Tech Talk: The Net – Utopia vs. Dystopia

Attention: Assignment desks and general assignment, higher education and technology reporters

Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936,

The Internet: a catalyst for change or threat to personal liberties?

WHAT: “The Net: Utopia v. Dystopia” 

Tech titans explore the Internet’s double-edged sword: its ability to spread knowledge and democracy, and its potential risk to civil liberties and personal freedoms. The evening event will feature prominent speakers with diverse views discussing the Internet’s impact on law, business, entertainment and society. The event format is similar to the TED Talks:  each speaker will talk for up to 12 minutes and then join in a panel discussion with audience questions.

The event is sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Law Alumni Center.


Friday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place


Speakers include: 

Libby Leffler, strategic partner manager, Global Influencers at Facebook;

Jeremy Howard, president & chief scientist at Kaggle;

John Riccitiello, private investor, prior CEO of Electronic Arts;

whurley, co-founder of Chaotic Moon;

Chris Hoofnagle, director, Information Privacy Programs, Berkeley Law; and

Moderator Larry Sonsini ’66, chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


The evening event is the launch pad for a weekend of Berkeley Law alumni festivities that include a presentation by the International Human Rights Law Clinic on Bringing War Criminals to Justice; by the East Bay Community Law Clinic on Training Advocates, Helping the Disadvantaged; and by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology on the latest news in privacy law, smartphone patent wars, and more.


Media are invited to attend the weekend events for free. Please R.S.V.P. to Kirsten Strobel at 510-643-9949 or to reserve a seat.


For more information about the UC Berkeley Law alumni weekend events, go to