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A new issue of Law, Technology and Humans has been published

Law, Technology and Humans is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing original, innovative research concerned with the human and humanity of law and technology. Supported by the Faculty of Law, the Journal was launched late last year alongside the QUT Law Lab and is one of four QUT-supported scholarly journals.

Volume 2, Issue 1 is in two parts. The first is a collection of papers from a project examining the relations between law, culture and ‘things’. Introduced by Richard Mohr, these articles inquire into human links with the material world:

  • Francesco Contini connects the potentially disruptive effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) deployment in the administration of justice to the pre-existing trajectories and consequences of court technology development.
  • Patrícia Branco explores the intergenerational force of law with case studies examining the intricate web of science, belief, tradition and law used to determine the nutrition of children.
  • Alessandro Pelizzon addresses interactions between law and the material world, citing the Amazon case in 2017 as one example of the emergence of a novel ecological jurisprudence that is emerging around the globe.
  • Richard Mohr investigates the ‘cosmotechnics’ of technical interactions with the environment and explores the sources of these social, ethical and environmental problems.

The second part of this issue is dedicated to general articles and includes a range of topics:

  • US researchers Kat Albrecht and Brian Citro offer a timely review of data control and surveillance in the global TB response that resonates with the current global pandemic COVID-19. Albrecht and Citro pinpoint unique data risks and the threats posed to the human rights of people monitored in a critical health emergency.
  • Google’s corporate code of conduct and recent changes included in Project Maven are explored by Penny Crofts and Honni van Rijswijk.
  • Kate Tubridy discusses the fraught intersections between social media, fair trial principles and community engagement with high-profile crimes.
  • From the UK, Benjamin Goh demonstrates the utility of media theory to the inquiry into the digital (de)constitution of life, suggesting value to the idiom of dispositive via the Netflix show ‘Black Mirror’.
  • Thom Giddens interrogates the institutional control of textual appearance in his review of the visual appearance of registration marks (or number plates).

Call for submissions for the next issue

Submissions are now being accepted for Volume, Issue 2 to be published in November 2020 – the deadline for submissions for Issue 2 is June 15.

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