October 2013

Christopher Wolf on hate speech on the Internet

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Christopher Wolf, director of the law firm Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management group, addresses his new book with co-author Abraham Foxman, Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet. To what extent do hateful or mean-spirited Internet users hide behind anonymity? How do we balance the protection of the First Amendment online while addressing the spread of hate speech? Wolf discusses how to define hate speech on the Internet; whether online hate speech leads to real-world violence; how news sites like the Huffington Post and New York Times have dealt with anonymity;¬†lessons we should impart on the next generation of Internet users to discourage hate speech;¬†and cases where anonymity has proved particularly beneficial or valuable.

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Cole Stryker on anonymity on the web

Cole Stryker, author and media consultant, discusses his book Hacking the Future: Privacy, Identity, and Anonymity on the Web. Stryker discusses
privacy and anonymity in context of news surrounding the hacker group, Anonymous; the recent shutdown of the black market website, Silk Road; the fight for Internet freedom; the history of cypherpunks; and Bitcoin.

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Randall Stross on Y Combinator

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Randall Stross discusses his recent book: The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups. Stross’s behind-the-scenes look at Y Combinator details how the seed fund has been able to produce young entrepreneurs and successful startups such as Dropbox and Airbnb. Stross also discusses Y Combinator’s early history, the typical Y Combinator participant, the fund’s rate of return, the gender gap in the program, and the reason Silicon Valley has become the epicenter for startups.

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