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Wrongful Arson Convictions and Developments in the Forensics of Fire Investigations
Over the past several decades, the forensics underlying fire investigations have progressed from an art to a science. Fires that were previously ruled arson were in fact accidental. As a result, many defendants serving time for arson are seeking, and in some cases obtaining, post-conviction relief on the grounds of actual innocence. This video considers the impact of the new fire science on wrongful convictions with a focus on the case of Letitia (Teri) Smallwood who was sentenced to life in prison in 1972. Included are interviews with Teri’s sister Lisa Smallwood and John Lentini, a fire investigation expert, as well as Nilam Sanghvi and Josh Snyder, attorneys with the Innocence Project of Pennsylvania. The video was produced and directed by Liz Frawley, L’15; Yosha Gunasekera, L’15; and Tyler Neal, L’16.
Privacy Conference: Technology to Enhance or Replace End User Responsibility for Privacy
CTIC Privacy Conference April 24, 2015 Since the Snowden revelations of 2013, countless articles have been written advising users on raising their information security and privacy awareness by taking a more defensive approach in their online lives. These approaches often require users to develop a deeper understanding of new technologies and tools, a proposition many users do not relish. This panel will discuss how technology can be used to enhance user privacy without inadvertently making the problem worse. Lorrie Faith Cranor (Carnegie Mellon University) Roger Dingledine (Tor Project) John Verdi (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) Moderator: Jonathan Smith (University of Pennsylvania)
Privacy Conference: Cognitive Limits to End User Responsibility for Privacy
CTIC Privacy Conference April 24, 2015 The ability of users to manage their privacy with increasingly complex technologies depends heavily on the user’s ability to understand their environment. This panel will draw on expertise in cognitive and social psychology, and privacy law to explore whether and how end users can exercise control over their information privacy. Jonathan Baron (University of Pennsylvania) Ryan Calo (University of Washington) Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (New York University) Moderator: Tess Wilkinson-Ryan (University of Pennsylvania)
Your House Is Their House
"Your House Is Their House" considers civil forfeiture in Philadelphia and the class action lawsuit that has been filed in an attempt to remedy its abuses. Civil forfeiture is the process by which the government is allowed to seize personal property--cash, cars, and houses--used in or connected with the commission of a crime even though its owners have not been charged with a crime or suspected of committing a crime, let alone convicted of a crime. The video features interviews with Christos Sourovelis, a named plaintiff in the class action, and his wife Markela, as well as two of their attorneys, Darpana Sheth and David Rudovsky. Also interviewed are local journalist Isaiah Thompson and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. This video was produced and directed by Monisha Bhayana, Courtney Brown, and Maria Cardi, all L'15, who originated the project.
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