The legal and ethical impact of social networking

ATTENTION: journalists covering technology, criminal justice, law

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

A one-day conference, Social Networks: Friends or Foes?, will examine the legal and ethical issues of civil and criminal investigations that rely on social networks for evidence and information. Prominent cases in the news include cyberbullying with a fake MySpace account; the arrest of a G-20 protestor who used Twitter to spread information about police actions; and a threatening poll about the President on Facebook.

The legal community is grappling with the fact that lawmakers and regulators cannot keep up with the quick pace of technological development. Conference participants will debate key issues including: obtaining information overtly (with subpoenas and warrants) and covertly (using pseudonyms to reach out to witnesses online); regulating the use of social networks; and best practices for using information from social-networking Web sites.

The event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; and The Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.

8:30 am – 5:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23.

Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA See campus map.

Speakers include:

* John Carlin, keynote speaker, chief of staff and senior counsel to the director of the FBI

* Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

* Mark Howitson, deputy general counsel, Facebook

* David Lat, managing editor,;

* Robert Morgester, deputy attorney general, special crimes unit, CA Attorney General’s office

* Erin Murphy, conference chair and assistant professor of law, Berkeley Law

* Orin Kerr, law professor, George Washington University; former Justice Dept. prosecutor and an attorney for Lori Drew (cyberbullying case)

Moderators include Deirdre Mulligan, assistant professor, UC Berkeley; Jason Schultz, director, Samuelson Clinic; Chuck Weisselberg, professor, Berkeley Law. For a complete speakers list, go to the Social Networks conference Web page.

Event is free for media.
MCLE credits will be available for conference attendees.

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