January 21-22, 2014

This symposium examines the role of law and technology in promoting creativity, security, self-determination and wellbeing. Cosponsored by University of Oregon Division of Undergraduate Studies, School of Law, and Department of Philosophy. In conjunction with the UO New Media and Culture Certificate program.

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Tuesday, January 21. 3:00–6:00 p.m.,  110 Knight Law Center

Keynote and Opening Reception
Welcoming remarks from Adell Amos, Associate Dean, University of Oregon School of Law, and Doug Blandy, Senior Vice-Provost, University of Oregon

“Rewiring the Good Life: The Role of Law in Shaping Innovation and Development”
Featuring Terry Fisher, Visiting Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics.
Panelists: Madhavi Sunder, UC Davis Law; and Sean Pager, Michigan State University College of Law

Most discussions of how law could be modified to encourage innovation or development presume that the goal should be either to create better incentives for the production and distribution of informational goods or to provide the creators of such goods better compensation. The keynote lecture by Professor Fisher will outline a different approach—our ambition should instead be to create cultural conditions that afford all people generous opportunities for human flourishing—in short, for a “good life.”

Keynote audio part 1: Terry Fisher
Keynote audio part 2: Madhavi Sunder

Wednesday, January 22, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Ford Lecture Hall

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Panel on “Privacy, Information and Law” organized by Colin Koopman.
Deirdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley Law
Paul Ohm, University of Colorado Law
Colin Koopman, Wayne Morse Resident Scholar and Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Privacy is once again a major agenda item due to powerful new information technologies for surveillance, aggregation, and sorting of personal and other data. In the wake of Snowden and Assange we have entered into heightened awareness about the political, legal, and ethical import of information privacy. This panel will explore the vexed topic of information privacy according to complementary perspectives of law, technology, and history.

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel on “Virtual Embodiment and the Physical Self” organized by Donna Davis
David Denton, AIA, Cofounder of the Kansas to Cairo project for the US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs
Donna Davis, UO School of Journalism Portland Center
What sort of opportunities do virtual worlds offer for those restricted by the physical realm?

12:15–1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Panel on “Mindfulness, Technology and Society” organized by Lisa Freinkel
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of The Distraction Addiction
Neema Moraveji, Stanford University
Lisa Freinkel, UO Professor of English
Today’s technology—and the deluge of information it supports—all too often fragments, distracts and overwhelms us. But can this same technology also center, ground and calm us? As informational technologies transform around us at an exponentially accelerated pace, are we becoming "digital natives," deftly navigating our increasingly media-rich worlds, or are we merely the "digitally displaced," our cultural contexts lagging forever behind the latest upgrade, the shiniest new gadget? This panel takes up the question of human flourishing in the age of digital distraction. How can we become more mindful of our selves and our communities in this tweeted and tumblrd world?

3:15–4:00 pm. Closing Session
Terry Fisher, Visiting Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics
Madhavi Sunder, UC Davis Law