The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is proud to announce that registration is now open for The Global Flow of Information Conference 2005, which will take place on April 1-3, 2005, at the Yale Law School.
Please register early, as seating is limited. This ground-breaking conference will bring together policymakers, lawyers, technologists, social activists, and academics to discuss globalization and the law in terms of information flow.
Patterns of information flow are one of the most important factors shaping globalization. Today, all sorts of entities -- individuals, groups, countries, and international organizations -- are trying to promote and control the flow across national borders of different kinds of information, including intellectual property, scientific research, political discourse, brand names, and cultural symbols. Ever-proliferating digitally networked environments subject information to yet new methods of distribution and manipulation. Control and influence of information flow will help define who holds power in the global information economy.
This conference will explore these patterns of information flow and their political, economic, social, and cultural consequences. We will explore four key questions:
Can the flow of information across borders be controlled? If so, how?
Whose interests will be affected by flows of information across borders?
Who will be empowered and who will lose influence and authority?
What role can and should law play in securing freedoms, rights, and democratic accountability as individuals, groups, and nations struggle over control of information flows?
What lessons can we learn about how to regulate information flow from past experience with other kinds of flow across borders, such as flows of goods, services, people, and capital?
We invite you to join leading experts in academia, industry, and the non-profit sector to debate the patterns, problems, and power of information flows in six different contexts:
For more information about the conference, with full descriptions of the panels above and a full speaker list, please visit the web address provided below.
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