Third Annual CLIC Conference 
Postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19. Date to be announced.

Exploring the Future of Governance Through Intellectual Property and Technology Regulation

Intellectual property and technology are transforming democracy and its baseline of inclusivity and access to promote equal justice. What are the complex forces driving change and what do we need to know to ensure that democracy thrives in these unchartered territories? Discussions will concern transparency and innovation in health and medicine, election law, free speech and data privacy.

Join us for three interdisciplinary panels with experts from industry, academia and civil society in discussion with advocates, researchers and artists.

Journalist and award-winning author of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

Art Installation:
CLIC Artist in Residence

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Conference Schedule

Friday, May 1, 2020

Panel 1

Privacy Incoherence in Medicines: The Confluence of Corporate Trade Secret, Government Non-Transparency, and AI Mediated Erosion of Patient Privacy

Rebecca Li
Executive Director of Vivli, Professor, Center for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School

Jamie Love
Director of Knowledge Ecology International

Sara Gerke
Research Fellow, Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and Law, Petrie- Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Peter Maybarduk
Director, Global Access to Medicines Program, Public Citizen

Brook Baker
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Panel 2

Privacy and Democracy

Ari Waldman
New York Law School

Rebecca Green
William and Mary School of Law

Salome Vijoen
Berkman Klein Fellow

Woodrow Hartzog
Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University School of Law

Panel 3

Art and Impact: Techno-Creativity, Justice and Our Shared Future

Sarah Newman
CLIC Artist-in-Residence

Emilio Vavarella
Filmmaker, PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Halsey Burgund
Sound Artist

Jessica Silbey
Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), Northeastern University School of Law



Anne NelsonAnne Nelson is an author and lecturer in the fields of international affairs, media and human rights.  As a journalist she covered the conflicts in El Salvador and Guatemala, and won the Livingston Award for best international reporting from the Philippines. She served as the director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 1995, she became the director the international program at the Columbia School of Journalism, where she created the first curriculum in human rights reporting.

About Shadow Network

Shadow NetworkIn 1981, emboldened by Ronald Reagan's election, a group of some fifty Republican operatives, evangelicals, oil barons, and gun lobbyists met in a Washington suburb to coordinate their attack on civil liberties and the social safety net. These men and women called their coalition the Council for National Policy. Over four decades, this elite club has become a strategic nerve center for channeling money and mobilizing votes behind the scenes. Its secretive membership rolls represent a high-powered roster of fundamentalists, oligarchs, and their allies, from Oliver North, Ed Meese, and Tim LaHaye in the Council's early days to Kellyanne Conway, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, and the DeVos and Mercer families today.

In Shadow Network, award-winning author and media analyst Anne Nelson chronicles this astonishing history and illuminates the coalition's key figures and their tactics. She traces how the collapse of American local journalism laid the foundation for the Council for National Policy's information war and listens in on the hardline broadcasting its members control. And she reveals how the group has collaborated with the Koch brothers to outfit Radical Right organizations with state-of-the-art apps and a shared pool of captured voter data - outmaneuvering the Democratic Party in a digital arms race whose result has yet to be decided.

In a time of stark and growing threats to our most valued institutions and democratic freedoms, Shadow Network is essential reading.

Panel 1 Participants

Sarah GerkeSara Gerke
Sara Gerke is a research fellow in Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and Law at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. She oversees the day-to-day work of the Center’s Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL), including conducting law, policy, and ethics research; drafting reports and recommendations; and coordinating the Center's efforts with collaborators at the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen as well as other partners.

Sara’s current research focuses on the ethical and legal challenges of artificial intelligence and big data in the United States and Europe. Sara also researches comparative law and ethics of other digital health topics such as ingestible electronic sensors (“smart pills”) as well as mitochondrial replacement techniques. Sara’s work has appeared in venues such as JAMA, Science, Nature Biotechnology, Annual Reviews of Genomics and Human Genetics, and Nature Electronics.

Rebecca LiRebecca Li
Rebecca Li is the executive director of Vivli and on faculty at the Center for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School.  Previous to her current role she was the executive director of the MRCT Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard for over 5 years and remains a senior advisor at the Center.  She has over 25 years of experience spanning the entire drug development process with experience in Biotech, Pharma and CRO environments. She completed a Fellowship in 2013 in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She earned her PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Jamie LoveJamie Love
Jamie Love is Director of Knowledge Ecology International. His training is in economics and finance, and work focuses on the production, management and access to knowledge resources, as well as aspects of competition policy. The current focus is on the financing of research and development, intellectual property rights, prices for and access to new drugs, vaccines and other medical technologies, as well as related topics for other knowledge goods, including data, software, other information protected by copyright or related rights, and proposals to expand the production of knowledge as a public good. Love holds a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Peter Maybarduk
Peter MaybardukPeter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen's access to medicines and knowledge economy group, which helps partners worldwide secure the benefits of science and culture for all. The group's work has shaped major legislation and executive action to make medicine affordable and changed the course of trade negotiations to protect people’s health and digital rights.

Panel 2 Participants

Rebecca Green
Rebecca GreenRebecca Green teaches Election Law, Privacy Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Legislative Redistricting & GIS at William & Mary Law School. Green co-directs the Election Law Program, a joint project between William & Mary Law and the National Center for State Courts. She is co-founder of Revive My Vote, a student-run project at William & Mary Law to help Virginians with felony conviction histories regain their right to vote. Green’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of election law and privacy law. She writes on topics such as “counterfeit campaign speech,” redistricting transparency, and most recently candidate privacy. Green received a BA at Connecticut College and an MA and JD at Harvard.

Salome ViljoenSalome Viljoen
Salome is a former Fellow and current Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She is also a joint research fellow at the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech and the Information Law Institute at NYU School of Law. Salome’s research focuses on the intersection between law, technology and inequality, and draws together interdisciplinary approaches from economics, law and legal philosophy. She studies how the law governing the data economy structures current data collection and sharing practices, and explores the empirical and normative underpinnings of current data regimes as well as proposed alternatives. She also studies the distributive impacts of privacy and cybersecurity law.

Before joining the Berkman Center, Salome was an associate at Fenwick and West, LLP, where she worked with technology company clients on a broad variety of matters. She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MsC from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Economy with minors in Mathematics and History from Georgetown University. 

Ari Waldman
Ari WaldmanAri Ezra Waldman is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School. He is also an Affiliate Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and, in the 2019-2020 academic year, he serves as the Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy and as a Belfer Fellow of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society. 

Ari researches how law and technology entrench traditional hierarchies of power, with particular focus on privacy, technology design, online speech, and the experiences of marginalized populations. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship, including the highest award in privacy law, the Best Paper Award at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (in 2019 and in 2017), the 2019 Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award, the 2018 Deirdre G. Martin Memorial Lecturer on Privacy, and the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award (2016 and 2019). His first book, Privacy As Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press 2018), argues privacy law should protect as private information shared in contexts of trust. His scholarship has been or will soon be published in leading law reviews including the Washington University Law Review (twice), the Cornell Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Fordham Law Review, among others, and in peer-reviewed journals such as Law and Social Inquiry and the Law and Society Review.

Ari sits on the Board of Directors of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, an organization raising awareness about and fighting nonconsensual pornography and online victimization, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a leading privacy advocacy group based on Washington, DC. 

He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

Panel 3 Participants

Halsey BurgundHalsey Burgund
Halsey Burgund is a sound artist and technologist whose work focuses on the combination of modern technologies - from mobile phones to artificial intelligence - with fundamentally human “technologies”, primarily language, music and the spoken voice. In many ways, Halsey's work is a combination of socio-anthropological 'research', musical documentary and contributory experience. He is the creator of Roundware, the open source contributory audio AR platform, which has been used to create art and educational installations for cultural organizations internationally. 

Halsey is currently a fellow in the MIT Open Documentary Lab and has formerly held artist research positions in the MIT Media Lab as well as the Smithsonian Institution. His work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (USA), the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (USA), Puke Ariki Museum (NZ), Tyne & Wear Archive and Museums (UK), the Museum of Science, Boston (USA) and the California Academy of Sciences (USA).


Working primarily in the area of installation art, Sarah Newman develops projects that deal with technology’s role in culture, examining the significance of the current moment both playfully and critically. Newman holds a BA in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in imaging arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Berlin and Rome, and she has held artist residencies in Germany, Italy and Sweden.

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Emilio Vavarella
Emilio VavarellaEmilio Vavarella is an artist and researcher whose work blends interdisciplinary art practice and theoretical research, and a PhD candidate in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice at Harvard University.  Vavarella holds an M.A. in Visual Arts from Iuav University of Venice, with study abroad fellowships at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv and Bilgi University of Istanbul, and received a B.A. in Disciplines of the Arts, Music and Spectacle (DAMS) from the University of Bologna. Venues that have exhibited Vavarella's work include: MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo; KANAL – Centre Pompidou; MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; The Photographers’ Gallery; Museo de Arte de Caldas; Museo Nacional Bellas Artes in Santiago; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, and National Art Center of Tokyo. His first film, Animal Cinema, was recently screened at several film festivals, among which the 35° Torino Film Festival, Toronto’s 31st Images Festival and the 26th St. Louis International Film Festival. His artworks have also been exhibited at many media art festivals, including: EMAF – European Media Art Festival; JMAF – Japan Media Arts Festival; Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media; and BVAM – Media Art Biennale. Vavarella's writings have been published in Leonardo – The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology (MIT Press), Digital Creativity (Routledge) and CITAR Journal – Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. His theoretical contributions have also appeared in Error, Ambiguity, Creativity: A Multidisciplinary Reader (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming); Behind the Smart World: Saving, Deleting and Resurfacing Data produced by the AMRO Research Lab and in the exhibition cataloguesLow Form: Imaginaries and Visions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, published by CURA Books and Robot Love produced by the Niet Normaal Foundation. 

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