Geek Law

2012 – UEA (London)

GikII VII

Sept 17-18

UEA London, 102 Middlesex Street, London (*nearest tube/train station: Liverpool Street)

Call for Papers (Now Closed)

It’s harder than it used to be to write a Call for Papers for GikII, the so-cool-it-hurts blue skies workshop for papers exploring the interstices between law, technology and popular culture. Back in the day,  you could dazzle the noobs just by mentioning past glories like the first paper on Facebook and privacy, Harry Potter and the Surveillance of Doom, regulation of autonomous agents according to the Roman law of slavery, edible technologies and copyright in Dalek knitting patterns. But nowadays we live in a world where we routinely encounter unmanned surveillance drones used to deliver tacos, in commercial asteroid mining with Richard Branson, 3d printers used to create human organs and the fact that Jeremy Hunt still has a job. Still, if any of these or the other many phenomena of the digital age in desperate need of legal attention are digging a tunnel out of your brain, then send us an abstract for the 7th Gikii workshop!  Maybe this year it will be your paper which contributes the seminal GikII meme following in the honoured footsteps of LOLcats, flying penises, and knitted Daleks.

Gikii has run since 2006 in venues such as Edinburgh, Oxford, London, Amsterdam and Gothenberg with attendees coming from Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, India and Latin America. There is no conference fee, but attendees may be asked to contribute to the conference dinner on 17th September. If desired, we can suggest London accommodation ranging from cheap to more expensive.  This year’s Gikii is run with the kind assistance of the Law School, University of East Anglia at their London centre, and will commence at lunchtime Sep 17th running through to end September 18th.  These dates also offer an opportunity to combine GikII with the 7th SCL Policy Forum (details at http://www.scl.org/site.aspx?i=ev25696 ) in what has been termed the “week of geek”.

Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be sent to lilian.edwards@strath.ac.uk and Karen Mc Cullagh K.Mccullagh@uea.ac.uk  by August 13th 2012. A limited number of places will be available for participants not giving papers, and preference will be given for these to scholars (including postgraduate students) who have not previously attended GikII. Registration for these places will open at gikii.com when acceptance of abstracts is notified.

Conference Programme

Monday Sept 17

10.15 Registration/Welcome with Coffee

10.30 – 12.00 Back to the Future!

Andrew Adams, “Minority Report, RoboCop and the Future of Policing

Mathias Klang, “Beating the crowds: A pre-emptive study of Teleportation Law

Dinusha Mendis, “A New Frontier: 3D Printing, IP Implications and the Future Learning lessons from the past?”

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch

1.00 – 3.00 Creative Thinking

Miranda Mowbray, “This is Vandalism

Paul Jennings & Caroline Wilson, “Leaving, on a ghost train: or, where technology meets trainspotting and direct action

3.00 – 3.15 Coffee

3.15 – 5.30 Robots, Cyborgs and Tinfoil Hats

Burkhard Schafer, “Clod-Like Collection of Condensers” or “all licensed fools” – robots
and the law of defamation”

Catherine Easton, “Court Circuit: Legal Issues Relating to Social Robots Case study: Johnny Five

Benjamin Farrand, “Enhancement, Augmentation & Transhumanism- The Law and Philosophy of Techno-Human development”

<4.30- 4.40 rest break>

Caroline Wilson, “The Power of Thought, or, how far to Helva?: Anne McCaffrey, AI, Bionics, BCIs, Cyborgs, Neuroscience and Robotics.”

Anna Ronkainen, “Is Botox the New Tinfoil Hat? On Mind-Reading, Behavioural Biometrics, and Privacy”

6pm Conference meal

Tuesday Sept 18

10.00 – 11.15 For Whom the Tollbooth Drones Securely

Paul Bernal, “Privacy… and the Phantom Tollbooth

Lachlan Urquhart, “The Bug Farm: Addressing the imminent swarm of domestic drones

Roksana Moore, “Symantec-Pfizer, please update your data listing and fix my cold: The case for regulating the software security industry”

11.15 -11.30 Coffee

11.30 – 1.00 You Cannot Be Serious!

Ray Corrigan, “It’s no joke – reading between the lines of the Twitter joke trial

Judith Rauhofer, “I am Spartacus: Democracy in action v mob rule on Twitter”

Lawrence Siry, “Titanic Pussy Riot: When Free Speech Clashes with Religious Authority—Looking to a Higher Authority”

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 Ghosts in the Machine

Edina Harbinja, “Post-Mortem Privacy: A phenomenon worth protecting within the EU data protection regime(s) or permitting ghosts to control our history?

Damien McCallig, “Auto-Icon in the 21st Century: What lessons for the regulation of the Digital Remains of the dead?”

3.00 – 3.15 Coffee

3.15 – 5.00 Karma, Karma, Copyright

Peter Yu, “Copyright as an Engine of Censorship”

Sandra Schmitz, “Online copyright infringements and the scope of specific monitoring duties: Not left alone in the dark anymore?”

Monica Horten, “The Copyright Enforcement Enigma”

5pm Close & pub

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