December 18: Luncheon Series: “The Internet and Democracy: Problems and Ideas”


Berkman Center Luncheon Series
Guest: Victoria Stodden of Stanford University
Topic: “
The Internet and Democracy: Problems and Ideas”

Tuesday, December 18, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center Conference Room
23 Everett St., 2nd Floor, Cambridge MA

The Internet has enormous potential: it can educate voters on issues, provide tools for self expression to both peers and to policy makers, and even spread ideas about democratic notions themselves. This talk examines the benefits and pitfalls of these aspects and argues a successful approach to understanding the phenomena will address the problems created by the Internet as well as its potential.

About Victoria

Victoria Stodden recently finished her Statistics Ph.D. with Professor David Donoho at Stanford University. She is currently enrolled in the Law School and is teaching two classes there (Law 374 Empirical Legal Analysis and Law 468 Statistical Inference) as a Lecturer in Law. Victoria also completed a master’s degree in statistics at Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia.

In the summer of 2000, she was an intern at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Labs in New York working on speech recognition. She passed her qualifying exams in summer 2001. In the summer of 2002 Victoria worked on Optical Character Recognition at (formerly Xerox PARC) in Palo Alto. Since then she has taught stats212, Applied Statistics with SAS, a new course she developed here in this department.


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This event will be webcast live. Webcast viewers can join the discussion through IRC text chat or in the virtual world Second Life. If you miss the live chat, catch the podcast audio & video at MediaBerkman.

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