Panel: "Decentralizing Social Networks"

August 1st, 10:30am-12:00pm
Decentralized Web Summit 2018
Hash Lounge

Moderator: Ross Schulman , New America's Open Technology Institute , Senior Policy Technologist

Panelists: Cindy Cohn , Electronic Frontier Foundation , Executive Director
Chris Riley , Mozilla , Director of Public Policy
Caroline Sinders , Design Researcher/Artist , Founder, Design Researcher
Kendra Albert , Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic , Clinical Instructional Fellow

The panel will discuss current legal, cultural, and technological challenges faced by decentralized social networks, identity laws, regulations, and precedent that could impede those networks (including the CFAA, copyright law, and the GDPR’s data portability requirement), and propose legal and policy tools to support those decentralized alternatives.

Chris Riley
Director of Public Policy, Mozilla

Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla, working to advance the open internet through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.


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Kendra Albert
Clinical Instructional Fellow, Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic

Kendra is a clinical instructional fellow at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School, where they teach students how to practice law by working with pro bono clients. Previously, they were an associate at Zeitgeist Law PC, a boutique technology law firm in San Francisco, and a research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Kendra’s scholarship and academic work touches on diverse issues, from online harassment to linkrot to video game preservation. 


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Caroline Sinders
Design Researcher/Artist

Caroline Sinders is a design researcher and artist working in open source, machine learning, protest, and emotional data. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a masters from New York University in interactive technology. Caroline is the principal designer and founder of Convocation Design + Research, and has held residencies with the International Center of Photography, Eyebeam, the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry and the Yerba Buena Arts Center. Her work has been shown MoMA PS1, Pioneer Works, B4bel4b Gallery, Babycastles, the Weird Reality Festival, and Internet Yami Ichi. Her written work and research has appeared Fast Co, Vice, Fusion News, Slate, as well as others.


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Ross Shulman
Open Technology Institute, Co-director


Ross Schulman is a co-director of the Cybersecurity Initiative and senior policy counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute where he focuses on cybersecurity, encryption, surveillance, and Internet governance. Prior to joining OTI, Ross worked for Google in Mountain View, California. Ross has also worked at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and on Capitol Hill for Senators Wyden and Feingold. Ross earned his juris doctor magna cum laude from Washington College of Law at American University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brandeis University.


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