The Problem with Facebook is Facebook

The Problem with Facebook is Facebook

Facebook is the most pervasive global media system ever invented. Often, we are asked to consider regulatory or reform efforts that seem to be good ideas, but would fail at the scale of Facebook. This talk examines many of the recent proposals to deal with the problems Facebook amplifies and finds them wanting. The talk will, instead, advocate responses both more radical and more conventional than the current menu.

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship, University of Virginia

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy”  (Oxford University Press, 2018). He also wrote “Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, 2017), and “The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry” (University of California Press, 2011). He has written two previous books: “Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity” (New York University Press, 2001) and “The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System” (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited, with Carolyn Thomas, the collection, “Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

Mark McKenna '97 (Moderator)

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law; Founding Director, Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center

Mark P. McKenna ’97 is the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the Notre Dame Law School and the Director of the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center. His research focuses on intellectual property and privacy law, with a particular focus on the ways different regulatory regimes interact with each other. He has published more than 50 articles in leading journals and was the author or co-author of five of the ten most-cited articles in his field during the period of a recent study.  

Professor McKenna joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty on a permanent basis in the Fall of 2008 after visiting for a semester in the Spring of 2008. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and the Turin University-WIPO Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Program. Before entering the academy in 2003, Professor McKenna practiced with the intellectual property firm of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, where he litigated trademark and copyright cases and advised clients on a variety of intellectual property matters. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Law.  

Live Event

The discussion took place on Monday, March 29, 2021, with Mark McKenna and special guest Siva Vaidhyanathan.

This event was exclusively available during the live stream. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a recording of the session.

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