Gikii 2015 Berlin Programme

This is the draft programme. Remember to register here. Venue WZB Berlin Social Science Center Reichpietschufer 50 10785 Berlin Google Maps Thursday 24 September Registration and Buffet 12.30 – 13.30 Welcome Address 13.30 Session 1. The State of the Art (Future Law) 14.00 – 15.30 David Murakami Wood. The Inevitable […]


Can Ashley Madison use copyright law to stop leaked data?

Back in July the infamous website Ashley Madison, which facilitates marital infidelity, was hacked by a group calling itself Impact Team, and the personal details of millions of subscribers around the world were compromised. The hackers demanded that the self-described “most famous name in infidelity and married dating” should be […]

We work the blockchain together

Forget Bitcoin, the blockchain is where it’s at

My scepticism towards Bitcoin is well-documented. While I really like the idea of decentralized payment systems and cryptocurrencies, the current implementation of Bitcoin has too many question marks for my liking. While the BTC exchange rate has been going up recently, in part prompted by a bit of hype arising […]


Whatever happened to the Long Tail?

If you have been interested in the evolution of digital content, you may remember the Long Tail. This was a theory that saw life as an article by Chris Anderson in Wired magazine, and then as a hit book released in 2006. The theory states that so-called brick-and-mortar shops only […]


Do androids dream of electric copyright? Ownership of Deep Dream images

You may have come across Deep Dream, a visualization tool by Google that uses artificial intelligence to create unique, bizarre, and sometimes unsettling images. Deep Dream is an open source program that uses an artificial neural network to transform an image using  mathematical methods used in machine learning that resemble […]