The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties. The ISP's work includes copyright, media law and policy, transparency, and privacy.

Upcoming Events

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Frank Pasquale

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:00pm

The Black Box Society: The Hidden Algorithms Behind Money and Information

Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with this information? The Black Box Society argues that we all need to be able to do so—and to set limits on how big data affects our lives.

Hidden algorithms can make (or ruin) reputations, decide the destiny of entrepreneurs, or even devastate an entire economy. Shrouded in secrecy and complexity, decisions at major Silicon Valley and Wall Street firms were long assumed to be neutral and technical. But leaks, whistleblowers, and legal disputes have shed new light on automated judgment. Self-serving and reckless behavior is surprisingly common, and easy to hide in code protected by legal and real secrecy. Even after billions of dollars of fines have been levied, underfunded regulators may have only scratched the surface of this troubling behavior.

A2K Virtual Speaker Series: Yana Welinder

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Access to Knowledge on Wikipedia

This talk will explore the role of Wikimedia and the Wikipedia Zero initiative in the global access to knowledge (A2K) movement. The Wikimedia sites not only provide free knowledge on virtually every subject to anyone who has an Internet connection, but they are also a platform for large segments of the population to play an active role in the creation of knowledge. Unfortunately, this knowledge platform is not available to everyone around the world due to barriers like poverty and limited internet connectivity. Through Wikipedia Zero, this platform becomes more accessible as it empowers people in the Global South to access the Wikimedia sites on their phones free of data charges. Wikipedia Zero is one of several initiatives in the Wikimedia community to facilitate access to Wikipedia and further the A2K movement.