3/9: CIS/SLATA Speaker Series - David Post

March 9, 2009 12:50 pm to 2:00 pm

David G. Post is currently the Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he teaches intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace. He is also a Fellow at the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and a contributor to the Volokh Conspiracy blog. He received a Ph.D. in physical anthropology and taught in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University before attending Georgetown Law Center, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1986. After clerking with then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, he spent 6 years at the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, after which he clerked again for Justice Ginsburg during her first term at the Supreme Court (1993-94), before joining the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center (1994 – 1997) and then Temple University Law School (1997 – present).

Professor Post is the author of In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford, 2009), as well as Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West, 2007) (co-authored with Paul Schiff Berman and Patricia Bellia), and numerous scholarly articles on intellectual property, the law of cyberspace, and complexity theory. He has been a regular columnist for the American Lawyer and InformationWeek, a featured commentator on the PBS documentary The Supreme Court, the Lehrer News Hour, Court TV’s Supreme Court Preview, NPR’s All Things Considered, and BBC’s The World. His writings can be accessed online at http://www.davidpost.com and at http://jeffersonsmoose.org
Who governs the Internet, and how? What kind of law does it have, what kind of law should it have, and who will make that law? In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace takes a look at these questions through Jefferson's eyes, re-creating Jefferson’s encyclopedia of the New World for cyberspace. Along the way, we discover some pretty interesting things about the Internet, and about Jefferson — about network design, and Jefferson’s plan for governing the Western Territory, about the protocol stack and the canals of France, about distributed routing, end-to-end design, and the Louisiana Purchase. And about why Jefferson had a moose shipped to him in Paris while he was serving as US minister to France, and why we should care about that.

The Stanford Bookstore will have copies of David Post's book available for purchase.

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