Thanks for visiting my Web site. I am an expert on the impact of emerging technologies on society, with a particular emphasis on cybersafety and digital citizenship for K-12 students, educator misconduct, personal and workplace privacy, cybertraps (the legal risks arising out of the use and misuse of technology), separation of church and state, and the culture wars in American society.
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I live in Brooklyn, NY with my wife, Dr. Amy Werbel, and one or more related members of the millennial generation. Prior to our move in 2013, I lived for 23 years in Burlington, VT, where I served (among other things) as chairman of the Burlington School Board. Additional information is available throughout this Web site.
Lecturer and Educational Consultant
For the past twenty years, I have organized and presented seminars and lectures on a wide range of topics relating to my professional work and research. My entertaining, dynamic, and informative lectures are suitable for a variety of audiences, and can be adapted to the specific needs of your organization:
- Breakout Session or Moderated Panel
- Professional Development for Educators or Administrators
- Policy and Procedure Workshop for Administrators and School Boards
- Presentation to Students (K-12); and/or
- Community Information Night
To schedule a presentation on any of these topics, or to have a lecture tailored to your organization’s interests or needs, click here to contact me.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Here is a partial list of my upcoming lectures:
- 17-21 October 2017 — Professional Practices Institute [Planning Committee], Phoenix, AZ
- 26 October 2017 — “Pornography,” Art & Ethics, Fordham University, New York, NY
- 30 October 2017 — “Censorship,” Art & Ethics, Fordham University, New York, NY
- 4-15 December 2017 — “Law, Technology & Educators,” Guangdong University for Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
- 2-6 January 2017 — Ted Andrews Winter Symposium [PPI Planning Committee], San Diego, CA
- 17-20 February 2017 — Alaska Society for Technology in Education, Anchorage, AK
- 5-16 March 2017 — Allen Smith Fellowship, Simmons College, Boston, MA
- 8 March 2017 — “The Bullycide Myth,” National Association of Independent Schools, Atlanta, GA
- 15 March 2017 — “Cybertraps for Educators,” Kentucky Association of School Administrator’s (KASA) Education Law and Finance Symposium, Lexington, KY
Author and Freelance Writer
In response to the passage of the Communications Decency Act in 1996, I began researching the legislative and media response to the rise of the online adult industry. The resulting book, Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first of what are now seven mainstream non-fiction books. The others are:
- The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom 2003);
- The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture (Prometheus Books 2006);
- The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court (Beacon Press 2008);
- American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right (Beacon Press 2010);
- Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream 2011);
- Cybertraps for Educators (2015); and
- Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads (2016).
In addition to these books, I have written numerous magazine articles on a variety of topics, including constitutional rights (particularly freedom of speech), privacy online and in the workplace, the impact of technology on our rights and liberties, and the separation of church and state.
A Professional Highlight
My Interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show“
In August 2006, I had the privilege of appearing on “The Daily Show with John Stewart” to discuss my then-latest book, The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture. It was a little nerve-wracking, but a great deal of fun. You can watch the clip of my interview by clicking on the box below.
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