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Julie E. Cohen on Configuring the Networked Self

Simply put, when it comes to information and access and use in a networked world, laws are imperfectly suited to deal with the diversity and fluidity of human behavior. The mixture of freedom and control that human beings require to flourish is achieved most effectively when regulatory architectures are characterized by operational transparency — by access to the underlying logic of information systems — and by semantic discontinuity — by gaps and inconsistencies within systems of meaning that leave room for the play of everyday practice.

In this talk, Georgetown Professor of Law Julie Cohen, highlights points from her new book "Configuring the Networked Self" that seek to remedy deficits in the law, and in the process to develop a unified framework for conceptualizing the social and cultural effects of legal and technical regimes that govern information access and use.


7 Nov 2012

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January 31, 2015