Social Network Users' Bill of Rights: You Decide

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Friday 11th March, 2011

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

The Facebook and Google privacy controversies of Spring 2010 highlighted the gap between technical innovation and user expectations on a global scale, leading representatives of various user constituencies to draft a definitive Social Media Users Bill of Rights for the 21st Century at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference in San Jose, CA.

The idea of a Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights (#billofrights) has been around for years, but no large user set has actually collated the key values and principles that should go into such a Bill of Rights and put them to a world-wide vote – until now. All privacy law is based to some degree on social norms.

The panelists and other representatives of various user constituents drafted a definitive Social Media Users Bill of Rights. This kicked off a conversation between Facebook, the ACLU and others affected by technology’s expansion into daily life. The next step is to debate and have a public vote on it. The voting is open from now until June 15, 2011 – the anniversary of the date the U.S. government asked Twitter to delay its scheduled server maintenance as a critical communication tool for use in the 2009 Iran elections.

As the preamble of the document reads, "We the Users," the “Bill of Rights” document has been released to the public for vetting and debate. This is an important step, both from a future activism and legislative perspective, in the fight to define our digital futures.

Through this discussion, we will explore the evolution of privacy in the digital age, the changing relationship between users and online service providers, and the social, political and cultural ramifications of life in a networked world – and the SXSWi community will have a say in the development of a watershed document for user rights online.

LEVEL: Beginner

About the speakers

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Lisa Borodkin

Entertainment + new media attorney, social tech, foredeck, and runner.

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Alexander Howard

Washington Correspondent, @Radar, @OReillyMedia. alex@oreilly.com. Intrigued by societal change, taken with ideas, cooking, the outdoors, books, dogs & media. bio from Twitter

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Christina Gagnier

IP & All Things Internet Esq. Info Broker. Tech Policy Geek. Digital Literacy Hype Woman. Politico. Privacy. 1st Amdmnt. In the Trenches. At a Conf. Near You. bio from Twitter

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Jack Lerner

Technology lawyer and USC Law professor. Director of the USC IP and Technology Law Clinic. bio from Twitter

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Fri 11th March 2011


Hill Country AB, Hyatt Regency Austin

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