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Disruptive technologies pose deep challenges at all levels of society. Used in the right ways, new tools can bring people together, make possible new forms of creativity, and banish scarcity. Used in the wrong ways, they can ruin lives and unleash massive destruction. Everything from individuals’ innermost thoughts to the future of the human species is at stake.

The Business, Law, and Policy group studies the interactions between technology and society, with a special focus on creating institutions to steer technologies along healthier paths. It’s our job to think about the ways that things can go wrong – so that they don’t. From drones to derivatives contracts, from search engines to startups, we study the consequences of the use and misuse of technology.

We put our ideas into action in three ways. First, we improve the designs of technologies by identifying changes that make harmful uses harder and beneficial uses easier. Second, we improve the deployment of technologies by optimizing the business and legal arrangements that bring them to market. And third, we improve the regulation of technologies by suggesting sensible rules for courts and regulators to adopt.

 

Matthew D'Amore

Matthew D’Amore is a Professor of Practice in the LLM program at Cornell Tech. D’Amore comes to Cornell after a 20-year career at the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he represented high technology and life-sciences clients in the resolution of complex intellectual property disputes and in licensing matters. In addition to his work for technology clients, D’Amore has been recognized for his pro bono work in impact cases for children denied special education services and for citizens deprived of the right to vote, and has served as an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. Now at Cornell Tech, D’Amore brings his legal industry experience to the Cornell Tech community, teaching Technology Transactions and Trade Secret Law and Practice. D’Amore received his B.S., with distinction, from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in biology and society, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.


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James Grimmelmann

James Grimmelmann is a professor of law at Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School. Professor Grimmelmann studies how laws regulating software affect freedom, wealth, and power. His scholarship explores the ways in which code is law, and the ways in which it is not. He tries to help lawyers and technologists understand each other; by writing about digital copyright, search engines, privacy on social networks, and online governance.

 

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Roni Michaely

Roni Michaely is the Rudd Family professor of finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center. Professor Michaely's research is in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets, and Fin Tech. Currently, his research is focused on conflict of interest in capital markets, the effect of competition on corporate policies, corporate payout policy, and the dynamics of corporate governance. He was recently recognized as one of the most cited people in finance, and his research is frequently cited in the financial press.


 

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Charles Whitehead

Charles K. Whitehead is the Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law at Cornell Law School and a professor of law and director of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship program at Cornell Tech. Professor Whitehead studies venture and related transactions, financial regulation and financial technology. He pays particular attention to how banks and other financial intermediaries manage different types of risks, and to designing incentives for the individuals in those institutions. He also focuses on how different investment and deal structures can affect value. He is spearheading an effort to create a venture capital fund to commercialize academic innovation in Ukraine.