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The light at the end of the tunnel draws nigh. It is hard to believe over the past 12 years I’ve balanced,  at various times, full time jobs in the corporate world, RA/PI positions, self-funded/independent research, 4 degrees (B.S., M.S., Ph.D., J.D. [May, 2013]) and a few certificates, company formations / partnerships, and continuing expert witness / digital forensics work.

This semester, my supposed ‘easy’ semester, has been dominated with some interesting issues collaborating in a mini session dealing with the US Copyright Office’s inquiry into Orphan Works. Our working group declined to submit a comment, but rather waited to submit a reply comment, and our 100+ page submission (sent shortly before the deadline) is fairly robust. My own modest contribution was, I hope, informative, but I don’t feel like my portion is overly substantial in comparison to some of my colleagues who have some brilliant points of view. Mostly, not unexpectedly, my contributions often entail illuminating grey areas between technology and the law, which I hope some find informative. I’m more enthusiastic about my observations regarding the problematic nature of infra-system potentially infringing copies between storage and memory rather than the naïve metadata comments I responded to in my section.

It has been a while since my last post, but that was unavoidable in context of my existing obligations. I will be speaking at NOLASEC this month on the President’s Cyberwar/security executive order; that should prove a fertile ground for comment and generate another relevant post.

In other news; a friend and  colleague of mine and I are working on launching a new peer reviewed journal dealing with cross-disciplinary issues involving technology intersecting with law, philosophy, ethics, public policy, politics, etc through Tulane’s new open access publication platform. We are still in the planning stages, but are on track to launch the call for papers by the end of this semester. Very exciting stuff.

Until next time.

Posted in Computer Science, Law, Publications