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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell University Institute for Internet Culture, Policy, and Law (ICPL)

September 15-17, 2015



The Institute for Internet Culture, Policy and Law (ICPL) at Cornell University is celebrating its twentieth anniversary year in 2015 with the theme "Taking Stock"—a sweeping glance backward at a technology that has changed history and an in-depth exploration of the issues it has raised (and continues to raise) about privacy, security, intellectual property, international governance, online education, and more.

In keeping with this theme, founders Steve Worona and Margie Hodges Shaw are returning, together with charter members Steve McDonald, Bob Hamilton, and David Post. Other distinguished presenters include:

  • Ben Cole, product manager at Kickstarter;
  • Dipayan Ghosh*, technology policy advisor at the White House;
  • Anne Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell;
  • Doug Lederman (keynote), cofounder of Inside Higher Ed;
  • Clifford Lynch, director, Coalition for Networked Information;
  • Anne Manning, administrative solutions technologist, Wellesley College; and
  • David Sherry, chief information security officer at Brown University.

We'll devote several sessions to taking stock in the myriad topical areas of free speech, copyright and intellectual property, ISP liability, information management, and institutional IT policy development for security, privacy, and web conventions. We'll also talk about digital libraries past, present, and future and the role of government in the protection of student data, educational technologies, and cloud computing.

The number of participants is limited to 50, allowing for meaningful, in-depth exploration of topics.

Attendees will leave ICPL inspired, informed, and better prepared to tackle the critical legal, policy, and social concerns impacting Internet culture and higher education today.

Read an August 26, 2014 blog on "Law, Policy -- and IT? Tracy Mitrano explores the intersection where higher education, the Internet and the world meet (and sometimes collide)."

Dynamic format

ICPL is dynamic and interactive. The speakers, all leaders in their fields, bring critical perspectives to their keynote presentations and then foster active discussions with participants.

There are no concurrent or breakout sessions; speakers, facilitators, organizers, and participants meet together for all ICPL sessions and activities.

Generous breaks between sessions allow for immediate follow-up conversations.

Who should attend

ICPL is designed for faculty, university administrators, academic librarians, and IT, legal, policy, and student life professionals. In addition, the program welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students interested in the area of the culture, law, and politics of the Internet.

All participants are invited to debate, learn, and share ideas, experiences, and expertise during ICPL's three knowledge-packed days.