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Dr. Liz Bowman

Dr. Elizabeth Bowman
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Information: Army Social Computing Research
Tuesday, December 5th
Haldeman 041 Kreindler Conference Room
4:00 PM

Dr. Fabio Pierazzi

Dr. Fabio Pierazzi
Royal Holloway University of London
Network Security Analytics for Detection of Advanced Cyberattacks
Tuesday, November 28th
Sudikoff Trust Lab (L045)
12:30 PM

V.S. Subrahmanian

V.S. Subrahmanian
Dartmouth Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society
Bots, Socks, and Vandals
Tuesday, November 14th
Carson L01
5:00 PM 

Rand Beers

Rand Beers ('64)
Big Data, the Internet, and Social Media:  The Road to the November 2016 Election
Wednesday, November 8th
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
4:30 PM 

Fright Night Imge

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?
ISTS Looks at the Dark Web on Halloween Night
Tuesday, October 31st
udikoff  045 Trust Lab (dungeon)
7:30 PM - RSVP
Space is Limited 

Sal Stolfo

Salvatore J. Stolfo 
Columbia University
A Brief History of Symbiote Defense
Tuesday, October 31st
Rockefeller 003
5:00 PM

Dan Wallach

STAR-Vote: A Secure, Transparent, Auditable and Reliable Voting System

Professor Dan Wallach
Rice University
Thursday April 27, 2017
Carson L01, 5:00 PM

Ben Miller Dragos

Pandora's Power Grid - What Can State Attacks Do and What Would be the Impact?

Ben Miller
Chief Threat Officer, Dragos, Inc.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
Kemeny 007, 4:30 PM
Brendan Nyhan




Factual Echo Chambers? Fact-checking and Fake News in Election 2016.

Professor Brendan Nyhan
Dartmouth College
Thursday May 4, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dickie George


Espionage and Intelligence

Professor Dickie George
Johns Hopkins University
Thursday May 11, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dan Wallach

A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine

Ukrainian Cybersecurity Researchers
Thursday April 6, 2017
Oopik Auditorium 5:30 PM

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Words as Ammunition in the "Copyright Wars"

Thursday April 5, 2012
12:00 to 2:00 pm
Words as Ammunition in the “Copyright Wars”
DCAL, 102 Baker Library

Copyright Wars

Roundtable discussion with William Patry, based on his book  "Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars", joined by Denise Anthony, Barbara DeFelice, Christiane Donahue, and Tom Luxon. Registration required on the DCAL Sign-up page.

Lunch and book provided with registration. Open to Dartmouth College students, faculty and staff.


"Piracy", "stealing", "protection",  and "theft" are among the words used as ammunition in the copyright wars that are being waged with more intensity since the advent of digital information technologies.  What do those words really mean and why are they used in discussions of what are really business and legal transactions, not moral issues?

In his book "Moral panics and the copyright wars", William Patry describes the way words have been used to create a sense of fear of new ways of using and sharing information in the digital age. Patry argues that in the case of copyright, many of the words commonly used only serve to confuse people and mask the real issues, which concern business transactions and a fight for customers and customer control.

To truly engage in productive discussions of copyright and to influence future developments, it is critical to first understand the words that have been used for centuries in the "copyright wars", and then to develop a new and more accurate vocabulary.

Last Updated: 2/6/14