Information Law Institute

Past Colloquia

Spring 2010


Friday, January 29, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.


Jonathan Smith, Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Computer and Information Science
Title Distributed Radio Systems
Location Room 1302, 251 Mercer Street

Cosponsored with NYU Computer Science Department and NYU-Poly Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Security and Privacy


Abstract: Networks of radios are commonplace, but distributed systems of radios, with multiple interconnected radio nodes operating as a common resource, are not. This talk illustrates some of the desired properties and opportunities of a distributed radio system and argues that such radio systems are particularly valuable in urban environments with complex reflection and interference characteristics. The addition of environmental awareness (cognitive radio) allows adaptation in the faces of dynamics caused by mobility. Active adaptation to some dynamics such as shadowing is possible, and this adaptation can be automated using robots, leading, for example, to a mobile mesh of LANdroids.


Jonathan M. Smith is the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Program Manager at DARPA 2004-2006, and was awarded the OSD Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2006. He is an IEEE Fellow. His current research interests range from programmable network infrastructures and cognitive radios to disinformation theory and architectures for computer augmented immune response.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Title:    Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life - book launch for Helen Nissenbaum
Location Fifth Floor, 20 Cooper Square at 5th Street


Cosponsored with the Humanities Initiative, NYU


Abstract: Commentaries by Katherine Strandburg, Professor of Law, NYU, and Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, NYU, and a response from Helen Nissenbaum will be followed by a reception. All welcome. 

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Senior Faculty Fellow of the Information Law Institute. Her areas of expertise span social, ethical, and political implications of information technology and digital media. Nissenbaum’s research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. She has written and edited three books and a fourth, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life, is due out in 2010, with Stanford University Press. The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, and US Department of Homeland Security have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, including search engines, digital games, and facial recognition technology. Nissenbaum holds a PhD in philosophy from Stanford University and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.


Thursday, February 18, 2010 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Speaker:    Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law & Information, Berkeley Law School and School of Information
Title Reporting from the Google Book Settlement Hearings
Location Room 214, 245 Sullivan Street


Abstract: A hearing in the Authors Guild v. Google matter is scheduled for 10am on Feb 18 at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street.  Professor Samuelson, who has submitted two letters on behalf of academic authors objecting to certain terms of the GBS settlement, will be attending and speaking at the hearing on whether the settlement should be approved. Later that day, she will share her insights and impressions about the objections discussed at the hearing and the litigants' responses to them.


Pamela Samuelson is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies are posing for public policy and traditional legal regimes. Since 1996, she has held a joint appointment with the Berkeley Law School and the School of Information. She is the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundations, and on advisory boards for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Public Knowledge, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. She is also an advisor for the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Speaker:    Niva Elkin-Koren, Global Visiting Professor, NYU School of Law; Dean and Professor of Law, University of Haifa Faculty of Law
Title User Generated Content: Tailoring Copyright for Social Production
Location Room 216, 40 Washington Square South


Cosponsored with The Institute for Public Knowledge Global Cafe Series, NYU


Abstract: The emergence of social production and User Generated Content (UGC) is challenging the fundamental tenets of copyright law. Social production which is emerging alongside the industrial production of content, is transforming the mechanisms for producing and sharing cultural goods. Copyright law, which was designed to serve the needs of the culture industry, may play a different role in the UGC environment and may carry different consequences when exercised by users-authors. The paper takes a closer look at social production and explores several legal strategies for nurturing social motivation, facilitating collaboration and enhancing social capital.

Niva Elkin-Koren is Dean and professor of law at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, and the Director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT). While visiting NYU during Spring 2010, she will teach Copyright Law in the Digital Era and work on a new book concerning the evolving structures of governances in social networks. She is the author of Intellectual Property in the Information Age (2004); coauthor of The Limits of Analysis: Law and Economics of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (forthcoming 2009) and Law, Economics and Cyberspace: The effects of Cyberspace on the Economic Analysis of Law (2004). She is the coeditor of Law and Information Technology (forthcoming 2009) and The commodification of Information (2002). Her research focuses on the legal institutions that facilitate private and public control over the production and dissemination of information. She has written extensively on copyright law and information policy, and published many articles in Hebrew and in English in prominent journals. Elkin-Koren earned her S.J.D from Stanford Law School in 1995, her LL.M from Harvard Law School in 1991, and her LL.B from Tel-Aviv University School of Law in 1989. She has been a visiting professor at leading law schools in the United States and in Europe.


Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Speaker:    Joel Reidenberg, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law 
Title The Transparent Citizen and the Rule of Law
Location Room 120, 245 Sullivan Street


Abstract: This essay explores the erosion of the boundary between public and private information on the Internet. The thesis is that the transparency of personal information available online erodes the rule of law in three ways.  First, the transparency of personal information that is created by private sector activities enables government to collect and use personal information available from the private sector in ways that side step political and legal checks and balances. Second, technical self-help in the development of network infrastructure that seeks to assure complete anonymity online may used by individuals and groups to evade legal responsibility and the rule of law. And third, the transparency of personal information puts national security and legal institutions at risk in ways that will jeopardize faith in the rule of law. The essay concludes with a discussion of governance implications and norms.


Joel R. Reidenberg is Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School. He is a former Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Chief Academic Officer of Fordham University and a former President of the University’s Faculty Senate. Reidenberg’s published books and articles explore both information privacy and information technology law and policy. He has served as an expert adviser to the US Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission on data privacy matters. He has also chaired the Section on Defamation and Privacy of the Association of American Law Schools (the academic society for American law professors) and is a former chair of the association's Section on Law and Computers. Reidenberg received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College, a JD from Columbia University, and both a D.E.A. droit international économique and a PhD in law from the Université de Paris -Sorbonne. He is admitted to the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia.

Online Hate Speech and Cyber-Harassment Summit


Monday, April 12, 2010 4:00 – 6:00 PM



Ann Bartow, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
"Actual Misogyny in Virtual Space"

Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, The University of Maryland School of Law
"Law's Expressive Value in Combating Cyber Gender Harassment"

Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law

Location Room 214, 245 Sullivan Street


Ann Bartow is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She began her teaching career as an Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University School of Law, where she also received an LL.M. in Legal Education. Professor Bartow currently teaches Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law, Patent Law, and a seminar on Pornography, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking and the Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between intellectual property laws and public policy concerns, privacy and technology law, and feminist legal theory. Her most recent publication is a review essay entitled “A Portrait of the Internet as a Young Man,” forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review. She also co-administers the “Feminist Law” blog, is a contributing editor to the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw sections of, and is a regular blogger at Download her paper, Internet Defamation as Profit Center: The Monetization of Online Harassment

Danielle Citron is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law.  Her scholarship focuses on information privacy law, cyber law, and administrative law.  Her work appears (or is forthcoming) in California Law Review, Michigan Law Review (twice), Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Boston University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, and University of Chicago Legal Forum.  She is the Chairperson for the AALS section on Defamation and Privacy, an Affiliate Fellow of the Yale Information Society Project, and an Advisory Board member of The Future of Privacy.  Danielle has presented her work widely, including at forums hosted by Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, University of Chicago Law School, University of Michigan Law School, and Princeton University. She received a JD, cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Fordham University School of Law and a BA, cum laude, from Duke University. After law school, she clerked for the late Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and was a litigation associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher. Download her paper, Law's Expressive Value in Combating Cyber Gender Harassment


Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at New York University School of Law and teaches legal and political philosophy. He was previously University Professor in the School of Law at Columbia University. He was born and educated in New Zealand, where he studied for degrees in philosophy and in law at the University of Otago. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1978. He studied at Oxford for his doctorate in legal philosophy. Professor Waldron has written and published extensively in jurisprudence and political theory. His books and articles on theories of rights, on constitutionalism, on the rule of law, and on democracy, property, torture, security, and homelessness are well known, as is his work in historical political theory (on Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Hannah Arendt).


Fall 2009



Friday, October 2, 2009 8:00 – 5:30 PM
Location:    Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street

A Workshop on Federal Privacy Legislation

Chair: Ira Rubinstein, NYU School of Law
Co-Chairs: Helen Nissenbaum, Department of Media, Culture & Communication, NYU; Katherine Strandburg, NYU School of Law

Abstract: Join us for this workshop where experts from academia, industry, government, and public interest advocacy organizations will examine comprehensive federal privacy legislation under consideration by Congress. Panelists will begin the day by reviewing current bills and offering an informed analysis and debate concerning the more controversial issues such as preemption, remedies, access and choice, and safe harbors.  The morning will continue with a discussion of whether fair information practices (FIPs) should remain the foundation of privacy legislation or need to be modified or abandoned. The afternoon panels will examine emerging issues such as social networking, collective privacy and behavioral advertising and assess how well any proposed bills address these new concerns. There will also be keynote speeches by top FTC officials and participation in panels by key Congressional staffers. Our aim is to achieve meaningful progress toward a well-rounded understanding of pending legislation and perhaps even to resolve some outstanding issues. The panelists represent diverse viewpoints and we anticipate and welcome a robust debate.

Space is limited. Email Nicole Arzt at to register for this workshop.

8:45 – 11:45 Panel One: Disputed Issues in Federal Privacy Legislation
Joel Reidenberg, Fordham School of Law (moderator)
8:45 – 10:15
Access and Choice
Safe Harbors: Ira Rubinstein, Privacy, Self-Regulation and Statutory Safe Harbors

10:35 – 11:45
Preemption: Paul Schwartz, Preemption and Privacy, 118 Yale Law Journal 902 (2009)
American Bankers Association v. Brown:
Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Robert Long)
Respondent’s Brief
Issue: Whether FCRA preempts the California Financial Information Privacy Act, to the extent the state law restricts the exchange among affiliated financial institutions of information on consumers.)

Remedies: Chris Hoofnagle, Privacy Remedies
11:45 – 12:30 Panel Two: Potential Shortcomings in Baseline Privacy Legislation and Possible Solutions (Beyond FIPS?)
Anita Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School (moderator)
Deirdre Mulligan, Reframing Privacy: Regulators and Firms in the Evolution of a New American Metric
2:00 – 3:15 Panel Three: Emerging Issues - Social Networking and Collective Privacy
Katherine Strandburg, NYU School of Law (moderator)
Danielle Citron, The One-Way Mirror: Securing Participation and Privacy for Government 2.0
James Grimmelmann, Saving Facebook
Lior Strahilevitz, Collective Privacy (chapter in forthcoming book but not currently available for distribution)
Break: 3:15 – 3:45
3:45 – 5:30 Panel Four: Emerging Issues - Behavioral targeting
Katherine Strandburg, NYU School of Law (moderator)
Jane Horvath, Privacy
Helen Nissenbaum, PrivAds: Privacy Preserving Targeted Advertising


Tuesday, October 6, 2009 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Speaker:    Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Title DELETE: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age
Location Room 216, 40 Washington Square South 

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Before coming to the LKYSPP he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard¹s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to "Delete - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age", Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books, and over a hundred journal articles (including in SCIENCE) and book chapters. A native Austrian, Professor Mayer-Schönberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He chairs the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, is the cofounder of the SubTech conference series, and served on the ABA/AALS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He holds a number of law degrees, including one from Harvard and an MS (Econ) from the London School of Economics. In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the movies, and learn about architecture.

Abstract: DELETE: THE VIRTUE OF FORGETTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE (October 2009). DELETE argues that in our quest for perfect digital memories where we can store everything from recipes and family photographs to work emails and personal information, we’ve put ourselves in danger of losing a very human quality—the ability and privilege of forgetting. Our digital memories have become double-edged swords—we expect people to “remember” information that is stored in their computers, yet we also may find ourselves wishing to “forget” inappropriate pictures and mis-addressed emails. And, as Mayer-Schönberger demonstrates, it is becoming harder and harder to “forget” these things as digital media becomes more accessible and portable and the lines of ownership blur. Mayer-Schönberger examines the technology that’s facilitating the end of forgetting—digitization, cheap storage and easy retrieval, global access, and increasingly powerful software—and proposes an ingeniously simple solution: expiration dates on information.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Speaker:    Mireille Hildebrandt, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence, School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Senior Researcher, Centre for Law Science Technology & Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Title A Vision of Ambient Law
Location Room 214, 40 Washington Square South


Mireille Hildebrandt is Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Her PhD was in the legal philosophy of criminal procedure, with special focus on the role of punishment in the establishment and confirmation of legal norms. Since her move to Brussels she has studied the implications of smart technological infrastructures for the legal framework of constitutional democracy, for instance with regard to causality, liability, legal personhood, privacy and identity, citizenship, non-discrimination and data protection. She has been coordinator of profiling technologies in the research consortium on the Future of Identity in Information Society (funded by the European Commission), is a member of the stakeholder forum of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and partakes in numerous fora on the issue of profiling, rule of law and democracy. She publishes in the field of criminal law and philosophy as well as the nexus of philosophy of technology and philosophy of law. She is Associate Editor of Criminal Law and Philosophy and of Identity in Information Society (IDIS). Together with Serge Gutwirth she edited Profiling the European Citizen. Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (2008). She is also Dean of Education of the Research School on Safety and Justice in the Netherlands. For an overview of relevant publications see


Abstract: Ambient Intelligence, proactive computing, behavioural advertizing, smart monitoring and surveillance thrive on sophisticated profiling technologies. Profiling involves knowledge discovery in databases (KDD), allowing for a type of pattern recognition that is not possible by means of 'ordinary' human cognition. The profiles that result from the process of KDD are applied to individual persons or groups to anticipate their probable future behaviour. In the vision of Ambient Intelligence this should allow service providers to cater to consumers' inferred preferences even before they become aware of them. In the sphere of security it allows security agencies, police and intelligence agencies to engage in proactive policing or sentencing. These smart technologies raise a number of questions, of which those relating to privacy and security are only the more obvious ones. Social sorting, subliminal influencing and complications in the attribution of liability for harm caused challenge some of the foundations of the legal framework, requiring novel ways to think about the technological embodiment of legal instruments. I will argue that to sustain the system of checks and balances that stands for constitutional democracy, lawyers will have to re-articulate some the relevant legal protections into the socio-technical infrastructure they aim to protect against. Ambient Intelligence will require a vision of an Ambient Law. The vision of Ambient Law has been elaborated within the European Research Consortium on the Future of Identity in Information Society (FIDIS). It starts from the idea that our present legal system depends on the affordances of the technologies of the written and printed script. It then develops the idea that countervailing powers must be built into the novel technological infrastructure to complement the affordances of the written law. My presentation will also indicate how the vision of Ambient Law builds on and differs with Lawrence Lessig's idea of Code as Law and Helen Nissenbaum's notion of values in design.

*Co-Sponsor: Center for the Study of Security and Privacy (CRISSP) Distinguished Speaker Series*


Thursday, November 12, 2009 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Speaker:    Paul Ohm, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School
Title Broken Promises of Privacy: The Limits of Anonymization and the Power of Reidentification
Location Room 212, 245 Sullivan Street

Paul Ohm is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He writes in the areas of information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. Through his scholarship and outreach, Professor Ohm is leading efforts to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science. Before joining the University of Colorado, in 2006, Professor Ohm worked for the US Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as an Honors Program trial attorney. Prior to law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that he earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at The Freedom to Tinker, My paper is available at

Abstract: Computer scientists have recently undermined our faith in the privacy-protecting power of anonymization, the name for techniques for protecting the privacy of individuals in large databases by deleting information like names and social security numbers. These scientists have demonstrated they can often 'reidentify' or 'deanonymize' individuals hidden in anonymized data with astonishing ease. By understanding this research, we will realize we have made a mistake, labored beneath a fundamental misunderstanding, which has assured us much less privacy than we have assumed. This mistake pervades nearly every information privacy law, regulation, and debate, yet regulators and legal scholars have paid it scant attention. We must respond to the surprising failure of anonymization, and this Article provides the tools to do so.


Spring 2009


Date:  Friday, February 6, 2009 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Speaker:    Professor Susan Freiwald, University of San Francisco School of Law 
Title Electronic Communications Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South 

Susan Freiwald is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she teaches Cyberspace Law, Information Privacy Law and Contracts. Professor Freiwald received her BA in economics from Harvard University and her JD from Harvard Law School in 1991. Professor Freiwald clerked for Judge Amalya Kearse of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City and was a member of the Legal Studies Department of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining the USF faculty. Professor Freiwald, who worked as a software programmer before law school, has written several articles on the intersection of high technology and law, including: "Comparative Institutional Analysis in Cyberspace: The Case of Intermediary Liability for Defamation" in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and “First Principles of Communications Privacy,” in the Stanford Journal of Law and Technology. Her articles are available at: . Professor Freiwald has recently authored or co-authored law professor amicus briefs in Hepting v. AT&T (challenge to cooperation in NSA surveillance program), Warshak v. United States (challenge to warrantless access to stored e-mail), and In the Matter of the Application of the United States (challenge to warrantless access to cell-site location information).

Abstract: Electronic surveillance in the modern age often means acquiring electronic communications out of storage rather than attaching alligator clips to telephone lines. Because the statutory provisions designed to protect electronic communications have fallen out-of-date and left essential questions unanswered, law enforcement agents have faced few procedural hurdles to obtaining stored electronic communications from service providers. In other words, they have gathered extensive electronic communications information without first obtaining warrants based on probable cause. Professor Susan Freiwald will present the arguments in favor of broad Fourth Amendment protection for stored electronic communications, which she has recently made in scholarly writings and amicus briefs. While such constitutional protection faces significant hurdles, it would trump insufficient federal statutes and properly respect the privacy of electronic communications.

Date Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Speaker:    Adjunct Professor Joseph Reagle, NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
Title Wikipedia: Nazis and Norms
Location Room 206, 40 Washington Square South 

Joseph Reagle is an adjunct professor at NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication where he studies collaborative cultures, specifically Wikipedia. As a former Research Engineer at MIT's Lab for Computer Science, he served as a Working Group Chair and Author within IETF and W3C on topics including digital security, privacy, and Internet policy.

Abstract: In 1990 Mike Godwin coined his "Law of Nazi Analogies" to capture the common devolution of Usenet discourse into insulting comparisons with Nazis or Hitler. Eleven years later, Jimmy Wales wrote that it was important that the Wikipedia community "preserve and extend our culture of co-operation, with all of us standing as firmly as possible against the culture of conflict embodied in Usenet." I argue Wikipedia is a realization -- even if flawed -- of a long-held vision for a universal encyclopedia: a technology inspired vision seeking to wed increased access to information with greater human accord. And I claim Wikipedia's collaborative culture is a big factor for this success: the norms of "Neutral Point of View" ensures that the scattered pieces of what we think we know can be joined and good faith facilitates the actual practice of fitting them together.
** Co-sponsored with The Stern School’s Paduano Symposium on Business Ethics **

Date Thursday, March 12, 2009  4:30 – 6:00 PM
Speaker:    Professor Daniel J. Solove, The George Washington University Law School
Title The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet 
Location Room 2-90, Henry Kaufman Management Center, 44 West 4th Street 

Abstract: Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal expression and communication. But there’s a dark side to the story. A trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the Internet, instantly available in a Google search. A permanent chronicle of our private lives—often of dubious reliability and sometimes totally false—will follow us wherever we go, accessible to friends, strangers, dates, employers, neighbors, relatives, and anyone else who cares to look. Children and teenagers are increasingly spilling out their most personal secrets—as well as intimate details about their families and friends—in blogs and social networking sites. In a world where anybody can publish her thoughts to a world-wide audience, how should we balance privacy and free speech? How should the law protect people when harmful gossip and rumors are spread about them on the Internet?

Date Friday, March 13, 2009 10:30 – 12:30 PM
Speaker:    Professor Daniel J. Solove, The George Washington University Law School
Title Understanding Privacy 
Location Room 201, 40 Washington Square South 

Daniel J. Solove is a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. An internationally-known expert in privacy law, Solove is the author of several books, including Understanding Privacy (Harvard 2008), The Future of Reputation: Gossip and Rumor in the Information Age (Yale 2007) (winner of the 2007 McGannon Award), and The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU 2004). Professor Solove is also the author of a textbook, Information Privacy Law with Aspen Publishing Co. now in its third edition, with co-author Paul Schwartz. Solove has published more than 30 articles and essays, which have appeared in leading law reviews such as the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Duke Law Journal. Professor Solove has testified before Congress and has been interviewed and featured in several hundred media broadcasts and articles, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR. A graduate of Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Stanley Sporkin, US District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He also worked at the law firm Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. Professor Solove teaches information privacy law, criminal procedure, criminal law, and law and literature. He blogs at, which in 2007 and 2008 was selected by the ABA Journal as among the 100 best law blogs.

Abstract: What is privacy? Why is it valuable? How should we balance it against other interests? Privacy, as many have lamented, is currently a concept in disarray. Professor Daniel Solove will discuss his new book, Understanding Privacy, in which he proposes a new theory for understanding privacy that draws from a broad array of interdisciplinary sources and provides clear guidance for engaging with privacy issues in law and policy.

Date Tuesday, April 7, 2009  4:30 – 6:00 PM
Speaker:    Professor David L. Dill, Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title Electronic Voting vs. Democracy 
Location Room 204, 40 Washington Square South

David Dill has been a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University since 1987, after receiving his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an ACM and IEEE Fellow. He is a co-Principle Investigator on the NSF-funded ACCURATE voting technology project. Prof. Dill has been working actively on policy issues in voting technology since 2003. He served on the California Secretary of State's Ad Hoc Task Force on Touch-Screen Voting in 2003, and has testified on electronic voting before the US Senate, the US Election Assistance Commission, and the Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker III. He is the founder of the Verified Voting Foundation and and is on the boards of those organizations. In 2004, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Pioneer Award" for "for spearheading and nurturing the popular movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections." Prof. Dill has research interests in computational biology and formal verification as well. For more information, see

Abstract: High-tech voting seems very attractive to voters who are used to using computers for work, e-commerce, electronic banking, etc. But voting is fundamentally different from other transaction because of ballot secrecy, which makes trustworthy electronic voting a very challenging technology problem.


Fall 2008


Date Thursday, October 2, 2008  12:00 – 2:00 PM
Speakers:    Stanley Pierre-Louis, Viacom, Inc.
Professor Gideon Parchomovsky, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Gigi B. Sohn, Public Knowledge
Title The Impact of Digital Distribution Platforms on the Entertainment Industry and Proposed Policy Strategies 
Location Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South

Stanley Pierre-Louis is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Content Protection at Viacom, Inc. He is responsible for managing major intellectual property litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content, and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for Viacom and its brands, which include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 130 networks around the world), BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment and DreamWorks. Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Pierre-Louis served as co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP (NY), concentrating on intellectual property counseling and litigation. Mr. Pierre-Louis previously served as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America, where he led several important strategic copyright litigations, including the entertainment industry's litigations against, Napster and Aimster as well as the landmark US Supreme Court case MGM Studios v. Grokster, which resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of the film and music industries. Before joining the RIAA, Mr. Pierre-Louis clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was an associate at Shea & Gardener (Washington, D.C.). Mr. Pierre-Louis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University and earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the University of Chicago Law Review.

Gideon Parchomovsky, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Parchomovsky specializes in intellectual property, property law, and cyber law. Parchomovsky has already made significant contributions to the field through his wide-ranging scholarship, having written numerous articles for major law reviews on liability rules, insider trading, trademarks, domain names, internal auctions and the integration game. Most recently, he has been advocating the need for a comprehensive property theory and the need to introduce a value-oriented theory. Parchomovsky has also received the A. Leo Levin Award which is given to the best first year course teacher.

Gigi Sohn, President and Co-Founder, Public Knowledge. Ms. Sohn is an internationally known communications attorney. In September 2001, she founded Public Knowledge with Laurie Racine and David Bollier. Gigi serves as PK's chief strategist, fundraiser and public face. Gigi is a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Gigi served as a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation's Media, Arts and Culture unit and as Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm that represents citizens' rights before the FCC and the courts. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Boston University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Abstract: The impact of file sharing and the development of digital distribution platforms have indisputably transformed the face of the music industry and are in the midst of transforming the video programming industry as well. Tower Records is no more, YouTube has emerged as a significant outlet, and iTunes wields powerful influence as a generation of consumers access the predominance of their entertainment options via the Internet. This development begs a series of questions, including (1) will these developments provide new artists and “user generated content” opportunities to reach consumers; (2) what business models will develop to replace legacy revenue streams; (3) what policy strategies and legal decisions, including the Viacom/YouTube litigation and Cablevision DVR case, will reshape the landscape; and (4) what technologies, including digital rights management and new Internet platforms, will emerge. This discussion will address these very questions with a set of thought leaders in this emerging area.

Date Wednesday, October 8, 2008  12:00 – 2:00 PM
Speakers:    Professor Beth Noveck, New York Law School
Professor Philip J. Weiser, University of Colorado Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Title The Role of Technology in Governance and Opportunities for the Next Administration
Location Room 334, 245 Sullivan Street


Beth Noveck, Professor of Law, Director, Institute for Information Law and Policy, Director, Democracy Design Workshop, and Founder, Do Tank. An expert on the impact of technology on legal and political institutions, Beth Simone Noveck directs the Institute for Information Law & Policy,, New York Law School 's center for the study of intellectual property, technology and information law.  Prof. Noveck teaches in the areas of intellectual property, innovation and constitutional law as well as courses on electronic democracy and electronic government. Beth Noveck pioneered the creation of the Democracy Design Workshop,, a collaborative "do tank," where students and faculty at New York Law School and across institutions work together in teams to develop legal code and software code to foster open, transparent and collaborative ways of learning, working and governing.  Projects address, not only how law regulates technology, but how to wield technology to improve law teaching and practice, encourage participatory governance and enable collaboration within organizations and communities. Professor Noveck launched the Peer to Patent: Community Patent Review project in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Peer-to-Patent is the legal, policy and software framework to open patent examination for public participation for the first time. Prof. Noveck is the founder and organizer of the State of Play conferences, the annual event on virtual worlds research. Professor Noveck graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor and Master of Arts. She earned a JD from Yale Law School. After studying as a Rotary Foundation graduate fellow at Oxford University, she earned a doctorate at the University of Innsbruck with the support of a Fulbright grant.


Philip Weiser, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School and Visiting Professor of Law, NYU School of Law. Since arriving at the CU Law School and Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (with which he has a joint appointment) in 1999, Professor Philip J. Weiser helped to establish CU's strength in telecommunications and technology law, founding the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Professor Weiser writes and teaches in the areas of telecommunications and information policy, recently co-authoring Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age (MIT Press 2005) and Telecommunications Law and Policy (Carolina Academic Press 2006). Prior to joining the CU faculty, Professor Weiser served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the United States Department of Justice, advising him primarily on telecommunications matters. Before his appointment at the Justice Department, Weiser served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the Princeton Law and Public Affairs Program.

Abstract: Both Presidential Campaigns have emphasized the role of technology and innovation (as highlighted in this report, To evaluate the opportunities ahead, particularly insofar as new technologies can enable government itself to function more effectively, Phil Weiser will discuss this issue with Beth Noveck, the founder of the “peer-to-patent” model, the Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy and Democracy Design Workshop at New York Law School, and author of the forthcoming book on Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful. In so doing, they will evaluate the promises of “wiki-governance” and apply its teachings to a range of technology policy and other policy issues.

Date Tuesday, October 28, 2008  12:00 – 2:00 PM
Speaker:    Professor Ellen P. Goodman, Rutgers School of Law – Camden
Title Green Marketing, Consumer Protection, and Environmental Communications 
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South


Ellen Goodman, Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law – Camden. Professor Ellen Goodman specializes in the law of information technology, including telecommunications, media and intellectual property. She has been an expert panelist before the National Science Foundation, the Federal Communications Commission, the Brookings Institute, and the Aspen Institute, as well as other policy and academic audiences. Prior to joining the faculty in January 2003, Professor Goodman was a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling with a practice in information technology law. Professor Goodman graduated from Harvard College in 1988 and from Harvard Law School in 1992. She clerked for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 1992-1993.


Abstract: Professor Ellen Goodman will address this issue that is attracting increasing attention. How can those selling environmentally friendly goods be trusted to deliver on their promises and what steps can policymakers take to promote such “green” products and services. In her talk, which will focus on animal-based products, Professor Goodman will explain the relevant issues, engage with prior policy statements, see e.g., and propose appropriate policy strategies.

Date Tuesday, November 11, 2008  12:00 – 2:00 PM
Speaker:    Dr. Alfred Kahn, NERA Economic Consulting 
Discussants Professor Nicholas S. Economides, NYU Stern School of Business
Professor C. Scott Hemphill, Columbia Law School
Professor Michael Katz, NYU Stern School of Business 
Title Antitrust Law and Network Neutrality
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South 


Dr. Alfred E. Kahn is the Robert Julius Thorne Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, at Cornell University and is a Special Consultant to NERA. He has been Chairman of the New York Public Service Commission, Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, Advisor to the President (Carter) on Inflation, and Chairman of the Council on Wage and Price Stability. Dr. Kahn received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from New York University and earned his doctorate in economics from Yale University. Following service in the US Army, he served as Chairman of the Department of Economics at Ripon College in Wisconsin . He later moved to the Department of Economics at Cornell University, where he remained until he took leave to assume the Chairmanship of the New York Public Service Commission. He has also served as a court-appointed expert in State of New York v. Kraft General Foods, Inc., et al., US District Court, SDNY, Advisor to New York Governor Carey on Telecommunications Policy, and as a consultant to the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, the Ford Foundation, the National Commission on Food Marketing, the US Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Agriculture, and the City of Denver. For 15 years, he was a regular commentator on PBS's "The Nightly Business Report."


Nicholas S. Economides, Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, NYU. Nicholas Economides is an internationally recognized academic authority on network economics, electronic commerce and public policy. His fields of specialization and research include the economics of networks, especially of telecommunications, computers, and information, the economics of technical compatibility and standardization, industrial organization, the structure and organization of financial markets and payment systems, antitrust, application of public policy to network industries, strategic analysis of markets and law and economics. He holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a BSc in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics. His papers on Net Neutrality include Net Neutrality on the Internet: A Two-sided Market Analysis,, and “Net Neutrality,” Non-Discrimination and Digital Distribution of Content through the Internet, His website on the Economics of Networks was been ranked as one of the top four economics sites worldwide by The Economist magazine. Professor Economides is Executive Director of the NET Institute,, a worldwide focal point for research on the economics of network and high technology industries.

C. Scott Hemphill, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School. Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review. Law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2002-2003. Law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States, 2003-2004. John M. Olin Fellow, Columbia Law School, 2004-2006. Joined the Columbia faculty in 2006. Current areas of teaching and research interest include antitrust and regulation of industry, intellectual property, the economic structure of legal practice, and statutory interpretation.

Michael Katz joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Harvey Golub Professor of Business Leadership and a Professor of Management in July 2007. Professor Katz teaches courses in competitive and corporate strategy. Before joining NYU Stern, Professor Katz held the Sarin Chair in Strategy and Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. In addition to his academic service, Professor Katz has twice held positions in government. He served during the second Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division from September 2001 through January 2003. He served during the Clinton Administration as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission from January 1994 through January 1996. Professor Katz has published numerous articles on the economics of network industries, intellectual property, telecommunications policy and antitrust enforcement. Professor Katz earned his A.B. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, both in Economics.

Abstract: This group of distinguished scholars will have a moderated discussion, starting from Professor Kahn's discussion of the issue, as set forth in his recent paper, The Threat of Latter-Day Progressives to an Authentically Liberal Economic Policy, In so doing, they will reference their own prior work (Hemphill's Network Neutrality, Rent Extraction and the False Promise of Zero-Price Regulation,, and Katz's The Economics of Product Line Restrictions, With An Applications to the Network Neutrality Debate, as well as other relevant discussions of the issue, see, e.g., Thomas Rosch, Broadband Access Policy: The Role of Antitrust,, and Jonathan Nuechterlein, Antitrust Oversight of an Antitrust Dispute: An Institutional Perspective on the Net Neutrality Debate, In so doing, they will evaluate the potential role for antirust law as a check on the behavior of broadband providers, discussing the relevant economic issues, the institutional challenges for antitrust courts vis a vis a specialist regulator, and the potential hurdles posed by the Trinko case.

Date Tuesday, November 18, 2008  12:00 - 2:00 PM
Speaker:    Professor Neil W. Netanel, UCLA School of Law
Title Copyright's Paradox - Exploring the Tensions between Copyright Law and Free Speech 
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South 


Neil W. Netanel, is a Professor of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He teaches and writes extensively in the areas of copyright, international intellectual property, and media and telecommunications. His recent and forthcoming books include Copyright's Paradox (Oxford University Press, 2008); The Development Agenda: Global Intellectual Property and Developing Countries (Neil Weinstock Netanel ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2008); and From Maimonides to Microsoft; The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010) (with David Nimmer).


Abstract: Neil Netanel will discuss his new book, Copyright's Paradox, which explores the tensions between copyright law and free speech. The United States Supreme Court famously labeled copyright “the engine of free expression” because it provides a vital economic incentive for much of the literature, commentary, music, art, and film that makes up our public discourse. Netanel argues that copyright can still serve this vital function in the digital age. Yet today's greatly expanded copyright law often does the opposite-it is used to quash news reporting, political commentary, church dissent, historical scholarship, cultural critique, artistic expression, and new media platforms for greater expressive diversity. Netanel provides concrete illustrations of how copyright often prevents speakers from effectively conveying their message, tracing this conflict across both traditional and digital media and considering current controversies such as the YouTube and MySpace copyright infringement cases, Hip-hop music and digital sampling, and the Google Book Search litigation. The author juxtaposes the dramatic expansion of copyright holders' proprietary control against the individual's newly found ability to digitally cut, paste, edit, remix, and distribute sound recordings, movies, TV programs, graphics, and texts the world over. He tests whether, in light of these developments and others, copyright still serves as a vital engine of free expression and he assesses how copyright does -- and does not -- burden speech. Taking First Amendment values as his lodestar, Netanel argues that copyright should be limited to how it can best promote robust debate and expressive diversity, and he presents a blueprint for how that can be accomplished.

Date Monday, November 24, 2008 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Speaker:    Adjunct Professor Ira Rubinstein, NYU School of Law; Senior Fellow, Information Law Institute 
Discussants:   Professor Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Professor Philip J. Weiser, University of Colorado Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, NYU School of Law 
Title Anonymity Reconsidered 
Location Room 216, 245 Sullivan Street 


Ira Rubinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute. His research interests include Internet profiling, electronic surveillance law, online identity, Internet security and software liability. Rubinstein lectures and publishes widely on issues of privacy and security and has testified before Congress on these topics on numerous occasions. His most recent publication is Data Mining and Internet Profiling: Emerging Regulatory and Technological Approaches, co-authored with Ron Lee and Paul Schwartz, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 261 (2008). Prior to joining the ILI, he spent 17 years in Microsoft's Legal and Corporate Affairs department, most recently as Associate General Counsel in charge of the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy group. Before coming to Microsoft, he was in private practice in Seattle, specializing in immigration law. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1985. This semester, Rubinstein is teaching a seminar entitled "Anonymity and Accountability on the Internet."


Abstract: It is hard to trust the behavior of people or packets on the Internet in part due to the absence of a native "identity layer"-- i.e., a reliable way of identifying with whom we are communicating or to what we are connected. As the need for online identity grows, new concerns are raised over the loss of privacy and civil liberties that might result if Internet users are forced to give up their anonymity. This tension between identity and anonymity often results in a standoff. But what does anonymity mean? And how important is it in protecting privacy or preserving free speech? In this presentation, Ira Rubinstein takes a fresh look at some of the underlying assumptions of the identity-anonymity standoff by examining three related claims: 1) anonymity is the default in cyberspace; 2) anonymity is a key tool in protecting online privacy; and, 3) there is a right of anonymity under the First Amendment. Richard Epstein and Phil Weiser will serve as commentators.


Spring 2008


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2008  
Speaker Associate Professor Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School 
Title:   Internet Nondiscrimination Principles: Commercial Ethics for Carriers and Search Engines 
Location Room 334, 245 Sullivan Street 


Frank Pasquale joined Seton Hall after practicing law as an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP, where his work included antitrust and intellectual property litigation. Professor Pasquale's prior experience includes clerking for the Honorable Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and serving as a fellow at the Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property in Lima, Peru. Pasquale has focused his scholarship on enriching intellectual property and health law with insights from economics, philosophy, and social science. His work on search engines has been excerpted in Bellia, Post, & Berman's Cyberlaw and delivered to a plenary session of the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference. Pasquale teaches Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Law, Health Care Finance, and a seminar entitled Technology, Human Rights, and Equality. He also plans and participates in programs sponsored by the law school's Gibbons Institute for Law, Science & Technology. He is the Associate Director of the Gibbons Institute. He received his JD from Yale Law School, as well as a Masters in Philosophy from Oxford University.


Abstract: Google's advocacy for net neutrality has focused policymakers on the dangers of permitting a few dominant carriers to act as unaccountable bottlenecks controlling the flow of information. However, Google itself may soon pose more of a threat of "bottlenecking" than the carriers it is calling to account. In certain cases, leading search engines need to be held accountable for the way they collect, order, and present information. Nondiscrimination principles first proposed for carriers may also inspire fruitful regulation of search engines.

Pasquale has contributed to an archive of blog posts on search engines, available here:

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, February 29, 2008 
Speaker Dr. Shlomit Wagman, Associate, Wachtell Lipton; Fellow, Yale Information Society Project 
Title A New Liability Model for Defective Software 
Location Room 334, 245 Sullivan Street 

Dr. Shlomit Wagman is an associate at Wachtell Lipton. She has been a fellow at Yale Information Society Project since 2003. Currently, she is working on her new book entitled "Innovation Policy in Tort Law - The Example of Software Liability." In 2006, Shlomit was a visiting faculty at the Tel Aviv University. In 2005, she was appointed a special advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Justice, on the establishment of the new Authority on Law, Technology and Information. Also in 2005, she participated in Oxford Internet Institute's Doctoral Summer Program in China. She is the co-editor of the book "CyberCrime - Digital Cops in a Virtual Environment" (with Professor Balkin et al) (NYU Press, 2007). Shlomit earned a J.S.D. and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. She received a joint LL.B./BA (in Business Management) from the Hebrew University in 2001, as part of the Honors Joint Degree Program. Prior to pursuing her studies in the United States, Shlomit clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Aharon Barak, the President of the Israeli Supreme Court.

Abstract: Software is a product with unique characteristic. Law should take into account those features when assessing how to apply tort doctrines to its defects. Current law has failed to do so, as it is not fully tailored to the Information Economy in general and information products in particular. This research provides a theoretical and normative foundation for a comprehensive legal approach to defective software, drawing on Innovation Policy. It calls for a paradigm shift and the establishment of a novel theoretical framework: one which is based on the premise that software is destined to fail, hence focusing on incentives for ex-ante implementation of recovery and restoration measures rather than compensation for ex-post damages; one which builds upon the ever changing nature of software and the online update mechanism (which replaces the traditional "recall"), while allocating some responsibilities to the user; one which promotes the values of collaboration and openness, providing the community with repair tools; and one which relies upon a new set of remedies, originating in information technologies. Three hypothetical cases, discussing data corruption, security breach, and incompatibility between software, will be used to demonstrate the way such a model works. This research may have far-reaching implications when viewed as a case study of the general application of Innovation Policy in the Information Economy.

Date 6:30 - 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 25, 2008 
Moderator:   Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University and Visiting Professor of Law, NYU;

Leslie Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology;

Dunstan Hope, Director, Advisory Services, Business for Social Responsibility;

Christine Bader, Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights;

Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists;

Chuck Cossan, Microsoft

Mike Posner, President, Human Rights First;

Colin Maclay, Managing Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society;

Title:   Digital Dilemmas: A Multi-stakeholder Response to Internet Censorship and Surveillance 
Location:   Room 214, 40 Washington Square South 

Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology ("CDT"), a non-profit advocacy organization which promoting free expression, openness and innovation on today's open, decentralized global Internet. Ms. Harris is responsible for the overall vision, direction and management of the organization and serves as the organization's chief spokesperson. Since joining CDT, she has been involved with a wide range of issues related to civil liberties and the Internet, including, government data- mining for counterintelligence, government secrecy, privacy, global Internet freedom, intellectual property, data security and Internet censorship. Ms. Harris has over two decades of experience as a civil liberties, technology and Internet lawyer, public policy advocate and strategist in Washington. She testifies before Congress on issues related to technology, the Internet and civil liberties and writes, speaks on Internet issues and is regular contributor to several online publications and blogs. Prior to joining CDT, Ms. Harris was the founder and president of Leslie Harris & Associates ("LHA"), a public policy a firm committed to harnessing the power of new information technologies for public good. In that capacity, Ms. Harris played a lead role in shaping Internet legislation, including the E-rate program, which brought the power of the Internet to rural and inner city classrooms and public libraries, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") which mandated a privacy regime for children's personal information on the Internet and the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, (TEACH) which amended copyright law to support the development of online learning. She was also a key strategist and spokesperson in the effort to defeat the Communications Decency Act. Ms. Harris received her law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and her BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Dunstan Hope leads BSR's work with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies, which have included Google, SK Telecom, Cisco, Sony, Vodafone, Oracle, Verizon, Toshiba, TeliaSonera, Yahoo and the Global eSustainability Initiative. In 2005, Dunstan established and facilitated the work of the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct Implementation Group, a coalition of over 30 ICT companies seeking to raise conditions in their supply chains, including HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft and Intel. Dunstan's other main area of focus is corporate responsibility reporting. He has worked closely with GE throughout the creation of their first three sustainability reports and has worked on reporting projects with member companies including Xerox, Verizon, IBM, Gap and ExxonMobil. Prior to joining BSR in 2004, Dunstan spent five years in the corporate responsibility team at British Telecommunications. Dunstan has a Master's degree in sustainable development from Middlesex University and Forum for the Future.

Christine Bader is an Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for business and human rights, on secondment from BP plc. Since joining BP in 1999, Christine has lived in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., strengthening the company's performance on social issues. This included overseeing a human rights impact assessment for the Tangguh liquefied natural gas project in West Papua and leading the development of the company's global Human Rights Guidance Note (which is available at Christine has also served as a corps member with City Year; a Teaching Fellow in Community Service at Phillips Academy in Andover; and a New York City Urban Fellow. Christine has a BA from Amherst College and an M.B.A from Yale University. Christine has presented on business and human rights at numerous venues, including the United Nations in Geneva, Business for Social Responsibility's annual conference, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the business schools at Yale and Columbia, and the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum in London. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a New York City native.

Robert Mahoney worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East before joining CPJ in August 2005 as senior editor. He reported on politics and economics for Reuters news agency from Brussels and Paris in the late 1970s, and from Southeast Asia in the early 1980s. He covered south Asia from Delhi for three years from 1985, reporting on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination, the civil war in Sri Lanka, and the fallout from the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. In 1988, Mahoney became Reuters bureau chief for West and Central Africa based in Ivory Coast, spending considerable time in Liberia covering the civil war. He served as Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief from 1990 to 1997, directing print and later television coverage of the Palestinian intifada, the Iraqi missile attacks on Israel, the Oslo peace process, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He worked as chief correspondent in Germany from 1997 to 1999 before moving to London to become news editor in charge of politics and general news for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2004, he taught journalism for the Reuters Foundation in the Middle East, and worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. He became CPJ deputy director in January 2007.

Michael Posner, President of Human Rights First, has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement for nearly 30 years. As its Executive Director he helped the organization earn a reputation for leadership in the areas of refugee protection, advancing a rights-based approach to national security, challenging crimes against humanity, and combating discrimination. He is a frequent public commentator on these and other issues, and his opinion essays have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other papers. Michael has also testified dozens of times before the US Congress. In January 2006, Michael stepped down as Executive Director to become the President of Human Rights First. In this new position, he will focus more on public outreach, writing, and public advocacy, to advance the organization's core mission.

Abstract: When national governments want to block particular Internet activities or content or see what users are doing they typically turn to the private companies that manage pieces of the Internet, including Internet Service Providers, search engines, email services, blogging and news portals, and even hardware providers. As pressures to filter, censor, and monitor the Internet have mounted, some internet and communications technology (ICT) companies, academics, human rights activists, socially responsible investors, and civil society participants have held a series of conversations about how to respond. This event will tap project participants to have as candid a conversation as possible about the process in which they've engaged, and the role that corporations should play in response to government-mandated Internet censorship and surveillance, with particular but not exclusive emphasis on authoritarian regimes.

Date 6:30 - 8:30 PM Wednesday, April 16, 2008 
Speakers:    Lauren Cornell, Executive Director, Rhizome;

Clay Shirky, Adjunct Professor, NYU ITP;

Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School;

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor, Oxford University; Visiting Professor, NYU School of Law;
Title Future of the Internet 
Location Room 206, 40 Washington Square South 

Abstract: What will come of the next decade on the Internet? We often take for granted the state of the net today, but there's no guarantee that it will remain this way. Will the digital future be dystopian, or is there a brighter outlook ahead than some may believe? Our panelists -- thinkers and net visionaries -- will provide their perspectives on the future of the net, with backgrounds ranging from art, law, technology, politics, media, culture, and entrepreneurship. We will tap in to each speaker's knowledge to provide a unique vision of the digital future, and will engage with members of the audience to further the exploration of what lies ahead.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, April 18, 2008 
Speaker:    Professor Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center 
Title Privacy, Autonomy, and the Subject as Object of Information and Reimagining Privacy 
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street 

Julie E. Cohen is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches and writes about intellectual property law and information privacy law, with particular focus on digital works and on the intersection of copyright and privacy rights. She is a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. 2006), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge. From 1995 to 1999, Professor Cohen taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. From 1992 to 1995, she practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation. Professor Cohen received her A.B. from Harvard University and her JD from the Harvard Law School, where she was a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She is a former law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Abstract: I will be presenting two draft chapters of my book-in-progress, The Networked Self: Copyright, Privacy, and the Production of Networked Space (forthcoming, Yale University Press). The first chapter, "Privacy, Autonomy, and the Subject as Object of Information," argues that accounts of privacy within US legal theory contain persistent gaps that originate in the commitments (and anxieties) of liberal political theory. It argues that addressing the gaps requires reaching beyond those commitments to literatures that more directly confront the evolving, contingent relationship between self and society and the ways in which socially-embedded practices of information processing, monitoring, and authentication shape the construction of subjectivity. The second chapter, "Reimagining Privacy," attempts to do just that, and develops an account of privacy as breathing room for critical, playful subjectivity to develop.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, April 25, 2008 
Speaker:    Professor Katherine Strandburg, DePaul University College of Law; Visiting Professor, NYU School of Law 2007-2008 
Title Freedom of Association in a Networked World: First Amendment Regulation of Relational Surveillance
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street 

Katherine Strandburg is visiting NYU from DePaul University College of Law, where she teaches patent law, cyberlaw, trademark and copyright law, and information privacy law. Her research interests are in patent law; science and technology policy; law and network science; social norm theory; and information privacy law. Since joining the DePaul faculty in 2002 she has published in the Wisconsin, Colorado, Connecticut, and Rutgers Law Reviews and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. She has also recently co-authored three law professor amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on patent issues, including briefs at the cert petition and merits stages of the KSR v. Teleflex case. She was the recipient of DePaul College of Law's 2004 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. Professor Strandburg obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors in 1995 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is an experienced litigator and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She currently serves on the Amicus Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and was a member of the AAAS Working Group on Developing a Research Exemption to Intellectual Property Protections. She is also a member of the Privacy Task Force of the Chicago Bar Association. Prior to her legal career, Professor Strandburg was a research physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, having received her PhD from Cornell University in 1984 and done postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon. Her recent collaborative work returns to these roots, using a statistical physics approach to analyze the patent citation network. Results of that work have been published in both law and physics journals.

Abstract: Recent controversies about the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping of international calls have somewhat overshadowed equally disturbing allegations that the government has acquired access to a huge database of domestic call traffic data, revealing information about times, dates, and numbers called. While communication content traditionally has been the primary focus of concern about overreaching government surveillance, law enforcement officials are increasingly interested in using sophisticated computer analysis of non-content traffic data to "map" networks of associations. This increased focus on uncovering networks of association comes at precisely the time when new digital technologies are beginning to facilitate import new forms of emergent association which have great potential to enhance the democratic participation of citizens. Despite the rising importance of digitally-mediated association, current Fourth Amendment and statutory schemes provide only very weak checks on government use of increasingly available traffic data. The potential to chill association through overreaching relational surveillance is great. This Article argues that the First Amendment's freedom of association guarantees can and do provide a proper framework for regulating relational surveillance and suggests how the First Amendment's freedom of association guarantees might apply to particular forms of analysis of traffic data.


Fall 2007


** A joint lecture co-sponsored with the NYU Department of Music and the Humanities Council **

Date 4:30 - 6:30 PM Thursday, September 20, 2007  
Speaker Professor Ronaldo Lemos, Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law 
Responders Associate Professor Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier, Music Department, NYU
Sam Howard-Spink, PhD Candidate, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU 
Title:   Technobrega and the Social Commons 
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street 

Ronaldo Lemos is the director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Lemos is the head professor of Intellectual Property law at FGV Law School. He is also the director of the Creative Commons Brazil and chair of iCommons. He has earned his LL.B. and LL.D. from the University of Sao Paulo, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is the author of three books, including "Direito, Tecnologia e Cultura," published by FGV Press, 2005. He coordinates various projects, such as the Cultura Livre project, and the Open Business Project, an international initiative taking place in Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, South Africa and the UK. He is one of the creators of Overmundo, which received the Golden Nica prize at the Prix Ars Electronica 2007. He is also curator of the TIM Festival, and monthly columnist at Trip and Bizz Magazines.

Abstract: This presentation describes current transformations in the processes by which information and culture are generated from the point of view of developing countries. While the idea of a legal commons can be understood as the voluntary use of licenses such as “creative commons,” the idea of a social commons has to do with the tensions between legality and illegality in developing countries. These tensions which appear prominently in the so-called global “peripheries,” may make the legal structure of intellectual property irrelevant, unfamiliar or unenforceable. Because in many regions of developing countries, digital technology and the Internet arrived earlier than the idea of intellectual property and its enforcement, local cultural industries emerged that were not driven by intellectual property incentives. This paper follows pioneering work of Boaventura de Soussa Santos and others in the 1970s in studying the tension between legality and illegality in “peripheral” areas of developing countries, focusing on legal pluralism in contemporary Brazil. Full paper available here.

Ana Gautier, Professor at NYU Department of Music, works on issues of music, circulation of sound and cultural policy. She is currently conducting research on alternative modes of music production in Colombia.

Abstract: Social versus Legal Commons: Contrasts between Colombia and Brazil

Sam Howard-Spink is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. Mr. Howard-Spink, North America Editor of Music & Copyright magazine conducts research in the political economy of global IP regimes, musical industries and practices, globalization and cultural hybridization. Brazil is a central aspect of his dissertation research.

Abstract: Majority Rules? The Multinational recording Industry versus Developing Musical Economies

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, October 19, 2007 
Speaker:    Assistant Professor Jinyang Li, Computer Science Department, NYU 
Title A Comprehensive Approach to Subverting Internet Censorship 
Location Room 330, 245 Sullivan Street 

Jinyang Li is an assistant professor of Computer Science at New York University. Her areas of interest lie in distributed systems and networks. She is currently working on making peer-to-peer systems more trustworthy and applicable to a variety of applications such as censorship subversion and cooperative backup. Jinyang graduated with a PhD from MIT in 2005 and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley working on high performance routing protocols for wireless mesh networks from 2005-2006.

Abstract: Internet censorship restricts the freedom to access information in many countries. To reach censored websites, people typically relay traffic via an unblocked proxy outside the censored domain. Many ingenious proxy implementations exist today; however, there are no systematic ways to help users find volunteer proxies without alerting the censor to their identities; proxies discovered by the censor will be blocked. In this talk, I will present a decentralized solution to allow users to learn about proxies while minimizing proxies' exposure to the censor. Our proposed system, Kaleidoscope, uses a peer-to-peer overlay whose links reflect the real world social relationship amongst its users, thus making it difficult even for a powerful censor to overwhelm the system with malicious nodes. Each proxy only exposes itself to a small set of other nodes by advertising itself to nodes along a few random routes of limited length. Therefore, no proxy becomes a particularly attractive target for the censor. We demonstrate the effectiveness of Kaleidoscope using simulation with datasets from a crawled social network of more than 40,000 nodes and shows that Kaleidoscope can withstand a significant amount of infiltration from the censor. We also discuss techniques used by our current prototype to defend against out-of-band traffic analysis attacks.


Spring 2007


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, February 16, 2007
Speaker:    Professor R. Anthony Reese, University of Texas at Austin School of Law; Visiting, NYU School of Law
Title Are Creative Commons Licenses Forever?
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street

R. Anthony Reese is Arnold, White & Durkee Centennial Professor of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in copyright, trademark, and Internet aspects of intellectual property law. He teaches Copyright; Introduction to Intellectual Property; Trademark; Intellectual Property in Cyberspace; Digital Copyright; and Intellectual Property Theory. Professor Reese has published numerous articles on copyright law and digital copyright issues in US and foreign law reviews and collections, including articles about liability of technology developers for copyright infringement by technology users, copyright’s first-sale doctrine, digital technological protection measures, the public display right in copyright law, copyright and Internet music transmissions, and state sovereign immunity and intellectual property law. He is a co-author of the casebook Internet Commerce (Radin, Rothchild, Reese & Silverman 2d ed. 2006). After receiving his BA degree in Russian Language and Literature from Yale University in 1986, Professor Reese worked for several years in international educational exchange, including two years teaching in the People’s Republic of China for the Yale-China Association. He earned his JD degree with distinction from Stanford University in 1995 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, he practiced law in San Francisco for several years, and was a Research Fellow for the Program in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford Law School in the 1998-99 academic year.

** A public lecture co-sponsored with the ILI Student Association **

Date 8:00 - 9:30 PM Monday, March 19, 2007
Speaker:    Professor Eben Moglen, Columbia Law School; Director, Software Freedom Law Center
Title The Empire & the iPhone: 'Technology Platforms,' the Commons, and the Way We Live Now
Location Room 212, 245 Sullivan Street

Eben Moglen is Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School, Director of the Software Freedom Law Center, and General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation (FAF). In addition to FSF, Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his "long, dark period" in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School - and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia - since 1987. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, March 30, 2007
Speakers:    Ramsey Homsany, Senior Counsel, Google
Daniel Howe, PhD Candidate, Computer Science Department, NYU
Professor Helen Nissenbaum, Department of Culture & Communication, NYU; Director, Information Law Institute
Moderator Michael Zimmer, PhD Candidate, Department of Culture & Communication, NYU
Title A Discussion about Privacy in Web-Search
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, April 13, 2007
Speaker:    Professor Deirdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley School of Law; Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
Title Do They Know it When They See it? Agencies and the Identification of 'Policy-Making' Code and Technologies
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street


Deirdre K. Mulligan is the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and a clinical professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Before coming to Boalt, she was staff counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington. Through the clinic, Mulligan and her students foster the public's interest in new computer and communication technology by engaging in client advocacy and interdisciplinary research, and by participating in developing technical standards and protocols. The clinic's work has advanced and protected the public's interest in free expression, individual privacy, balanced intellectual property rules, and secure, reliable, open communication networks. Mulligan writes about the risks and opportunities technology presents to privacy, free expression, and access and use of information goods. Recent publications about privacy include: Storing Our Lives Online: Expanded Email Storage Raises Complex Policy Issues, with Ari Schwartz and Indrani Mondal, forthcoming 2005, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society; and, Reasonable Expectations in Electronic Communications: A Critical Perspective on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1557 (2004).

Abstract: The mantra "code is law" is in need of further exploration and refinement. Clearly not all code is law. The search to separate the mechanism from the policy (the wheat from the chaff in information technology speak) is a long standing desire of the computer science community, but one that is understood as an aim unlikely to be achieved in practice. This paper explores the utility of "policy-making" as defined under the Administrative Procedures Act in sorting mechanism from policy. It details two instances in which government agencies have identified a shift in technology as worthy of the public process normally reserved for policy making activities. Through interviews and documents it attempts to explain why these two shifts in technology were viewed as "policy-making." It then examines the utility of the APA in assisting agencies in identifying policy from mechanism in questions of information technology adoption.


Fall 2006






Date 1:00 - 2:30 PM Friday, September 29, 2006
Speaker:    Professor Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa Law School
Title DRM & the Automation of Virtue
Location Room 216, 245 Sullivan Street

Professor Kerr is the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa Law School. He has published writings in academic books and journals on ethical and legal aspects of digital copyright, automated electronic commerce, artificial intelligence, cybercrime, nanotechnology, internet regulation, ISP and intermediary liability, online defamation, pre-natal injuries and unwanted pregnancies. He teaches in the areas of moral philosophy and applied ethics, internet and ecommerce law, contract law and legal theory. His current program of research includes two large projects: (i) On the Identity Trail, supported by one of the largest ever grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, focusing on the impact of information and authentication technologies on our identity and our right to be anonymous; and (ii) An Examination of Digital Copyright, supported by a large private sector grant from Bell Canada and the Ontario Research Network in Electronic Commerce, focusing on various aspects of the current effort to reform Canadian copyright legislation, including the implications of such reform on fundamental Canadian values including privacy and freedom of expression.

** Special Event **
Information Law Institute, NYU School of Law, National Science Foundation PORTIA Grant, Microsoft Corporation, NYU Council for Media and Culture, and the Department of Cluture and Communication, Steinhart School, NYU 

Identity and Identifcation in a Networked World
A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium
September 29-30, 2006
NYU School of Law
Furman Hall
245 Sullivan Street

Tim Schneider, JD student, NYU School of Law
Michael Zimmer, PhD candidate, NYU Department of Culture & Communication

Abstract: Increasingly, who we are is represented by key pieces of information scattered throughout the data-intensive, networked world. Few spheres of our daily lives remain untouched by technologies of identity and identification: medical records are increasingly digitized and aggregated, loyalty cards collect shopping habits, web cookies track online activities, electronic toll collection systems record vehicle locations, detailed user profile pages fill social networking websites, and biometric scanners are in use at workplaces, banks, and airports. Online and off, the digitization of identity mediates our sense of self, social interactions, movements through space, and access to goods and services. There is much at stake in designing systems of identification and identity management, deciding who or what will control them, and building in adequate protection for the pieces of our identity permeating the network.

Spring 2006


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, January 27, 2006
Speaker:    Marjorie Heins, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law
Title Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control
Location Room 326, 245 Sullivan Street

Marjorie Heins is a Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, coordinator of the Brennan Center's Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), and co-author of the recent policy report Will Fair Use Survive? Before founding FEPP, she was director of the ACLU's Arts Censorship Project and author of Not in Front of the Children: Indecency, Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth. She has also written a number of friend-of-the-court briefs in copyright cases, including the ACLU's brief in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose.

Abstract: Will Fair Use Survive? summarizes more than a year of research among artists, scholars, bloggers, and many others on their understandings of fair use and their ability to take advantage of this central free expression safeguard in IP law. It documents the chilling effects of cease and desist letters, "take-down" notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and a "clearance culture" in many creative industries that essentially ignores the right of fair use. Evidence was gathered through phone interviews, an online survey, analysis of more than 300 letters on the Web site, and discussion groups with scholars and artists at PEN American Center, Women Make Movies, the College Art Association and Location One Art Gallery.

Date 12:00 - 1:15 PM Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Speaker:    Jonathon Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Title Progress in Facial Recognition Systems
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South

Abstract: Since the Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2002, new techniques have been proposed to improve automatic face recognition performance. Among these techniques are high resolution still images, multiple still images, and three-dimensional face scans. One of the goals of the Face Recognition Grand Challenge (FRGC) is to promote the development and assess the potential of these new face recognition techniques. This talk will review FRGC and progress on face recognition since FRVT 2002. It will also discuss how failure to incorporate well defined protocols can result in misleading performance statistics.

** Special Event **
Information Law Institute, NYU &
Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

A Spyware Workshop
March 16-17, 2006
NYU School of Law
Room 212
245 Sullivan Street

Ed Felten, Princeton University
Helen Nissenbaum, New York University

Free and open to all


Fall 2005






Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, September 30, 2005
Speaker:    Professor Gaia Bernstein, Seton Hall University School of Law
Title The Paradoxes of Technological Diffusion
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South

Gaia Bernstein is an Associate Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. Professor Bernstein's scholarship focuses on the inter-relations between technology, law and society, examining the diffusion processes of new technologies, including both medical and communications technologies. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of intellectual property, law and genetics, Internet law, information privacy law and reproductive technologies. Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty in 2004, Professor Bernstein was a fellow at the Engelberg Center of Innovation Law & Policy and at the Information Law Institute at the New York University School of Law. Her degrees include: a J.S.D. from the New York University School of Law, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a JD (Intellectual Property concentration with Honors) from the Boston University School of Law, and a BA in Psychology and Political Science (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. Professor Bernstein practiced law at S. Horowitz & Co in Israel and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.

Abstract: In this paper I examine controversies surrounding clashes between new technologies and the value of privacy. Academics and legal decision-makers have traditionally focused on the need and appropriate measures to protect privacy, yet, ignored the relationship to the technology’s diffusion process. I focus on two recent technological innovations that are in the midst of their diffusion process – genetic testing and the Internet. I identify two paradoxical relationships involving privacy threats and technological diffusion. In the first relationship diffusion is paradoxically inhibited despite the absence of an actual privacy threat. This is based on a case study of genetic discrimination, which shows that contrary to common belief, genetic discrimination is rare and apparently on the decline. Yet, fears of privacy violations inhibit the technology’s diffusion. In the second relationship, diffusion accelerates despite mounting privacy threats. This is based on Internet and privacy case studies that show that although privacy threats on the Internet are consistently on the rise, the diffusion of Internet technology continues to accelerate. I propose that consideration of the technologies’ diffusion characteristics, such as the centralization of the diffusion process, would provide decision-makers with important tools for resolving these paradoxes.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Thursday, October 20, 2005
Speaker:    Professor Clay Shirky, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU
Title Modeling the Group Mind: Group-think and Categorization
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South


** Special Joint Colloquium with Yale Law School Information Society Project: **


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, November 4, 2005
Speaker:    Shay David, Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Title Six Degrees of Reputation: The Use and Abuse Of Online Recommendation Systems
Location Room 201, 40 Washington Square South

Shay David is completing his PhD at Cornell's Science and Technology Studies department and is a fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. He is interested in how people collaborate in 'open systems' in various domains including software, publishing and life sciences. He studies these novel practices as part of an attempt to develop a new theory of innovation in the area of information and communication technologies, and this is his contribution to an initiative that aims to foster more equitable and just access to knowledge (A2K) on a global scale. Shay co-founded two software start-up companies, and was involved for several years in cutting edge software research, combining open source and proprietary software. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a BA in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Tel-Aviv University, and an MA from New York University.

Abstract: This paper reports initial findings from a study that used quantitative and qualitative research methods and custom-built software to investigate online economies of reputation and online product reviews at several leading ecommerce sites (primarily We explore several cases in which book and CD reviews were copied in part or in whole from one item to another and show that hundreds of product reviews on might be copies of one another. We further explain the strategies involved in these suspect product reviews, and the ways in which the collapse of the barriers between authors and readers affect the ways in which these information goods are being produced, and exchanged. We report on techniques that are employed by authors, artists, editors, and readers to ensure they promote their agendas while they build their identities as experts. We suggest a framework for discussing the changes of the categories of authorship, creativity, expertise, and reputation that are being re-negotiated in this multi-tier reputation economy.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, December 9, 2005
Speaker:    Professor Bryan Pfaffenberger, University of Virginia
Title Electronic Voting: The Social Construction of Suboptimal Technology
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South

Bryan Pfaffenberger is an anthropologist and science-technology studies (STS) scholar whose interests range from non-industrial technologies (including irrigation in Sri Lanka and ironworking in Zimbabwe) to the cutting edge of information technology (including electronic voting). He enjoys functioning as a bidirectional port between anthropology and STS theory, and is one of several anthropologists credited with establishing the anthropology of technology as a new, legitimate subfield of that discipline. His current interests include the use of STS perspectives to help clarify technology-related issues in voting and intellectual property law. He lives in Charlottesville, VA and is an avid sailor. Bryan Pfaffenberger, PhD is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society School of Engineering and Applied Science University of Virginia.

Abstract: The 2000 Florida election fiasco exposed major deficiencies in election technology (remember the hanging chads?) and election administration; as a result, thousands of African-Americans and disabled voters were unable to vote or had their votes disqualified due to undervoting. This disenfranchisement was caused, in part, by the widespread of use of older punch-card (Votomatic) voting machines. There's a possible technical fix: touch-screen electronic voting, which can sharply reduce undervoting and provides better access for disabled voters. Still, some of these machines -- notably, the best-selling Diebold Accuvote TS -- turn out to have significant reliability problems and design defects, including a shockingly inadequate security architecture and "back doors" that enable an intruder to alter vote totals without detection. Does the woeful performance of electronic voting technology expose weakness in our technology sector? Using the analytical techniques of science and technology studies (STS), this presentation suggests that the Diebold Accuvote TS was, in fact, very well designed indeed, in the sense that it met the performance expectations and features that were actually (and provably) desired by buyers of these devices: election officials in states, cities, and counties throughout the US The presentation concludes by examining the successful use of electronic voting in Australia and elsewhere, and suggests that the problem isn't the technology we're using, but rather the way we organize and run national elections.

** Special Joint Colloquium with NYU's Computer Science Department **

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Speaker:    Professor Peter Y.A. Ryan, University of Newcastle
Title Pret a Voter; Practical, Voter-verifiable Elections
Location Room 101, Warren Weaver Hall, Courant Institute

Peter Ryan, a professor in the School of Computing Science and the CSR Newcastle, leads security work in the DIRC (Dependability Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration). He has some 20 years of experience in information assurance and pioneered the application of process algebras to modeling and analysis of secure systems and one of the developers of the groundbreaking CSP and model-checking approach to the analysis of security protocols. Ryan has published extensively on cryptography, cryptographic protocols, security policies, mathematical models of computer security and, most recently, electronic voting systems. He sits on the PC's of many international security conferences and has chaired or co-chaired several. Since 1999 he has been the Chair of the ESORICS Steering Committee. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle, in 2002, he worked at GCHQ, CESG, DRA, Stanford Research Institute, Cambridge and the Software Engineering Institute, CMU Pittsburgh.

Abstract: Voting systems provide the bedrock of democracy. Recently, voting systems and technologies have been the subject of considerable attention, for example, the concerns raised about the legitimacy of the 2000 and 2004 US presidential elections or about postal voting in the UK. Designing voting technologies and systems that are trustworthy, practical and acceptable to the various stakeholders (electorate, politicians, election officials, security experts etc.) raises formidable challenges. In this talk I will describe the Prêt à Voter scheme. This scheme, based on an earlier scheme due to Chaum, has the surprising property of voter-verifiability: voters can confirm that their vote is accurately included in the tally, whilst at the same time preserving ballot secrecy. This is achieved with minimal dependence on components of the system by providing maximal transparency within the constraints of ballot secrecy. I will discuss associated potential vulnerabilities of the proposed scheme, and some possible countermeasures.


Spring 2005






Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, January 28, 2005
Speaker:    Professor Niva Elkin-Koren, Haifa University Law School; Visiting Professor, NYU School of Law
Title What Contracts Can't Do: The Limits of Private Ordering in Facilitating a Creative Commons
Location Room 110, 245 Sullivan Street

Niva Elkin-Koren is a Professor of Law at the University of Haifa School of Law and a co-director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology. Her research focuses on the legal institutions that shape the information environment. She has written and spoken extensively about the privatization of information policy, copyright law and democratic theory, the effects of cyberspace on the economic analysis of law, the regulation of search engines, liability of information intermediaries, and the significance of the public domain. She is the co-editor of Elkin-Koren & Netanel, The Commodification of Information (Kluwer Information Law Series, 2002). Her recent book Law, Economics and Cyberspace: The Effects of Cyberspace on the Economic Analysis of Law (co-authored with Eli M Salzberger) was published in 2004 by Edward Elgar. She received her LL.B from Tel-Aviv University School of Law in 1989, her LL.M from Harvard Law School in 1991, and her J.S.D from Stanford Law School in 1995.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, February 11, 2005
Speaker:    Professor Pablo J. Boczkowski, Sloan School, MIT
Title "It is part of our mission to find a way out of this Dark Age": The reinvention of librarianship in the development of institutional repositories?"
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street


Pablo J. Boczkowski is Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how the construction and use of new media technologies affect work practices, communication processes, and interaction with consumers, focusing on organizations and occupations that have traditionally been associated with print media. His first book, Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (MIT Press, 2004), which analyzes how American daily newspapers have developed electronic publishing ventures, is co-winner of the 2004 Best Book Award presented by the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. In addition to continuing research on content production in news organizations, he recently began studying issues of content preservation and professional work through an examination of the transformations in librarianship that have taken place in relation to libraries' construction and use of new media technologies.


Abstract: How do librarians develop technology? In this presentation of work-in-progress, I will try to answer this question through an examination of the construction of institutional repositories of information, a kind of technology built to store, preserve, and make accessible the born-digital output of faculty and researchers in colleges and universities. I will focus on one such institutional repository that was jointly developed by the library unit of an American university and the R&D labs of a global computer firm. This technology has already been adopted by the libraries of more than dozens of colleges and universities throughout the world. A preliminary analysis of the data collected so far suggests that librarians have built, and ongoingly re-build, institutional repositories to enact what they consider to be their core identity in the midst of a changing technological, organizational, and economic environment. At the same time, doing so has involved major potential transformations in the practices, products, and jurisdiction of the profession within the higher education context. Thus, this profession has developed technology to reaffirm what it is, but seems to be in a path towards transforming itself in the very process of trying to remain unchanged.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, February 25, 2005
Speaker:    Srinija Srinivasan, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo!, Inc.
Title Perception and Policy at Yahoo!
Location Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street


As Yahoo! Inc.'s editor in chief, Srinija Srinivasan is responsible for the development of Yahoo!'s own content throughout its global network. Srinivasan directs the classification and organization of Yahoo! Search and Directory and leads the team responsible for making it the most intuitive, robust, expandable and efficient guide for online information and discovery. In addition, she oversees such editorial features as the consumer Buzz Index, Daily Picks, and Ask Yahoo! among other areas. As the Internet evolves as a medium, these properties serve to provide consumers a place to find free, relevant and useful information that still has a human touch. Srinivasan also leads Yahoo!'s product policy efforts, encompassing various areas such as privacy, data policy, free speech issues and editorial decisions about Yahoo!'s overall content. Prior to joining Yahoo! in 1995 as the company's fifth employee, Srinivasan was involved with the Cyc Project, a ten-year artificial intelligence effort to build an immense database of human commonsense knowledge. She holds a B.S. with distinction from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems.


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, April 22, 2005
Speaker:    Donna Hoffman, Co-Director, Sloan Center for Internet Retailing, Vanderbilt University
Title Can We Live Without the Internet? Toward a Model of Internet Indispensability
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South


Donna L. Hoffman is Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt University Sloan Center for Internet Retailing at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She also co-founded and co-directs eLab, a pioneering laboratory for digital commerce research with over 60,000 online panelists. Her research focuses on consumers' cognitive and affective processes in computer-mediated environments; she has a particular interest in the social and policy implications arising from consumer's use of the Internet. Professor Hoffman has an A.B. degree from the University of California, Davis and an MA and a PhD from the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was named a Distinguished Graduate Alumnus of UNC in 2002.


Abstract: ..."People would no sooner give up their ... PCs than they would give up their toilets." [Roger McNamee quoted in Lashinsky (2003).] We seem to be in the midst of an Internet revolution. The pace of social change resulting from the diffusion of this technology, both nationally and globally is, by many accounts, dramatic. In less than ten years, the Internet has become indispensable to many people in their daily lives. What exactly does it mean that the Internet is indispensable, how did it become so, and what are the implications to our society? To address these questions, we develop a conceptual model of the antecedents and consequences of the simple, if not provocative, fact that increasing numbers of individuals would be unwilling to give up their access to the Internet if asked, as they have come to consider it indispensable. Our model operationalizes indispensability in a way that allows the construct, its antecedents, and its consequences, to be quantitatively measured and empirically tested. Many routine activities that individuals engage in online on a daily basis are seeds for major transformational processes. The cumulative effects of these micro-level phenomena can lead to social and technical transformations on a major scale - the formation of new practices and behaviors, new social relationships and transaction modes, and new communication patterns. Our model specifies how Internet use, determined by a set of socio-cultural, technological and individual-psychological elements, results in a series of "experienced dualities" which lead to a transformation process that alters the self-identity of the individual, producing a conviction that the Internet is indispensable. The consequences of this transformation are drawn on the economic, social and policy landscapes. One important policy issue is the digital divide. Thus, while the Internet has indisputably become an essential part of everyday life - and indispensable in many ways - for about a third of the individuals in our society Internet access remains elusive.


Fall 2004


Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, October 1, 2004
Speaker:    Professor Jack Balkin, Yale Law School
Title Virtual Liberty: Freedom to Design and Freedom to Play in Virtual Worlds
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South

Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and the founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the study of law and the new information technologies. Professor Balkin's work ranges over many different fields, from philosophy to politics, from theories of cultural evolution to legal and musical interpretation. His books include Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology (1998), Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (with Brest, Levinson and Amar) (4th ed. 2000), What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said (2001), and The Laws of Change (2002).

Abstract: Regulation of virtual worlds has become an important issue in cyberspace law as more and more people spend increasing amounts of their lives in these spaces. This essay discusses the basic questions of freedom and regulation in virtual environments. There are three kinds of freedom in virtual worlds. The first is the freedom of the players to participate in the virtual world through their in-game representations, or avatars. This is the freedom to play. The second is the freedom of the game designer to plan, construct, and maintain the virtual world. This is the freedom to design. A third is the collective right of the designers and players to build and enhance the game space together. This is the freedom to design together. These rights overlap in important respects with the constitutional rights of freedom of speech, expression and association. Virtually all activity in virtual worlds must begin as some form of expression, and therefore virtually all forms of legally redressable injury in virtual worlds will be some form of communications tort. However, the law of the First Amendment, as it currently exists, does not adequately protect many important features of the rights to design and play. Many virtual spaces are rapidly becoming sites of real world and virtual world commerce. In the future game designers will likely attempt to invoke the First Amendment to avoid regulation of their business practices. However, game designers will lose First Amendment protection to the extent that they encourage real-world commodification of virtual items. The article concludes by discussing different models of regulation of virtual worlds, including the model of consumer protection, the virtual world as company town, and virtual worlds as places of public accommodation.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, October 22, 2004
Speaker:    Steven M. Bellovin, AT&T Labs Research
Title Privacy, Anonymity, and Security on the Internet
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South

Steven M. Bellovin received a BA degree from Columbia University, and an M.S. and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While a graduate student, he helped create netnews; for this, he and the other perpetrators was award the 1995 Usenix Lifetime Achievement Award. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1982. Despite the fact that he has not changed jobs, he is now at AT&T Labs Research, working on networks, security, and why the two don't get along, as well as related public policy questions. He is an AT&T Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Bellovin is the co-author of "Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker,'' and holds several patents on cryptographic and network protocols. He has served on many National Research Council study committees, including those on information systems trustworthiness, the privacy implications of authentication technologies, and cybersecurity research needs; he was also a member of the information technology subcommittee of an NRC study group on science versus terrorism. He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board from 1996-2002; he is currently the co-director of the Security Area of the IETF.

Abstract: The Internet provides both more and less anonymity than some would desire. Similarly, we have both more and less privacy than we would like. Conflicting desires, plus a strong need for security, interact in complex ways, affecting the nature of the Web, email (including spam), and copyright law. I'll wax rhapsodic on the different trends, tools, techniques, and possible futures.

Date 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, November 12, 2004
Speaker:    Professor Beth Simone Noveck, New York Law School
Professor Tom Igoe, ITP Program, NYU
Professor Dan O'Sullivan, ITP Program, NYU
Title The Cairns Project: Groups in the Digital Age or, Why on the Internet Everyone Knows You are a (Pack of) Dogs
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South


Beth Noveck is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she directs the Democracy Design Workshop, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to deepening democratic practice in the digital age. Professor Noveck is co-editor of the new book series, "Ex Machina: Law, Technology and Society" (NYU Press). Professor Noveck teaches in the areas of e-government and e-democracy, intellectual property, innovation and constitutional law. A founding fellow and project director of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, she concentrates her re/search and design on information and technology law and policy with a focus on the intersection between technology and civil liberties. With the support of grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Council of Europe and AmericaSpeaks, Professor Noveck is currently at work on the "Cairns Project," an on-line interactive inventory of collaborative practices in politics, law, business and civil society, in collaboration with Professors Dan O'Sullivan and Tom Igoe of NYU.


Tom Igoe teaches Physical Computing at the Interactive Telecom Program at NYU. He is also researcher and physical interaction design consultant for The American Museum of the Moving Image, EAR Studio, Diller + Scofidio Architects, Eos Orchestra, and other clients. His main area of research and consulting is physical interaction and human-computer interface, especially as related to public space and/or live performance. Recent projects include a series of networked banquet table centerpieces and musical instruments for Eos Orchestra; an email clock; and "Not Your Mother's Dollhouse", a series of interactive dioramas, created in collaboration with M.R. Petit. The latter was shown as part of the IV Salón y Coloquio Internacional de Arte Digital in Cuba, June 2002.

Dan O'Sullivan teaches Physical Computing at the Interactive Telecom Program at NYU.

Date [CANCELLED] 12:30 - 2:00 PM Friday, December 3, 2004
Speaker:    Professor Ronald J. Deibert, University of Toronto
Title Undercover of the Byte: Interrogating the Internet for Censorship and Surveillance
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South


Ronald J. Deibert (BA, MA, and PhD) is associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto, specializing in media, technology, and world politics, and a Ford Foundation Research Scholar of Information and Communication Technologies (2002-2004). He is also the director of the Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto, The Citizen Lab sponsors research at the intersection of digital media and world civic politics. He is the author of the book Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997) and currently working on a book on the politics of Internet security, Code Wars: Internet Security and Global Civic Networks. He has been a consultant to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Human Rights in China. With filmmaker Mike Downie, Professor Deibert has co-produced the television documentary series, "Activist TV," "Into America" and "Hacktivista," all of which were broadcast by TVOntario.



Spring 2004


Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, January 30, 2004
Speaker:    Professor Jerry Kang, Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University
Title Trojan Horses of Race: Programming Racism in the Public Interest
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South

Jerry Kang is Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard, and Professor of Law at UCLA. His teaching and scholarly pursuits include civil procedure, race, and cyberspace. On cyberspace, Professor Kang has published in the Stanford and Harvard law reviews on the topics of cyberspace privacy and cyber-race (the techno-social construction of race in cyberspace). At UCLA, he helped found the Institute of Pervasive Computing and Society, a transdisciplinary group of scholars examining the ethical, legal, and social impact of pervasive, embedded, networked computing. He is also the author of Communications Law & Policy: Cases and Materials (Aspen Publishers 2001), a leading casebook in the field.

Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, February 20, 2004
Speaker:    Anil Dash, Vice-President of Business Development, Six Apart
Discussants Jay Rosen, Chair, School of Journalism, NYU
Michael Weiksner, E The People
Title How Blogs are Changing the World
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South


Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, March 5, 2004
Speaker:    Nancy Kopans, General Counsel and Secretary, JSTOR
Title The JSTOR Experience: A Cultural and Legal Perspective on Electronic Archiving and Distribution of Scholarly Material
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South



Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, April 9, 2004
Speaker:    Professor Hal Abelson, Department of Computer Science, MIT
Title Universities, the Internet, and the Intellectual Commons
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South



Hal Abelson is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is winner of several teaching awards, including the IEEE's Booth Education Award, cited for his contributions to the teaching of undergraduate computer science. Abelson's research at the MIT Artificial intelligence Laboratory focuses on "amorphous computing," an effort to create programming technologies that can harness the power of the new computing substrates emerging from advances in microfabrication and molecular biology. He is also engaged in the interaction of law, policy, and technology as they relate to societal tensions sparked by the growth of the Internet, and he is active in projects at MIT and elsewhere to help bolster our intellectual commons. Abelson is a founding director of the Free Software Foundation and a founding director of Creative Commons. He also serves as consultant to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. At MIT, Abelson is co-director of the MIT-Microsoft Research Alliance in educational technology and co-head of MIT's Council on Educational Technology.


Abstract: Universities have a mission to create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. In addressing that mission, we should take care to preserve and strengthen the intellectual commons -- the shared wellspring of ideas and innovation from which all may freely draw. Today, both the intellectual commons and the university communities that rely upon it are confronting stresses from both within and outside the university: squabbles over who owns academic work, technologies like Digital Restrictions Management that impede the dissemination of knowledge, and the impact of increasingly stringent and overreaching intellectual property laws. This talk describes initiatives aimed at bolstering the intellectual commons, both at MIT and elsewhere. These include MIT OpenCourseWare, an effort to publish the materials of all MIT courses for free use worldwide, the DSpace Federation for institutional research publication archives, and the Creative Commons project to promote sharing on the Internet.


Fall 2003


Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, October 10, 2003
Speaker:    Professor Edward E. Felten, Computer Science Department, Princeton University
Title Freedom to Tinker
Location Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South


Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, October 31, 2003
Speaker:    Lawrence Liang, India Alternative Law Forum
Title Porous Legalities and Avenues of Participation: Understanding Illegal Media Networks in India
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South


Lawrence Liang runs the research wing of the Alternative Law Forum (ALF), a group of young lawyers working in Bangalore. He is currently working in collaboration with Sarai, new Delhi on a project called "Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons." He participates in an experiment in collaborative legal research which tries to replicate the Linux Open Source Model in the domain of legal Bangalore.

Date 12:00-1:30 PM Friday, Friday, November 21, 2003
Speaker:    Sarah B. Deutsch, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Verizon Communications
Title The RIAAs Subpoena Campaign
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South

Sarah Deutsch is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications. Her practice covers all global Internet policy issues, including liability, privacy, intellectual property policy and Internet jurisdiction. She currently represents Verizon on a host of domestic and international Internet issues ranging from digital rights management, the Hague Convention, Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention, Internet-related legislation and the copyright privacy litigation pending between Verizon and RIAA over the use of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's form subpoena process.

Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, December 5, 2003
Speaker:    Professor Joan Feigenbaum, Computer Science Department, Yale University
Title PORTIA: Sensitive Information in a Wired World
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South


Spring 2003




Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Speaker:    Jim Waldo, Engineer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Title Technology Design and Social Structure: A Case Study
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South



Abstract: While technology is often seen as having an effect on social structures, this talk will present a case study of causality in the other direction. We will talk about the Jini networking technology, which used a number of social theories as background to the design of a technical infrastructure. The talk will discuss some of the technical aspects of Jini, and then turn to the grounding from social theory that led us to design the technology in that way. Influences from such diverse sources as the Federalist Papers and the game theory of auctions will be discussed, along with some wild speculations on the results of building technology in such a fashion.

Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Monday, March 31, 2003
Speaker:    Professor Lee Sproull, Stern School of Business, NYU
Title Online Communities: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Location Room 208, 40 Washington Square South




Fall 2002






Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Thursday, October 17, 2002
Speaker:    Jon Ippolito, Artist, Writer, Curator
Title The Open Art Network
Location Room 311, 40 Washington Square South

Jon Ippolito is an artist, Guggenheim curator, and co-founder of the Still Water program for network art and culture at the University of Maine where he is an Assistant Professor of new media.

Abstract: Open Art Network is an initiative aimed at empowering new media artists by devising and promoting standards that encourage an open architecture for the Internet and digital media.

Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, November 1, 2002 
Speakers:    Dr. Mary Ann Hopkins, Surgeon, NYU Medical Center 
Dr. Martin Nachbar, Director, Advanced Information Technology, NYU Medical Center
Jon Weider, Assistant Dean, Advanced Applications, NYU Medical Center
Dr. Matt Weiner, Surgeon, NYU Medical Center
Title A Technology Augmented Approach to Medical Education
Location Room 202, 40 Washington Square South 


Abstract: The presentation will point to directions of development and explain why this approach is attractive. Yet despite its promise, the approach raises several critical issues regarding its extensibility, as well as long-term ramifications.



Spring 2002




** Spring 2002 lectures co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Technology at NYU **

Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, January 25, 2002 
Speaker:    Professor Yochai Benkler, NYU School of Law 
Title Coase’s Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm
Location 12th Floor, 719 Broadway 


Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, February 22, 2002 
Speaker:    Clay Shirky 
Title Weblogs, Community, and Signal Decay: The Relationship between Communications and Broadcast Media
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South 



Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, March 29, 2002 
Speakers:    Ken Perlin, Co-Director, Center for Advanced Technology, NYU
Mike Uretsky, Co-Director, Center for Advanced Technology, NYU 
Title CAT Projects and Their Implications for NYU and Beyond
Location 12th Floor, 719 Broadway 



Date 12:00 - 1:30 PM Friday, April 19, 2002 
Speaker:    Professor David Mazieres, Computer Science Department, NYU 
Title Tangler, A Censorship-Resistant Publishing System Based on Document Entanglements -
Location Faculty Club, 110 West 3rd Street 



Fall 2001


Date: 12:00 - 2:00 PM Friday, December 7, 2001 
Title Introductory Meeting
Location Snow Dining Room, 40 Washington Square South