When: Thurs. February 11, 2010 6 PM
Where: Twitter Headquarters,
795 Folsom Street suite #600, San Francisco
Join Congregation Adath Israel and Yeshiva University at the first annual conference on "Jewish Ethics and the Internet". This conference will bring together leading experts in the field to explore how the Internet is changing human relationships and interactions.
A kosher dinner is included with your registration.
All proceeds from the conference will benefit Congregation Adath Israel.
Deborah Schultz has been inventing and innovating for over 15 years in emerging technologies - where people, technology and media intersect.
David Pelcovitz, Ph.D. teaches Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education in Manhattan and serves as special assistant to the president of Yeshiva. He is a world renowned psychologist and speaker.
Auren Hoffman is CEO of Rapleaf, a social data provider that helps companies better understand their consumers. Rapleaf currently has social data about 375+ million
Heshy Fried is the creator of FrumSatire.net, one of the largest orthodox Jewish blogs with 2500 daily readers. He has built an active Jewish community online through blogging social networking and forums.
Del Harvey is the Director of Trust and Safety at Twitter. Harvey works to define policy and to ensure user safety in the challenging realm of modern social media. Prior to joining Twitter, she spent five years as the law enforcement liaison for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, working with agencies ranging from local police departments to the FBI, US Marshals, and the Secret Service. She also developed a website to help preteens and teenagers deal with such issues as cyberbullying, stalking, and online sexual harrassment and another website to help women in abusive relationships find help resources.
Marcia Hofmann is a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation working on a broad range of technology-related civil liberties issues such as electronic surveillance, consumer protection, computer crime, and government transparency. Prior to joining EFF, she was Staff Counsel and Director of the Open Government Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Bruce K. Taragin has 17 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University.
Bruce serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of DoubleVerify, CaseStack, Insightix, LiteScape, Correlix, Nolio, Revionics and Sweepery. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California
Deborah Schultz: Has the internet changed the nature of relationships and community? Everything you need to know you can learn from Synagogue
Dr. David Pelcovitz: How the internet is changing Jewish life: Are we aware of all of the implications?
Panel Discussion: The Panel Discussion will discuss these issues and more:
1. Do internet companies think about the ethical implications of the technology they are creating?
2. Is the internet companies' job to just create the technology and it's the users' job to determine what are ethical uses, or the companies have a responsibility as well?
3. What are the implications of the blurring between public and private life?
4. The Michael Phelps/Tiger Woods Issue: How does the quick proliferation and permanence of pictures, audio and video going to affect people's reputations. Is repentance and salvaging one's reputation now much more difficult?
5. What are the implications of high school and college students posting pictures and statements online that will later affect their reputations and employment possibilities.
6. Status Updates and Tweets: Does the constant update of our lives to others make us more narcissistic?
7. Avatars and Anonymity: Are people becoming less socially adept and more cowardly with the ability to hide behind avatars and anonymous screen names?
6:00-6:30 Registration and Dinner
6:30-7:15 Deborah Schultz
7:15-8:15 Panel Discussion
8:15-9:00 Dr. David Pelcovitz