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Digital Drafting with Oliver Goodenough

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Digital Drafting with Oliver Goodenough, via Vermont Law School…

Public’s loss of privacy translates into big profits for online companies

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Unlike most aspects of the financial crisis, it’s fairly easy to understand the Goldman Sach’s debacle. The company put its own interests ahead of its clients by encouraging them to invest in a mortgage product that the bank itself had bet would fail. But while politicians, the public, and the media take aim at the […]

Facebook is Betting Against its Users, by John H. Clippinger

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Note: This piece was originally published at the Huffington Post Facebook is at it again: Here are our new privacy settings. Trust us, we will take care of you. After its privacy practices have been roundly criticized by the New York Times, a chorus of users, Silicon Valley insiders and privacy advocates, Facebook doubles down its privacy […]

FTC Roundtable Explores Online Privacy

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Can there be security and privacy online after the fact? That was the question posed at a March 17th public roundtable on consumer privacy sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. The roundtable brought together academics, industry experts and government officials to discuss the challenges of building a secure and authenticated layer for the Internet on […]

Matt Dunne on Transforming the Last Mile State

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Being the least connected state in the country earned Vermont the nickname of the Last Mile State. But it is precisely because of this reputation that Matt Dunne thinks Vermont can be transformed into a leader in connectivity, broadband competition, and innovation. Dunne, a former state senator and current candidate for Vermont governor, is also […]

The Case for Evolvable Contract Spreadsheets, by John H. Clippinger

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

A good contract is a fair contract. A contract is fair when it is willfully entered into with full and informed consent. Fairness is not just a matter of how the contract is drafted, but how it is understood. Parties need to understand how their interests are served and need to feel confident that they […]

The Promise of Digital LLC, by Oliver Goodenough

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The Internet is creating a new class of web-based, geographically-dispersed entrepreneurs. Digital communication allows work, capital, and knowledge to come together in a virtual world that can let go of the old necessities of handshakes and paperwork. Until recently, however, the legal frameworks available for structuring these businesses haven’t kept pace. With the advent of […]

A Reflection on Leslie Zebrowitz’s talk, by Judith Donath

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Leslie Zebrowitz’s talk brought her work—which deals with how deep-seated tendencies to overgeneralize distort our assessment of people,–to bear on the issue of justice in the courtroom. The premise of Zebrowitz’s work on overgeneralization is that the adaptive, useful reactions we have to features such as a baby’s cute face, the disfiguration caused by disease […]

A Reflection on Jeremy Bailenson’s talk, from Judith Donath

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

A Reflection on Jeremy Bailenson’s talk, “Transformed Social Interaction in Virtual Reality.” In virtual worlds, people appear in the guise of avatars. These graphical representations can closely resemble the user – but they can also be radically or subtly transformed. These transformations can be apparent to all inhabitants of the virtual world, or they can […]

A Reflection on Stephen Kosslyn’s talk, from Judith Donath

Monday, February 1st, 2010

A Reflection on Stephen Kosslyn’s talk “Brain Bases of Deception: Why We Probably Will Never Have a Perfect Lie Detector” The premise of lie detection is that there is some perceivable physical sign when someone is lying. We have many beliefs about what these signs may be. For instance, we may want someone to look […]