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NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Tim Wu, a professor of law, science and technology at Columbia Law School, about how to break up big tech and increase competition.

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Timothy Wu Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology
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By Mishi Choudhary and Eben Moglen
In India, and in other advanced societies, governments and courts are beginning their reckoning with the extraordinary difficulties posed by presently existing centralised “social media” and the “platform” companies that, by operating these media, are changing human civilisation.

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Eben Moglen Professor of Law
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As Hurricane Florence moved across the Atlantic in early September of 2018, state officials issued evacuation orders for communities along the Virginia and Carolina coasts. The writer and law professor Jedediah Purdy, who was teaching at Duke at the time, was situated well inland, where the Atlantic coastal plain meets the Piedmont, and in his new book, “This Land Is Our Land,” he writes about his own surge of disaster preparation.

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Jedediah S. Purdy William S. Beinecke Professor of Law
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Jedediah Purdy’s 2015 book After Nature is about what we talk about when we talk about nature. Breaking the concept apart—historically, legally, philosophically, even aesthetically—Purdy makes us see that there’s nothing “natural” about nature, that the world is what humanity has made it. . . . Purdy is currently a law professor at Columbia University.

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Jedediah S. Purdy William S. Beinecke Professor of Law
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If the race for powerful A.I. is indeed a race among civilizations for control of the future, the United States and European nations should be spending at least 50 times the amount they do on public funding of basic A.I. research. 

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Timothy Wu Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology
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Columbia Law School professor Elizabeth Emens calls this work "life admin," and wrote a book about it by the same name. "Life admin is all the invisible office work that steals our time," Emens explains. "It's the kind of work that managers and secretaries get paid in an office to do but that we all do invisibly, and for free, in our own lives."

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Elizabeth F. Emens Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law