Jewish Ethics and the Internet: This Thursday at Twitter headquarters

Jewish Ethics and the Internet: How the Internet is Changing Human Relationships
When: Thurs. February 11,  6 PM
795 Folsom Street suite #600, San Francisco [map]
I stayed in San Francisco for shabbos last week and toward the end of my stay I learned that there was going to be a conference relating to Jews and the internet coming up. I also learned that it involved getting a chance to visit Twitter headquarters and get a good dinner; then the light bulb came on in my head and I finagled my way into the panel discussion. So yours truly will be a panelist with a bunch of other internet gurus, and you all should show up.

Now, I know that many of you reading this aren’t going to be anywhere near San Francisco this Thursday night, but if you do know someone that will be, maybe you can pass on the information below to someone you know in the area that may interested.


Deborah Schultz has been inventing and innovating for over 15 years in emerging technologies – where people, technology and media intersect.

David Pelcovitz, Ph.D. teaches Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education in Manhattan and serves as special assistant to the president of Yeshiva. He is a world renowned psychologist and speaker.

Auren Hoffman is CEO of Rapleaf, a social data provider that helps companies better understand their consumers.Rapleaf currently has social data about 375+ million consumers worldwide.

Heshy Fried is the creator of, one of the largest orthodox Jewish blogs with 2500 daily readers. He has built an active Jewish community online through blogging social networking and forums.

Del Harvey is the Director of Trust and Safety at Twitter. Harvey works to define policy and to ensure user safety in the challenging realm of modern social media.  Prior to joining Twitter, she spent five years as the law enforcement liaison for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, working with agencies ranging from local police departments to the FBI, US Marshals, and the Secret Service.  She also developed a website to help preteens and teenagers deal with such issues as cyberbullying, stalking, and online sexual harrassment and another website to help women in abusive relationships find help resources.

Bruce K. Taragin has 17 years experience as a venture capital investor, entrepreneur, technology investment banker and corporate attorney.  Prior to joining Blumberg Capital in 1998, Bruce co-founded and held several senior management positions within technology companies including Charles River Computers. Bruce also structured and managed early-stage technology transactions at Hambrecht & Quist, Mayer Brown & Platt and Bankers Trust Company. A native of New York, Bruce earned his BA in Finance and Communications, cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and his MBA and JD from Fordham University. Bruce serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of DoubleVerify, CaseStack, Insightix, LiteScape, Correlix, Nolio, Revionics and Sweepery. He also serves on the board and the investment monitoring committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Northern California

Specific topics

Deborah Schultz: Has the internet changed the nature of relationships and community? Everything you need to know you can learn from Synagogue

Dr. David Pelcovitz: How the internet is changing Jewish life: Are we aware of all of the implications?

Panel Discussion: The Panel Discussion will discuss these issues and more:

1. Do internet companies think about the ethical implications of the technology they are creating?

2. Is the internet companies’ job to just create the technology and it’s the users’ job to determine what are ethical uses, or the companies have a responsibility as well?

3. What are the implications of the blurring between public and private life?

4. The Michael Phelps/Tiger Woods Issue: How does the quick proliferation and permanence of pictures, audio and video going to affect people’s reputations. Is repentance and salvaging one’s reputation now much more difficult?

5. What are the implications of high school and college students posting pictures and statements online that will later affect their reputations and employment possibilities.

6. Status Updates and Tweets: Does the constant update of our lives to others make us more narcissistic?

7. Avatars and Anonymity: Are people becoming less socially adept and more cowardly with the ability to hide behind avatars and anonymous screen names?


More information: Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz

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