Two Short Papers on Peer-Produced Digital Libraries

Readers of this blog with an interest in open-access issues may enjoy a pair of short essays I recently posted on SSRN. They bring together a fair amount of the thinking I previously deployed in piecemeal fashion on this blog here, here, here, here, here, and here. (My co-bloggers, of course, have written very perceptively […]

Crowdsourced Diagnosis of Harvard Law Professor’s Mystery Ailment

Fans of the open-source software movement are acquainted with Linus’ Law: “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” Translated into something more closely approximating conversational English, it means: the more people who examine a problem, the more likely it is that the solution will occur to at least one of them, even if the problem […]

Data Security and Data Privacy in the Payment System

On Friday, March 19, Brooklyn Law School hosts a symposium on data security and data privacy in the payment system. There’s a terrific lineup of speakers, including James Grimmelmann of NYLS, Chris Jay Hoofnagle of Berkeley, Sarah Jane Hughes from Indiana-Bloomington, Adam Levitin of Georgetown, Juliet Moringiello from Widener, Frank Pasquale of Seton Hall, and […]

Hackers Are Your Friends

My friend and Berkman colleague Oliver Day and I have just released a new paper, The Hacker’s Aegis. It argues that intellectual property law has been hacked to block socially valuable research on software security. Moreover, we contend that software vulnerability data challenges existing assumptions, and scholarship, on how information about improvements to works protected […]