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  • What Would Our Founding Fathers Think of Facebook? Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, and many many more. We can’t get enough of social media, but at what cost to our personal privacy? In the social networking age, it’s an interesting conversation set to take place at the National Constitution Center tonight. From the Constitution Center’s official site:

"What would happen if social networking sites were subject to the Bill of  Rights? With 750,000,000 members, Facebook is the third largest nation  in the world. Should it have a Constitution? If so, what rights and  responsibilities should be included?"

It will be a panel discussion moderated by Technically Philly and The20’s @christopherwink and including law professor Lori Andrews, Forbes writer Kashmir Hill and Jennifer Preston of The New York Times.
Andrews, who has even drafted a Social Media Constitution, says in a Philly.com story Thursday:

""We need to rethink our law and the values behind the law. Judges, in particular, need to be far better educated in the  issues regarding privacy on the Web. We need to define, with much better  nuance, what we expect to keep private. And we need to review how we’ve  handled other new technologies when they appeared."

More to come from this event, but it’s an interesting discussion that is far from finished. What do you think: does social media need a Constitution?
-LD
[@christopherwink, National Constitution Center, Philly.com]
Photo: National Constitution Center

    What Would Our Founding Fathers Think of Facebook? Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, and many many more. We can’t get enough of social media, but at what cost to our personal privacy? In the social networking age, it’s an interesting conversation set to take place at the National Constitution Center tonight. From the Constitution Center’s official site:

    "What would happen if social networking sites were subject to the Bill of Rights? With 750,000,000 members, Facebook is the third largest nation in the world. Should it have a Constitution? If so, what rights and responsibilities should be included?"

    It will be a panel discussion moderated by Technically Philly and The20’s @christopherwink and including law professor Lori Andrews, Forbes writer Kashmir Hill and Jennifer Preston of The New York Times.

    Andrews, who has even drafted a Social Media Constitution, says in a Philly.com story Thursday:

    ""We need to rethink our law and the values behind the law. Judges, in particular, need to be far better educated in the issues regarding privacy on the Web. We need to define, with much better nuance, what we expect to keep private. And we need to review how we’ve handled other new technologies when they appeared."

    More to come from this event, but it’s an interesting discussion that is far from finished. What do you think: does social media need a Constitution?

    -LD

    [@christopherwink, National Constitution Center, Philly.com]

    Photo: National Constitution Center

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