As the Internet and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have woven themselves into the fabric of our lives, technology has spurred a revolution in the ways consumers access and distribute information and entertainment. Internet-based communication has gripped generations around the world so swiftly that the law has yet to catch up to questions posed by a “broadcast-yourself” society.
It is amid this backdrop that Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg campus presents “Internet Expression in the 21st Century: Where Technology and the Law Collide,” a daylong conference devoted to examining the challenges posed by new media and how they threaten to force changes in legal protections and individual constitutional freedoms.
The event, organized by the school’s student-run Widener Law Journal
, will be held Monday, Feb. 22 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in room A180 of the administration building at 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg. Members of the media are invited to attend.
The conference will bring together a dynamic and diverse group of prominent legal figures and scholars. Presenting law professors will travel to Harrisburg from as far away as Texas and Utah, and local figures including Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico and Laurie Baughman of the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence will also speak.
The day will be broken into a morning session that focuses on issues of constitutional law and criminal procedure that arise with internet expression, including a discussion about privacy rights. The afternoon will focus on the intersection of internet expression and property law, including discussions about ownership and fair use in the realm of intellectual property.
Attorneys who attend will be eligible for 6.5 continuing legal education credits, including 1.5 ethics credits. The cost to attend for credit is $100 or $75 for Widener Law alumni, government attorneys and public-interest lawyers. The cost includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch. The program is free to the members of the general public who do not seek continuing education credits, although materials and meals will not be provided.
For more information, or to register, contact Sandra Graeff at 717.541.3965 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. View the complete conference schedule