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Governance and Regulation of Emerging Technologies (809A)

This policy lab will provide students an opportunity to learn about and write research reports concerning the governance of the newest technologies. The students will form three teams with each team producing one group report on one of the following technologies: (1) Blockchain (principally non-crypto applications); (2) virtual and extended reality; and (3) Generative AI (Chat GPT, Dall-E, etc.). There will be three classes on each topic — one to describe the harms presented by the technology, another to investigate private governance solutions and best practices, and a final that will explore options for government regulation. The three group oral presentations and written reports will follow that same structure.

The goal is to provide a blueprint for regulators and firms concerning governance of these new technologies. Students are expected to attend all classes. Students will consider the ethical implications of new technologies and the role of lawyers in mitigating risks for firms engaging in these new technologies. The class will be limited to 20 students — at least half of whom will be law students. The other half will be comprised of graduate students and advanced undergraduates from disciplines across the university and who can demonstrate knowledge and background in the relevant technologies. The class will meet at the Law School on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:15 pm.

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Nathaniel Persily 1

Nathaniel Persily

  • James B. McClatchy Professor of Law
  • Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Co-Director, Cyber Policy Center
  • Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
  • Professor, by courtesy, Communications

Clients and Deliverables

Policy Client: McCourt Institute