The Technically Human Podcast

Technically Legal: Professor Jeff Ward explores the relationship between law and tech

October 16, 2020

It's our 21st episode of Technically Human, and we're celebrating by going legal!

In the episode, I sit down with Professor Jeff Ward, the Associate Dean of Technology and Innovation and the Director of Duke’s Center on Law & Technology (DCLT), which coordinates Duke’s leadership at the intersection of law and technology with programs such as the Duke Law Tech Lab, a pre-accelerator for legal technology companies, and the Access Tech Tools initiative, a program to help students and Duke’s community partners to employ human-centered design thinking and available technologies to create tools to enhance access to legal services.

Jeff and I talk about the relationship between ethics and the law, we talk about the role that legal practitioners play in tech, and Jeff explains how and why we need new legal frames to govern tech culture—and what we need to know as technologies emerge with the ability to govern legal structures. How can we design laws to protect us from some of the unintended and destructive consequences of technology? Could we one day have AI as our judges and juries? And how can we train the next generation of lawyers to engage with the ethics and justice in the tech sphere?

This episode of Technically Human was produced by Matthew Perry

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