Student Writing Competition

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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 Mas Communications, and Engineering, is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural student paper competition. 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.

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

2021 Winners

Kuhn, Rand, Rand, Black Winners of CompetitionFirst 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 PlaceThe "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

Future papers may be submited via form on this page -  the competition should open again in spring 2022.

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.

Eligibility

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.

Submissions

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

Deadline

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

Prizes

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

Judging

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

Publication

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

Questions

Questions should be directed to Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center, at elsbeth@unl.edu.