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Global Experts Address Social Media, Human Rights and the Law at IHRLR Symposium

The Intercultural Human Rights Law Review organized its signature annual symposium on Friday, October 19, 2012.  It focused on the cutting-edge topic of:

“140 Characters or Less: Social Media, Human Rights, and the Law”



The participants were warmly welcomed by St. Thomas University President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, School of Law Dean Douglas Ray, and the Executive Director of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights, Professor Roza Pati.

The expert panelists from around the world included:

Professor Molly Beutz Land, New York University Law School;

Professor Alexandra Rengel, Schiller University, and Comillas Pontifical University –ICADE of Madrid, Spain, J.S.D. Graduate of our Intercultural Human Rights Program;

Professor Nicola Boothe-Perry, Florida A&M University School of Law, Orlando;

Professor Daniel Joyce, University of New South Wales, Australia;

Professor Hannibal Travis, Florida International University; and our very own Professor Ira Nathenson.

The topics addressed included:

·         Privacy issues on social media sites

·         The manipulation of people and information using social media

·         The relevance of international law for social media, and the importance of embedding human rights principles into software code

·         Ethical concerns for the legal community concerning social media

·         The rise of citizen media and the use of the Internet and social media by activists, NGOs and international organizations

·         Body scanners, CCTV microphones, RFID implants

·         European controversies with technologies that affect privacy

Special appreciation for planning and organizing this outstanding event is due the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review’s Symposium Editor Lauren M. Smith, as well as its Co-Editors-in-Chief, Alexandra Salvador and Tina Trunzo-Lute.

The presentations will be published in Volume 8 of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, due next spring.