October 25, 2011
Silicon Valley Focuses on Human Rights Implications of Its Work
I'm attending the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference--the third such conference, following Yahoo's conference in April 2010 (if I recall correctly), and Google's Budapest conference in Fall 2010--a public demonstration of a commitment to the virtues of free speech. Some will question whether billion dollar corporations can ever be sincere in their commitment to human rights, or whether such efforts are simply window dressing. The corporate officers present here--from Google and Facebook--certainly have human rights bona fides in their biographies.
Van Jones is going on now, talking about the "pro democracy struggle going on right here. A struggle against plutocracy." Watch it online here.
October 14, 2011
Cloud Law: University of Toronto Conference
Today, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law's Centre for Innovation Law and Policy is hosting a splendid conference on cloud computing and the law. The entire conference is being live streamed--and will be archived online here: http://cloudlaw.ca/
It's fun to be back in Toronto, my first time in decades. A quick observation for my Toronto friends, and I'm sure not the first time someone has suggested it: the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) looks as if a spaceship crashed into a gothic building, and unfortunately it was a spaceship from a people who liked really awkward shapes.