CLIC Summer Series
Scrutinizing Surveillance: Discussions in Technology and Justice

How do innovations in surveillance technology impact marginalized communities? Are the risks involved in the implementation of COVID-related contact tracing apps worth the reward? How does big data impact policing strategies on campuses and in the community? 

Join CLIC for a series of expert-driven conversations about the future of surveillance technology. Hear from Northeastern Law graduates and faculty, as well as industry experts and community organizers working across the country in policy, technology, academia, and more. Each discussion invites the audience to pose questions that address the question: What can be done to ensure that technology doesn’t perpetuate systems of discrimination and injustice?

ART Artist-in-Residency Program
To ignite a conversation about the relationship among civil rights, civil liberties, technology, intellectual property and innovation, CLIC has launched Art, Resistance and Technology (ART), an evocative artist residency program.

Are secrets uniquely human? Our private lives are mediated and recorded by digital devices. Where are our secrets now? How will intelligent systems of the future process the data we leave behind?

CLIC’s first artist-in-residence, Sarah Newman, provoked conversations about these very questions at “The Future of Secrets,” a September kick-off event for her year in residency. Newman, a senior researcher at metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is challenging the Northeastern Law community through a series of installations at the intersection of technology and society.
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2019 - 2020 IP/Tech Lecture Series: This is What Democracy Looks Like
CLIC invites you to join us for “This is what democracy looks like!” — a yearlong program featuring guest speakers, workshops and tech-focused events exploring what citizenship, community and belonging mean in the digital age. 

Upcoming CLIC Events

October 16, 2020
Annual CLIC Conference
CLIC’s 2020 conference will take a close look at the intersection between technology, intellectual property, innovation and democracy. The program will also feature the second installation from our ART Artist-in-Residence, Sarah Newman.

November 13, 2020 
Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop
We are excited to announce this Call for Submissions for the Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop, to be held on November 13, 2020.

Recent CLIC Events

August 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
Big Data and Public Safety: Protest, Policing and People
This panel was produced in partnership with the law school’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration and the Program on Human Right and the Global Economy

July 28, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
COVID, Contract Tracing Apps and Public Health
This panel was produced as part of CLIC's Summer Series in partnership with the Center for Health Policy and Law.

July, 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
Race, Surveillance Technology and Justice

Wednesday, June 17 | 12:00 PM | Live via Zoom
Connecting with NUSL Centers and Projects Around Racism and Police Brutality
The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC); Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC); Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and NuLawLab invite Northeastern Law students to a virtual meeting to discuss the ways the School of Law's centers and projects can collaborate with and support students in our responses to ongoing structural racism and police brutality.

June 12, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Live via Zoom
CLIC Moral Labyrinth Virtual Workshop with CLIC Artist-in-Residence Sarah Newman and special guest Mutale Nkonde
Reflections on Ethics, Technology and the Law During the COVID Pandemic
This interactive workshop provided an opportunity to grapple with the ethical, technological and legal questions that are arising, and continue to arise, during this pandemic. Co-led by CLIC Artist-in-Residence Sarah Newman and special guest Mutale Nkonde, this workshop facilitated discussion and reflection on some of the most pressing and difficult questions we face both individually and as a society.  

February 12, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 
Lunch & Learn Speaker Event

Forrester Liddle
Senior Director of Intellectual Property, Jounce Therapeutics (Cambridge, Mass.)
FOCUS: IP and Life Sciences

February 11, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM | 220 Dockser Hall
Panel discussion: How Should Countries Regulate Privacy?
Fumio Shimpo

Commissioner for International Academic Exchange of the Personal Information Protection Commission and Associate Professor, Institute of Library and Information Science, University of Tsukuba (Japan) 

January 29, 2020
CLIC Open House and Trivia Night
The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity hosted its second annual Domain Day open house in January, a fun-filled night of music and trivia in celebration of the yearly expansion of the copyright public domain.

January 13, 2020 
CLIC ART Artist-in-Residence Distinguished Lecture with Sarah Newman
CLIC’s first artist in residence, Sarah Newman, a senior researcher at metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is challenging the Northeastern Law community through a series of installations at the intersection of technology and society.

January 8, 2020
Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
Peter Castellano ’03, Innovation Lead, Relationship Manager/Business Development, Nestle Skin Health and NY Chapter Organizer of Hacking Health (New York, New York)
Focus: HealthTech/Life Sciences/Innovation

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
Jamal Stockton, E’01, VP, Head of Legal Innovation and Technology, Fidelity Investments (Boston)
Focus: Technology/Innovation/Legal Operations

Monday, December 2, 2019
This is What Democracy Looks Like” IP/Tech Lecture Series: Patents, Global Healthcare and Access to Medicines
Film screening of Dylan Mohan Gray’s documentary, “Fire in the Blood,” in honor of World AIDS Day

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
Timothy Hogan, 
VP, Chief Compliance Officer, Boston Children's Hospital (Boston)
Focus: Health Care/Life Science Compliance & Ethics

November 5, 2019
The Original Sin of Trademark Law: Failure to Function
Sponosored by Northeastern Law's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) and the Boston Patent Law Association

Wednesday October 23, 2019
“This is What Democracy Looks Like” IP/Tech Lecture Series:  Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property
Jane Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | 42 Dockser Hall
This is What Democracy Looks Like” IP/Tech Lecture Series: Race and Intellectual Property
Anjali Vats, Assistant Professor in Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College

Tuesday, September 17 | 6:00 PM | Dockser Hall
The Future of Secrets
Official Kickoff of CLIC’s ART (Art Resistance Technology) Residency featuring Sarah Newman 

CLIC's ART Residency invites noted artists to campus to spark, provoke and foster conversations about the intersection of technology and innovation with civil rights, civil liberties and the public interest. In September, we will host our first artist-in-residence, Sarah Newman.

Sarah Newman is a senior researcher and principal at metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. As a researcher expressing ideas through installation art, her work engages with technology’s role in human experience. Learn more about Newman’s work here. Join us for the launch of CLIC’s ART Residency and Newman’s first installation, The Future of Secrets. For more information, please contact
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The Future of Secrets Art Exhibition:  
Tuesday, September 17
5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Wednesday, September 18
9:00 - 4:00 PM 

September 12, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room
Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
Andrew Droste ’15, Board Advisory Specialist, Russell Reynolds Associates (Seattle, Washington)
Focus: Environmental, Social Corporate Governance (ESG)

For more information, contact:
Professor Jessica Silbey  

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2018-2019 Events

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 4:00 - 6:30PM 
CLIC at INTA: A Meet-and-Greet Mixer
Join us during INTA for a special meet-and-greet mixer with the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), NUSL’s new Center of Excellence exclusively dedicated to intellectual property and internet law. On May 22, 2019, meet CLIC’s faculty director, Professor Jessica Silbey; Managing Director Toni Morgan; and other center partners, and learn more about CLIC’s programs and collaborative opportunities to work with students, co-op employers and other stakeholders in IP and tech law.
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Friday, May 10, 2019 | 9:00AM - 2:00PM
About Face: The Changing Landscape of Face Recognition
Join us for a conference that will explore the encompassing regulatory, legal and human implications in face recognition technology.

As enthusiasm for technological advancement has ushered in an exciting era of unprecedented innovation, technologists, scholars, privacy rights advocates and members of public are raising concerns about the efficacy of face recognition software and its uses in the future. Increasingly, the media news cycle is full of stories about the ways tech companies and government institutions are deploying face recognition technology to the detriment of the public’s constitutional rights and statutory rights to privacy. In an era of unprecedented digital innovation, has the emergence of face recognition tech proven that surveillance technology has finally gone too far?

January 24, 2019
CLIC Open House and Public Domain Day Party
On  Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) held an open house and celebrated the copyright public domain, expanding for the first time in 20 years on January 1, 2019, as copyright in works from 1923 finally expired and became freely available to remix and re-publish.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
CLIC Author Event Featuring Professor Brett Frischmann
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Brett Frischmann, Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University School of Law, will visit campus to talk about his new book, Re-Engineering Humanity.

October 12, 2018
AI, Media and the Threat to Democracy
Join a group of award-winning journalists, innovative scholars and practitioners for a conference on the impact of AI on democracy.

October 12, 2018
Faculty Colloquium: Danielle Citron, Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy

October 1, 2018
Author Event Featuring Professor Jennifer Rothman
On Monday, October 1, 2018, Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, visited  campus to talk about her new book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World.
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2017-2018 Events

May 10, 2018
Disputed Art and Counseling Museums: Copyright in Disputed Territories

April 5, 2018
CLIC Conference: Privacy Across the Disciplines

April 9, 2018 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Book Launch: Privacy's Blueprint
The launch of Professor Woodrow Hartzog's new book Privacy's Blue Print: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2018)

April 9, 2018 
The Patent System: Transformative Times

March 14, 2018 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM 
Trump and Privacy

January 24 - 26, 2018
11th Annual International Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP)
The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) is proud to be an offical CPDP Conference Partner. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 
Author Event Featuring Professor Orly Lobel

February 8, 2018 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
IP Meets T/E: Advising Artists, Authors and Musicians on Legacy, Inheritance and Tax

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Monday, October 30, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM 
Social Influencers: Copyright, Publicity and Contracting

2016-2017 Events