Worldwide Web Watch


January 18, 2017

When home concierge systems listen a little too well… That’s the issue multiple Amazon Echo  owners  encountered when several systems heard a line on the news and took it as a command to order a dollhouse.  Among other things, Echo’s “Alexa” is designed to make purchases on behalf of its owner or anyone in the house who commands it to do so, says Robert Hackett in Amazon Echo’s Alexa Went Dollhouse Crazy.  Presumably, Alexa went straight to Amazon to fulfill the misunderstood statement.  Whether any of the attempted purchases went through remains a mystery.

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Student Call for Posters – First & Second Place Prize Awards


Center for Law, Science & Innovation

CALL FOR POSTERS to be presented at:

Fifth Annual 

Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies 

May 17-19, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.

Beus Center for Law and Society

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

All poster presenters are invited to attend the entire conference free of charge, though are not required to do so.


  • Must be a current student
  • Teams of two allowed
  • Attendance at the poster reception is preferred but not required to claim prize.
  • Posters can be any size but no larger than 36″ x 48″


Poster reception with presenters, conference organizers, attendees and prize sponsors, May 17 or 18 (date & time TBA).

Please register your poster via e-mail with so that we may keep you up to date with details. Feel free to also e-mail Lauren with any questions.  We encourage you to reach out to your peers who may also be interested.


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TGIF Funny Fix for January 13, 2017


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Wednesday Web Watch


January 11, 2017

What  will you be able to get (soon…maybe) for one hundred bucks?  According to Meghana Keshavan, your whole, entire genome sequence via Illumina’s NovaSeq technology. While the machine has the ability to spit out information in about one hour, its interpretation will take a bit longer.  Illumina continues to innovate with regard to  personalized medicine technology, promoting early illness detection and personalized disease treatment.  Read more here.

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LSI Center Scholar launches Cisco IoT Challenge


About one year ago, Dominic Papa, a 1L ASU law student and LSI Center Scholar, began a non-profit organization, the Institute for Digital Progress (IDP).  IDP is dedicated to transforming the City of Phoenix into a global hub of smart city technology through collaborative civic engagement. Its mission is to build better cities globally by fostering large-scale local entrepreneurship around our cities’ most pressing urban issues.

IDP recently launched the  Cisco IoT Challenge.  In Papa’s words,  “thanks in large part to Cisco leadership, this challenge will allow local IoT developers access to free technology and training to build a gigabit IoT solution to a problem faced by the Public Works Department. 

While our overall mission is much grander, citizen engagement initiatives such as the Cisco IoT Challenge are going to be an important aspect of our group. These prize-based competitions will bring them into our process, help create an understanding of our mission, and enable us to earn their buy-in and from the very beginning and gain legitimacy for our efforts. It is very important that we are successful with these efforts. 

We wanted to ask you to help us promote the challenge and spread the news through your networks. Below is a link to the press release as well as some social media hashtags. Also, if anyone would like to participate as a mentor, or assist the challenge in any way, please let me know.”

Link to Press Release: 

Phoenix Partners with Cisco, Institute for Digital Progress to Offer $20K to Local IoT Developers

Link to competition page and registration:







@johnatrujillo   – PW Director







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Sovereignty and E-Commerce CLE Conference

ecommercebannerSovereignty and E-Commerce: Innovating and Reshaping the Borders of Indian Country CLE Conference

February 2-3, 2017
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ
The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is hosting its third Annual Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference.
Many Native American tribes in the United States have recently become involved in pursuing business operated over the Internet, thus relieving some of the physical realities of modern, yet still remote, Indian country.  These E-Commerce opportunities have not only created thriving economies, but they have also led to a tangled web of legal issues where state, tribal and federal laws and policies are colliding. The quick growth of E-Commerce in Indian Country has outpaced a general understanding of how Tribal Digital Sovereignty and E-Commerce law is intertwined with federal Indian law especially as it may relate to States’ rights.
The goal of this conference is to explore the legal issues surrounding the development of E-Commerce in Indian Country including: the changing political landscape, jurisdictional complexities and the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, the possible implications to tribal sovereignty, and the ongoing need for tribes to build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations while complying with appropriate federal guidelines. I-Gaming experts, Fantasy Sports and tribal entrepreneurs in varied fields will share strategies and practices of diverse business models of current and for future e-commerce/infrastructure enterprises.
Who should attend? Tribal leaders, tribal councils & officials,  government officials, lawyers practicing in Indian country, on and off reservation economic planning and development experts, business and finance specialists, virtual casino managers and executives, online vendors and entrepreneurs, regulatory experts and Federal Indian law scholars.

Click here for Agenda    Click here for conference postcard

Keynote Speaker:  The Obama Years – A New Beginning With First Americans
The Honorable Kenneth L. Salazar, Partner,  Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, and the 50th United States Secretary of the Interior, in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013.
Introductory Remarks:  Chairman Brian Clasdoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians.
Featured Speaker:  Lawrence S. Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Indian Affairs

Early bird registration has been extended to Jan 9!   Register early – space is limited. 



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LSI Legal Analytics Workshop Epilogue

January  9, 2017

On December 8, 2016, industry-wide stakeholders in the field of legal analytics gathered at ASU’s Beus Center for Law and Society, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, for an all-day workshop to discuss the application and impact of analytics on legal practice and outcomes.  Nationwide leaders in the area spoke on significant emerging issues and their corresponding presentations are available from the workshop’s website.   The workshop officially launched LSI’s new program on legal analytics, building on LSI’s long-standing collaboration with e-discovery expert Michael Arkfeld , to be called the Arkfeld-ASU Program on eDiscovery, Digital Evidence & Legal Analytics.  See

Legal analytics involves the use of data, software and artificial intelligence to gather information to assist with the practice of law.  For example, from strategically identifying triable cases in litigation, to the value of undertaking transactions in a particular environment and with regard to specific variables, in transactional law.  Unsurprisingly, predictive analytics has also infiltrated the judiciary, assisting defense attorneys by “peeking under judges’ robes” and helping judges with matters such as establishing appropriate sentencing.

The internet and software applications have topsy-turvied 21st century information gathering, which one can do oneself online, through businesses dedicated to such (e.g. Lex Machina, Ravel Law) or via data brokers.

Emerging “big” technology is disruptive and analytics is no exception.  The impacts of this domain are many and involve ethics, access, due process, reliability, employment, psychology, procedural shake-ups and, as with most technologies, potential for bad uses.  Nonetheless, thanks to legal analytics, the possibility to financially streamline and make legal practice more effective from all angles is extraordinary.

The workshop was sponsored by LSI and Wolters Kluwer.

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TGIF Funny Fix for January 6, 2017

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LSI Faculty Fellows Maynard, Bowman and Hodge, Jr., Publish in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Image result for images gavel stethoscopeJanuary 5, 2017

No single public health event since the Ebola crisis has sparked as much global concern as the Zika virus.   As is the case with many health risks, awareness, education and access to information are key factors when it comes to illness prevention.

In Mitigating Risks to Pregnant Teens from Zika Virus, LSI Faculty Fellows Andrew Maynard, Diana Bowman and James Hodge, Jr., discuss preventing maternal fetal transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, Zika.  The concern with Zika is not simply the often-cited alarming potential for microcephaly but the development of additional health defects that become apparent as a child grows.

The authors note the potential for a precarious trifecta in particular U.S. states due to elevated teen pregnancy rates, the estimated spread of Zika and onerous abortion laws.  The article discusses these issues and provides recommendations for public health policy changes in response to the highlighted problems and possible health threats.

The article is published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 44:4 Winter 2016, a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics


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Wednesday Web Watch


January 4, 2017

Blair Hanley Frank, in Intel says standalone VR is coming by the end of this year, explains that virtual reality is following the path of the old-school cordless phone.  By Q4, at least when using Intel’s Project Alloy headset, virtual reality will be stand-alone and more user-friendly as a result. #nohookups.

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