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1 Virtual Conferences and E-learning Emerging Technologies Workshop National Judicial Institute Sept. 23-24, 2010 Art Cockfield, Queens Faculty of Law art.cockfield@queensu.ca art.cockfield@queensu.ca

2 Overview What is a virtual conference? (tiny bit of substantive law on law and technology theory) Some downsides of virtual conferences Some upsides of virtual conferences

3 What is it?? A virtual conference is a conference in an online environment where participants appear as avatars

4 Not Avatar, the movie

5 The virtual world of Second Life

6 Human Autonomy, Law and Technology Virtual Conference, March 10, 2010

7 In honour of late Professor Emeritus Hugh Lawford, founder of QuickLaw (1933-2009)

8 Virtual conference: Investigate potential for law and technology theories Two stage analytic framework: (1) in specific issue before court or policy maker, does technological change subvert traditional interests protected by law; and (2) if yes, then pursue innovative legal solutions that are less deferential to precedent (Cockfield, Towards a Law and Technology Theory, Man. L J., 2004)

9 How does technology affect interests protected by law? Framework informed by synthetic theory of law and technology that combines instrumental and substantive theories of technology (Cockfield and Pridmore, A Synthetic Theory of Law, Minn. J. Science and Tech., 2007)

10 Some downsides … Usage of New Technologies -Audio (used Skype) -Visual (design avatars); no video yet -Security issues

11 Some hurdles (cont.) It aint World of Warcraft

12 Busy lawyers and busy judges

13 The upside! Interactive (hence will fulfill Law Society CLE requirements)

14 Upsides (cont.) Fun!

15 Upsides (cont.) Broad participation from speakers, commentators international participants, members of public, irate bloggers

16 Upsides (cont.) Cost savings (especially where no access to funding for travel and accommodations) Accessibility Can be attended from home office (think pajamas and housecoat)

17 Concluding thoughts (1) Currently need significant tech support

18 Concluding thoughts (2) Avatars and other digital personalities increasingly linked to social networking

19 Concluding thoughts (3) Virtual conferencing likely standardized technology in near future

20 Concluding thoughts (4) See you in the virtual world!


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