Marchant and Singleton discuss ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery on AZ PBS

Gary Marchant and Robert Singleton appeared on AZ PBS to discuss the technical implications of growing technology and the ninth annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery conference. The conference, held in March, will discuss the issues affecting the practice of law in the digital age. During their interview Marchant, faculty director of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Singleton, the co-chair and director of eDiscovery and data management for Squire Patton Boggs, discussed the vulnerabilities that arise when lawyers are not knowledgeable on developing technologies.
“Homeland security has warned that one of our biggest vulnerabilities is law firms themselves. Because law firms get a lot of this confidential information from their clients, and they are run by who? Lawyers..” Marchant said, “And so these law firms are incredible risks traditionally and they are now being hacked more and more because they don’t  have the right data security that maybe a big company might.”
The rise of personal data retention is also cause for privacy concerns as users are now generating way more data than before, something Marchant says lawyers need to take into account.

“We all are generating all of this data now, from all these different devices and technology: in our houses, in our cars, on our wrists, all of that now becomes fair game if you are involved in a lawsuit.” Marchant said, “Today now because people participate on social media and talk about what they are doing, their phones are tracking them and how fast they are moving. Now anybody involved in a lawsuit is gonna have data produced that is very private.”

Next month, the eDiscovery conference will bring in jurists, attorneys and technology experts from around the country to discuss these issues and bring in solutions.

“The conference is really driven by the fact that as technology is evolved the law has not kept up.” Singleton said, “So we are reaching out to practitioners to discuss the evolution of  technology, the impact it has on the law and how as lawyers, we need to keep up in our practices so that we are able to better advise our clients.”

To watch the episode of Arizona Horizon, click here

To sign up for the eDiscovery conference, click here

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Marchant elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Faculty Director Gary Marchant recently received the honor of becoming a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, after being elected in by his peers. AAAS has stated its mission to “advance science engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” 

There were 443 honorees this year, across 24 categories, with Marchant selected to be one of eight fellows named in the Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering sector. “AAAS is the world’s largest scientific organization, so it’s a nice honor to be recognized by such a prestigious group,” Marchant said in his ASU Now interview.

Marchant has led the Center for more than 20 years, with ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester saying, “Professor Marchant is the reason ASU Law has been at the forefront of law, science and innovation. He has long been recognized as one of the preeminent scholars in his field, and this well-deserved recognition reflects that.

Learn more about Marchant’s work in his ASU Now interview here.

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Bowman Discusses How The Valley Evolved Into The Nation’s Largest Smart Region

Diana Bowman discussed The Collective to AZBigMedia, as well as how the Valley became the nation’s largest smart region. The connective infrastructure means that data and technology are utilized in the most efficient capacity and capability to improve and enhance the quality of life as well as economic development, etc. 

Bowman discussed the need for a smart system transportation system that allows a system that doesn’t stop a municipal boundaries. 

She says, “When I wake up in the morning, wake up in the City of Phoenix. When I go to work at the Tempe campus, I cross a jurisdictional border. Most citizens in Greater Phoenix cross-jurisdictional boundaries every day — whether they know it or not. To have smart system transportation that only operates in Tempe or Phoenix (independent of one another) makes no sense. Having an intra-operable system allows a seamless flow of vehicles and people.”

Talking about The Collective, Bowman says, “The Connective is meant to identify what the challenges are from a regional vantage point. This is not about ASU having a research agenda and going out to deliver technology to the cities and region because we think that’s what needed. It’s about each participating city telling us what they need and The Connective finding the best solution to address that need.”  

Read more about Bowman’s work with The Collective, as well as how smart city technology is being applied to the Valley here

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First Interest Group of 2020 Focused on Ethics in Human Gene Editing

Last week was the first installment of the Gene Editing Interest Group lunchtime talks. Speakers Timmy Lee, Adam Lunceford and Sara Selvaraj discussed ethics in human gene editing and the role that CRISPR is playing in the conversation. Recently CRISPR has been at the forefront of these discussions due to various cases worldwide of gene editing without an agreement on ethical standards when it comes to gene editing humans. 

Join us on Tuesday, February 18th for a discussion on Intellectual Property and Gene editing where A.J. Gilman, Miles DeCoster and Katelyn Hilde will share their thoughts on the matter, RSVP here.

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Workshop on the Governance of AI through Soft Law

On January 10th, 2020 the Center for Law, Science and Innovation hosted a workshop in ASU’s Washington DC’s office with 30 representatives from academia, the private sector, and non-profits to discuss the relationship between soft law and artificial intelligence (AI). This activity was funded by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.


The workshop’s objective was to examine the historical role of soft law in the governance of important issues in varied contexts such as: environmental policy, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information and communication technologies.

This information provided participants with background information as to how soft law mechanisms have been used to complement the regulatory approaches to emerging technologies and informed their discussion on its relevance to AI.


Subsequently, the Center presented its project to compile existing soft law mechanisms directed at AI. This effort is aimed at understanding how government and non-government entities engage in soft law approaches to govern AI throughout the globe and in different industries. In May of 2020, participants will meet again, following the Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science, to examine the results of the compilation and share essays on current examples of the soft law governance of AI.

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LSI Center Hosting AI & Healthcare and Human Gene Editing Interest Groups

The Center For Law Science and Innovation is hosting two new series of lunch CLE programs this spring, AI and Healthcare and Human Gene editing. Starting next week, participants who RVSP can attend these lunchtime meetings for CLE credit, with talks scheduled to start at the law school noon in room 550.

RSVP here:

Questions? Please contact Josh Abbott at Josh.Abbott@asu.edu

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GETS Call For Abstracts

                                             Join us!
                                    May 27 and 28, 2020

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation is currently looking for abstracts for the Eighth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science (GETS.) This conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on the regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies.

These emerging technologies include:

National Security

Autonomous Vehicles

Synthetic Biology

Biotechnology

Autonomous Weapons Systems

Digital Health

Virtual Reality

Nanotechnology 

3D Printing 

Gene Editing 

Genomics 

Personalized Medicine 

Human Enhancement 

Blockchain 

Quantum Computing 

Robotics 

Artificial Intelligent 

Internet of Things 

Neuroscience

Telemedicine 

We are currently accepting abstracts for proposed presentations. Those submitting abstracts need not provide a written paper, although provision will be made for posting and possible post-conference publication of papers for those who are interested.
Abstracts are invited for any aspect or topic relating to the governance of emerging technologies, including any of the technologies listed above.

Deadline to Submit Abstracts: Friday, January 31, 2020

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must contain your name and email address. The sponsors will pay for the conference registration (including all conference meals and events) for one presenter for each accepted abstract. In addition, we will have limited funds available for travel subsidies (application included in submission form).

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IPKat Names Patent Remedies and Complex Products the Best Patent Law Book of 2019

The teaching aid blog for Intellectual Property Law, IPKat has named the Patent Remedies and Complex Products the Best Patent Law Book of 2019, over 3 other books in the category. Through a collaboration of twenty legal scholars in eleven countries, Patent Remedies and Complex Products provides a consensus on the use of these remedies for products such as smartphones, computer networks and the Internet of Things.  

The Law Science and Innovation center has worked on Patent Remedies and Complex Products as a project for several months and released it in 2019. The book covers the application of monetary remedies, as well as injunctive relief and also explores the effect of competition laws and agreements to license standards-essential patents on terms that are ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ on patent remedies. 

Find the book here.

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Marchant Presents on Liability in Clinical Genomics at Columbia

Faculty Director Gary Marchant spoke at the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics last month. He elaborated on the question “Can Liability Improve Clinical Genomics?” 

One of the major roadblocks to the success of clinical genomics has been identified as the failure of healthcare providers to utilize genomics. Marchant’s presentation critically evaluated whether medical malpractice liability could improve the appropriate and accurate uses of genomics by providers. His presentation discussed the frequency of legal errors in clinical genomics, the impact of potential liability on behavior change and deterrence, potential adverse side effects of litigation and more. 

Other presentations for this Seminar will be held in the coming months, with speakers from the Hastings Center, UPenn, UCLA and Bard College. 

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Bowman quoted in Phoenix Business Journal on Smart Cities

Diana Bowman was recently quoted in a Phoenix Business Journal article about Smart Cities. The article, “Greater Phoenix Cities Lead the Way,” discusses the implementation of smart city technology and the challenges that could arise. Bowman is quoted discussing the aspects of the smart city evolution and how jurisdiction comes into play.  She offers some examples of designing infrastructure that supports autonomous vehicles to promote independence in an aging population, or how access to the internet opens up job opportunities and could educate young children. To her, infrastructure is critical to the growth of smart cities, saying, “I would argue that the infrastructure should be viewed as the enabler for the delivery of services and opportunities that will drive quality-of-life improvement and promote, for example, sustainability.”

Bowman is also quoted discussing the Greater Phoenix region’s efforts in implementing smart city technology, also how each challenge that our area is facing, impacts all of its residents. Bowman says, “In my view, recognizing that we can scale solutions quickly by working collaboratively has been one of the key drivers behind the cities, towns and county supporting The Connective.” The Connective is a new disciplined way of adopting smart technology and advancing the digital framework. Bowman discusses The Connective, saying “Our approach with The Connective is that everyone in the region should be involved; a regional initiative needs to have everyone at the table — big or small, in terms of cities and towns — so that we are able to co-design what the vision of the region is. Key challenges facing the Greater Phoenix region — from transportation through to sustainability, for example — impact us all.” 

As for implementation, Bowman believes that interoperability is key to a smarty city or smart region and has been a driving force behind The Connective, saying, “Interoperability recognizes that people move across jurisdictional boundaries all day, every day,” she says, “and having systems — albeit parking or traffic signals — that talk to each other allows for the streamlining of operations and greater efficiencies across the board.”

To learn more about the challenges, and impact on business growth that smart cities could bring to the Phoenix area, as well as what other industry leaders are saying about this technology, check out the article here.

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