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March 28 Tuesday

Technology and the Pubic Interest, Haochen Sun, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 12:10PM - 1:30PM
  • SLB Room 128
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Haochen Sun, Technology and the Public Interest (Cambridge University Press, 2022), https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/technology-and-the-public-interest/C251CA1DDBF34A6562C502B3BE50A4C6

In this book talk, Professor Haochen Sun will discuss his groundbreaking work that analyzes the ethical crisis unfolding at the intersection of technology and the public interest. He examines technology companies' growing power and their increasing disregard for the public good. To tackle this asymmetry of power and responsibility, he argues that we must reexamine the nature and scope of the right to technology and dynamically protect it as a human right under international law, a collective right under domestic civil rights law, and potentially a fundamental right under domestic constitutional law. He also develops the concept of fundamental corporate responsibility requiring technology companies to compensate users for their contributions, assume an active role responsibility in upholding the public interest, and counter injustices caused by technological developments.

Haochen Sun is Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He specializes in intellectual property, technology law, and Chinese law. His wide-ranging, interdisciplinary scholarship has explored a variety of cutting-edge areas in law and technology, ranging from the legal status of artificial intelligence creations to access to patented medicines and vaccines, IP rights owners’ responsibilities, and the trademark protection of luxury brands. In his latest research projects, he is developing a new approach to regulating social media algorithms and rethinking the epic transformations that have occurred in China’s intellectual property system. His opinions about intellectual property and technology law have appeared in many media outlets such as Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, South China Morning Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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