Monthly Workshop

When: Third Friday of each month at Noon Central Time (sometimes fourth Friday; next workshops: November 18; December 16; January 20; February 17; March 17; April 21; May 19)

What: First 90 minutes: Two presentations of CS+Law works in progress or new papers with open Q&A. Last 30 minutes: Networking.

Where: Zoom

Who: CS+Law faculty, postdocs, PhD students, and other students (1) enrolled in or who have completed a graduate degree in CS or Law and (2) engage in CS+Law research intended for publication.

A Steering Committee of CS+Law faculty from Berkeley, Boston U., U. Chicago, Cornell, Georgetown, MIT, North Carolina Central, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn, and UCLA organizes the CS+Law Monthly Workshop. A different university serves as the chair for each monthly program and sets the agenda.

Why: The Steering Committee’s goals include building community, facilitating the exchange of ideas, and getting students involved. To accomplish this, we ask that participants commit to attending regularly.

Computer Science + Law is a rapidly growing area. It is increasingly common that a researcher in one of these fields must interact with the other discipline. For example, there is significant research in each field regarding the law and regulation of computation, the use of computation in legal systems and governments, and the representation of law and legal reasoning. There has been a significant increase in interdisciplinary research collaborations between researchers from CS and Law. Our goal is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas in a collegial environment that promotes building community, collaboration, and research that helps to further develop CS+Law as a field.

Workshop 11: Friday, November 18, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central (Chicago) Time

Please join us for our next CS+Law Research Workshop online on Friday, November 18 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. CT (Chicago time).

Workshop 11 organizer: UCLA (John Villasenor)

Link to join Zoom on November 18: Will be circulated to Google Group


20-minute presentation - Apurva Panse

15-minute Q&A

20-minute presentation - Nikita Aggarwal

15-minute Q&A

20 minutes open Q&A about both presentations

30 minutes networking and small-group discussions

Presentation 1:

Rethinking the Ex Parte Nature of Search Warrants

Presenter: Apurva Panse

Apurva Panse (she/her) is a 2L at NYU School of Law. She is interested in the intersection of race, technology, and law, with a focus on technologies most harmful to marginalized communities. Before law school, she was a Product Manager at YouTube working on combatting misinformation and extremist content and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Computer Science. At NYU, Apurva is a Cyber Scholar, a research assistant for Professor Vincent Southerland, a student fellow with the Center for Race, Inequality and the Law, co-president of Rights over Tech, a student advocate for the Suspension Representation Project, and a staff editor on the Law Review. She spent her 1L summer interning with the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice in their DNA Unit. After graduation, Apurva hopes to work on abolishing carceral surveillance and the technologies that amplify police power as an attorney and professor.

Abstract: The current framework for searches and seizures allows police and prosecutors broad latitude without much oversight, under the premise of exigency. The system allows officers to secure ex parte permission to infringe on a person’s right of privacy, without acknowledging that officers can lie, and procedural due process may demand more safeguards. In my paper, I argue that additional procedural safeguards are necessary for evidence in law enforcement custody, which does not implicate exigency but warrants a heightened expectation of privacy. I focus on two such categories of evidence: DNA and digital evidence, and argue that courts should allow ex ante challenges to search warrants or judicial orders for such evidence.

Presentation 2:

#Fintok and Financial Regulation

Presenter: Nikita Aggarwal

Nikita Aggarwal is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCLA’s Institute for Technology, Law and Policy. Her research and teaching interests lie in financial regulation, consumer law, law and technology, philosophy of law, and international economic law. Her current research focuses on the evolving relationship between consumer credit markets, technological innovation, and distributive justice. Before coming to UCLA, she was a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She has also held visiting and affiliated research positions at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Oxford Faculty of Law, the European Corporate Governance Institute, and Queen Mary University of London. Prior to academia, she was a lawyer for the International Monetary Fund where she advised countries on financial and fiscal law reform and worked extensively on initiatives to reform the legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring. She continues to advise the IMF as a short-term expert. She began her legal career at Clifford Chance LLP, where she specialized in EU financial regulation and sovereign debt restructuring.

Abstract: Social media platforms are becoming an increasingly important site for consumer finance. This phenomenon is referred to as “FinTok,” a reference to the “#fintok” hashtag that identifies financial content on TikTok, a popular social media platform. This Essay examines the new methodological possibilities for consumer financial regulation due to FinTok. It argues that FinTok content offers a novel and valuable source of data for identifying emerging fintech trends and associated consumer risks. As such, financial regulators should use FinTok content analysis—and social media content analysis more broadly—as an additional method for the supervision and regulation of consumer financial markets. The Essay test-drives this method using audiovisual content from TikTok in which consumers discuss their experience with “buy now, pay later,” a rapidly growing and less regulated form of fast, digital credit. It reveals tentative evidence of payment difficulties and strategic default in the buy now, pay later credit market, with attendant consumer protection risks. These insights provide a point of entry for the further study and regulation of the buy now, pay later credit market.

Join us to get meeting information

Join our group to get the agenda and Zoom information for each meeting and engage in the CS+Law discussion.

Interested in presenting?

Submit a proposed topic to present. We strongly encourage the presentation of works in progress, although we will consider the presentation of more polished and published projects.

2022-23 Series Schedule

Friday, September 23, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: Northwestern)
Friday, October 28, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: Cornell)
Friday, November 18, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: UCLA)
Friday, December 16, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: Boston University)
Friday, January 20, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: MIT)
Friday, February 17, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: U. Chicago)
Friday, March 17, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: Penn)
Friday, April 21, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Central Time (Organizer: Berkeley)
Friday, May 19, Noon to 2:00 Central Time (Organizer: Georgetown)

Steering Committee

Ran Canetti (Boston U.)

Bryan Choi (Ohio State)

Aloni Cohen (U. Chicago)

April Dawson (North Carolina Central)

Dazza Greenwood (MIT)

James Grimmelmann (Cornell Tech)

Jason Hartline (Northwestern)

Dan Linna (Northwestern)

Paul Ohm (Georgetown)

Pamela Samuelson (Berkeley)

John Villasenor (UCLA)

Rebecca Wexler (Berkeley)

Christopher Yoo (Penn)

Background - CS+Law Monthly Workshop

Northwestern Professors Jason Hartline and Dan Linna convened an initial meeting of 21 CS+Law faculty at various universities on August 17, 2021 to propose a series of monthly CS+Law research conferences. Hartline and Linna sought volunteers to sit on a steering committee. Hartline, Linna, and their Northwestern colleagues provide the platform and administrative support for the series.