BTLJ-BCLT Symposium: Technology Law as a Vehicle for Anti-Racism


technology as a vehicle for antiracism

November 12-13, 2020
Online Symposium


The nexus of technology and the law has played a major role in amplifying racial injustices in many of society’s institutions. The killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and many others by police just this past summer alone precipitated a new era of reckoning with the egregious treatment that Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color are subject to in the United States, including the ways modern technology has aided in this treatment. Even as demonstrators and social reformers took to the streets and the Web to protest these injustices, technologies were further weaponized to quell their voices.

But technology and the law can also be instruments for structural change. As future lawyers, the student leaders of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) are eager to dissect the roles of technology law and policy and investigate how they can be channeled to serve the interests of racial justice.

We have invited leading and rising legal academics, policymakers, and activists to share their research and perspectives on the intersection of technology, law, and race. In conversation with one another, they will help us explore and propose options for anti-racist paths forward for the field of technology law.


  • Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17)
  • Mignon Clyburn, Former FCC Commissioner and acting Chair

This event will be free of charge. It will run pretty much all day long each day, Thursday-Friday, November 12-13, 2020. 

CLE credit will be offered.

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 or 510-643-5518 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.