Seminar on 'Framing Computer Hacking: The Birth of Anti-Hacking Laws in the US and Canada' with Ryan Ellis and Yuan Stevens


Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 3:00pm to 4:15pm


One Brattle, Suite 470, Harvard Kennedy School

We are thrilled to welcome a conversation with:

Ryan Ellis
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

Yuan Stevens
Legal Researcher on Cybersecurity, Internet Culture & Privacy, McGill University

Please join us for their talk, Framing Computer Hacking: The Birth of Anti-Hacking Laws in the US and Canada

Anti-hacking laws in both the U.S. and Canada are now more than 30 years old, yet little is known about their creation. This talk revisits the formation of these laws. It challenges familiar accounts and highlights the complex cultural and institutional landscape that surrounded their birth. Drawing on archival sources, the talk provides a window into different American and Canadian ideals of freedom that were encoded in these initial computer hacking laws.

(coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.)

More about the speakers:

Ryan Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern. Ryan’s research and teaching focuses on topics related to communication law and policy, infrastructure politics, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the Department, Ryan held fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

ryan bio

Yuan Stevens (@ystvns) holds a B.C.L./LL.B (JD) from McGill University and is passionate about patching up vulnerabilities in our legal and technical systems. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on hacking, cybersecurity, and the law. She is a research manager at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (University of Montreal) and researcher for hacker expert Gabriella Coleman (McGill University). She is currently serves on the board of directors for Open Privacy Research Institute and previously worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.