The Annual Conference of the Society for Computers & Law
The Internet continues to astonish us with its ubiquity and speed of technical and social development. Web 2.0 is the name given to the latest wave of change. Wikipedia defines Web 2.0 as " a perceived or proposed second generation of Internet-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users". But that definition does not tell you the most important thing: You need to know about Web 2.0, and soon. It is the future – but it is very much now too. SCL has launched a new Conference that will help you 'get' Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 is changing how people communicate. It is changing expectations. It is changing attitudes. It is changing business. Given all that, you can be sure that Web 2.0 will change the law and legal practice.
We are in an era where personal blogs, user-generated content and social software sites such as MMORPGs vie for attention with more traditional online electronic trading and other business uses of the Internet. The law is having to develop quickly to seek to keep up with all these developments and to address the different international regulatory frameworks that are evolving for content. Law firms are adapting their practices to take advantage of these changes too.
Our 2007 conference brings together experts on the technology, law and practice related to the Internet and its use as we move rapidly further into the new century and will keep you at the forefront of legal developments and thinking.
In keeping with the collaborative philosophy that spawned the likes of Wikipedia and which underpins social software innovations, the SCL Conference will aim to pool ideas and provides a forum to achieve this. In place of the standard lecture format, the Conference features hands-on, structured panel sessions. Each panel session features a short presentation by one or two keynote speakers setting out the latest thinking on their subject. The panel then analyse each point with the help of contributions and questions from you, the delegate. This approach ensures that each session is lively and you will benefit from the shared knowledge and experience of the speakers, panellists and other delegates.