Edgar M. Snyder Distinguished Visitor Lecture
From Novelty to Necessity: How the Internet Is Reshaping What It Means to Communicate, and How the Law Can Keep Up
When Rick Klau started the first online-only law journal in 1995, publishing on the web was still a novelty. Today, social networks have empowered more than one billion people to speak online. This past June, the United Nations declared that countries who seek to block access to the Internet are denying their citizens their basic human rights. Klau will draw on his experience at Blogger, YouTube and Google+ to discuss how people around the world are using new technologies to communicate online, address the legal implications of emerging technologies, and take questions from the audience about where this is all heading.
Biography of Rick Klau
Rick Klau is a Partner at Google Ventures where he is responsible for leading Startup University. Klau was previously a Product Manager at Google where he led product initiatives on Blogger, Google+, and YouTube. Klau's earlier professional experience includes leadership roles at several software and Internet startups. He was an early employee at FeedBurner, where he ran the publisher services team until Google acquired the company in 2007. Klau received dual degrees from Lafayette College, and while a student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he founded the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the world's first student-edited law journal to publish exclusively online. He serves on Richmond Law's Alumni Association Board of Directors. Outside of his love of technology, Klau is also a political junkie. He has lent technology advice to three U.S. Presidential campaigns, ran the campaign weblog for President Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race, and ran product strategy for and managed Google's presence at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
About the Program
Edgar M. Snyder
The Edgar M. Snyder Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program was created in 2006 by Mrs. Edgar (Sandy) Snyder in honor of Edgar's 40 years of distinguished service to the legal profession. This program has been established to invite legal practitioners and scholars to visit the School of Law at the University of Pittsburgh to address issues that will benefit law students and faculty. These scholars will emphasize ethical aspects of the legal profession or their field of expertise, with a goal to enrich knowledge and understanding of these issues.