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Symposium explores trends in online social networking

23 March 2006

ATTENTION: Internet, business, youth and popular culture writers, editors

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 yanwar@berkeley.edu

A symposium on "Social Networking and On Line Communities" at the University of California, Berkeley. The keynote speaker will be Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the Palo Alto-based Facebook.com, which has more than 8 million members and restricts membership to users with academic e-mail addresses.

Membership to Web sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Friendster is burgeoning, particularly among college and high school students. Users can post personal profiles and make friends online. But there are also risks involved, such as online stalking and profiles that can haunt students when they're looking for jobs. The conference will examine the pros and cons of online social networking and how universities can help minimize inappropriate uses of the technology.

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 27

Krutch Theatre, Bldg. #14 on UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr campus. See campus map at www.berkeley.edu

The event is being sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region VI Northern California and by UC Berkeley's Division of Student Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Education, Health and Human Services, Graduate Division and College of Letters and Science. More than 200 student affairs professionals from universities and community colleges around California will attend.

Registration for the symposium is closed due to full enrollment.