Digital regulation of everyday life. The everyday needs of our future human existence will be shaped by the invention, distribution and commercialization of new forms of machines, buildings, labor opportunities and energy. This conference meets at the intersection of law, business, technology and creative design. We invite industry leaders, university researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, lawyers and political advocates to join us in a far-ranging discussion.

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Jeong

Sarah Jeong

Sarah Jeong is a lawyer and contributing editor at Vice Motherboard. She is the author of The Internet of Garbage, and has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Verge, Forbes, The Guardian, Slate and WIRED, among other publications. In 2017, she was named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30: Media." Jeong graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014. As a law student, she edited the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender and worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She was a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale in 2016, and is currently a fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.


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Conference Schedule

Monday, May 1, 2017

8:30  - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.


Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

James Bean, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. 

Panel 1
The Internet of Future Bodies

As the Internet of Things evolves into the Internet of Bodies, what we mean by “connected health” will also evolve. While the first generation of connected health questions focused on data processing and privacy, the next generation of technology-mediated treatment involves internet-enabled implanted devices and 3D-printed body parts. The intellectual property issues that have arisen in the context of traditional medical devices have already started to move into these new technology-reliant treatment spaces. But, these new technologies bring with them new versions of hard ethical questions that threaten to upset traditional lines in intellectual property law. 

Andrea Matwyshyn, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Phoebe Li, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex
Jay Radcliffe, Senior Security Consultant and Researcher, Rapid7
Abigail Slater, General Counsel, The Internet Association 
Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Gretchen Stubenvoll, IP and Corporate Counsel

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Panel 2
Ubiquity of the Copy: Impact of IP on Architecture and Urban Life

Although copying, reference and imitation are all central to the history of innovation across disciplines, including architecture, these concepts are increasingly contested in academic and legal circles. Following the passage of Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA) of 1990, American buildings, and not simply drawings, are now subject to copyright protections. Are these relatively new legal protections inhibiting or fostering creativity within architecture? Whose interest are they serving? And how do we navigate the real differences in disciplinary terminology among lawyers and architects to best serve the public?

Elizabeth Hudson, Dean, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University 

Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Arts, Media and Design

Ana Miljački, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jay Wickersham, Partner, Noble, Wickersham & Heart
Kevin Collins, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
Cammy Brothers, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University

12:15 - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


Carla Brodley, Dean, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

Keynote Speaker:
Sarah Jeong, Journalist and Lawyer, Vice Motherboard

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Panel 3
The Gig Economy: Algorithms and the Communities We Create

Labor relations, systems management and logistics are merging in the “gig economy” where categories of “employees,” “contractors,” “customers” and “users” all blur. In managing employee-employment relations, including equal employment opportunities and discrimination between company and consumer, our legal system lags behind the machine-based and modular mechanisms that structure services and goods today. With increased efficiency and democratized access we may also be sacrificing equal opportunity, fair wage standards and cohesiveness among communities that helps sustain them. But the companies that thrive in this economy claim they share these values. How can the law protect workers in the gig economy?

Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Jason Jackson, Future Faculty Fellow, Political Science, Northeastern University
Veena Dubal, Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
Sushil Jacob, Associate, Tuttle Law Group
Christo Wilson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Panel 4
Renewable Energy, Resilience and Innovation 

Energy systems around the world are in the midst of major changes, as renewable energy expands and related infrastructures come to include multi-scale networks of distributed generation and storage devices.  This energy transition involves new forms of connectivity, communication and engagement.  When coordinated through a “smart grid,” participants perform interactive and interdependent roles as both energy producers and consumers.  Differing governance approaches offer competing visions of centralized or decentralized ownership and control, and widely varying views on the potential uses of digital technologies in automating or engaging participants in energy decision-making.

Uta Poiger, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University 

Lee Breckenridge, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy and Associate Director, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
Josh Castonguay, Vice President of Innovation and Generation, Green Mountain Power
Jon Klavens, Principal, Klavens Law Group
Ann Berwick, Director of Sustainability, City of Newton; Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, 2010-2015

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Reception 

Jeremy PaulDean, Northeastern University School of Law

Presented by 

Northeastern University School of Law’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC)

Sponsored by Northeastern University's

IP/Innovation Connection

Global Resilience Institute

College of Arts, Media and Design

College of Computer and Information Science

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Humanities Center