Innovation Policy Colloquium


Professors Helen Nissenbaum and Katherine Strandburg
Spring 2017

Wednesdays, 2:10-4:00 pm, 245 Sullivan Street, Furman Hall, Room 210
Thursdays, 5:00-6:50 pm, 40 Washington Square South, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

3 credits

The Innovation Policy Colloquium focuses each year on different aspects of the law’s role in promoting creativity and invention.

This year, we will examine the legal and policy challenges raised by society’s increasing reliance on so-called “big data” in a broad range of public and private endeavors, such as targeted advertising, assessment of credit worthiness, urban management, healthcare, law enforcement and counterterrorism.

The Colloquium has two components. Class readings will explore issues such as privacy, equity, reliability, innovation and transparency from a variety of perspectives -- societal, legal, ethical, political, and humanistic. Open Colloquium sessions will feature works-in-progress presented by an interdisciplinary slate of leading scholars. Interested faculty, researchers and alumni will be invited to attend these sessions. Readings and discussion prior to each presentation will prepare students to participate fully in these sessions. Each Colloquium student is required to write an independent research paper on some aspect of the "big data" issue.

Spring 2017 Schedule of Presenters

Wednesday, JANUARY 25
Foster Provost,
Professor of Data Science and Information Systems, Andre Meyer Faculty Fellow, Information, Operations & Management Sciences Department, Stern School of Business
Guest Lecture: An Introduction to Data Science

Thursday, JANUARY 26
Cathy O’Neil, Data Scientist and Author
Guest Lecture: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 1
Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, Founding Member, MSR-NYC lab
Guest Lecture: Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges

Thursday, FEBRUARY 9
Solon Barocas, Postdoc Researcher, Microsoft Research

Thursday, FEBRUARY 16
Julia Angwin, Author, Dragnet Nation, Journalist, ProPublica

Thursday, FEBRUARY 23
Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa

Thursday, MARCH 2
Martha Poon, Research Affiliate, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Thursday, MARCH 9
Mireille Hildebrandt, Professor of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS)

Thursday, MARCH 30
Barbara Evans, Professor of Law, George Butler Research Professor, Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law, University of Houston Law Center

Thursday, APRIL 13
Elizabeth Joh, Professor of Law, U.C. Davis School of Law

Pending approval, 2 New York CLE credits in the Area of Professional Practice will be given to both experienced and newly attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) and is presented in traditional (in person) format.

Questions about the Colloquium should be addressed to Nicole Arzt at or (212) 998-6013.