Bleg: Feminism and Other Legal Theories in Cyberspace

I’m working up a syllabus for an Internet Law-type course for next year. Since I’m a geek, not a legal theorist, I’m a bit short on the overarching theoretical approaches to the course. (What I mean is that I’ve got plenty of stuff by Yochai Benkler, Terry Fisher, Jonathan Zittrain, John Palfrey, Mary Rundle, etc., but feel short on more traditional legal philosophies as applied to cyberspace / the Internet / information law.)

So, I’m asking for help. Can anyone suggest good, accessible scholarship (in the legal academy or beyond) that applies feminist theory to the Internet, or legal realism, or critical legal studies, or other significant entries in the legal canon?

Thoughts and suggestions much appreciated!

3 Responses to “Bleg: Feminism and Other Legal Theories in Cyberspace”

  1. I teach Cyberlaw. Besides Bellia, Berman and Posts text on Cyberlaw, I require my students to read Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books 2004). Siva is a journalism professor, now at NYU. You won’t find explicit treatment of feminism, but Siva does a good job of exploring the power dynamics of the Web, particularly with North-South global dynamics and “hactivism”, as he discusses issues such as music file swapping, terrorism, and the social phenomena of the web.

  2. Thanks Paul! I should have thought of Siva – a great suggestion.

  3. Danielle Citron is working on good stuff here, previewed at the Yale Reputation Economies conference I attended. Scroll down here to get her initial position paper. And of course Ann Bartow at South Carolina.