Legal/Technical Architectures of Cyberspace

Sunday, December 6, 1998
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

Sponsored by:
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
The MIT Program on Science, Technology, and Society

The social and policy challenges of the Internet -- felt through issues such as content control, privacy, liability, digital identity -- must be addressed not just through law and not just through information technology, but by new frameworks that combine law and technology. During the fall of 1998, groups of students from MIT and Harvard Law School collaborated to design some of these new frameworks and to address policy challenges from a combined legal/technical perspective.

Copies of several of the studies are available online.

The conference, held in the Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School, was the culmination of this collaboration, where invited experts in law and technology commented upon and debated these proposals for the future of the Internet.

Conference Schedule

9:30 - 10:00 Reception, Welcome
10:00 - 12:00 TopicSpeaker
  Digital Identity Melanie Schneck
  Content control Emily Sexton
  Privacy Alexander Macgillivray
  Libel Alan Kellman
Jean Camp, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Simson Garfinkel, author
Frans Kaashoek, MIT Dept. of Electrical Eng. and Comp. Sci.
Alan Davidson, Center for Democracy and Technology
Joseph Reagle, World Wide Web Consortium
Richard Sobel, Berkman Center, Harvard Law School
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 TopicSpeaker
  Spectrum allocation Dave Kumar
  Universal access Lars Oleson
  Digital rights architectures Karl Richter
  Trespass and property Benjamin Adida
Yochai Benkler, NYU Law School
Marjory Blumenthal, National Academy of Sciences
Judy Brewer, World Wide Web Consortium
Randall Davis, MIT Dept. of Electrical Eng. and Comp. Sci.
Karen Hersey, MIT
Andrew Grosso, Washington, DC
Charles Iseman, FCC
Danny Weitzner, World Wide Web Consortium
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00TopicSpeaker
  Sovereignty and governance Betsy Rosenblatt
  Democratic structures Wendy Seltzer
John Perry Barlow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Michael Dertouzos, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
Caroline Hunter, Berkman Center, Harvard Law School
David Johnson, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
Andrew McLaughlin, Berkman Center, Harvard Law School
Mike Roberts, ICANN
5:00 - 5:30 Reception

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