January 2021

Hacking the SEAMs: Elevating Digital Autonomy and Agency for Humans

Hacking the SEAMs: Elevating Digital Autonomy and Agency for Humans Richard S. Whitt[1]* “Certainty hardens our minds against possibility.” –Ellen Langer The time has come to challenge the predominant paradigm of the World Wide Web. We need to replace controlling “SEAMs” with empowering “HAACS.” Over the past two decades, Web platform ecosystems have been employing …

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Employment in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for a Statutory Solution

Employment in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for a Statutory Solution Brandon Ward[1]* Introduction Like the automobile, computer, and the internet defined the twentieth century, artificial intelligence (AI) will come to define the twenty-first century as it branches out to influence all aspects of humanity. One area that undoubtably will be shaped by …

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Masters of Their Own Domains: Property Rights as a Bulwark Against DNS Censorship

Masters of Their Own Domains: Property Rights as a Bulwark Against DNS Censorship Nicholas Nugent[1]* It is increasingly becoming the practice of domain name system (DNS) intermediaries to seize domain names used by lawful websites for violating acceptable use policies related to offensive content or hate speech. Website hosting companies and social media platforms, entities …

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Bridging the Coasean Divide: A Shared Economic Lexicon for Antitrust and Worker Protection Law

Bridging the Coasean Divide: A Shared Economic Lexicon for Antitrust and Worker Protection Law By Conor J. May[1]* Uber, the most prolific of a new breed of transportation network companies, has in recent years been the target of two distinct strands of litigation that expose a question at the heart of the company’s business model. …

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Cybersecurity and the U.N. Charter: A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Cybersecurity and the U.N. Charter: A Square Peg in a Round Hole Slate Herman[1]* Since its inception, the United Nations has struggled with balancing the interests of States acting to preserve their sovereignty. This balance was as much a problem in 1945, at the creation of the United Nations, as it is today. Now, in …

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Enlisting Useful Idiots: The Ties between Online Harassment and Disinformation

Enlisting Useful Idiots: The Ties between Online Harassment and Disinformation Brittan Heller[1]* Online harassment has been a blind spot for major platforms for many years. The problem became mainstream with Gamergate in 2014, the first public reckoning with intimidation of women in the online gaming community. This problem is still plaguing social media, with progress …

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Innovating Like an Optimist, Preparing Like a Pessimist: Ethical Speculation and the Legal Imagination

Innovating Like an Optimist, Preparing Like a Pessimist: Ethical Speculation and the Legal Imagination by Casey Fiesler[1]* “Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.” – Isaac Asimov[2] Introduction We all tell stories—to ourselves, and to others—about the future. These stories typically draw us in two …

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