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Minds For Sale - CodeX Speaker Series with Jonathan Zittrain


October 29, 2009 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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    CodeX: Stanford Center for Computers and the Law presents Minds for Sale, a presentation by Jonathan Zittrain.

    Cloud computing is not just for computing anymore: you can now find as much mindshare as you can afford out in the cloud, too. A new range of projects is making the application of human brainpower as purchasable and fungible as additional server rackspace. What are some of the issues arising as armies of thinkers are recruited by the thousands and millions? A fascinating (and non-scare-mongering) view is offered of a future in which nearly any mental act can be bought and sold.

    This event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration required. For more information, please contact

    Jonathan Zittrain is the Edwin A. Heafey, Jr., Visiting Professor of Law at SLS and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he co-founded its Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Previously he was Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University.

    His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

    He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia in 2002, and now as part of the OpenNet Initiative he has co-edited a study of Internet filtering by national governments, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering."

    His book "The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It" was released last year from Yale University Press and Penguin UK -- and under a Creative Commons license. Papers may be found at


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