Wikidemocracy: How We Can Save Free Speech, Privacy, and Democratic Values
From Ewan McAndrew on August 23rd, 2017
Susan N. Herman, the President of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008 after having served on the ACLU Board of Directors, on its Executive Committee, and as General Counsel. As Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, she teaches courses in Criminal Law and Procedure and Constitutional Law, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. Her most recent book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2011 and was the winner of the 2012 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. She is also the author of Terrorism, Goverment and Law: National Authority and Local Authority in the War on Terror and The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, as well as many law review articles.
Wikimania is the annual conference celebrating Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects with three days of conferences, discussions, meetups, training, and workshops. Hundreds of volunteers and Free Knowledge leaders from around the world gather to discuss issues, report on new projects and approaches, and exchange ideas.
Themes of the conference included the advancement of Free Knowledge, the role of academic and cultural institutions within the movement, privacy and rights, and the role of technology to further those objectives. Wikimania 2017 also featured a deeper look about the role of the Movement within the Francophonie, and a number of program elements focusing on advancement of French within the projects.