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MIT Legal Hackathon

12 June 2014 - 15 June 2014

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

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The MIT Legal Hackathon is an online participatory event taking place between 12 June and 15 June and serves as the kick-off of a series of projects and other activities happening through the summer of 2014.

The goal of the event is to bring together people to collaborate on solving legal and technical issues and challenges as law and business become fully digital. Software developers, business people, academics, government employees, advocates and others. Participants will have the opportunity to offer or join sessions to collaborate on 'hacking the law' by developing computer and legal projects. The themes include:

  • Transitioning statutes, regulations and other law from paper, PDF and proprietary document formats to freely accessible open data;
  • Enabling the exercise of personal data rights with user-centred consent management and open notice and other fair information practices;
  • Using statistical modeling and predictive analytics to gain deeper insights into legal data sets and systems, including the propagation of Uniform Law through the states;
  • Transitioning government offices to open source software;
  • Advancing the tools and tests needed to express the rules in effective legal language;
  • Many other themes, topics and projects.

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The iLINC Network

qLegal is part of iLINC, the European Network of legal incubators at leading law schools, including the universities of Amsterdam, Hamburg, Leuven and Brooklyn. The iLINC project is coordinated by the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London and is funded under the European Commission’s FP7 programme.

iLinc partner Professor Askin of Brooklyn Law School will speak on the session 'Libertating Your Laws for the Internet'. Students from qLegal will also participate in this event. 

How to Book

This is a free online event. To register, please visit the MIT Legal Hackathon web site


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