Monday, May 6, 2019

Part 4 Of Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community Conversation - Watch Law Professor James Grimmelmann Presentation On Sealand/Haven Co, Is Internet Out Of Control, Are Tech Companies Undermining Government Regulation, Is That Good Or Bad?

Cornell Tech has initiated a series of Roosevelt Island Community Conversations between residents and Cornell Tech Faculty. The fourth  conversation took place April 29 with Professor James Grimmelmann presentation on Law & Technology:

Does it seem like the Internet is out of control? Are technology companies undermining government control and freeing people to do absolutely anything they want online? And is that a good thing or a bad thing?

James Grimmelmann studies law and technology. He tries to understand today's digital controversies by looking for times when similar things have happened in the past. He will explain current struggles to regulate technology by telling the unbelievable real-life tale of HavenCo, one of the unlikeliest startups of all time. Its headquarters was an abandoned World War II anti-aircraft platform seven miles off the British coast — and the story just gets weirder from there. It includes pirate radio, machine guns, rampant copyright infringement, a Red Bull skateboarding special, perpetual motion machines, and the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States.

James will use the story of HavenCo as a jumping-off point for a conversation about technology and democracy.
It was a fascinating presentation. Watch it below

followed by equally interesting questions from the audience.

Fascinating video here on HavenCo and efforts to avoid government regulation of data.

The first Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty conversation was with Professor Serge 
Belongie on Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality. Watch the video here.

The second Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty conversation was with Professor Nicolai Dell on Creating Tech For Underserved Communities. Watch the video here.

The third Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty conversation was with  Professor Mor Naaman on Tech, Media & Democracy. Don't have video of that presentation. 

Am looking forward to future Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty Community Conversations.