The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

"Education knowledge resources as Infrastructure"

ABSTRACT:  Should educational knowledge resources be regarded as infrastructure? Brett Frischmann theorizes infrastructure as conceptually important for both macro and micro economics. As  intermediate capital resources infrastructure enables actors to engage in productive activities that would otherwise be impossible or costly. Productive activities enabled by infrastructure often generate spillovers; benefits to third parties. Infrastructure is thus important from a policy perspective, justifiably publicly provided, often best managed as a commons.

While infrastructure includes both physical infrastructure such as roads and intangible infrastructure including the Internet, can this analysis enable a re-conceptualization of educational knowledge resources such as textbooks? Should education knowledge resources be treated as infrastructure and what are the policy implications?

Link: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2000962  "Infrastructure : the Social Value of Shared Resources (Introduction), Brett M Frischmann"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

"Your Attention Please -- neuro-processing as a scarce resource"

Rich or poor, man, woman or child, each of us has 168 hours per week: it is how we use that time that differentiates us.   Yet we seem to live in an era where the daily demands made on our time and attention are greater than ever before.   This may be due both to advances in information technologies, and also the rise of  business models that depend on the sale of human attention.   In this talk, Tim Wu will discuss the science of attention, the history of the attention industries, and some of the harms caused by overharvesting.  He will also propose a model of attention sovereignty of importance for the future.


Tim Wu is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor at Columbia Law School and the author of The Master Switch, The Rise and Fall of Information Networks.