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Cloud Law, Finance 3.0, and Digital Institutions: A Report from the Berkman Center's Law Lab

Cloud Law, Finance 3.0, and Digital Institutions: A Report from the Berkman Center's Law Lab

John Clippinger, Urs Gasser, and Oliver Goodenough

Tuesday, October 6, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor

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The Berkman Center Law Lab is a project devoted to investigating and harness the varied forces — evolutionary, social, psychological, neurological and economic — that shape the role of law and social norms as they enable cooperation, governance and entrepreneurial innovation.  Through open observational and experimental web-based platforms and open source software, the Law Lab is seeking to understand and develop new digital institutions and research tools that can foster innovation and deepen our understanding of trust, transparency and human cooperation.

Recent research has focused on exploring the core mechanisms associated with online governance and entrepreneurial models, including, for example, new understandings of reputation, identity, and security systems; new models for private law setting; and new opportunities for the creation of scalable groups.  This discussion will focus on the progress made this year on sector-specific use cases, including Finance 3.0; Vermont Digital LLC; and ODR in civic participation.


John Henry Clippinger is Co-Director of  The Law Lab at Harvard University, a new multi-disciplinary center founded to research the role of social, neurological, and economic mechanisms on the role of law in facilitating cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation. The goal of The Law Lab is to conduct controlled and open experiments on the Web and to develop open source software to facilitate the growth of a wide range of “digital institutions” to enable innovation and cooperation. The Law Lab is designed to be a global collaborative network of university, non profit and industry partners and is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

Urs Gasser is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society's Executive Director and co-principal investigator of the Law Lab.  Before joining the Berkman Center in this capacity, he was Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), where he led the Research Center for Information Law as Faculty Director. Before joining the St. Gallen faculty, Urs Gasser spent three years as a research and teaching fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where he was appointed Faculty Fellow in 2005.  At the Berkman Center, he was the lead fellow on the Digital Media Project, a multi-disciplinary research project aimed at exploring the transition from offline/analog to online/digital media. He also initiated and chaired the Harvard-Yale-Cyberscholar Working Group, and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School in the 2003/04 academic year.

Oliver R. Goodenough is Co-Director of The Law Lab at Harvard University and is currently a fellow at The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and an Adjuct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  He has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Neurology at Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, and heads its Planning and Programming Committee.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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