Soctech:Meeting of 2004-08-23

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Notes from society and technology meeting with Caroline and UW technology and law society...

Some quick (unformatted, so far) notes on our informal gathering over lunch, submitted by Caroline...

Two students from Computer Science and two from law, including the leader of the law-technology society, were able to attend. The meeting was mostly a chance for us to introduce ourselves and share our interests in technology and society. Two other students from the law school are interested in participating but were unable to attend. Students from other disciplines who have worked with the Center for Internet Studies are also interested in attending come Fall.

Highlights: Keunwoo (CS) and Charlie (CS) discussed how computer scientists often feel ignorant of the law governing CS research.

Larry (LAW) mentioned the law-tech society, which encompasses students interested in the law and info tech, biotech and a variety of other technical fields, is looking for new ways to engage students in activities, and that there would likely be students interested in working on the 590 on open source and IP law.

Next steps: 1. Look for students from law to help plan the OSS/IP law course with Keunwoo 2. Continue to research materials and topics for the course 3. Continue to brainstorm topics of interest to students 4. Plan to meet in the beginning of the school year

A couple of other notes: 1. Please look for a "briefings" page to support the course: this will become a resource for you to contribute terminology, primers on concepts, and suggestions for intro reading from your discipline, that you feel are important to understanding the intersection of software and IP law. For example, a primer on the software development process and relevant terminology might be useful there.

2. Also, a new wiki page will be up for you to throw up your brainstorms on topics that you would like to hear another discipline's perspective on. For example, Charlie mentioned he is interested in privacy law governing packet tracing on the Internet. These brainstorms could become talks or panels or ???.

3. Jane Winn, head of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Tech at the Law School, and Bob Gomulkiewicz, former Microsoft counsel and head of UW's IP law program, are very interested in the course--perhaps attending and guest lecturing. Interestingly, Jane mentioned she assumed most CS departments had such courses on the laws governing computer science already and was surprised to learn it wasn't common.