Conference on Trade Secrets and Algorithmic Systems
Friday-Saturday, November 16-17, 2018
NYU School of Law
Lipton Hall, D’Agostino Hall
108 West 3rd Street

Organizers:  Rochelle Dreyfuss (Engelberg Center Faculty), Katherine Strandburg (ILI Faculty), and Julia Powles (ILI Fellow)

Co-sponsors: Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy and Information Law Institute

Abstract: This conference, which is by invitation only, will explore the increasingly important issues raised by trade secrecy protection of data-driven decisionmaking algorithms.  Its distinctive contribution will be to bring innovation policy and intellectual property law expertise to the emerging debate about these tools.  Participants will:

  • Examine the extent to which trade secrecy is a necessary and desirable means for promoting socially desirable innovation in decisionmaking algorithms and consider possible alternatives. 
  • Consider the potential implications of trade secrecy for competition among developers of decisionmaking algorithms.
  • Discuss the implications of trade secrecy for the ongoing validation, error correction and updating of these tools. 
  • Analyze the intersection between these innovation policy issues and the concerns about accountability, transparency, privacy and fairness that have so far dominated the debate about data-driven decisionmaking algorithms.

Agenda: Forthcoming