cddrl Seminar on Liberation Technology

Computer Science 546, Political Science 337S

Instructors: Joshua Cohen, Larry Diamond, and Terry Winograd

The Liberation Technology Seminar Series presents a variety of speakers on the role of information and communication technology in advancing freedom, human rights, and economic and social development. For more details see Liberation Technology Seminar Series.

For a full listing of Liberation Technology Program events, see

Winter 2011-12

12-Jan-2012, Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation,
         Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

19-Jan-2012, David Wolman, Journalist,
          Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt's Youth Movement, 2008—2012

26-Jan-2012, Jeremy Weinstein, Political Science and Liberation Technology, Stanford University,
        Opening up Government

2-Feb-2012, Christopher Painter, U.S. State Department,
        Combating Cyber Insecurity Around the Globe

9-Feb-2012, Kathleen Reen, VP for Asia and New Media Programs at Internews,
        Strategies and Support for a Global Open Internet

16-Feb-2012, Knight fellows, Stanford,
         An Evening With the Knights

23-Feb-2012, Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation,
         Tools of Change: How the Internet Helped Shape the Arab Spring

1-Mar-2012, Joshua Blumenstock, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley
        Calling for Help: Using Big Data to Understand the Implications of the “Mobile Phone Revolution”

8-Mar-2012, Helen Nissenbaum, Philosophy, NYU,
        Respect for Context

15-Mar-2012, Karthik Muralidharan, Economics, UCSD,
         Implementing a Biometric Payment System:The Andhra Pradesh Experience

Autumn 2011-12

Sep 29, 2011 - Vivek Srinivasan, Stanford Program on Liberation Technologies
        Liberation Technology- Introduction to Series,

Oct 6, 2011 - Andrew McLaughlin, Stanford Law School, visiting  
          Cybersecurity, Free Speech, and Sovereignty

Oct 13, 2011 - Joshua Stern, Envaya,       
        The Last Mile: Grassroots Development and Technology in Africa

Oct 20, 2011 - Ramesh Srinivasan, UCLA,
        Layers of Networks: How the Street, Institutions, and Mediascape Converge in Egypt

Oct 27, 2011 - Sam Gregory, Bryan Nunez, Witness
         Cameras Everywhere: Meeting the Challenges at the Intersection of Human Rights, Video and Technology

Nov 3, 2011 - Paul Kim, Stanford University
Global Inequalities, Performance Gaps, and Mobile Innovations

Nov 10, 2011 - Danny O'Brien, Committee to Protect Journalists
        Reports from the Bleeding Edge: What Journalism in Syria, China and Iran tell us about Silicon Valley's Future

Nov 17, 2011 - Nan Zhang; Jess Auerbach; Risa Kitagawa; Sunny Jeon, Stanford Liberation Technologies,
        Designing Liberation Technologies

Dec 1, 2011 - Evgeny Morozov, Stanford University Liberation Technologies Fellow
        After the Arab Spring: The Current State of the Internet & Democracy Debate

Dec 8, 2011 - Jeff Klingner, Benetech
        Collecting, Protecting, and Analyzing Human Rights Data

Spring 2010-11 (special events)

31-Mar - Manish Gupta, Director, IBM Research, India
         Challenges and Opportunities for CS and Multi-disciplinary Research in Emerging Economies like India

14-Apr - Nathan Wyeth, Director of FrontlineSMS:Credit in Nairobi, Kenya
         Mobile Money - Realizing the Potential for Impact

Winter 2010-11

6-Jan - Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Business School
         Minds for Sale

13-Jan - Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
         A Tale of Two Blogospheres

20-Jan - Vivek Srinivasan, Program on Liberation Technology, Stanford University
         Designing Technology to Combat Corruption

27-Jan - Jennifer Bussell, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
         Corrupt States: Reforming Indian Public Services in the Digital Era

3-Feb - Lakshmi Subramanian, Assistant Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of New York
         Information Access under Poor Connectivity

10-Feb - Katherine Hoffmann, Sunny Jeon, M.A. Candidate, International Policy Studies, Global Health, Stanford University Ph.D. Candidate,Political Science, Stanford University
Can ICT Improve Clean Water Delivery Systems in Slums? Lessons from Kibera

24-Feb - Clay Shirky - New York University, Olivia Ma - News Manager at YouTube, Marc Lynch - George Washington University,
         Blogs and Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Political Change

3-Mar - Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy & Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School
         Why Technology Has Not Revolutionized Politics, but How It Can Give a Little Help to Our Friends

10-Mar - Philip N. Howard, Associate Professor of Information, Communication and International Studies, University of Washington
         The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Autumn 2010-11

23-Sep - Josh Cohen, Terry Winograd, Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Law, Stanford University Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
Mobile Development Meets Design Thinking

30-Sep - Chris Spence, Chief Technical Officer National Democratic Institute
         Seize the Day, Seize the Data: Tech-Enabled Moments of Opportunity in Closed Societies

7-Oct - Daniel Colascione, Evgeny Morozov, Formerly, Technology Director, Censorship Research Center Visiting Scholar,Stanford University
Lessons from the Haystack Affair

14-Oct - Catie Snow Bailard, Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
         Mobile Phone Diffusion and Corruption in Africa

21-Oct - Barbara Simons, Former President, Association for Computing Machinery
         Internet Voting: An Idea Whose Time Has NOT Come

28-Oct - Jenna Burrell, Assistant Professor, Berkeley iSchool
         The Moral Economy of the Mobile Phone in Rural Uganda

4-Nov - Joshua Goldstein, Phd Candidate, Woodrow Wilson School, Center for Information Technology at Princeton University
         Making Gov 2.0 Work in Africa: The Case of Kibera

11-Nov - Matt Harrison, Founder and Executive Editor,The Prometheus Institute
         Mobile Technology and the Evolution of the Nation-State

18-Nov - Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
         Is the Sky Falling on the Content Industries?

2-Dec - Nathan Eagle, CEO of TxtEagle Inc/ Visiting Assistant Professor, MIT
         What Would You Like 2.1 Billion People to Do for You Today?

Winter 2009-10

7-Jan - Jussi Impio, Research Leader, Nokia Research Africa
         User Research in Africa

14-Jan - Elizabeth Eagen, Joint Program Officer, Open Society Institute in the Information Program and the Human Rights and Governance Grants Program
         Human Rights, Evidence-based Policymaking, and Donor support for Technology Innovation

21-Jan - Ethan Zuckerman, Berkman Center Fellow, Harvard Law School
         Citizen Media and Global Attention; Will Blogs and twitter change Who Speaks Online?

28-Jan - Megan Smith, Vice President, New Business Development, and General Manager,
         Liberation Through Interconnection

4-Feb - Barbara van Schewick, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
         The FCC's Open Internet Proceeding - Implications for Political Speech

11-Feb - Eric Brewer, Professor, Computer Science, UC Berkeley
         Technology for Developing Regions

18-Feb - Firoze Manji, Founder and Executive Director, Fahamu
         The Challenges of Using New Media to Support Social Justice Movements in Africa

25-Feb - Kentaro Toyama, Researcher, School of Information, UC Berkeley
         Ten Myths of Technology and Development

4-Mar - Rebecca McKinnon, Visiting Fellow, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
         Inconvenient Truths

11-Mar - Bill Thies, Researcher, Technologies for Emerging Markets Group, Microsoft Research India
         Leveraging Familiar Technologies for Citizen Journalism, Education, and Healthcare in India

Autumn 2009-10

24-Sep - Jonathan Zittrain, Co-founder and Faculty Co-director: Berkman Center for internet and Society, Harvard Law School
                 Minds for Sale

1-Oct - Lucky Gunasekara, Tom Wiltzius, Students in Stanford Medical School and Computer Science Department
         FrontlineSMS:Medic - Democratizing mHealth for the Developing World on Their terms not Ours

8-Oct - Evgeny Morozov, Yahoo Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
         Authoritarian Governments in Cyberspace

15-Oct - Tapan Parikh, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley; affiliate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Washington
         Giving Farmers a Voice

22-Oct - Peter Semmelhack, Founder and CEO, BugLabs, New York
         The Next Hardware Revolution - You Build it Yourself

29-Oct - Matt Halprin, Stephen King, Omidyar Network
         Using Technology to Catalyze Large-scale Social Change

5-Nov - Ken Banks,
         Mobile technology: Empowering the Grassroots

12-Nov - Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University
         Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa

19-Nov - Patrick Meier, Fletcher School of Law, Tufts University
         The Impact of Technology Access on Protest Frequency in Authoritarian Regimes

3-Dec - Kim Scott, Director, AdSense Online Sales and Operations, Google
         Potential Misuses of the Internet in a Dystopic World

Spring 2008-09

11-Mar - Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow at Stanford University
Information Technology and Education in China: Can We Use Experiments to Evaluate Programs and Assess Technologies?

21-Apr - David Cohen, Michael Goldsby, David Cohen - Director of the War Crimes Studies Center and the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Distinguished Professor for the Humanities at UC Berkeley Michael Goldsby- Department of Computer Science at UC Berkeley
From Archiving to Legacy: The Virtual Tribunal Project at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

7-May - Patrick Ball, Director of Human Rights program, Benetech
         Information Knowledge and Truth: Replacing Secrecy, Ignorance and Myth in the Wake of Atrocity

28-May - Dara O'Rourke, Associate professor of environmental and labor policy, University of California at Berkeley
         Goodguide: An Experiment in Advancing Transparency in Consumer Markets

Autumn 2008-09

20-Nov - B.J. Fogg, Director, Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab
         Mass Interpersonal Persuasion

5-Aug - David Dill, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford
         Electronic voting -- a potentially unliberating technology

4-Dec - Neil Patel and Neema Moraveji, Stanford PhD students in Education and Computer Science
         The Challenge and the Hope: Experiences designing information systems for rural populations

8-Jul - Jeremy Weinstein, Professor of Political Science, Stanford
         Policing politicians