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The Slander Industry
Start Date: 11/18/2021Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 11/18/2021End Time: 2:00 PM
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About the Program: 

On April 2021, New York Times reporters Kashmir Hill and Aaron Krolick offered a deep look into what they referred to as “the slander industry.” This industry consists of a web of sites hosting unverified and potentially life-ruining claims about individuals. The slanders are quickly duplicated by other websites and soon dominate search results on Google. The report further revealed a symbiotic relationship between the sites that host slander and the “reputation management” companies who remove it.     ​

Join us for a fascinating conversation with New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill on the slander industry, its cozy relationship with reputation management firms, ethical boundaries, and regulatory challenges.


Moderated by Yafit Lev-Aretz, Assistant Professor of Law at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College 

Kashmir Hill

Kashmir Hill is a tech reporter at The New York Times. She writes about the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives, particularly when it comes to our privacy.

She joined The Times in 2019, after having worked at Gizmodo Media Group, Fusion, Forbes Magazine, and Above the Law. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Washington Post. She has degrees from Duke University and New York University, where she studied journalism.

Tech Ethics at the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity:

Professor Yafit Lev-Aretz is the Director of the Robert Zicklin Center’s Program on Tech EthicsTech Ethics examines the ethical dilemmas associated with the various technology applications, including in the context of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data. The tech ethics program is designed to increase awareness of such ethical dilemmas and foster a conversation on the positive and negative impacts of technology. The program also aims to equip future leaders with the insights and perspectives needed to make complex decisions about the use of technology in business and society.

Professor Lev-Aretz is a tech policy expert, researching the fascinating relationship between the law, technology, and society.  She has written about information privacy, the growing use of algorithmic decision-making, intrusive means of news dissemination, choice architecture in the age of big data, and the ethical challenges posed by machine learning and artificially intelligent systems. Additionally, her research highlights the legal treatment of beneficial uses of data, such as data philanthropy and the data for good movement, striving to strike a delicate balance between solid privacy protections and competing values.


12:30 pm – Program begins

2:00 pm – Program concludes


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Please register online via Zoom.

Contact Information:
Name: Ruzdo Srdanovic
Phone: 646-312-3231
Nov Tech
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