Dondi West is a Cyber and Internet Attorney based in Columbia, Maryland with a deep technical background.
Attorney Dondi West can help your organization navigate many unsettled areas of the law caused by the advent of new technologies.
Hacker communities in many cities are becoming interested in starting hackerspaces. Getting together a core of talented, inquisitive, and creative people is an integral part of it, but it is also important to address the legal questions that arise. The goal of this presentation is to make anyone interested in hackerspaces aware of the most likely legal issues to arise, and to equip them to ask the right questions. The subjects discussed in the presentation include choosing an organizational structure, specific benefits and concerns that arise if a hackerspace is organized as a nonprofit, zoning and leasing issues that arise when finding a physical space, and managing liability in order to protect officers, directors, members, and guests alike.
Nicolle Neulist , "RogueClown", is an attorney licensed in the state of Illinois. She is a founding member of Pumping Station: One, Chicago's hackerspace, and has done their legal work from the ground up. When she is not navigating the jungle of legal bureaucracy, she is probably coding, singing karaoke, or getting that darn theremin to work.
Its been a booming year for computer crime cases as cops and civil litigants have pushed the envelope to go after people using fake names on social networking sites (the MySpace suicide case), researchers giving talks at DEFCON (MBTA v. Anderson), and students sending email to other students (the Calixte/Boston College case). The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been front and center in these cases, either filing amicus briefs or directly representing the coders and speakers under attack. At this presentation, Jennifer Granick and other EFF lawyers fresh from the courtroom will share war stories about these cases, thereby informing attendees about the latest developments in computer security law and giving pointers about how to protect yourselves from overbroad legal challenges.
Score one for Twitter in the legal battle over who is responsible for stopping social media imposters.See http://tinyurl.com/lgcnvq