The Issues

  • Competition Policy and Antitrust
  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Intellectual Property
  • Interoperability
  • Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing
  • Privacy and Security

TAP Highlights

Understanding the Social Lives of Teens Online

Adults often misunderstand teen behavior online. In It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, researcher danah boyd describes how teens use social media to connect with friends and explore their identity. She notes that technology does not create problems like bullying or racism, but can make such problems more visible.

Should Laws Made for Humans Apply to Robots?

In the near future, it is expected that artificial intelligent lawyers will assess contracts for risks, hospitals will cut waiting lists as robot doctors examine scans, and cities will cut congestion as autonomous cars and busses carry people from home to work. As AI progresses, should laws evolve with them?

Call for Papers on Patents and SSOs

Economists and legal scholars will gather in May 2018 at the Searle Center to discuss selected research papers on standard-setting organizations and patents. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

Reforming Surveillance Law for the Digital Age

Some courts have held that one should not expect information to remain private once it has been given to a third party, but many Supreme Court cases reject that view. In “The Path to ECPA Reform and the Implications of United States v. Jones,” privacy expert James Dempsey describes surveillance law reform consistent with courts’ willingness to ask for more privacy protection for online information.

New TAP Blog Posts

TAP Scholars Examine AI and the Law

Posted on October 19, 2017
How does artificial intelligence intersect with the laws that have been established to govern human interactions? Three recent works by TAP scholars examine whether our laws should apply to robots.

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