Fall 2007 Symposium – Leviathan’s Network: Municipal Wireless and Civil Liberties
Friday, November 2, 2007
Despite uncertainties in the municipal wireless market, cities across the country continued to build their own wireless (Wi-Fi) networks. This symposium explored the unique legal questions raised by these new networks, with particular attention to users’ First Amendment and privacy rights.
Time and Location
1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
New York University School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
This event is free and open to the public. Photo I.D. is required for admission.
CLE Credits in the area of Professional Practice will be offered for full event attendance.
|1:15 – 1:30 p.m||GREETINGS AND OPENING REMARKS|
|1:30 – 2:15 p.m||PANEL I: CHALLENGES TO OPERATING A MUNICIPAL NETWORK
This panel will consider the various legal and fiscal structures municipalities utilize to establish and control their wireless networks: from contracting with a private provider, to creating the network within a department of the city. The panelists will discuss the costs and benefits of the different models, and how each achieves oversight and accountability. The panel will also explore the motivations of municipalities in establishing these networks, including an analysis of the market for consumer broadband in American cities.
|2:15 -2:30 p.m||COFFEE BREAK|
|2:30 – 4:00 p.m||PANEL II: CIVIL LIBERTIES ON A GOVERNMENT OWNED NETWORK
As public entities, municipalities are bound by Constitutional requirements that differ from those applied to private network owners. This panel will consider the implications of user privacy and First Amendment rights when municipalities own or operate a portion of the communications infrastructure.
|4:00 – 4:15 p.m||CLOSING REMARKS|
Confirmed panelists include:
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director
ACLU of Northern California
Baller Herbst Law Group
Alexander H. Southwell
Gibson, Dunn & Cruthcer