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Social Software, Groups And Governance , Michael J. Madison Aug 2005

Social Software, Groups And Governance , Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Working Paper Series

Formal groups play an important role in the law. Informal groups largely lie outside it. Should the law be more attentive to informal groups? I argue that this and related questions are appearing more frequently in legal scholarship as a number of computer technologies, which I collect under the heading “social software,” increase the salience of groups. In turn, that salience raises important questions about both the significance and the benefits of informal groups. In this Essay, I argue that there may be important social benefits associated with informal groups, and that the law should move towards a framework for ...


Law As Design: Objects, Concepts And Digital Things, Michael J. Madison Apr 2005

Law As Design: Objects, Concepts And Digital Things, Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Working Paper Series

This Article initiates an account of “things” in the law, including both conceptual things and material things. Human relationships matter to the design of law. Yet things matter too. To an increasing extent, and particularly via the advent of digital technology, those relationships are not only considered ex post by the law but are designed into things, ex ante, by their producers. This development has a number of important dimensions. Some are familiar, such as the reification of conceptual things as material things, so that computer software is treated as a good. Others are new, such as the characterization of ...