March 12, 2016
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Bringing together leaders from the technology industry, government and law enforcement, this discussion will shed light on the serious IRL impact of online trolling, dissect the pitfalls local and federal legislation face when prosecuting online harassment and whether new laws will improve efforts in combating online hate.
Hashtags: #sxsw #OnlineHarassment
New York Law School
Ari Ezra Waldman is the Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School. He is the Founder and Director of the Tyler Clementi Institute for Cyber Safety, a full service academic center of excellence that includes, among other things, the country's only pro bono law school clinic dedicated exclusively to helping victims of cyber harassment find justice. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
Professor Waldman serves on the Data Privacy Advisory Committee of the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York City, the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and the Leadership Council of OUTLeadership. He is the Privacy Issues Expert for About.com and the Legal Editor at Towleroad.
US REP IN CONGRESS
US House of Representatives
Congresswoman Katherine Clark proudly serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts. She was first elected in a special election in December of 2013.
Katherine’s career in public service is driven by her commitment to helping children and families succeed. She is a vocal advocate for ending wage discrimination, protecting women’s health care, access to affordable, high-quality child care, paid family leave, safer schools, and other reforms to address the challenges women and families face. She believes that Congress must work to end the glaring disconnect between the needs of families at home and priorities in Washington.
Katherine is an outspoken advocate against online threats and harassment, and has authored legislation to combat online abuse, including the Prioritizing Online Threat Enforcement Act and the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act.
In Congress, she brings her experience as a state senator, state representative, general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general.
Katherine serves on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In the House Democratic Caucus she serves as a Senior Whip, and is a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. Katherine is a member of several caucuses in Congress, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Women’s Caucus.
Sgt BA Finley
Johns Creek Police Department
Detective Sergeant Finley is a 20 year veteran of law enforcement. He has served in almost every facet of law enforcement from Patrol, Traffic, Undercover Narcotics, SWAT and Criminal Investigations.
He is currently assigned as Supervisor over the Criminal Investigations Unit in his department in metropolitan Atlanta Georgia. Along with his supervisor duties he primarily works online/cyber related crimes.
Sergeant Finley has worked with The Georgia Bureau of Investigation – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in tracking and arresting child predators on the internet. He is a member & Agency Representative for the National White Collar Crime Center and also a member of the High Tech Criminal Investigators Association.
Sergeant Finley was the lead investigator in a multi-state and international swatting investigation that involved a suspect who had swatted 40+ cities in the US and Canada. He worked with the FBI Atlanta- Cyber Unit and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia Canada to track, identify and arrest the international serial swatting suspect.
New York Times Magazine featured a story of the yearlong investigation of the serial swatting suspect. Ultimately he was arrested in Canada and charged with the crimes he committed here in the USA. Some of his charges included criminal harassment, extortion (sextortion) and Identity theft.
He has also worked with Westchester Co. NY Police and the District Attorney’s office to track down and identify another serial swatting suspect that had committed numerous incidents all over the US.
Sergeant Finley is currently working with his Georgia State Representative to enact Georgia's first swatting law.
He is also scheduled to appear in several documentary films to speak about swatting and online harassment.
Sergeant Finley also developed and teaches a Women's & Teen girls self defense class. It not only deals with tips on physical safety but online safety as well.