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Plenary Sessions at the Annual Meeting

Plenary Session I
Monday July 16
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Lawrence Lessig - The Law of Cyberspace

When it comes to the law that will shape our interactions in the decades to come, few speak with the authority of newly appointed Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig. Lessig is perhaps the foremost expert on what is called "cyberlaw" - the evolving law of the Internet.

Lessig was formerly a professor at Harvard Law School, where he earned the first endowed chair at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. At the Berkman Center, Lessig and his colleagues researched uncharted policy issues, tracking the effects of the global networked environment on society, and pioneering applications of networked technology to the teaching of law and to practical collaboration between business and law.

A seasoned lecturer, Lessig has been heard from in forum after forum on the weight issues that digital communication presents to those who make and enforce the laws. Also an accomplished author, his new book, Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, examines these core values and legalities of cyberspace-intellectual property, free speech, and privacy. He demonstrates that legal structures are too slow and politics-averse to regulate cyberspace. Code writers are the unacknowledged legislators of the new world, backed by the law and commerce. Lessig believes citizens must recognize the need to be the architects of their own cyber-fate, or they'll find themselves coded into a world they never made.

Lessig is a unique force in the deliberations that will define the rules we all will play by in cyberspace. His opinion is deeply informed and it matters in the real world; his thoughts will point you toward the shape of the world to come.


  • J.D. from Yale M.A., Philosophy, Cambridge
  • B.A., Economics/M.S. in Management, University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor at Harvard Law School and holds the first endowed chair at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
  • Former Fellow at Harvard's Program on Ethics and the Professions
  • Former University of Chicago professor
  • Author of numerous articles on law and the Internet, including "Reading the Constitution in Cyberspace," and "The Regulation of Social Meaning."


Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace (Basic Books, December 1999)

Plenary Session II
Tuesday July 17
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Arthur M. Harkins - Roles for Legal Knowledge Workers

Dr. Arthur M. Harkins specializes in Knowledge Age organizational and personnel futures. He is a member of the College of Educational and Human Development and Master of Liberal Studies faculties at the University of Minnesota.

Harkins speaks as a futurist to about 75 audiences each year. Among the topics being covered in Harkins' mid-2000 presentations are: What are the new technologies that will shape the workforce? How does an organization go about creating a strategic culture? Why should many people learn to automate and even eliminate their jobs? What are "knowledge workers?" Why will nearly all of us become one - soon? Why will we move from learning organizations to intelligent performance organizations?

Art Harkins has consulted with many companies, including, IBM, Bell Laboratories, Honeywell, Minnesota Public Radio, 3M, American Express, General Mills, and so on. He advises education, health, business and other organizations. He has conducted futuring and strategic planning projects with corporations, communities, school districts and colleges, medical groups, and other organizations.

Art has been a contributing editor for several journals. He has published numerous journal articles, monographs, and research reports. He is co-author or co-editor of six books on human futures, and the recent article "Knowledge Base Learning: Bridging Industrial Education to the Knowledge Age."

Art has been a frequent commentator on change and the future. He has co-hosted "A Look Ahead" on WCCO radio, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and "What if?" on Minnesota Public Radio. He has been a regular on-air futurist for KSTP-TV and KTCA-TV, Minneapolis/St. Paul. His 10-part TV series, "Inventing the Future," recently completed a six-year run on Minnesota Public Television. He is a part of the millennium advisory group for the Minneapolis Star/Tribune. Currently, he is helping to organize a new graduate program in Strategic Studies at the University of Minnesota.