2019 Association of Internet Researchers Conference (Brisbane)

Call for Papers:  2019 Association of Internet Researchers Conference: Trust in the System

Wednesday–Saturday, October 2–5, 2019
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia


  • Website:  https://aoir.org/aoir2019/aoir2019cfp/
  • Deadline for Submissions:  March 1, 2019
  • Deadline for Award Nominations:  April 15, 2019 (Nancy Baym Book Award and Best Dissertation Award)
  • Notification of Acceptances:  May 5, 2019
  • Application Deadline for Conference Travel Scholarships:  May 20, 2019
  • Deadline for Early Bird Registration:  August 1, 2019
  • Availability of Full Program:  August 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Visa Letter Requests:  August 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Final Uploads:  September 30, 2019
  • Social Media:  #AoIR2019


Trust is one of the most critical issues of our time: trust in our fellow Internet users; trust in the information we encounter in our online environments; trust in the data we produce and in the data that are continuously produced about us; trust in the algorithms that process and evaluate these data; trust in those who create the digital content we consume; trust in platforms and intermediaries that maintain our online spaces and that manage and trade in these data; trust in our national and regional governments that engage citizens over the Internet; trust in grassroots, social welfare and non-government organisations; trust in the regulatory bodies and political systems that are in charge of governing these systems of exchange. At every level, and spurred on by a rise in extremism and increased suspicion of others, our trust in the system is being challenged, presenting challenges for existing institutions and the opportunity to imagine new ones. The 2019 conference of the Association of Internet Researchers addresses these questions of trust.

Trust is one of the techno-emotions that shape sociality online (Svedmark, 2016), and is part of the process that guides the choices we make on the Internet (deLaat, 2008). Consequently, the data about us and our interactions that are produced and processed across a variety of digital devices encapsulate deeply personal and intimate facets of our digital selves. For the most part, these data are managed by commercial third-party platforms and applications, where many users have proven unable to exercise appropriate control of their data. While governments and other regulatory bodies seek to find appropriate settings for governance of a transnational, datafied society, trust in the government is an option only for the privileged, and undermined by the rise of populist and partisan regimes. At the same time, developers and activists have proposed and introduced a number of alternative, supposedly more trustworthy systems of their own, from Tor to Blockchain and beyond, but these, too, frequently embed only the limited worldviews of their creators. But ‘we’ are many, diverse, complicated, and contradictory, and in Internet research as much as in its development, governance, and use it is crucial that the voices of the marginalised finally be heard.

As Internet researchers at the intersection of critical studies of technology, culture, and society, the present crisis of trust in the system presents us with opportunities to seek new insights into these issues and provide advice and guidance for individuals, communities, governing bodies, policy-makers, and platform providers. While emergent technologies attempt to bridge the gap between users, developers, and processes, there is still significant work to be undertaken on critical issues such as rebuilding trust for Internet users. The 2019 AoIR conference in Brisbane, Australia, invites contributions that explore the question of whether we can still have, or how we might regain, trust in the system: in a world of unscrupulous actors and dubious data, how can we know what and whom to trust? Indeed, how might we change the system itself – rethinking, redesigning, rebuilding, repurposing it – to provide a more trustworthy experience for a broader, more diverse, more inclusive community of Internet users?

The 2019 Association of Internet Researchers conference welcomes contributions that address these themes, including but not limited to the following questions:

  • Trust in technologies and platforms: how might users operate safely on commercially owned platforms? What role do emergent, decentralised, autonomous technologies play?
  • Trust after Cambridge Analytica: what is the impact of this highly mediatised data breach? Do users understand the data trails of their actions on the Internet?
  • Interpersonal trust: can we trust our friends on the Internet? Does authenticity become a central element of trust online?
  • Trust in governance: if national governments lack leverage over transnational tech giants, who do citizens trust to act in their interest? How do powerful actors in Internet governance justify their influence, and how can they be held to account?
  • Trust in information: as mis- and disinformation spread, how do we identify trustworthy sources of information?
  • Trust by design: how can design and development processes be reshaped to ensure greater inclusion of diverse and marginalised communities?
  • Trust in theory: what theories of trust are available to describe the present moment and provide pointers to possible futures?
  • Trust in black boxes: how can scholars, civil society, regulators, and users interrogate the workings of only partially visible communication systems? What ethical, methodological, and practical challenges must they confront in doing so?
  • Trust in translation: how do issues of trust play out in different national and cultural contexts? How might we de-westernise current debates about trust by recognising different international perspectives, especially perhaps from the Asia-Pacific region?
  • Distrust in the system: how might trust’s darker side be addressed? What are the alternatives to trust?

Submissions are open for #AoIR2019!

2019 University of Richmond Journal of Law & Technology Symposium – Social ESI

2019 University of Richmond Journal of Law & Technology Symposium: Social ESI

Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM EST
University of Richmond School of Law
203 Richmond Way
Richmond, VA 23173



Join the University of Richmond Journal of Law & Technology for a symposium exploring the impact of communication technologies and electronically stored information (ESI) within the larger legal practice. As social interactions within the digital sphere continue to evolve, hear from several experts tracking how such developments may affect your rights, shift traditional considerations of privacy, and expand the greater capabilities of human expression.

  • 8:30 a.m. // Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. // Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:15 a.m. // How Legal Ethics and Social Media Intersect in the Modern Practice of Law, with Jeffery Geiger and Laura Lee Miller
  • 10:45 a.m. // Break
  • 11:00 a.m. // Picking Up the Slack – Legal and Information Governance Considerations for New(er) Technologies, with James Sherer and Ben Barnes
  • 12:00 p.m. // Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. // Putting Words in Your Mouth – The Evidentiary Impact of Emerging Voice Editing Software, with Nick Mirra
  • 1:45 p.m. // Break
  • 2:00 p.m. // The Growing Cybersecurity Threats to Law Firms, with Kelly Higgins
  • 2:45 p.m. // ESI in the Workplace, with Nicole Harrell
  • 3:30 p.m. // Closing Remarks
  • 4:00 p.m. // Closing Reception

CLE credits pending. Free admission.

2nd Race+Intellectual Property Conference: Engagement Empowerment Exclusions

2nd Race+Intellectual Property Conference: Engagement Empowerment Exclusions

Friday–Saturday, April 5–6, 2019
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012



Intellectual property (IP) is an increasingly important site of social, political and economic struggle. An emerging body of scholarship has begun to consider how IP reflects and reinforces inequalities along lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, class and disability. Drawing upon critical race theory and critical legal theory, this scholarship is asking integral questions about the hidden racialized categories that inform law, legal decision-making, and policy making within the context of intellectual property law.

This conference builds on the conversations begun at Boston College in 2017, the site of the inaugural Race + IP conference. This year, our speakers will emphasize the embedded legacies of colonialism and racism in IP law, which contribute to local and global economic inequality as well as facilitate the ongoing dispossession of marginalized populations.

The conference will feature five plenary sessions which develop and engage the subfield of critical race IP, concurrent sessions with scholars across disciplines conducting multi-methodological research, roundtable discussions on special topics related to race and intellectual property (e.g. the intersections of social media, algorithmic culture, and racial justice). All participants and registered attendees are invited to an evening reception on Friday, April 5.

We look forward to seeing you in New York City!

Keynote Speakers

  • Rebecca Tsosie
    University of Arizona, Professor of Law. Areas of expertise: tribal self-determination within the US constitutional framework, environmental justice for tribal communities, and intellectual property for cultural resources.
  • Chidi Oguamanam
    University of Ottawa, Professor of Law. Areas of expertise: global knowledge governance, IP, and technology law – with an emphasis on biodiversity and biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology.

Conference Organizers

2019 European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Conference: The Future of IP

Call for Papers:  2019 European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Conference: The Future of IP

Wednesday–Friday, September 11–13, 2019
ETH Zurich
Center for Law & Economics
IFW E 43.2 – 8092 Zurich


  • Website:  https://epip2019.org/
  • Deadline for Submissions:  April 7, 2019 (All submissions will be peer-reviewed.)
  • Notification of Acceptances:  May 15, 2019
  • Registration:  Conference registration will be available at www.epip2019.org in March 2019. 


The European Policy for Intellectual Property association (EPIP) announces its 14th Annual Conference in Zurich, Switzerland, from September 11 to 13, 2019 with a special attention on “The Future of IP.” Scholars from all disciplines and practitioners interested in the economic, managerial, legal and political aspects of intellectual property rights are all encouraged to submit and/or to attend.

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Alberto Galasso (University of Toronto)
  • Prof. Peter Menell (UC Berkeley)
  • Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers (KU Leuven)

This edition seeks contributions on the major challenges facing patent offices and IP users. Topics such as blockchain & IP, IP challenges posed by the convergence of industries, and opportunities arising from digitalisation are particularly encouraged. However, we invite submissions on all IP-related topics, including:

  • IP and innovation/competition
  • IP and firm strategy
  • IP and its role on the market for technology
  • Standards and patent pools
  • Inventor mobility and knowledge flows
  • International trade agreements and IP
  • Open access and IP in science
  • Functioning of IP systems
  • Gender and IP
  • IP and new research methods

All forms of IP are relevant, whether patents, copyrights, trademarks, plant breeding rights, geographical indications, design rights, trade secrets or others.

Submission Information

Full papers and extended abstracts may be submitted via the online submission system at editorialexpress.com/conference/epip2019. Preference will be given to full paper submissions. The submission deadline is April 7, 2019. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Paper selections will be announced on May 15, 2019.

Themed Sessions

EPIP 2019 invites applications for unsolicited themed sessions on any relevant topic. Interested session chairs should submit a short session description as well as 2 to 4 papers/extended abstracts in a single PDF document. Organizers reserve to right to add papers to an incomplete session or to selectively pick papers. All submissions must go through the main submission portal, respect the general deadline and will be peer-reviewed.

Social Media

Special Themed Session on Industrial Design

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will organize a special session with a focus on Design Innovation and Industrial Design Protection.

Since 2005, the number of industrial designs filed worldwide has doubled. This suggests that firms are increasingly relying on industrial design rights to build their competitive advantage. Yet, our understanding of the relationship between design innovation and the use of industrial design rights as an appropriation strategy remains limited.

This themed session aims to bring together empirical research on how industrial design protection may contribute to design innovation, business growth and economic development. Conceptual papers on industrial design rights will also be considered. However, priority will be given to empirical research papers.

Topics of interest relevant to this session include, but are not limited to:

  • How the management of design innovation differs from the management of technological innovation
  • What characterizes markets for design-intensive products
  • The economic value of industrial design rights
  • The role of industrial design rights as an appropriation strategy, and its complementarity or substitutability to other IP instruments
  • How the use of industrial design rights may vary across industries and sectors
  • How differences in industrial design protection policies and practices may affects users’ filing and enforcement strategies
  • Enforcement of industrial design rights, including litigation

Young Scholars Awards

The EPIP Association will award two Young Scholars Awards for the best papers submitted by PhD students in economics/management and in law. More information is available at here.


Conference registration will be available at www.epip2019.org in March 2019. 

PhD Workshop

The EPIP association supports PhD students in the field through reduced registration fees. In addition, a PhD workshop on “The Legal and Economic Analysis of Patent Litigation” will be organized by Prof. Christian Helmers on September 11, at no extra cost for all selected students. Kind support by the USPTO for this PhD workshop is anticipated. For more information, see here.

11th Global Conference of the Forum for Economists International (Amsterdam)

Call for Papers/Panels:  11th Global Conference of the Forum for Economists International

Friday–Monday, May 24–27, 2019
Sessions scheduled on May 25–26, 2019
Level Eleven
Stationsplein 51-53
1012 AB Amsterdam
The Netherlands



The 11th Global Conference will be held in Amsterdam, May 24-27, 2019.  (Sessions will be scheduled on May 25-26, 2019.)

The Forum encourages multi- and interdisciplinary research. In addition to general economic topics we welcome papers on topics in the fields of accounting, Asian economies, behavioral economics, demography, economic philosophy, economic psychology, economic sociology, environmental economics, health economics, law & economics, management, political sciences, public administration, public policy, etc.

By clicking on the categories to the right you will find all conference details including registration fees, instructions for participants, hotels, conference location/transport and conference proceedings.

Please note that each participant is responsible for her/his own expenses and registration fee. The Forum for Economists International has no financial support or scholarships available for potential participants.

Join the Program Committee

Become a member of the Program Committee by organizing a session with 4-5 papers.

If you are interested in joining the Program Committee, just ask the Program Chair, M. Peter van der Hoek, for more information or send him your session proposal directly at f4ei@f4ei.org.

2020 Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium (Santa Clara Law)

2020 Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium

Friday–Saturday, February 7–8, 2020
Santa Clara University School of Law
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050



Prior to the February 2012 colloquium, WIPIP coalesced around the entrepreneurship and guidance of Mike Meurer and Glynn Lunney. Their efforts, along with the volunteers at the host schools in those early years, set the pattern for WIPIP.

Beginning with the 2012 colloquium, an Organizing Board was formed consisting of a representative from the host school for the upcoming colloquium, and the four prior other persons who served as the representative for a host school.

Thus, in the table below, the Organizing Board for WIPIP is indicated along with the history of the colloquium. Past board members (or host school representatives for those years before there was a board) are also listed for the year the member’s school hosted WIPIP.

Date Host(s) Host School Representative Current Board Capacity
February 2019 University of Houston Law Center Sapna Kumar Chair elect
February 2018 Case Western Reserve University School of Law Aaron Perzanowski Chair
February 2017 Boston University School of Law Paul Gugliuzza Member
February 2016 University of Washington School of Law Zahr Said Member
February 2015 George Washington University Law School and United States Patent and Trademark Office Bob Brauneis Member
February 2014 Santa Clara Law Eric Goldman and
Brian Love
February 2013 Seton Hall University School of Law Gaia Bernstein
February 2012 University of Houston Law Center Greg Vetter
February 2011 Boston University School of Law Mike Meurer
Fall 2009 Seton Hall University School of Law Gaia Bernstein
Fall 2008 Tulane University Law School Glynn Lunney
Fall 2007 American University Washington College of Law Mike Carroll
Fall 2006 University of Pittsburgh School of Law Mike Madison
Fall 2005 St. Louis University School of Law and
Washington University School of Law
Mark McKenna and
Chuck McManis
Fall 2004 Boston University School of Law Mike Meurer
Fall 2003 Tulane University Law School Glynn Lunney

Conference: It’s a Barbie World: Intellectual Property, Rights of Publicity, and the Gender Wars (Colorado Law/Silicon Flatirons)

Conference:  It’s a Barbie World: Intellectual Property, Rights of Publicity, and the Gender Wars

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 8:30am–1:30pm
University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, CO



The nature and extent of intellectual property rights in product design, and in one’s name and likeness, pose some of the most challenging questions for courts today. These issues converge at an unexpected juncture: BarbieTM.

In 2011, Barbie manufacturer Mattel lost its nearly decade-long intellectual property battle against competing toy company MGA Entertainment over its line of Bratz dolls. In 2016, a change in executive leadership—and perhaps more pointedly, a significant drop in profits—led to a fresh face for Barbie for the first time since her introduction in 1959: new body types and skin tones were introduced with the stated goal of promoting healthy body image in young girls.

In March 2018, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, Mattel released its “Inspiring Women” Barbie collection featuring Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson. Even a casual observer of the Frida Kahlo doll will immediately notice the absence of the artist’s famous unibrow. Kahlo’s niece, Mara de Anda Romeo, speaking through the attorney for Kahlo’s estate, would also note the doll’s artificially light-colored eyes and impossibly spindly arms to insist that the representation is not authorized.

In our fifth annual conference on content, Silicon Flatirons is excited to bring two leading experts on intellectual property law to discuss their latest book projects and their respective implications not only for the seminal question “Who can own an idea?”, but also for the broader cultural debate around sex and gender roles. We are pleased to welcome Orly Lobel, author of You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side, and Jennifer Rothman, author of The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World, to headline this conference.

Following a presentation of both book projects, we will convene a roundtable of experts in intellectual property and gender to discuss, among other topics:

  • conceptions and treatment of ownership and value, especially as they vary between men and women
  • anticompetitive use of IP law and concerns about the concentration of power (and composition of leadership) in culture-producing industries
  • IP’s expansion to human capital and the disparity in male/female compensation
  • fair use in the context of public criticism, especially about gender roles

Conference on Internet Platforms’ Rising Dominance, Evolving Governance (Colorado Law/Silicon Flatirons)

Conference on Internet Platforms’ Rising Dominance, Evolving Governance

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 8:30am–Monday, February 11, 2019, 1:30pm
University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, CO



We are living in the era of the internet platform.  From Apple’s app store to Google’s search and Chrome browser to Facebook to Amazon to broadband internet access, internet users depend on platforms that both enable and restrict their freedom.  As these platforms exercise more influence on culture, commerce, and democracy, there are increasing questions about what forms of governance will oversee decisions on when information should be taken down, when certain applications are disfavored or preferred, and when and how user’s private information is stored and used.

In light of the rise of internet platforms, different governance strategies have emerged, including the use of “soft law,” best practices, and government nudges.  It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that with growing importance of these platforms, public policymakers will increase asking questions about their practices and what form of oversight is appropriate (as opposed to no oversight at all).   The dominance and power of a few platforms, and their reliance on undisclosed algorithms, raises issues of fairness, transparency, and discrimination.

In this annual technology policy conference, we will explore emerging forms of governance of platforms, evaluating the appropriate strategies for overseeing internet platforms.  Possible models of governance can include traditional legal oversight (say, the notice and takedown regime of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), the application of antitrust law to internet companies (say, the European Union’s actions against Google), non-traditional forms of regulation (say, NIST’s Framework for cybersecurity or BITAG’s development of best practices), and company-specific governance policies (say, Twitter’s policies for when to take down tweets).  In evaluating the range of models of governance and emerging principles for platform regulation, we will bring together leaders in academia, government, and private industry to ask what we have learned about the internet platform-based economy.

If you need any accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter, CART, or alternate format versions of printed materials, please contact Susanna Weller at Susanna.Weller@colorado.edu or (303) 492-5442, and we will gladly make any necessary arrangements.

2019 Annual Congress of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI)

Call for Papers:  2019 Annual Congress of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI)

Monday–Tuesday, July 8–9, 2019
Montpellier, France



The 2019 annual congress of SERCI will be held in Montpellier (France) on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of July. The local organisation of the event will be undertaken by Alain Marciano (University of Montpellier).

We are very honoured to announce that the Invited SERCI Lecture will be delivered by Zorina Khan (Economics, Bowdoin College).

There is no registration fee for participation at the SERCI Annual Congress. Proposals for papers to be presented at the congress should be sent as an email attachment to: richard@serci.org. Submissions should be received no later than 21st April 2019.

At the submissions stage, a detailed abstract is sufficient (setting out the issue to be studied, the methods to be used, and, if possible, the likely results), although of course full papers are most welcome. In any case, completed versions of accepted papers will be required by late June 2019. Submissions should clearly state the source of any financial aid supporting the research presented in the paper (apart from any support provided by the home academic institution).

Submissions are encouraged on any topic related to the economics of copyright generally defined. Topics of interest to SERCI include (but are not restricted to) such issues as the efficient level of copyright protection, the causes and effects of copyright piracy, licensing and pricing of copyright protected material, the regulation and efficiency of copyright collectives, the public domain for creative works, cultural economics and the copyright industries, markets for musical works, and labour markets in the creative industries.

A selection of papers from the congress will be published in the December 2019 issue of the Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues.

PIJIP SCOTUS Series: Mission Product Holdings v. Tempnology (American Univ. Law)

Supreme Court Series: Mission Product Holdings v. Tempnology

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:00pm–7:00pm
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
American University Washington College of Law
Tenley Campus – Yuma YT01-02 Grossman Hall
Washington, DC



Issue: Whether, under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor-licensor’s “rejection” of a license agreement—which “constitutes a breach of such contract,” 11 U.S.C. § 365(g)—terminates rights of the licensee that would survive the licensor’s breach under applicable non-bankruptcy law.

A list of speakers and a link to a webcast will be made available on this webpage.

PIJIP’s Supreme Court Series

American University Washington College of Law regularly invites counsel of record and counsel for selected amici to offer post-argument reflections in intellectual property (and related) cases heard by the Supreme Court. These events are held on the afternoon of oral argument before the Court.