2022-2023 Events

May 24-26, 2023
16th International Conference: Computers, Privacy & Data Protection
Northeastern Law’s Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) is co-sponsoring this conference, which will focus on “Ideas That Drive Our Digital World.”

April 13, 2023
Bad Spaniels: Trademark Parody and Fair Use Doctrines
Is a squeaky dog toy that pokes fun at a famous brand an expressive work that merits First Amendment protection, or a commercial product subject to trademark infringement’s traditional likelihood of confusion analysis? Find out the answer to this question and more. Join Professor Rebecca Tushnet of Harvard Law School and Professor Alexandra Roberts of Northeastern Law for a conversation about trademark parody and fair use doctrines with a focus on Jack Daniels v. VIP Products, which is currently pending before the US Supreme Court.

March 15, 2023
Data & [Dis]Obedience Conference
Northeastern Law’s Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) invites you to join a one-day hybrid convening inspiring collaboration on issues of data-driven surveillance, to be held at the Raytheon Center at Egan. Through this public convening, we aim to catalyze interdisciplinary, cross-sector research collaborations to inform policy and practice and have on-the-ground impact on communities affected by unjust surveillance.

November 11, 2022 
Joel R. Reidenberg Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop
The members of the program committee and Northeastern Law’s Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) are excited to announce this Call for Submissions for the Joel R. Reidenberg Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop (NPSW), to be held on November 11, 2022, at NYU School of Law in New York City

November 17, 2022
“The Genome Defense” and the Civil Rights Case Against Gene Patenting

Join Northeastern Law’s Center for Health Policy and Law and Center for Law, Information and Creativity for a virtual book talk presented by Professor Jorge L. Contreras, director of the program on intellectual property and technology law at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

  • Speaker Series: Conversations in Law and Tech

    Leading scholars from law and the social sciences will join CLIC throughout the year for our new Conversations in Law and Tech series — informal yet substantive discussions about vanguard issues in law, technology and society that are part of the law school’s 2021-2022 Faculty Colloquia Series.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 12:45 - 2:00 PM | 42 Dockser
    Sarah Seo
    Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
    Between Treason and Pardons: Conspiracy Laws in the United States
    Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC)
    Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 12:45 - 2:00 PM | 42 Dockser          
    Rachel Sachs
    Treiman Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    The Accidental Innovation Policymakers
    Check back in the next few weeks for dates for these upcoming speakers:
    Associate Professor of Computer Science Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
    Research Professor Kate Crawford, University of South California
    Assistant Professor of Information Sciences Karen Levy, Cornell University

    Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Media Systems and Industries Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication

    Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 5:00 to 7:00 pm
    For Your Eyes Only
    A Celebration of New Books on Privacy By Our Faculty
    Join Professor Woodrow Hartzog, co-author of Breached! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It (Oxford University Press, 2022), and Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, author of Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power (Cambridge University Press, 2021), for a discussion about their new books and the current state of privacy and data security law.
    June 2-3, 2022
    Privacy Law Scholars Conference

    A Paper Workshop Conference hosted by Northeastern Law's Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC).

  • CLIC Summer Series
    Scrutinizing Surveillance: Discussions in Technology and Justice

    How do innovations in surveillance technology impact marginalized communities? Are the risks involved in the implementation of COVID-related contact tracing apps worth the reward? How does big data impact policing strategies on campuses and in the community?

    This summer CLIC hosted a series of expert-driven conversations about the future of surveillance technology. Our distinguished panelists included Northeastern Law graduates and faculty, as well as industry experts and community organizers working across the country in policy, technology, academia and more. Each discussion invited the audience to pose questions that address the question: What can be done to ensure that technology doesn’t perpetuate systems of discrimination and injustice?

    August 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
    Big Data and Public Safety: Protest, Policing and People
    This panel was produced in partnership with the law school’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration and the Program on Human Right and the Global Economy.

    July 28, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
    COVID, Contract Tracing Apps and Public Health
    This panel was produced as part of CLIC's Summer Series in partnership with the Center for Health Policy and Law.

    July, 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
    Race, Surveillance Technology and Justice

    September 22, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    2020 Distinguished Lecture Series

    Ryan Calo, Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Law; Faculty Co-Director, University of Washington Tech Policy Lab
    The Automated Administrative State

    October 6, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    CLIC Panel: The Great Firewall of America? Unraveling the TikTok Affair
    A lunch-hour discussion about global data privacy regulation, the innovation economy and IP/technology law.

    October 14, 2020
    Robert D. Klein University Lecture Featuring Professor Jessica Silbey

    Professor Jessica Silbey was selected as the 56th Robert D. Klein Lecturer. She delivered her talk, “Against Progress: Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Internet Age,” on Wednesday, October 14. The lecture was be live-streamed from Northeastern's Egan Research Center.
    >> View video

    October 16, 2020
    Annual CLIC Conference
    CLIC’s 2020 conference took a close look at the intersection between technology, intellectual property, innovation and democracy.

    October 27, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
    2020 Distinguished Lecture Seri
    DR. JOAN DONOVAN, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
    The True Costs of Misinformation: Producing Moral and Technical Order in a Time of Pandemonium

    November 10, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
    2020 Distinguished Lecture Series

    DR. KATE DARLING, Expert, Robot Ethics; Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab
    The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots

    November 13, 2020
    Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop
    This year, we honored our friend, mentor and colleague Joel R. Reidenberg, who passed away in April 2020. The workshop, now in its fourth year and generously sponsored by Microsoft, offered privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive, constructive commentary on their works in progress.

    November 13, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    Book Launch Discussion
    In cooperation with the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, CLIC will co-sponsor a book launch discussion with Ignacio Cofone, editor of The Right to be Forgotten: A Canadian and Comparative Perspective. Professor Woodrow Hartzog and Professor Lisa Austin of the University of Toronto will provide comments. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Claudia Haupt.

    February 25, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
    Lost and Found: Intellectual Property, Race and Restorative Justice
    Please join us for an interdisciplinary conversation exploring the racial gap in invention and patenting in the past and present, considering how IP regimes have been used to exploit BIPOC intellect and creatorship and what is needed to reverse this historic inequity and use IP regimes to develop a more equitable society. 

    March 19, 2021 | 9:00 - 5:00 PM | Zoom
    Northeastern University Law Review 
    Symposium: The Many Faces of Health
    CLIC is proud to sponsor the 2021 Northeastern University Law Review Symposium. Public health can present itself in many ways. In the wake of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 global pandemic and the racial reckoning in United States, many of these presentations of public health are impacted and implicated. The symposium will discuss the different presentations and consider different approaches to understanding and addressing these issues at the federal, state, and local levels.

    Legal and Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence 2021
    Northeastern University's School of Law and Roux Institute were pleased to partner with the Center for Law + Innovation at the University of Maine School of Law to host a virtual conference a virtual conference that will bring together leading attorneys, data scientists, business executives and academics from the US and EU to discuss law, policy, ethics and careers.

    The one day virtual conference was part of Maine Law’s 2021 Information Privacy Summer Institute. Northeastern Law Professor Woodrow Hartzog served as a panel chair for the Privacy and Policy Responses to AI session.
    >> View the agenda

  • 2019 - 2020 IP/Tech Lecture Series: This is What Democracy Looks Like
    CLIC presents “This is what democracy looks like!” — a yearlong program featuring guest speakers, workshops and tech-focused events exploring what citizenship, community and belonging mean in the digital age.

    ART Artist-in-Residency Program
    To ignite a conversation about the relationship among civil rights, civil liberties, technology, intellectual property and innovation, CLIC has launched Art, Resistance and Technology (ART), an evocative artist residency program.

    Are secrets uniquely human? Our private lives are mediated and recorded by digital devices. Where are our secrets now? How will intelligent systems of the future process the data we leave behind?

    CLIC’s first artist-in-residence, Sarah Newman, provoked conversations about these very questions at “The Future of Secrets,” a September kick-off event for her year in residency. Newman, a senior researcher at metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is challenging the Northeastern Law community through a series of installations at the intersection of technology and society.

    June 17 | 12:00 PM | Live via Zoom
    Connecting with NUSL Centers and Projects Around Racism and Police Brutality

    The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC); Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC); Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and NuLawLab invite Northeastern Law students to a virtual meeting to discuss the ways the School of Law's centers and projects can collaborate with and support students in our responses to ongoing structural racism and police brutality.

    June 12, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Live via Zoom
    CLIC Moral Labyrinth Virtual Workshop with CLIC Artist-in-Residence Sarah Newman and special guest Mutale Nkonde

    Reflections on Ethics, Technology and the Law During the COVID Pandemic
    This interactive workshop provided an opportunity to grapple with the ethical, technological and legal questions that are arising, and continue to arise, during this pandemic. Co-led by CLIC Artist-in-Residence Sarah Newman and special guest Mutale Nkonde, this workshop facilitated discussion and reflection on some of the most pressing and difficult questions we face both individually and as a society.

    February 12, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Lunch & Learn Speaker Event

    Forrester Liddle
    Senior Director of Intellectual Property, Jounce Therapeutics (Cambridge, Mass.)
    FOCUS: IP and Life Sciences

    February 11, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM | 220 Dockser Hall
    Panel discussion: How Should Countries Regulate Privacy?

    Fumio Shimpo

    Commissioner for International Academic Exchange of the Personal Information Protection Commission and Associate Professor, Institute of Library and Information Science, University of Tsukuba (Japan)

    January 29, 2020
    CLIC Open House and Trivia Night

    The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity hosted its second annual Domain Day open house in January, a fun-filled night of music and trivia in celebration of the yearly expansion of the copyright public domain.

    January 13, 2020 
    CLIC ART Artist-in-Residence Distinguished Lecture with Sarah Newman
    CLIC’s first artist in residence, Sarah Newman, a senior researcher at metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, is challenging the Northeastern Law community through a series of installations at the intersection of technology and society

    January 8, 2020
    Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
    Peter Castellano ’03, Innovation Lead, Relationship Manager/Business Development, Nestle Skin Health and NY Chapter Organizer of Hacking Health (New York, New York)
    Focus: HealthTech/Life Sciences/Innovation

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
    Jamal Stockton, E’01, VP, Head of Legal Innovation and Technology, Fidelity Investments (Boston)
    Focus: Technology/Innovation/Legal Operations

    Monday, December 2, 2019
    This is What Democracy Looks Like” IP/Tech Lecture Series: Patents, Global Healthcare and Access to Medicines
    Film screening of Dylan Mohan Gray’s documentary, “Fire in the Blood,” in honor of World AIDS Day

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
    Timothy Hogan, VP, Chief Compliance Officer, Boston Children's Hospital (Boston)
    Focus: Health Care/Life Science Compliance & Ethics

    November 5, 2019
    The Original Sin of Trademark Law: Failure to Function
    Sponosored by Northeastern Law's Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) and the Boston Patent Law Association

    Wednesday October 23, 2019
    “This is What Democracy Looks Like” IP/Tech Lecture Series:  Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property
    Jane Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | 42 Dockser Hall
    This is What Democracy Looks Like” IP/Tech Lecture Series: Race and Intellectual Property
    Anjali Vats, Assistant Professor in Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College

    Tuesday, September 17 | 6:00 PM | Dockser Hall
    The Future of Secrets
    Official Kickoff of CLIC’s ART (Art Resistance Technology) Residency featuring Sarah Newman 

    CLIC's ART Residency invites noted artists to campus to spark, provoke and foster conversations about the intersection of technology and innovation with civil rights, civil liberties and the public interest. In September, we will host our first artist-in-residence, Sarah Newman.

    Sarah Newman is a senior researcher and principal at metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. As a researcher expressing ideas through installation art, her work engages with technology’s role in human experience. Learn more about Newman’s work here. Join us for the launch of CLIC’s ART Residency and Newman’s first installation, The Future of Secrets. For more information, please contact clic@northeastern.edu.

    The Future of Secrets Art Exhibition: 
    Tuesday, September 17
    5:00 - 7:00 PM

    Wednesday, September 18
    9:00 - 4:00 PM

    September 12, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | 120 Knowles Conference Room
    Lunch & Learn Speaker Event
    Andrew Droste ’15, Board Advisory Specialist, Russell Reynolds Associates (Seattle, Washington)
    Focus: Environmental, Social Corporate Governance (ESG)