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Workshop on Co-Development of Computer Science and Law: Content Moderation

May 11, 2022 - May 12, 2022

Location:

The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center

10 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

https://www.theheldrich.com/directions/

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Organizer(s):

Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University

Ellen Goodman, Rutgers University

David Karger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Pennock, DIMACS

As sophisticated computation has become essential in more and more fields of human endeavor, related interdisciplinary research has grown in importance and value. The interdisciplinary research area of computer science and law is one such area that has risen to prominence in the last two years. To make progress, researchers must co-develop computational techniques and legal principles, using the strengths of each approach to compensate for weaknesses in the other. Doing this requires building shared understanding, methodology, and vocabulary to improve communication and catalyze research across the two disciplines. Toward this goal, DIMACS held its first Workshop on Co-development of Computer Science and Law in November, 2020.

This second DIMACS workshop on the topic of co-development of computer science and law will continue the dialogue and grow the community. It will emphasize technology platform content moderation—a topic that sits squarely at the interface of the two disciplines and must address the fundamental tension between freedom of speech and truth in media. Content moderation poses massive technological challenges arising from the sheer volume of social media content, the imperfect nature of automated moderation, and the impracticality of manual moderation. The problem is equally daunting from a legal and constitutional perspective that must simultaneously address the rights and responsibilities of citizens, companies, organizations, law enforcement, and government.

The workshop invites participation of researchers reflecting a broad range of interests: computer scientists, statisticians, law scholars, and social scientists studying sociotechnical assemblages and their governance.

Confirmed Speakers include:

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University

Ellen Goodman, Rutgers University

David Karger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Pennock, DIMACS

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

The EU’s Digital Services Act through the Lens of Computer Science and Law (remote)

Joris van Hoboken, University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Brussels

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

“Friction By Design” Platform Policy

Ellen Goodman, Rutgers University

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Do Not Recommend: Reduction Techniques, as a Form of Moderation

Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research and Cornell University

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The Economic Underpinnings of Issues in Content Moderation

Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Break

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner (in Christopher’s Restaurant)

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

A Programming Language for Estates and Future Interests

James Grimmelmann, Cornell University

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch & Poster Session

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Empowering End Users

Theia Henderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Farnaz Jahanbakhsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Karger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concluding Discussion

 

Presentations at this event are by invitation. In-person attendance is by application or invitation, and the event will include a poster session. To apply to attend in-person or to submit a poster, please complete and submit this form by Sunday May 1. The form requests that you upload your CV in PDF format and (for poster submissions) provide the title and abstract for your poster or (for applications to attend without presenting a poster) a description of your interest in the topic. We regret that spaces are limited.

 

We ask that attendees adhere to DIMACS COVID-19 protocols. We ask that in-person attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that they wear a mask in the lecture room and other crowded indoor spaces.

 

To attend remotely, please connect to the workshop Zoom session using this link:

Meeting ID: 959 0428 9140

Password: cslaw2022

This workshop is presented with support from the National Science Foundation under grant number SES-2043904. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the participant(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Code of Conduct

Please note that the registration below is for ONLINE attendance. To attend in person, you must request an invitation as described above.

Registration for this event is closed.