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On December 8, 2007, Yale Law School’s Information Society Project will be holding a conference about online reputation called Reputation Economies in Cyberspace. I’ll be participating in the symposium and will be talking about my book, The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet. Other participants include Alessandro Acquisti, Michel Bauwens, Danielle Citron, John Clippinger, William McGeveran, Urs Gasser, Rishab A. Ghosh, Ashish Goel, Eric Goldman, Auren Hoffman, Darko Kirovski, Mari Kuraishi, Hassan Masum, Beth Noveck, Vipul Ved Prakash, Bob Sutor, Mozelle Thompson, Rebecca Tushnet, and Jonathan Zittrain.

From the symposium press release:

How do you know whom to trust when you shop online or search for information on the Internet? How do businesses, individuals, and information sources manage their online reputations?

Leading information experts, scholars, technologists, activists, social entrepreneurs, and industry representatives will consider these questions at the “Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace” taking place Saturday, December 8, at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. The symposium, open to the public, is hosted by the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School.

“A new generation of web tools based on collaborative participation and information sharing is becoming mainstream,” said ISP Executive Director and Lecturer in Law Eddan Katz. “This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss publicly, for the first time, the legal implications of these tools.”

“Reputation economies in cyberspace have a broad effect on the ways in which we study, conduct business, shop, communicate, create, or even procreate,” said Shay David, Microsoft Visiting Fellow at the ISP. “By bringing together leading scholars from industry and academia, this interdisciplinary landmark event will further our understanding of reputation economies’ impact on technology and society.”

Panel discussions throughout the day will address a range of topics, including: What are the new norms for cyber-reputation? How do these depart from offline models? How is participation in a cyber-reputation system related to anonymity and privacy? How can we assure quality in online reputation systems? Who owns one’s online reputation? Can online reputation be transported from one system to another?

Among the distinguished experts participating on the panels are Michel Bauwens of The Foundation for Peer to Peer (P2P) Alternatives; Daniel J. Solove ’97, associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and author of The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet; Mari Kuraishi, president of the GlobalGiving Foundation; and former Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle Thompson, a member of Facebook’s Privacy and Safety Team.

The “Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace” is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. The cost to the public is $95 and includes lunch; Yale students and faculty may attend free of charge. To register or for more information, including the complete schedule, visit

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School was founded in 1997 by Professor Jack Balkin to study the implications of the Internet, telecommunications, and the new information technologies on law and society. More information about Yale ISP is available at

The symposium website is here.

Originally Posted at Concurring Opinions

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics. Professor Solove also posts at his blog at LinkedIn. His blog has more than 1 million followers.

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