Student Writing Competition

Student Paper Competition: How Technology Regulates

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 again open our student paper competition for 2022. Learn more about our 2021 winners.

The competition continues to encourage students to explore “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.

We are particularly interested in papers that use a clear methodology to provide insight into underlying theories of technology and regulation. Preference will be given to papers written in a style suitable for essay-style law review publication (e.g., 6,000-10,000 words and properly footnoted). To be considered for publication, papers should be written in a style suitable to law reviews, including proper Bluebook citations.


This competition is open to anyone who was a law or other graduate student during the 2021-2022 academic year. Co-authored papers are welcomed. Papers co-authored with non-students where the student author was the primary author may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Papers should be submitted as Word documents using the form available below.


Papers should be submitted prior to the end of June 2022.


$4,000 first prize, $2,000 second prize, $1,000 third prize.


Papers will be judged by the NGTC faculty with input from the NGTC academic advisory board and editors of the Nebraska Law Review.


Winning papers that meet the Law Review’s publication requirements may be considered for publication in the Nebraska Law Review.


Questions should be directed to Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center, at

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