2008 – Oxford


24-25 September 2008
Oxford Internet Institute

Registration is now open.

GikIII, a two day workshop on the intersections between law, technology and popular culture, will be held on September 24-25, 2008 in Oxford, England. GikII is so cutting edge that it is the nano-blade of workshops, so expect all sorts of challenging papers, tenuous legal connections, l33t powerpoint and keynote skillz, uber-geekery, and a healthy dose of lolcatz. Previous GikIIs explored Facebook privacy settings before privacy had become fashionable again, and looked at the pressing legal issues in subjects as varied as Harry Potter, killer robots, anime, fandom, virtual property and tattoos.

The chair of the event is Ian Brown, Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, with assistance from Lilian Edwards, Professor of Internet Law, University of Southampton, and Director of ILAWS, and Andres Guadamuz, Co-Director, SCRIPT Law and Technology Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

The call for papers is now closed


All papers exploring the interaction between “geek” subjects and the law are welcome, but emphasis on popular culture is always favoured. This year’s workshop will also have a special session which explores the topics of complexity, networks and regulation.

If you would like to participate, email your abstract of no more than 500 words. This should be sent to ian.brown@oii.ox.ac.uk, l.edwards@soton.ac.uk or a.guadamuz@ed.ac.uk by July 15 2008. We will confirm acceptances by August 1. Abstracts may be accepted after this date depending on whether the workshop is full (note that the submission deadline has passed).

2008 Programme

Wednesday 24 September
Venue: OII

10.30-10.45 Registration and coffee

10.45-12.30 Virtual Worlds & Online Communities: The Winner Takes It All?
Peter Jenkins, Melissa De Zwart, Salil Mehra, Ian Brown/Chris Marsden

12.30-13.30 Sandwich lunch at OII – with Companions brainstorm

13.30-15.00 Lucy in the Sky with Data

Miranda Mowbray, Marcelo Thompson, Richard Jones, Lilian Edwards

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-17.00 The Rights Stuff: Ethics for the 21st century

Judith Rauhofer, Fernando Barrio, Ray Corrigan

17.00-19.00 Break, drinks

19.00-22.30 Dinner at college

Thursday 25 September

Venue: OII

10.00-11.30 IP Law: Top of the Pop(ular)s
Andres Guadamuz, Gary Rinkerman, Caroline Wilson, Burkhard Schafer

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-13.15 It’s Immaterial: IP and Theory
James Griffin, Chris Lever, Peter Yu, Nicolas Jondet

13.15-14.00 Sandwich lunch at OII

14.00-15.30 E-Commerce, Payments & Security
Andrea Matwyshyn, Simon Deane-Johns, Andrew Katz, Alana Maurushat

16.00-18.00 Punting from Magdalen bridge

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