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Anonymity and Technology
Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
FEB 5, 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit
Evolving technology has stimulated two divergent trends: We conduct so many of our economic and social interactions behind the pane of a computer screen that our lives feel more anonymous than ever before; yet reliance on technology also means that our daily routines are increasingly monitored, chronicled and analyzed by an endless array of prying eyes, not least of which those of the federal government. In light of technology’s ability to both enhance and undercut anonymity, a key question for policy-makers in the coming decades is just how far our “anonymous sphere” should extend. But there is little consensus as to its contours: We all think anonymity is great for us, but we’re not so sure we trust other people with it. This lecture discusses these paradoxical trends inherent in technological evolution, and assesses how we can sculpt laws and policies that take into account both the good and the bad aspects of anonymity.

Judge Alex Kozinski is a prolific writer on a wide range of issues. His work has appeared in several prominent law journals as well as in the New York Times and Slate. Judge Kozinski's influence as a Circuit Judge has been particularly pronounced in the field of intellectual property law. Some of his more noteworthy opinions include New Kids on the Block v. News America Publishing, which created the doctrine of nominative fair use; White v. Samsung Electronics America, wherein Judge Kozinski, in his dissent from a denial of Samsung's petition to hear en banc, warned of the harms of IP overreaching; and Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc., a case that rejected Mattel's trademark claim against the Danish band, Aqua, for its song "Barbie Girl." And most recently, he wrote the majority opinion in Garcia v. Google, rejecting Google's argument that it has a First Amendment right to continue hosting the controversial clip Innocence of Muslims on the basis that it allegedly infringes actress Lee Garcia's copyright.
Speaker Information
Judge Alex KozinskiJudge Alex Kozinski was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on November 7, 1985, and served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014. He graduated from UCLA, receiving an A.B. degree in 1972, and from UCLA Law School, receiving a J.D. degree in 1975.

Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, Judge Kozinski served as Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court, 1982-85; Special Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board, 1981-82; Assistant Counsel, Office of Counsel to the President, 1981; Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of President-Elect Reagan, 1980-81; Attorney, Covington & Burling, 1979-81; Attorney, Forry Golbert Singer & Gelles, 1977-79; Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, 1976-77; and Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, 1975-76.

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