Innovation Policy Colloquium


Professors Jane Anderson and Jason Schultz
Spring 2020
Wednesdays, 2:10-4:00 pm, Furman Hall, Room 110
Thursdays, 4:00-5:50 pm, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

3 credits

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

This year, we are taking an interdisciplinary approach to studying intellectual property with a particular emphasis on topics, perspectives and fields of study that have been traditionally excluded, including critical race theory, algorithmic bias, political economy, Indigenous data sovereignty, colonialism, science and technology studies, traditional knowledge, and biological and cultural heritage collections. In approaching these through an interdisciplinary lens, we will bring different methodologies for understanding IP and its effects within broader social contexts with a deliberate attention to historically marginalized populations.

The Colloquium has two components. In one, leading thinkers are invited to present recent work. In the other, we read background materials relevant to each speaker's presentation. The Colloquium also provides each student with the opportunity to write and present an independent research paper.

Spring 2020 Schedule of Presenters

Thursday, JANUARY 30
Charlton McIlwain, NYU Steinardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Remember When the Internet was Black?
His talk will be drawn from a portion of his recent book that focuses on Black Internet pioneers, content creators and entrepreneurs in the late 1980s/1990s and try to connect that back to the Paper about today's Internet, racialized content creation, distribution, visibility and value.

Thursday, FEBRUARY 6
Stephanie Russo Carroll, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
Enhancing Genomic Research in US Through the Lens of Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Abstract: As biomedical science advances and generates immense amounts of data, stricter mechanisms of control are emerging by Indigenous Peoples who seek to exert stronger oversight over data about them. Many previous studies have offered no benefit and, in some cases, were misaligned with tribal priorities, thus generating deep mistrust of researchers. In addition, ethical regulations in the US lack community engagement and control requirements. In an effort to be engaged in research, Indigenous Peoples have developed tribal codes, research review boards, and protocols; research principles; and Indigenous data sovereignty networks to refocus the locus of control with Indigenous Peoples. The shift to exerting rights and interests over biospecimens and data have brought attention to the need to develop policies, relationships, and infrastructure. This article describes the processes that Indigenous Peoples have developed for research and data governance and lays the groundwork for more fair and equitable participation in biomedical research.

Thursday, FEBRUARY 13
Michelle Dizon
, Filmaker, Writer, Theorist, and Educator

Thursday, MARCH 5
Kristian Lum
, Human Rights Data Analysis Group

Thursday, MARCH 26
Minh-Ha Pham
, Pratt Institute

Thursday, APRIL 2
Rebecca Tsosie
, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Thursday, APRIL 9
Anjali Vats
, Boston College

Thursday, APRIL 16
Maui Hudson
, The University of Waikato

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