Call For Applications – 2018 Technology, Law & Society Summer Institute

We are pleased to host a 3-day Technology, Law & Society (TLS) Summer Institute at UC Irvine from June 22-24, 2018. The TLS Summer Institute will examine how changes in technology are revolutionizing the study and practice of law. Convened by Profs. Mona Lynch (Criminology, Law and Society) and Bill Maurer (Anthropology), the Institute will bring together junior scholars whose work addresses new relationships between technology, law and society (broadly defined) along with diverse experts from fields like sociology, criminology, anthropology, law, political science, informatics and computer science, and beyond. Read the full Call for Applications, check the Eligibility Requirements, and access the Submission Link here.

Directors & Fellows blog the “law and computation” series for Platypus, the CASTAC Blog

Platypus, the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing Blog, is featuring a seven part series on “law and computation” authored by the Directors and Fellows of the Technology, Law Society Institute. Each post features a discussion of how changes in technology are revolutionizing the study and practice of law. Read the series here.

New “Law In Computation” Post on CASTAC Blog by Evan Conaway

Privacy and Piracy: Investigating Unauthorized Online Gaming

When we play an online game like World of Warcraft, where are we? This is not just a metaphysical question—are we in the fantasy world of Azeroth or in front of our computers—but a legal one as well. And there are multiple answers to that legal question. We might take a look at the space of intellectual property at the level of code and creation, whether corporate or by the players. There is also the space of law within the game, of the rules and norms guiding play (De Zwart and Humphreys 2014). What I’m concerned with here, though, are the servers, located in physical places, that connect players through infrastructures of connection whose worlds are sometimes disconnected by proprietary and computational decisions of game world owners. […] Continue reading, “Privacy and Piracy: Investigating Unauthorized Online Gaming” at the CASTAC Blog.

New “Law In Computation” Post on CASTAC Blog by Tania DoCarmo

The Migrant’s Right to a Digital Identity

According to the World Bank, over 1 billion people live without a formally recognized identity. With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Accenture and Microsoft, and motivated by UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9, to “provide legal identity for all” by 2030, the ID2020 Alliance is a UN sponsored public-private partnership with plans to make “digital identities” more accessible for refugees, stateless and displaced populations through biometrics and blockchain technology. As an executive at Accenture explains: “Digital ID is a basic human right.” […] Continue reading, “The Migrant’s Right to a Digital Identity” at the CASTAC Blog.

Introductory “Law In Computation” Post on CASTAC Blog by Dr. Bill Maurer

From Law in Action to Law in Computation: Preparing PhD Students for Technology, Law and Society

In 2015, a robot buying illicit items off the “dark web” was confiscated by the Swiss authorities along with its haul of Ecstasy pills, a Hungarian passport, counterfeit designer clothing, and other items. Dubbed Random Darknet Shopper it was a bot programmed to shop on the dark web using Bitcoin, the pseudo-anonymous cryptocurrency that, at the time of my writing, is experiencing an enormous bubble. Previously assumed to be the domain of criminals or drug dealers, the Bitcoin bubble has made it more mainstream, even on popular television shows like The Daily Show and is being discussed at policy forums worldwide. It increased in value from just over $1000 to over $8000 between February 2017 and February 2018, with a peak at over $19,000 in mid-December 2017. While it was pretty obscure just a few months ago, you probably have a cousin or uncle currently “mining” Bitcoin or trading in similar digital tokens whether you know it or not. […] Continue reading, “From Law in Action to Law in Computation” at the CASTAC Blog.

UC Irvine Launches Technology, Law and Society Institute

Thanks to grant funding from the National Science Foundation Bill Maurer, UCI social sciences dean and anthropology and law professor and Mona Lynch, criminology, law & society professor and co-director of the Center for Law, Society & Culture, are developing the Technology, Law and Society Summer Institute where they’ll train the next generation of scholars who will tackle how changes in technology are revolutionizing the study and practice of law. Read more here.