SXSW 2012 Agenda For Electronic Frontier Foundation

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation team will be at SXSW 2012, of course. They have announced the panels their members will be appearing on at the Austin festival this weekend.

From the EFF blog:

EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will be joining a panel entitled “Fighting for Your Users Without Becoming a Target.” The four-person panel—targeted at online service providers (OSPs)—will tackle the question of how OSPs can earn users’ loyalty and fight for their rights while avoiding legal pitfalls. Saturday, March 10, 3:30-4:30pm, Omni Downtown (Capital Ballroom).

Legal director Cindy Cohn will be debating Colette Vogle on a topic that’s been on our minds a lot this past year: whether or not social sites like Facebook and Google+ should allow anonymous users. Saturday, March 10, 11:00am-12:00pm, Omni Downtown (Longhorn).

Cindy will also be moderating a panel on the emerging phenomenon of online review sites for medical professionals. Her panel will explore the legal rules that affect this new space, the ethical obligations of healthcare providers, and the innovative practices being developed in response. Sunday, March 11, 3:30-4:30pm, AT&T Conference Hotel (Classroom 204).

EFF Activist Eva Galperin, along with Twitter’s John Adams, will be discussing the hot topic of security and privacy on social networks. The discussion—also geared toward technology companies—will tackle best practices for protecting both one’s company and users. Sunday, March 11, 5:00-6:00pm, Omni Downtown (Lone Star).

Building on our ample work in this space, two EFF staffers will join a panel entitled “When Copyright Trolls Attack!” Activist Parker Higgins and IP Attorney Mitch Stoltz will bring EFF’s expertise on the subject to the discussion of this growing phenomenon. Saturday, March 10, 9:30-10:30am, Sheraton Austin (Capitol EFGH).

EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression will speak on a panel targeted at OSPs entitled “How to Run a Social Site and Not Get Users Killed.” Including, among others, EFF alum and current Internet Advocacy Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists Danny O’Brien, the panel will cover a range of issues related to user safety on social networks. Sunday, March 11, 12:30-1:30pm, AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon D).

Julie Samuels, an EFF Staff Attorney, will be discussing software patents. Julie’s work on patent trolls has been widely cited over the past year and will round out the panel as she discusses an emerging trend of suing startups over patents. Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am-12:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown (Salon C). In addition, Julie has joined a panel entitled "Getting Off the SOPA Box," discussing, amongst other things, why the activism around SOPA and PIPA was so successful.

Bonus: Julie will also be sticking around for SXSW Music this year to talk about strategies for using free content to promote and maximize the benefits of alternative revenue streams on a panel entitled “Set Your Content Free (It's Harder Than You Think)”.

Mike Tuttle
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