Internet Culture, Policy and Law,  formerly known as the Institute for Computer Policy and Law, and in its 18th consecutive year is up and running for 2014. The conference runs from noon on September 17th, all day on the 18th, and until noon on the 19th.
ICPL features outstanding speakers and topics this year. Hal Abelson, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a principal in the MIT Report on the Aaron Schwartz case will open the program with a talk on that topic. His co-author, Harry Lewis, Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University, on the well-received book, Blown to Bits, will follow; many readers know Professor Lewis as an author of wide-ranging interests to higher education, including his work, Excellence Without a Soul, and as the former Dean of Harvard College.
Wednesday opens with ICPL charter member and NACUA fellow, Steve McDonald, General Counsel at the Rhode Island School of Design, who bring us up to date on copyright. Steve Wicker, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Cornell, and author of Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy – and instructor in one of Cornell’s first MOOCs – will speak on the subject of his book in the session following. After lunch, Jon Kleinberg, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Cornell, and among his many accomplishments a McArthur Fellow (“genius award"), will speak on his most recent research about networks, crowds and markets.
Finally, on Wednesday, Urs Gasser, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law, and Executive Director at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, will speak on International Internet Governance, always a hot topic, and with the announcement that ICANN will transform into something new in 2015 heating up quickly. In keeping with our international interests, Fredrik Logevall, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of Einaudi Center, at Cornell with speak on international education.
Friday morning opens with a discussion entitled “From MOOCs to Cybercollege” with Cornell University Asssociate Librarian Oya Reiger, who has been part of the MOOC effort, and Thomas Howe of Southwestern University who has pioneered an example of “cybercollege,” or international, inter-institutional courses, as the Coordinator General, Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae and Professor of Art and Art History at Southwestern University. We will close with a discussion of the new Information Literacy standards, featuring Kornelia Tancheva, Director of Olin and Uris Libraries at Cornell University.
This line up of speakers and topics should electrify anyone in the academy interested in the principal issues driving both the Internet and higher education today. It is an honor to direct this program, and I very much look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in Ithaca this September!