Briefing Room


Distinguished Lecture on the State of Internet Law

August 22, 2019 | Events

Twenty-five years ago, the launch of Netscape Navigator marked the start of the mainstream, commercial Internet age and created a new field of study known as cyber law. Since then, the internet has exceeded all expectations, both good and bad. At the quarter-century mark, the mood has changed and talk of tech regulation is in the air. What does the landscape ahead look like for cyber law? What will change and what will stay the same? Join us for lunch as we welcome two of the foremost thought leaders in the field for a conversation on the state of the internet. Be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, September 10

Friday, September 20

12 p.m.

Barrister Club

25 West 11th Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201

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This lecture is presented by The Ohio State Technology Law Journal (OSTLJ) and co-sponsored by the Program on Data & Governance. OSTLJ is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the publication of cutting-edge research and writing at the intersection of law, policy, and technology. The journal is edited and published by the Moritz College of Law.

Speaker Bios

Photo of Professor Grimmelmann James Grimmelmann is a Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Law School at Cornell University. He studies how laws regulating software affect freedom, wealth, and power. As a lawyer and technologist, he helps these two groups understand each other by writing about copyright and digitization, the regulation of search engines, privacy on social networks, and other topics in computer and Internet law. He is the author of the casebook Internet Law: Cases and Problems, now in its fifth edition, and of over forty scholarly articles and essays. He has written for Slate, Salon, Wired, Ars Technica, and Publishers Weekly. He is also a regular source of expert commentary for major news media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and All Things Considered. He and his students created the Public Index website to inform the public about the Google Books settlement.

Photo of Professor FranksMary Anne Franks is a Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law. She also serves as the President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination. Professor Franks is the author of The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech (Stanford Press, 2019). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among others. She has also authored numerous articles for the popular press, including the Atlantic, the Guardian, and TIME Magazine. Professor Franks has delivered more than a hundred lectures to a range of audiences in the U.S. and internationally, including law schools, domestic violence organizations, law firms, and tech companies. In 2013, Professor Franks drafted the first model criminal statute on nonconsensual pornography (sometimes referred to as “revenge porn”), which has been used as the template for multiple state laws and for pending federal legislation on the issue. She also served as the reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s 2018 Uniform Civil Remedies for the Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act. She regularly advises legislators and tech industry leaders, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, on issues relating to online privacy, extortion, harassment, and threats.