So like last year, this iLaw is pretty mind numbing stuff, in a good, challenging way. Jonathan Zittrain was great, Lessig his usual amazing self.
Yochai Benkler was the most interesting for me, however. His lecture was on “The Rise of the Networked Economy” (blogged here). What struck a real chord for me was the way he described the culture that we are entering. We have the “radical decentralization of production,” and a time when “users are becoming co-discoverers of what they can do.” Good stuff.
Right now Charlie Nesson is doing a “Socratic Exercise” about “Digital Discovery.” It’s similar to the great “Ethics in America” hypothetical real-life scenario shows that he did on PBS about 15 years ago. (I remember the one he did right after the Gary Hart affair on journalistic privacy and politicians.) This time it’s a stolen laptop with merger documents on it and all sorts of sensitive data, and, maybe some pornography. What to do?
Maybe more later…