March 14, 2012
Cohen's Configuring the Networked Self
Georgetown Law Prof Julie E. Cohen's Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale UP, 2012) has been receiving a great deal of recognition since its release. Recently, Concurring Opinions hosted a series of blog posts by invited bloggers to discuss topics in her new book. Very interesting. The blog series is called a symposium (and hopefully it is the start of a trend). Cohen also discussed one of the chapters of her work at the Beckman Center [YouTube video].
The legal and technical rules governing flows of information are out of balance, argues Julie E. Cohen in this original analysis of information law and policy. Flows of cultural and technical information are overly restricted, while flows of personal information often are not restricted at all. The author investigates the institutional forces shaping the emerging information society and the contradictions between those forces and the ways that people use information and information technologies in their everyday lives. She then proposes legal principles to ensure that people have ample room for cultural and material participation as well as greater control over the boundary conditions that govern flows of information to, from, and about them.