Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yale ISP Hosts Alumni Reunion and Conference Nov. 15-16

As part of its ten-year anniversary celebration, the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is hosting an alumni reunion and conference the weekend of November 15-16 at Yale Law School. 

ISP fellows will travel to New Haven from as far as Brazil, Europe, and Israel to celebrate this first-of-its-kind reunion of Yale ISP alumni and affiliates. The ISP was founded in 1997 by Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, to address the implications of the Internet and new information technologies on law and society and to engage in scholarship and activities that promote democratic values online. Since that time, the ISP has produced ten years’ worth of brilliant scholars and activists who have made a mark on law and technology areas ranging from cyberlaw and civil liberties online to biotechnology and intellectual property law.

Featured speakers at the reunion will include Susan Crawford ’89 of the University of Michigan Law School, Anita Allen of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Guy Pessach of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Amy Kapczynski ’03 of Berkeley Law, Marvin Ammori of Free Press, Michael Froomkin ’87 of the University of Miami School of Law, Mike Godwin, general counsel of Wikimedia Foundation, Anupam Chander ’92 of the University of Chicago Law School, James Grimmelmann '05, Molly Beutz ’01, and Beth Noveck ’97 of New York Law School, Caio Mario S. Pereira Neto of FGV School of Law in Brazil, Herbert Burkert of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, Daniel Benoliel and Tal Zarsky of the University of Haifa School of Law, Eddan Katz, former ISP Executive Director now at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a number of current Yale ISP fellows.  

ISP Executive Director Laura DeNardis remarked, “The ISP alumni and affiliates converging on New Haven for this reunion represent some of the leading scholars and activists in technology and law. We’re excited to be hosting this event to celebrate ten years of ISP accomplishments, to explore the future of the global information society, and to introduce ISP members from the past ten years to the rising community of ISP postdoctoral and student fellows at Yale Law School.”

The alumni conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, at Yale Law School and end at noon on Sunday, November 16. The conference will include “intellectual games” and four panels addressing the history of the information society, civil liberties online and offline, control over information conduits, and access to knowledge. 

The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register with Perry Fetterman at To learn more about the Yale Law School Information Society Project, please visit