24-25 September 2008
Oxford Internet Institute
19 September 2007
Malet Place Engineering Bldg
University College London
Gikii 2, a one day workshop on the intersections between law, technology and popular culture, will be held on September 19th, 2007 in London, England.
The co-chairs are Lilian Edwards, Professor of Internet Law, University of Southampton, and Director of ILAWS, and Andres Guadamuz, Co-Director, AHRC Centre for Research into Intellectual Property and Technology Law, University of Edinburgh. The workshop will be once again kindly sponsored by the AHRC Centre, and will follow directly on from the soon to be announced Society for Computers and Law “Law 2.0” Workshop, to be held at Herbert Smith Solicitors, London, September 17-18; colleagues are warmly invited to attend both events.
There will be no workshop fee and lunch and coffee will be provided; a conference dinner will also be arranged free of charge. We may close the workshop at 30 participants, so register early!! Preference will be given to attendees who are providing a paper.
Gikii 2! Or as we like to call it
…Gikii 2: The Empire Strikes Back (Microsoft?)
…Gikii 2: This Time It’s Non-Virtual
…Return of the Dark Gikii
From the people who brought you Gikii 1, about which it was said:
“Like a normal conference, only without all the boring papers” Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh
“… the GikII workshop was an eye opener. I think we were all amazed at the scope for combining serious academic debate with popular and even geek culture – Power Rangers (guilty), Star Trek, Buffy, Harry Potter, Beckham’s hair.” Abbe Brown, University of Edinburgh, IP, Human Rights and Competition Law blog.
“The first session ended and the sensation that something different and unique had started was in the air… It was a delightful experience to have such an impressive group of geek/lawyers and geek/computer specialists discussing the frontiers of the law applied to cyberspace.” Fernando Barrio, London Metropolitan University, Electromate
“I gave a talk on Open Source Killer Robots…The trick was to wrap up a serious law point in a weird and wacky way. I failed because I don’t do law so I talked about formal methods and impossibility results instead, but the talk was well received.” Adriaan de Groot, Bobulate
The serious bit
The first GikII workshop in September 2006 established itself as the first workshop in the world where the worlds of law, technology and popular culture came together. We want to discuss whether geek law exists; by the end of the workshop we had created it. Topics covered at the first workshop included surveillance strategies in the novels of Harry Potter; how to avoid building open source killer robots; whether we need a new legal regime for the regulation of virtual property; copyright law, anime, fansubs ; comparative pornography law, TRIPS and Japanese manga; virtual world governance; the law of entropy and old computers; technophobia and technophilia; and much much more. Powerpoints of last year’s papers can be viewed here <http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/complaw/gikii.asp> , and both a Geek law book and a GikII Wiki are in the works.
If you have a paper burning for the oxygen of publicity on any aspect of law AND technology, science, geek culture, blogs, popular culture, wikis, science fiction or fantasy, computer games, digital culture, gender on-line, MMORPGS, virtual property or online human personae, then come to GikII 2: All Your Bases Still Belong To Us!
The call for papers
If you would like to participate, email your abstract of no more than 500 words. This should be sent to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by July 15 2007. We will confirm acceptances by August 1. Abstracts may be accepted after this date depending on whether the workshop is full.
Wednesday September 19th
9.00-10.00am: Virtuality and Virtual Communities
Chair Lilian Edwards
- Andres Guadamuz, Edinburgh “From Zero to Hero: Building a New Virtual Economy”
- Abbe Brown, Edinburgh : “Playing to win, or the game’s the thing?“
- Faith Lawrence, PhD, Southampton University: “Community Standards and New Technology”
10.00am-11.00am CyberCrime : All Your Secrets Are Belong To Us
Chair : Burkhard Shafer
- Lilian Edwards, Southampton, Chris Marsden, Essex and Ian Brown, OxII : “CyberStalking 2.0”
- Andrea Matwyshwn, Penn/Wharton: “Black Collar Crime”
- Judith Rauhofer, UCLAN, “Privacy is dead – get over it: Art. 8 and the dream of a risk-free society“
11.15-12.15 Privacy : I Can Has Personal Data? Kthxbye.
Chair: Caroline Wilson
- Rebecca Wong, Nottingham Trent and Joseph Savarimithu, Liverpool “All or nothing: this is the question? The application of Art 3(2) Data Protection Directive to the Internet”
- Federica Casarosa, PhD, Eur Univ Inst: “Privacy and Technologies: A Never-Ending Story”
- Gayle Trigg “Protecting Your Most Valuable Virtual Asset – You”
13.15-14.15 Future’s So Bright I’ve Gotta Wear Shades: Technology Meets Law, News at 10
Chair: Andres Guadamuz
- Daithi Mac Sithigh, Trinity Colllege Dublin: “I’m in ur tube blocking ur internets: The Politics, Perception and Parody of Network Neutrality Legislation”
- Burkhard Shafer and Wiebke Abel, Edinburgh; Gerald Schaefer: “An Officer and a Gentleman: Teaching Autonomous Agents the Laws of Armed Warfare”
- Simon Bisson: “The Lego-isation of IT”
14.15-15.15 Extreme IP
Chair: Abbe Brown
- Caroline Wilson, Southampton: “Trade mark Law in an online future – coming to its senses?”
- Jordan Hatcher, Edinburgh : “Drawing in Permanent Ink: A Look at Copyright Law and Tattoos”
- Fernando Barrio, London Metropolitan U “Killing Trolls In Avatars: Virtual Infringement of Real Patents”
15.30-16.45pm Access All Areas: A2K/CC/E-democracy
Chair: David Vaile, AustLII/NSW
- Richard Jones, Liverpool John Moores : “Cultural approbation of the Folk: Hang Down Your Head Tom Dula, or Larry Lessig rides into town”
- Ray Corrigan: “Colmcille and the Battle of the Book: Technology, Law and Access to Knowledge in 6th Century Ireland”
- Thomas Otter “Web 2.0 and Accessibility”
- Simon Deane-Johns, Zopa : “We, the Lunatics, Control the Asylum”