Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Social Values

Please join the AALS Internet and Computer Law section for tomorrow’s session on “Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Social Values” at the AALS annual meeting in San Francisco.

Date / Time: Thursday, 5 January 2017, 1:30 – 3:15PM

Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Summary: The Internet of Things will create a vast surge in the amount of data that we – and our devices – generate. To make sense of this trove of information will require the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence by researchers, firms, and government. Digital sifting creates both promise and peril, and is certain to clash with important social norms.

Paper / Project Titles

Josh Fairfield – Digital and Smart Property

Argyro Karanasiou (with Dimitris Pinotsis) – Intelligence and Will Embedded in Deep Learning Algorithms

Dave Levine – Confidentiality Creep, Opportunistic Privacy and Dual-Use Secrecy

Emily Schlesinger – Legal Challenges of Disruptive Technologies 


Joshua Fairfield is an internationally recognized law and technology scholar, specializing in digital property, electronic contract, big data privacy, and virtual communities. He has written on the law and regulation of e-commerce and online contracts and on the application of standard economic models to virtual environments. Professor Fairfield’s current research focuses on big data privacy models and the next generation of legal applications for cryptocurrencies. His articles on protecting consumer interests in an age of mass-market consumer contracting regularly appear in top law and law-and-technology journals, and policy pieces on consumer protection and technology have appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Financial Times, among other outlets. Before entering the law, Professor Fairfield was a technology entrepreneur, serving as the director of research and development for language-learning software company Rosetta Stone.

Dr. Argyro Karanasiou is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) specializing in IT and Media Law, affiliated with the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy & Management (CIPPM) and with the Data Science Institute (DSI) at Bournemouth University (United Kingdom). Since August 2016, Argyro is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Internet Society Project (ISP) Center – Yale Law School. Her research discusses techno-legal conceptual frameworks towards a decentralized internet regulation with a particular focus on media ownership and user empowerment. Currently, Argyro is working on Deep Learning and its implications for the agent’s autonomy in automated systems. In the past, she has been involved in media related projects with the Council of Europe (Regional Expert on online media and reconciliation in South Eastern Europe) and with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. In 2013 (Indonesia) and 2015 (Brazil), Argyro was awarded an Internet Society IGF Ambassadorship and in 2014 she was named a PbD Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Ontario, Canada. In 2016, Argyro joined the EFF’s group of experts on Free Trade Agreements and Digital Services. Recently, Argyro was invited to submit evidence to the Royal Society on automated decision making and deep learning.  Her current projects span a wide range of topics from IoT/wearable tech to big data, bioinformatics and mesh networks. Argyro tweets @ArKaranasiou.

David S. Levine is an Associate Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS). He is a 2016-2017 Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). He is also the founder and host of Hearsay Culture on KZSU-FM (Stanford University), an information policy, intellectual property law and technology talk show for which he has recorded over 250 interviews since May 2006. Hearsay Culture was named as a top five podcast in the ABA’s Blawg 100 of 2008 and can be found at His scholarship, which has been published in several law reviews including Florida, North Carolina and Stanford Online, focuses on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life, specifically information flows in the lawmaking and regulatory process and intellectual property law’s impact on public and private secrecy, transparency and accountability. He has spoken about his work in numerous venues, from the American Political Science Association annual meeting to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and internationally.

Dr. Dimitris Pinotsis is a Visiting Research Scientist at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London (UCL). Dimitris holds a PhD and an MSc in Mathematics from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) of the University of Cambridge, UK. His research has been funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, UK Research Councils (EPSRC) and the Wellcome Trust. It spans diverse areas including machine learning, the analysis of big data in   neuroimaging, theoretical neurobiology and nonlinear systems in mathematical physics. In recent work, Dimitris exploits deep neural networks and hierarchical Bayesian inference to answer questions in attention, memory and decision-making. Dimitris is an Expert Reviewer for US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Austrian Science Fund and the Italian Ministry of Health. He tweets at @dimitrispp and shares his work at

Emily S. Schlesinger is a Senior Attorney in Microsoft’s Regulatory Affairs group where she advises lawyers in the Artificial Intelligence & Research engineering group on global privacy laws. Before joining Microsoft almost three years ago, she worked as a litigation associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Seattle office and DLA Piper’s Chicago office, and she served as a Deputy Solicitor in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  In addition, she clerked for Judge Guy Cole, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Hope to see you there!

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