Law and Technology Symposium 2017


Come join us at the first annual JOLTT Law and Technology Symposium. Experts from a variety of technology and legal backgrounds will be on hand to discuss various topics and answer questions in the Eidman Courtroom.

Topics include: Cyborg Rights and the Third Party Doctrine, Autonomous Vehicles, Body Cameras and Police Surveillance, and Russian Hacking and Election Integrity.

Date and Time: Friday, Sept. 29, 10am – 3pm

Location: Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law; 727 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, Texas 78705

Please RSVP on the Facebook event to reserve a lunch. This event will be recorded.

Cyborg Rights and Third-Party Doctrine

For better or worse, advances in technology have changed the way Americans approach privacy. As new technology becomes more pervasive in our lives, and even in our bodies, these changes will only accelerate. The Third-Party Doctrine, a legal theory that permits warrantless government access to information voluntarily given to third parties, is particularly affected by this rapid progress. This panel will examine the privacy ramifications of cyborg technology, current law governing use of data gathered by these devices, and next steps for lawmakers and privacy advocates.

The panel will be moderated by Richard MacKinnon, the Founder & Executive Director of Borgfest—a cyborg pride event and human augmentation expo. MacKinnon previously served as a board member of the ACLU of Texas and President of EFF-Austin. He recently wrote The Cyborg Bill of Rights, a proposed set of legal principles designed to protect the dignity and freedom of augmented people.

Panelists include Matthew Powers, an expert on intellectual property and complex litigation issues at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. Powers is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. He previously served as a Law Clerk to Judge Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Matt Tait, the CEO and founder of Capital Alpha Security, a UK based information security consultancy, will also be joining the panel. Tait has extensive experience at the intersection of privacy and national security issues, working for Google Project Zero, iSEC Partners, NGS Secure, and GCHQ. He currently teaches at the University of Texas School of Law.

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