Student Papers Win Awards in Nebraska Governance and Technology Center Competition

13 Sep 2021    

Portrait of four student writing competition award winners

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center (NGTC), based in the Nebraska College of Law in collaboration with the Nebraska Colleges of Business, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Engineering, is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural student paper competition.

The competition received over 20 quality submissions, making these contributions impressive standouts!

First Place, to be printed in Volume 100:4 of the Nebraska Law Review, Algorithmic Decision-making and Corporate Risk: Toward Transparency Through Corporate Disclosures, Kevin Kuhn, Georgetown University Law Center

Second Place, The "Prime Factors" of Quantum Cryptography Regulation, Lindsay Rand and Theodore Rand, University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

Third Place, Patents as an Avenue for Women's Empowerment: How Contraceptive Innovation has Advanced Gender Equality in the United States, Jennifer Black, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Honorable Mention Fourth and Fifth Place Papers

You Own Your Thoughts:  Psychographic Data as Cognitive Property, Tyler Goss, University of San Diego

The Future Is Now: Robots As Surgeons The adoption of surgical safety standards to robotic surgery, Kanika Kalra and Manmeet Kaur Sareen, University of Cambridge

The prompt for papers was “how technology regulates.” Technology regulates human conduct in many ways. Technologies can be designed to enable or prohibit certain types of activity directly. They may be used instrumentally to monitor or control activity. Digital platforms’ content moderation decisions have effects on our information economy and democratic policy. Changing technologies can support, undermine, or confound existing regulations and regulatory norms, for instance by decentralizing currency or eroding the distinction between longstanding categories such as employees and independent contractors. This competition is for papers on topics such as these.

Launched in 2020, the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center is focused on the changing relationship between law and technology and its effects on society. The center is housed in the College of Law and includes an interdisciplinary team of students, faculty and researchers engaging in study with the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Journalism and Mass Communications. Learn more about the center.