Levin College of Law

2024 Technology, Media, & Privacy Law Conference

2024 Technology, Media, & Privacy Law: Large Language Models (LLMs) and Their Impact on Law and Journalism

Friday, March 1, 2024 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

About the Technology, Media, & Privacy Law Conference

The annual Technology, Media, & Privacy Law Conference (TMPL) addresses how technological advancements are reshaping privacy and free speech issues in the fields of law, journalism, and public policy. The rapid adoption of Large Language Models (LLMs) across the legal and journalism fields raises a host of urgent legal and ethical policy choices for lawyers and the press. Large Language Models are forms of Artificial Intelligence wherein the LLMs use text-based learning to train themselves to generate text. They are artificial neural networks pre-trained on large amounts of data. The evolution of technology has forever altered how lawyers and the press approach the use of LLMs and raises critical legal and ethical policy considerations. This conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners to introduce LLMs to lawyers and journalists who may not be familiar with them and to explore the opportunities and risks of entrusting crucial decisions to automation via LLMs.

The TMPL conference is hosted by the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

You may find speaker biographies here.

The 2024 Technology, Media & Privacy Conference will be held in-person in Gainesville and virtually via Zoom. The Conference is being held at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom in Holland Hall 180. Green Parking restrictions will be lifted for the event and lunch will be served.

Registration is free; please register here. Please note that although the registration link is through Zoom, you can indicate if you will attending virtually or in-person on the registration form.

This conference has been approved for 8.5 General CLE credits and 8.5 Technology CLE credits by the Florida Bar.

2024 Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 1, 2024
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET | Welcome Address and Introductions
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET | Session 1: LLMs & Hallucinations/Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  
    • Jane Bambauer, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Professor of Law and Brechner Eminent Scholar Chair, College of Journalism and Communications (Moderator)
    • AJ Alvero, University of Florida Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law, Computational Social Scientist
    • Vincent Binschaedler, University of Florida Warrington College of Business, Computer & Information Science & Engineering Assistant Professor
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET | Session 2: LLMs & the Law  
    • Thomas Haley, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Assistant Professor (Moderator)
    • Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Chair in U.S. Constitutional Law
    • Jennifer Walker Elrod, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge
    • William F. Hamilton, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Senior Legal Skills Professor
    • Jon L. Mills, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Dean Emeritus
  • 12:30 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. ET | Luncheon and Session 3: LLMs and Privacy  
    • Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Senior Fellow – Tech Policy at Mozilla (Moderator)
    • Amy Mitchell, Center for News, Technology & Innovation, Executive Director
    • Courtney Radsch, Center for Journalism and Liberty, Open Markets Institute, Director
    • Amy Sanders, University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and Media, Associate Professor
    • Jared Schroeder, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Associate Professor
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET |  Keynote Address: Trust & Safety in an AI Dominated World 
    • Anika Collier Navaroli, Columbia University Journalism School, Tow Center for Digital Journalism,  Fellow
  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET | Session 4: LLMs & Changing Professional Environments  
    • Jonathan Marshfield, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Associate Professor (Moderator)
    • Alex Kirkpatrick, USDA-NIFA National AI Institute for Transforming Workforce and Decision Support, Science Communication Specialist
    • Mark Klingensmith, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, Judge
    • Renee Thompson, Upchurch Watson White and Max, Mediator
The speaker lineup is subject to change.

Published: February 6th, 2024

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