The Sidley Austin Distinguished Lecture on Big Data Law and Policy, Presented by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Program on Data and Governance

Date & Time: 10/27/2016 4:00 pm - 10/27/2016 5:30 pm

Big data is all the rage these days. Employing increasingly sophisticated algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies, businesses and governments are enthusiastically using big data to solve problems and create value. At the same time, individuals are increasingly worried about how massive data collection and analysis will impact their privacy, and whether companies and governments will use it fairly. Do we need ground rules to encourage the many benefits, and reduce the risks, of our new algorithmic society? If so, can government set such rules consistent with the First Amendment?

Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, will explore these questions on Thursday, Oct. 27, in a distinguished lecture at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law titled “The Three Laws of Robotics in the Age of Big Data.” Professor Frank Pasquale of the University of Maryland School of Law, author of a leading book on big data law and policy, will comment on Balkin’s lecture and engage him in dialogue. Following the lecture, the audience is invited to a public reception with Professors Balkin and Pasquale.

With generous support from the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, the Moritz College of Law will offer this distinguished lecture annually. We invite you to join us and be a part of the conversation.


Where: The Moritz College of Law, Saxbe Auditorium, 55 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210.

When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Who: Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, Founder and Director of Yale’s Information Society Project (Distinguished Lecturer)
Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, The University of Maryland School of Law (Distinguished Commentator)

Reception: Following the lecture, audience members are invited to a reception at The Barrister Club, 25 West 11th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210.

Continuing Legal Education: 1.5 hours of CLE credit (approved). If you applying for CLE credit, please download the course materials here.

Parking: There is parking available in the South Campus Gateway Garage, located at 75 East 11th Avenue, or the Ohio Union South Parking Garage, located at 1759 North High Street. Metered parking is also available along the 11th Avenue side of the building.


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