The Wake Forest Law Review will host and publish a cutting edge symposium about privacy and the Internet on October 25, 2013. Participants will examine how social media has affected (and effected) legal norms about identity, group formation, governmental regulation, intimacy, secrecy, and zones of privacy. Contributions will arc in multiple directions, but the symposium’s nexus will be a focus on regulatory responses to privacy challenges posed by the Internet’s increasing centrality to our everyday lives.

Leading scholars on cyberlaw will gather to discuss the role of law in regulating new electronic media. Participants will discuss and write about issues like copyright, defamation, discrimination, hate speech, child pornography, law enforcement, and jurisdiction. The Internet provides a wide array of social spaces through media like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter. These interfaces enable individuals to express ideas; constitute identities; and reinforce, and even establish, communities essential to citizenship. Besides the positive side of these interactive spaces are their potentials for group harms. The extent to which the law should regulate these new media and other aspects of the Internet remains a highly contested topic.

Twentieth century reformers convinced legislators that spaces like the home, telephone, and workplace were suitable for regulation. Ironically, the lessons of the past have been lost on lawmakers today: cyberspace is, in many respects, an unregulated space, although it can be as hostile and as dangerous as the harms that led to the regulation of physical spaces in the twentieth century.  Attorneys who attend the symposium will receive 6.5 hours of CLE credit. We are confident that this symposium will be informative and benefit the North Carolina legal community. The symposium will run a total 6 ½ hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The symposium presenters will be broken into four panels. The full schedule and a list of abstracts for the presentations can be found here (PDF Format).


8:45AM: Breakfast

9:00AM: Opening Remarks by Professor Gilreath

9:15AM – 10:45AM: Panel One: The Future of Internet Data Regulation

  • Presentations:

10:45AM: Question & Answer Session for Panel One

11:00AM – 11:45AM: Panel Two: Government Surveillance and Potential Backlash

  • Presentations:

11:45AM: Question & Answer Session for Panel Two

12:00PM: Lunch

1:00PM – 2:00PM: Panel Three: The Internet and Vulnerable Minorities

  • Presentations:

2:00PM: Question & Answer Session for Panel Three

2:15PM – 3:45PM: Panel Four: Addressing Hurtful Online Speech

  • Presentations:

3:45PM: Question & Answer Session for Panel Four

4:00PM: End of Symposium, followed by Reception for Presenters and Audience