Information Technology and Legal Regulation:
Promise and Pitfalls

A Summit Meeting on Law, Information Technology and Society

Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSITeS)
Carnegie Mellon H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management

February 7-8, 2002
McConomy Auditorium University Center
Carnegie Mellon University

The telecommunications revolution continues to reshape business, politics, national security, and public health. Understanding law s impact on this transformation requires the insights of both lawyers and technologists the computer scientists, engineers, and information scientists who are building and analyzing new information technologies and architectures. This conference will unite an outstanding group of leading legal thinkers from the United States and Canada with some of the foremost faculty at America s leading computer science university to generate new insights. We will explore:

  1. What are the most obviously worrisome policy and and legal questions posed by new information technologies and and achitectures?
  2. Do new technologies promise to solve any current policy or legal problems?
  3. Who ought to resolve questions of questions of law and policy posed by new technologies?
  4. What will change institutionally for our legal and policy making institutions as a result of new technologies?
  5. Can scientists and engineers invent yet other technologies to solve the problems posed thus far by the telecommunications revolution?
  6. In the current environment, how should lawyers advise companies trying to develop new technologies or governments seeking to cope with such technologies?

Registration required for all attendees: CMU affiliates must register but attend free; others pay $300. You can download a registration form.