The Cryptopicon: The Legal, Ethical, and Intellectual Implications of "Big Data"


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The emergence of networks, algorithms, and processing power, and the willingness of states and private firms to collect massive amounts of data on individual identities and habits, raise significant questions about how we should regulate such practices via norms, laws, and code. Intellectual property, privacy, and the complex relationship between the two are among these challenges. This talk will consider some ideas that could illuminate the challenges and opportunities we face in the Era of Big Data.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He presented the 2012 Mervis Lecture at the William & Mary Law School on September 24, 2012.

The Stanley H. Mervis Lectureship in Intellectual Property was created in memory of Stanley Mervis in 2003 by his family and friends. Mervis, a member of the William & Mary Law School Class of 1950, was patent counsel for Polaroid Corporation for most of his career and was actively involved in important patent and intellectual property issues.

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