On November 20th, the McGannon Center welcomed Julie Cohen, Professor of Law and Technology at Georgetown University, to discuss her latest book Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism.
Cohen joined Solon Barocas, assistant professor of information science at Cornell University, and Ari Waldman, visiting professor of information technology policy at Princeton and founding director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School, for a wide-ranging discussion of legal issues and technology advances at Fordham Law School. Professor Olivier Sylvain, director of the McGannon Center for Communication Research, moderated the discussion.
Julia Brodsky of Fordham Law News covered the event. To read the full article, please click here.
“One part of the project of Between Truth and Power, Cohen said, is to offer a new way to view the relationship between the law and the information economy. She noted many think of the relationship as ‘the collision between an irresistible force, which is tech, and a tired, old, immovable object, which is law.’ She cautioned listeners against subscribing to this narrative, citing an adage she uses with her students: ‘law is tools, not rules.’ “
Barocas lauded the book, saying it “puts together a lot of pieces that make sense,” and provides a “sweeping argument” taking into consideration many of the issues that have emerged with the rise of informational capitalism. With Between Truth and Power, Cohen has laid the groundwork for future study. Said Waldman, “Julie’s work opens up a door for more lawyers and sociologists to dive into this work further.”