With his work appearing in prestigious scholarly publications as well as respected consumer outlets like Scientific American, Brett Frischmann, JD, is a prolific author and researcher who is leading the charge in vital and thought-provoking conversations about how communities share, develop and govern information in todayâ€™s digital age.
Professor Frischmann, a respected thought leader on intellectual property and internet law, examines the consequences that come with societyâ€™s increasing reliance on technology. Joining the University in 2017 as the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Professor Frischmann has focused the bulk of his research on three overlapping areas: infrastructure, knowledge commons, and the relationships between the techno-social world and humanity.
His most recent book, Re-Engineering Humanity, focuses on societyâ€™s embrace of big data, predictive analytics and smart environmentsâ€”and individualsâ€™ willingness to hand over personal information, privacy and control to the small group of people and companies providing and regulating that technology.
â€śWeâ€™re on a slippery slope toward a world in which more and more of our lives, of who we are and who we can beâ€”as individuals and collectivelyâ€”is managed and governed by supposedly smart techno-social systems,â€ť Professor Frischmann says.
â€śHave you entered into a contract that you didnâ€™t bother reading? Of course you have; we all have,â€ť he says. â€śThe contracts and, more importantly, the human-computer interface through which theyâ€™re presented, are designed so that thereâ€™s no point in reading the fine print, much less stopping and thinking about the legal relationships youâ€™re forming or whether the third parties lurking in the background are trustworthy.â€ť
Using their interdisciplinary expertise, Professor Frischmann and co-author Evan Selinger provide a practical framework for assessing and negotiating the often intricate and hidden tradeoffs of â€śsmartâ€ť technology.