Dean's Lecture

Regulating Reputational Systems

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Eric Goldman
Reputational information helps decision-makers predict a company's or person's future performance based on their past behavior. Our economy is filled with systems that capture and publish reputational information; examples include credit reporting databases, eBay feedback ratings, job references and consumer product reviews . This talk will survey various reputational systems, discuss some lessons about designing and implementing them, and explore how legal regulation can help or hinder the process.

Eric Goldman is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law. Before he became a full-time academic in 2002, he practiced Internet law for 8 years in the Silicon Valley, including a stint as General Counsel of His research and teaching focuses on Internet, intellectual property, and marketing law topics; he blogs on those topics at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog.

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August 23, 2016