Configuring the Networked Self; DPLA Appfest Hackathon

October 31, 2012
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October 31, 2012

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Configuring the Networked Self

Wednesday, November 7, 6:00pm ET, Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East A Room.


The models of individual behavior upon which U.S. legal scholars and policymakers habitually rely are too narrow and unrealistic to yield useful insights into information policy problems. Configuring the Networked Self seeks to remedy this deficit, 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. It offers guiding principles for information policy reform that move beyond the themes of “access to knowledge” and “network neutrality.” The everyday behaviors of ordinary people require spaces where they can be enacted, tools with which they can be pursued, and meaningful legal guarantees in which they can claim shelter. This requires more careful attention to the semantic structure of the networked information environment. 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. Julie Cohen is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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DPLA Appfest Hackathon

November 8-9, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga, TN.


The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. We’ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokin’ fast! more information on our website>


Madhavi Sunder on Intellectual Property and Global Justice


Under conventional wisdom, intellectual property is simply a tool for promoting innovative products, from iPods to R2D2. But intellectual property does more than incentivize the production of more goods; IP law governs the abilities of human beings to make and share culture, and to profit from this enterprise in a global knowledge economy. In this talk, Madhavi Sunder — Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law and author of the new book From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice — calls for a richer understanding of intellectual property law’s effects on social and cultural life. video/audio on our website>

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