GikII V, The Voyage Home
28-29 June 2010
John McIntyre Conference Centre
Call for Papers
GikII returns to its place of birth for its Fifth Edition. GikII is a workshop concerned with exploring the legal interaction between popular culture, speculative fiction, and new technologies. It has been described unimaginatively as trail-blazing, innovative, fun and informative. We like to think of GikII as the legal workshop equivalent of a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, in other words, it is “like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick”. GikII is where the bravest, fun-est (not to be confused with funniest) and zaniest ideas about law and technologies are discussed. In some instances we explore technologies so new that in fact there is not even a term to describe them, while some other times we have discussed technologies long gone. We only ask that you are imaginative and think of your fellow travellers instead of yourself. GikII is all about giving legal scholars the opportunity to engage in blue skies thinking (variations of the visible electromagnetic radiation spectrum may occur depending on which planet you may currently inhabit). If you have a paper that is languishing at the bottom of your hard drive and is crying out to see the light of a USB stick, GikII is the place for you. We laugh in the face of tradition and make rude comments about scholarly convention.
Please send an abstract not exceeding 500 words to Professor Lilian Edwards (Lilian.Edwards@sheffield.ac.uk) or Mr Andres Guadamuz (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submissions is April 15 2010, and please bear in mind that we do not hold with the Adamsian theory of deadlines (“they make a pleasing whooshing sound as they go by”). We will try to have them approved and confirmed as soon as possible so that you can organise the necessary travel and accommodation.
As with previous years, GikII is free of charge, and therefore there are limited spaces available, so please make sure you submit your paper early. Priority is always given to speakers, but there are some limited spaces available for students and non-speakers. Registration will be open shortly.
Final programme (uncertainty principle permitting)
Sunday 27 June
18.00-onwards. Social event (because geeks have social lives too)
UK premiere of Kembrew Mcleod’s “Copyright Criminals”
Ethanol and a chance to engage in social interaction with other members of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens species available at the bar for those not interested in copyright law. Homo Saurians and Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis… you’re on your own).
Venue: Brass Monkey
Monday 28 June
09:30-5.30 Day One
9.45-11.15 Cloudy with a Chance of Legal Issues? Augmented and clouded platforms (Chair Lilian Edwards)
- Andres Guadamuz, “We Can Tag It for You Wholesale: Augmented Reality and the User-Generated World“.
- Martin Jones, “Human! We used to be exactly like them. Flawed. Weak. Organic. But we evolved to include the synthetic. Now we use both to attain perfection”.
- Miranda Mowbray, “What the Moai know about Cloud Computing: Stone-age Polynesian technology and the hottest trend in computing today“.
11.30-13.15 We.Vote, You.Gov, She.Lurks? Social networks, politics, participation (Chair Miranda Mowbray)
- Lilian Edwards, “The Revolution will not be Televised: Online Elections and the Future of Democracy?“
- Judith Rauhofer, “The Rainbow Connection – of geeks, trolls and muppets“.
- Caroline Wilson,”Is it Politic? Policy-makers’ use of SNSs in policy-formation“.
- Hugh Hancock, “Stories for Laws: the narratives behind the Digital Economy Bill, which ones worked, and most importantly: why?“
14.00-14.20 Apres lunch entertainment: Ray Corrigan – Maths for the Terrified (and lawyers)
14.20pm-15.40 Rip, mix, share, tweet?: Current IP/ Music Issues (Chair Caroline Wilson)
- Dinusha Mendis, “If Music be the food of Twitter – then tweet on, tweet on . . . An evaluation of copyright issues on Twitter“.
- Nicolas Jondet, “The French Copyright Authority (HADOPI), the graduated response and the disconnection of illegal file-sharers“.
- Nicola Osborne, “Dammit! I’m a Tech (the “Services” or “Site”) Punter (the “User” or “Member”) not a Lawyer!“
- Megan Carpenter, “Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital Universe”.
16.00-17.30 pm Crime and
Punishment Privacy (Chair Judith Rauhofer)
- Wiebke Abel, Burkhard Schafer and Radboud Winkels, “Watching Google Streets through a Scanner Darkly“.
- Rowena Rodrigues, “Identity and Privacy: Sacred Spice and All that’s Nice“.
- Andrew Cormack, “When a PET is a Chameleon“.
19:30 Sponsored conference diner.
The Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket, EH1 2JF
Tuesday 29 June
9.30-11.00 Just Google It, Already! (Chair Andres Guadamuz)
- Daithi Mac Sithigh, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Google“.
- Trevor Callghan, “GOOGLE WANT FREND!”
- Andrea Matwyshyn, “Authorized Access”.
11.15-13.00 Just Artistic Temperament? IP law and theory (Chair Daithi Macsithigh)
- Steven Hetcher, “Conceptual Art, Found Art, Ephemeral Art, and Non-Art: Challenges to Copyright’s Relevance“.
- Chamu Kappuswamy, “Dancing on thin ice – Discussions on traditional cultural expression (TCE) at WIPO”.
- Gaia Bernstein, “Disseminating Technologies”.
- Chris Lever, “Netizen Kane: The Death of Journalism, Artificial Intelligence & Fair Use/Dealing” (slides and paper).
2.15-16.00 One World is Not Enough: law and the virtual / game (Chair Andrea Matwyshyn)
- Simon Bradshaw and Hugh Hancock, “Machinima: Game-Based Animation and the Law”.
- Ren Reynolds (& Melissa de Zwart), “Duty to Play”.
- Abbe Brown, “There is more than one world….“
- Michael Dizon, “Connecting Lessig’s dots: The network is the law“.