Thomson Reuters Initiative on Law and Technology

The Thomson Reuters Initiative on Law and Technology at the Yale Information Society Project (ISP) fosters research and intellectual community in the burgeoning area of information law. It supports the work of two fellows studying cutting-edge issues in law and technology. The initiative also hosts major conferences at the forefront of these issues, in addition to workshops, ISP "ideas" lunches, and the Thomson Reuters ISP Speaker Series on Information Law and Information Policy. 

The Thomson Reuters fellows for 2013-2014 are BJ Ard and Esteve Sanz.

The ISP will convene weekly for ideas lunches and host a Speaker Series, featuring leading experts in their fields.


The Thomson Reuters ISP Speaker Series on Information Law and Information Policy hosts leading experts in the field of information law, speaking about their latest paper or projects. The series occurs weekly on Thursdays, unless otherwise indicated below.

Spring 2014 Speaker Series

Feb. 20 Cass Sunstein, Liberty and Security in a Changing World: The Report of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.
Feb. 27  Laura DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance
Mar. 3  Annemarie Bridy, Carpe Omnia: Civil Asset Forfeiture in the War on Drugs and the War on Piracy
Mar. 6  Jane Bambauer, Is Data Speech?
Mar. 13 John Duffy, Paper Patents, Patent Trolls and the Theory of the Patent System
Apr. 3  Marc Blitz, Freedom of Speech, The Right of Privacy, and Psychotherapy

Apr. 17  Dov Fox, Subversive Science
May 2  Danielle Citron, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

Fall 2013 Speaker Series

Sep. 12  Anupam Chandler, book talk: The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce
Sep. 23 (Mon.) Lior Strahilevitz, Personalizing Default Rules and Disclosure with Big Data
Oct. 3    Peter Andreas, IP Theft and Trade
Oct. 15  Fred von Lohmann, Revising the Copyright Act for the 21st Century
Oct. 31  Mario Biagioli, Between Intellectual Property, Kinship, and Slavery:The Strange Lives of Plagiarism
Nov. 21  Deven Desai, Patents, Meet Napster: 3D Printing and the Digitization of Things

Spring 2013 Speaker Series

Feb. 07 Zack Kaufmann '09 talks about his book, "Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities"
Feb. 12 David Pozen '07 on The Law of Leakiness: Why the Government Criminalizes, and Condones,
             Unauthorized Disclosures of Information"

Feb. 14 Cindy Cohn, Aaron Swartz and Reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Feb. 21 Eric Goldman, The Unexpected Benefit of Internet Immunity
Feb. 25 Rebecca Tushnet, Performance Anxiety: Copyright Embodied and Disembodied
Feb. 28 Owen Jones, Of Bits and Brains: Neurolaw, Brain Imaging, and Brain Activity During Punishment Decisions
Mar. 04 Mark Fisher talk, Open Source as Social Networking
Mar. 07 Shubha Ghosh, Identity and Invention: Patenting Personalized Medicine Through Mining Genetic Information
Mar. 28 Ryan Calo, Taking Data Seriously: Market Manipulation In The Digital Age
Apr. 01 Madhavi Sunder, From Goods to Good Life
Apr. 04 Guy Pessach, Copyright and Media Policy – Configuring the Unforeseen
Apr. 11 Brett Frischmann, Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources

Fall 2012 Speaker Series

Sept. 13 Stuart Green, What Should Count as Property in Theft Law?: The Problem of Illegal Downloading
Sept. 25 (Tues) Leila Janah, Samasource: Beyond the Headlines
Oct. 18 A. Michael Froomkin, Lessons Learned Too Well: International Efforts to Regulate the Internet
Oct. 19 (Fri) Madhavi Sunder - RESCHEDULED to April 1
Oct. 25 David Karpf, MoveON Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy
Nov. 8 Julie E. Cohen, Configuring the Networked Self
Nov. 12 (Mon) Peter Swire, EU Data Protection
Dec. 6 Daniel Kreiss, Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics From Howard Dean to Barack Obama

Spring 2012 Speaker Series

Jan. 27 Susan Buckley, The Espionage Act and The Press: From The Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks
Feb. 3  Patricia Aufderheide, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright
Feb. 10 Jason Mazzone, Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law
Feb. 24 Adam Kolber, Smooth and Bumpy Laws
Mar. 1  (Thurs) Andrew Bridges, Copyright Law as Sausage: How It's Made and What's in It
Mar. 23 Jennifer Keighley, Can You Handle the Truth? Compelled Commercial Speech and the First Amendment
Apr. 5  (Thurs) Lina Srivastava, The Design of Narrative Platforms for Social Change
Apr. 20 Dov Fox, Compelling Interest Specification and the State's Interest in Potential Life
Apr. 23  (Mon) Laura Handman, Destination Defamation: the Rise and Fall (?) of Libel Toursim

Fall 2011 Speaker Series

Sept. 16 Wendy Seltzer, Software Patents and/or Software Development
Sept 26 (Mon)  Susan Freiwald, Is Big Brother Tracking You: Location Data and Fourth Amendment Privacy
Sept. 30 Cherian George, Singapore’s Suspended Spring: Media Control and Authoritarian Consolidation
Oct 11 (Tues) Daniel Solove, Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Provacy and Security
Oct 21 Woody Hartzog, The Case for Online Obscurity
Oct 28 Damian Schofield, Why Doesn’t it Look Like it Does on Television? The Presentation of Forensic Evidence Using Digital Technologies
Nov 4 Christina Raasch, The Option to Be Open and How It Increases Social Welfare
Nov 11  Madhavi Sunder, Technologies of Enlightenment: Upending Authority, from Common Sense to Google  
Nov 18 Sonia Katyal, Contrabrand: Art, Advertising and Property in the Age of Corporate Identity
Dec 2 Adrian Johns, The Intellectual Property Defense Industry and the Crisis of Information
Dec 9 Jeffrey Alexander,  Barack Obama and the Performance of Politics: The Campaigner and the President.

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