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law.MIT.edu

law.MIT.edu Research and Development

MIT/law Purpose, Goals and Intended Outcomes

Daniel "Dazza" Greenwood

Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Founder, CIVICS.com

Jonathan Askin

Founder/Director, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic
Faculty Chair and Innovation Catalyst, Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship

MIT/law

Modernizing Laws & Legal Systems In the Age of Continuously Connected Computational Systems

I. Modernizing Law to Maintain the Social Compact

[also available in table form]

1. Life:

A. Key Growing Challenges: Algorithmic systems automating key resource decisions & other processes

B. How Does the Law Apply: Transparancy, governance, accountability & the continued role of human beings

2. Liberty:

A. Key Growing Challenges: Tracking and control of personal data, activities, interactions & choices

B. How Does the Law Apply: Zones of private, unmetered, unfettered consideration of content, communication, choice & consent

3. Property:

A. Key Growing Challenges: Valuation & exchange of digital assets through networks, blockchains etc

B. How Does the Law Apply: Clear title verifying ownership rights to use, change, grant/revoke access, transfer & destroy property

[Unstable Draft/ 4. Happiness:

A. Key Growing Challenges: ?

B. How Does the Law Apply: ? [/Unstable draft

II. Purposes and Goals of Legal Modernization

1. Purpose and Mission of MIT/law is to provide a channel for

A. The MIT Human Dynamics Lab to:

  • Propegate widespread, valid and reliable legal foundations for personal data ownership and control by catalyzing a New Deal on Data

  • Share the benefits and hone the science of social physics through application of the methods to the law and the field of law

[Unstable Draft/

  • ... through R&D leading to open source standards, reference implementations and deployment of working software or other systems]

  • ... through convening, community building, engaging in public discussion, rapidly or simulteneously publishing advances and ideas...]

  • ... through learning, scholarship, inquiry and free academic expression] /Unstable Draft]

B. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology to:

  • Perform it's societal mission of advancement & modernization to law and the field of law

  • Collaborate with civic hackers of Code for America, Legal Hackers, Meetups and others to hack the law and the field of law

2. Intended Outcomes & Success Measures of Legal Modernization are for the field of law to:

[Unstable Draft/

  • ...Expertly & professionally adopts, applies or adapts data science & analytics]

  • ...Builds stable networks of efficient, fair and enduring jurisprudential systems and services]

  • Provides usable interfaces to discover, explore, cite, comment upon and download any or all public laws and related public information

  • Provides automated legal services or advice of practitioners through confidential means that are accessible to all

  • Provides quality advice and services as a trustworthy fiduciary in professional practice & in the public interest /Unstable Draft]

3. Projects and Activities

[Unstable Draft/ A. ...law.MIT.edu publishing, dissemination and online collaboration...

B. ...teaching and academic scholarship: graduate seminars, IAP course, book chapters, etc...

C. ...Legal hackathons, unconferences, etc and convening MIT/law Summit and Unconference, 2016 May 5 & 6...

D. ...actively recruiting key legal practitioners, academics, researchers, etc... /Unstable Draft]

Legal Modernization and The Social Compact

Key Growing Challenges: How Does the Law Address:
Life Algorithmic systems automating key resource decisions & other processes Transparency, governance, accountability & the continued role of human beings
Liberty Tracking and control of personal data, activities, interactions & choices Zones of private, free access to and consideration of public information, communication, choice & consent
Property Valuation & exchange of digital assets through networks, blockchains etc Clear title verifying ownership rights to use, protect, manage, change, transfer & destroy property