RSVP for July 10 Panel & Reception @ Wikimedia SF

Hi all,

Were you affected by the SOPA-related website blackouts in 2012? Are you intrigued by the way social media has sparked movements and political revolutions across the world? Interested in learning more about how lawyers and advocates can help create social change by advising corporations?

The Wikimedia Foundation invites you to a presentation and panel discussion featuring tech industry experts discussing their unique role as advocates for change in law and in practice. A reception with wine, beer, and snacks will follow after, with plenty of time to mingle and meet others in the field.

===Background===
In 2011, the Wikimedia Foundation took an unprecedented role in driving social change by publicly taking a stand against impending legislation that threatened civil liberties on the Internet. During this process, Wikimedia’s General Counsel, Geoff Brigham, played a key role in advocacy and in educating the public on the legal rationale behind the decision and the legal policy implications going forward. With the rising influence of the Internet on both law and social issues, lawyers are in a unique position to advise corporations on critical social concerns including privacy, free speech, and access to information.

===Theme===
Discussion will include the role of counsel in advising corporations on emerging Internet concerns, and the ability of outside advocates to influence corporate decision-making. The key question: Through traditional and non-traditional advisory roles, how can lawyers drive social change in the age of the Internet?

===Speakers===
Geoff Brigham, General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Cindy Cohn, Legal Director/General Counsel, EFF
Amy Keating, Litigation Counsel, Twitter
Jishnu Menon, Product and Data Counsel, Mozilla
Derek Slater, Policy Manager, Google
Luis Villa, Deputy General Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation

===Details===
Date: July 10, 2013
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Host: Wikimedia Foundation
Location:149 New Montgomery St., 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA
This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended.

Please contact Tiffany Li at tli@wikimedia.org for any questions or concerns.

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