13th BCLT Privacy Lecture: Digital and Physical Company Towns in the Age of Public Capitalism

Prof. Jon Michaels, UCLA School of Law

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Ellen P. Goodman
Professor of Law
Rutgers Law School

Jamal Greene
Dwight Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Thursday, October 29, 2020
2:30 – 4:30 P.M. Pacific
Online Event

Event recording

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Big tech today has its own supreme court, is poised to coin its own currency, and is building various company towns, complete with housing, transportation, retail, and green spaces. These interventions reveal much about our present-day political economy, the health of our democracy, and our views about the state and the market. As Prof. Jon Michaels will explore in this year’s BCLT Privacy Lecture, these interventions signal potentially seismic shifts in how we approach questions of constitutional law, corporate governance, and security and privacy.

Profs. Ellen Goodman of Rutgers and Jamal Greene of Columbia will offer reactions to Prof. Michaelss’ talk. Audience members will also be welcome to pose comments or questions.


Jon D. Michaels, We the Shareholders: Government Market Participation in the Postliberal U.S. Political Economy, 120 Columbia Law Review 465 (2020)

Jon D. Michaels, What about Private Options? (April 22, 2020), in Debating the Public Option (Anne Alstott & Ganesh Sitaraman, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming)

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Nathalie Coletta at natcoletta@berkeley.edu or 510-643-5518 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.