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Legal Symposium on Mobile Devices, Location Technologies and Shifting Values

Fifth Annual Law & Information Society Symposium: Mobile Devices, Location Technologies & Shifting Values

03.25.11 Fri
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge

In celebration of CLIP’s Fifth Anniversary, this symposium will explore emerging law and policy related to mobile devices, location technologies and shifting public values. Advances in information and network technologies have placed mobile computing at the forefront of the global information economy. The popularity of devices like smart phones and of applications providing location based services have led to an increase in information collection and information accessibility. At the same time, values and societal expectations with respect to key issues such as access to networks, use of content, and privacy are shifting. This symposium will bring together thought-leaders and practitioners to address and assess policies and solutions for the cutting-edge issues that will affect the evolution of mobile computing.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome

9:10 – 9:30 Mobile Computing 101

This introductory presentation will provide a technological primer on mobile devices and location technology. Topics covered will include: What location data is currently being collected and by whom? How is this location data being used? What are location based services (LBS)? What consumer and business LBS are on the horizon?

Speaker: Matt Blaze, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania

9:30 – 11:00 Panel 1: Evolving Values Regarding Locational Privacy

Have mobile devices and location based services changed our values regarding privacy, data collection and data use? This panel will explore the privacy concerns that arise as people begin turning over and technologies disclose more information in order to use mobile devices and LBS. What rights do individuals have in the data collected? What rights do people expect and are expectations changing as these services become more popular? What rights are granted/recognized internationally and how can compliance with local and international standards be assured? What rights should corporations ethically grant their users?

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