and advised many startups, and is also an angel investor. He has contributed to a range of open source projects as a developer, and is also in demand as an expert commentator on various TV news programs.


John RiccitielloJohn Riccitiello (B.S. '86) is a private investor. He also serves on the Board of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley and on the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Until March of 2013, Mr. Riccitiello served as the CEO of Electronic Arts. Mr. Riccitiello originally joined EA in October 1997 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was President during a period of dynamic growth — with his help EA grew market share, diversified its product portfolio and strengthened the company’s international business. He left the company in 2004 to become a founding partner and managing director of Elevation Partners, a private equity partnership focused on the media and entertainment sector. He returned to EA as CEO in 2007, reorganized the company and re-committed EA to leading the industry in quality and innovation and by leading EA’s transformation from a packaged goods game company to one leading in mobile, online and could / digital gaming.  During this time the company has seen an aggregate increase in game quality, and saw its online, mobile and digital revenues grow to exceed $1.6 billion in revenues. Prior to joining Electronic Arts, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the worldwide bakery division at Sara Lee Corporation. He also served as President and CEO of Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and held executive positions at Haagen-Dazs, PepsiCo, Inc. and The Clorox Company.

Mr. Riccitiello holds a Bachelors of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Riccitiello lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Chris HoofnagleChris Jay Hoofnagle's research focuses upon the structure of legal and economic relationships that lead to tensions between firms and individuals, manifested through information privacy problems, gaps in understanding of legal protections, deficits in consumer law protections, and the problem of financial fraud.

Hoofnagle has written extensively in the fields of information privacy, the law of unfair and deceptive practices, consumer law, and identity theft. His recent work includes, The Price of Free, 61 UCLA L. Rev. ___ (2014) (with Jan Whittington), Unpacking Privacy's Price, 90 North Carolina L. Rev. 1327 (2012) (with Jan Whittington), and Behavioral Advertising: The Offer You Cannot Refuse, 6 Harvard L. & Policy Rev. 273 (2012). He has also written on payments technologies with a focus upon mobile payments, consumer attitudes toward and knowledge of privacy law, identity theft, the first amendment, and the government's reliance on private-sector databases to investigate citizens.

At Berkeley Law, Hoofnagle has taught computer crime law, information privacy law, cyberlaw, and a course on Federal Trade Commission regulation of privacy.

Hoofnagle is principal investigator (with Dean Shankar Sastry) on a NSF-funded effort to promote graduate education for students who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and an investigator on three other NSF projects focusing upon computer security, social factors in computer misuse, and privacy and security issues in future internet architectures.

With his brother Mark, Hoofnagle defined the contours of "denialism," which is now used in the academic literature to frame some debates on environmental and HIV/AIDS policy.

Hoofnagle co-chairs the annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference. He is a member of the AAUP and serves on its committee on Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications, a subcommittee of Committee A.

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